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Discover the wonders of Osaka during a full-day walking tour with an experienced guide. Travel from Kyoto on the JR train, then visit top sights including Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory—located 40 stories high in the Umeda Sky Building. After taking in the sweeping views, have lunch then join a 1-hour river cruise on the Okawa River that glides by the Twin Towers and City Hall of Nakanoshima lsle. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees and round-trip transportation by train.

Highlights

  • Osaka walking tour and river cruise from Kyoto
  • Look for Osaka sights from the Floating Garden Observatory on the 40th floor of the Umeda Sky Building
  • Visit Osaka Castle and discover the historical significance of the Shoguns from on-site exhibits
  • Take a 1-hour riverboat cruise around Nakanoshima aboard the Aqua Liner
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and round-trip transport with JR rapid service
  • Includes hotel pickup at the New Miyako Hotel with drop-off at Kyoto station

What You Can Expect

Osaka Walking Tour with River Cruise and Osaka Castle from Kyoto

Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise from Kyoto

After morning pickup from the New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto, walk with your guide to Kyoto station to board the JR rapid service train to Osaka station (non-reserved seat).

Walk with your guide to the Umeda Sky Building, then take the elevator to the Floating Garden Observatory on the 40th floor where an open-air sky bridge connects the building’s two towers. Your guide points out landmarks such as Mt Ikoma and Awaji Island, and gives you plenty of time to take in panoramic views over Osaka.

Enjoy a Japanese lunch at a local restaurant, then hop on the subway at Higashi-Umeda station and travel to Temmabashi station. From there, a short walk brings you to Osaka Castle, one of the most famous landmarks in Japan.

Spend about one hour exploring Osaka Castle, an architectural marvel that sits on a stone rampart above the city. Built from enormous stone blocks starting in 1583, the castle also features displays with relics of old Osaka and the Toyotomi family that originally erected the castle.
After admiring the castle, a short stroll to the river brings you to the boarding site for your cruise on the Aqua Liner. Glide down the Okawa River and around Nakanoshima Isle, passing the Twin Towers, Osaka Castle, City Hall and other landmarks during your 1-hour riverboat cruise. Keep your camera handy for excellent photo ops.

Once you have seen Osaka from the water, start your return trip to Kyoto. With your guide, take the JR local line from Osakajo-Koen to Osaka station, then transfer to the rapid train to Kyoto, arriving in the early evening at Kyoto station to end your tour of Osaka.

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Jackie Wai Kit C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Constantin P

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

This was an interesting tour, wear good walking shoes for this one! Our guide was beyond fabulous, she really cared for her group and was very informative, and kind. The castle was beautiful, and the lunch was ok. Overall it was a good day.

Breanne K

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Our guide gave us fun insights about Osaka Castle's history and Japanese culture in general. We were impressed with the inside of the castle too - several cool exhibits were in the castle and were very informative, plus they had a nice little gift shop. We felt like the the castle was a bit rushed 50 minutes to see the whole interior was a little fast. The river cruise after seeing the castle was a great way to end the day. Not knowing the area, we were glad to have a guide with us but some adventurous travelers would probably not have too much trouble visiting Osaka on their own, and taking their time more.

Vladimir K

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

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