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Discover the best sights of Osaka during this 4-hour tour and river cruise. First join your guide to explore Osaka Castle, one of the city’s best-known sights, taking time to enjoy the castle’s unique architecture and wealth of exhibits. Then climb aboard your boat for a cruise around nearby Nakanoshima lsle. During your ride you be able to admire seasonal views like colorful autumn leaves or blossoming cherry trees, as well as landmarks including the Umeda Sky Building, City Hall and Osaka Castle. Your Osaka excursion also includes all admission fees.


  • 4-hour tour of Osaka's highlights with river cruise
  • Ride the subway train to your first destination
  • Follow your professional guide on a walk to Osaka Castle
  • Explore Osaka's Shogun history through spectacular exhibits
  • Relax on a 1-hour Aqua Liner boat cruise around Nakanoshima
  • Hear interesting commentary on the sights you pass

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What You Can Expect

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Get a taste for the top sights in Osaka as you visit the renowned Osaka Castle before heading out on a scenic river cruise where you’ll enjoy top-notch views of some of the city’s other top sights. It’s the perfect opportunity to get an overview of the history and unique attractions of this unexpected Japanese metropolis.
Start by meeting your guide around midday at the Hotel Granvia Osaka, where you’ll head to the subway to take a quick ride to Tenmabashi station for a visit to Osaka Castle. This immense defensive structure, first built in the 16th century, offers an impressive landmark that towers above the area’s surrounding park. It’s a particularly scenic spot during the spring, when Japan’s cherry blossoms are out in full force.
Head inside the Castle, where you’ll have a chance to explore its unique 3D exhibits, holograms and other intriguing displays illustrating historic Osaka. You’ll also see the many relics left behind by the Toyotomi, who were responsible for the castle’s construction.
Continue next to the riverbanks to begin your cruise of the waterways of Osaka. Climb aboard your ship, the Aqua Liner, for a 1-hour cruise around Osaka’s Nakanoshima lsle, checking out key landmarks such as City Hall, the Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Castle. Depending on the time of year, you may also be able to see beautiful displays of autumn leaves or blooming cherry trees in spring.
Finish your board ride and climb back on land with your guide, heading to Osakajo-Koen station for the return ride back to your starting point. Proceed from there back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

jimbeau333 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Small group with lots of flexibility within confined time slots. Sumi, the tour escort was excellent. Got to ride the subway and local commuter train with all the residents of the area. Lots of walking, but not strenuous.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I had a great time. Our guide, Yuki, was knowledgeable and very personable. Our visit to the Osaka Castle was very informative, and the river cruise afterward was scenic and relaxing,

Cecelia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide KC is an excellent tour guide, very friendly and experienced. He guided us all through the Osaka Castle and river boat tour. He was helpful and knowledgable. We recommend this tour.

Georgia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This your was fantastic!!! It was perfectly planned and exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide (Seiko) had great knowledge of not only the area but also the rich history of Osaka castle and its samurai warriors- mustn't also forget her brilliant sense of humour and passion for her work.

We were able to walk the tour at our own pace and had plenty of opportunities for photos ( most of which Seiko took for us).

We could not recommend this tour enough. But for an unforgettable experience ensure you ask for Seiko!

Gregory C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour guide was very helpful! She even walked me to a store to buy old Japanese currency and stamps. Great way to learn your way around Osaka!

daniel m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Love Japan ... Would go again

Mason C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

- great tour guide. -well understandable of her English. -good choice of destinationns

Larisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

It was a great tour. Lots of insight information, great views of the castle and spectacular boat ride. Thank you.

Flavio L Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

Incredible tour with a great tour guide that was able to bring the history of Osaka alive. We would recommend this tour to anyone that is going to Osaka. Very well organized and extremely good value, well worth the money.
Laura, Toronto Canada

Ricky V USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

A recommended walking tour by a knowledgeable tour guide. Tour guide went out of his way to show us which subway line to take back to our hotel.

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