Get a closer look at some of Osaka’s top attractions on foot during a 6-hour guided walking tour that also includes lunch and a scenic river cruise. It’s a great way to get an introduction to the history, culture and scenery of one of Japan’s largest cities.
Begin your walking tour by meeting your guide in the morning at the Hotel Granvia Osaka, continuing on foot to the city’s Umeda Sky Building for a 1-hour visit to its Floating Garden Observatory. This open-air viewing platform links the two towers of this sky-high landmark together, offering guests panoramic views of the surrounding cityscape of Osaka, nearby Awaji Island and Mount Ikoma.
Take a break to for a tasty Japanese lunch before continuing to Higashi-Umeda station for a subway ride to Temmabashi station to visit Osaka Castle. This massive stone fortress, first constructed in 1583, contains a variety of historical artifacts from Osaka and the Toyotomi inside its imposing walls.
Moving on from the Castle, head next to the river banks where you’ll board your vessel, the Aqua Liner, for a 1-hour cruise around the island of Nakanoshima, situated in the middle of one of several rivers running through Osaka. Admire fantastic views of several Osaka attractions from the water, including Osaka Castle, the Twin Towers and City Hall, which is situated on Nakanoshima Isle. Finish your boat ride and follow your guide to Osakajo-Koen station, where you’ll catch a ride on the JR local line back to Osaka station where you can continue your Osaka exploration or head back to your hotel.