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Osaka 1-Day Walking Tour : Osaka castle, Aerial Garden Observatory, River Cruise

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Departure Point
    Hotel Granvia Osaka, 3-chōme-1-番1号 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
    Departure Time
    9:50 AM
    Return Details
    Osaka Station, 3-chōme-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0001, Japan
    • Lunch
    • Professional English-speaking guide
    • Admission fee-Osaka castle
    • public transportation fee
    • Aqua Liner fee
    • Admission fee Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building
    • Entry/Admission - Osaka Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Kuchu Teien Observatory
    • Entry/Admission - Aqualiner
    • Drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • If the minimum number of participants (2) is not met by 4 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.
    • This tour uses public transportation with non-reserved seats. Please note that seating is not guaranteed.
    • As this is a walking tour, please wear shoes and clothing that are suitable for walking. The total walking distance is approximately 6 km.
    • The tour may use Osakajokoen Station on the way to Osaka Castle instead of Temmabashi Station.
    • If the Aqua Liner is out of service due to bad weather or other operational concerns, the tour will visit the Osaka Museum of History instead. If the Aqua Liner is unavailable on a Tuesday, when the Osaka Museum of History is closed, refunds will be issued by the guide on the tour day (JPY 1,700/Adult, JPY 850/Child).
    • Vegetarian meals are available and must be requested at the time of booking.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • An additional JPY 630 must be paid for 4 and 5 year old children for admission to the Floating Garden Observatory.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed April 1, 2019

    I would like to express my disappointment with this tour. The meeting time was allocated for 9.50, however we only departed at 10.20 due to other travellers not showing up. The tour guide was not at all organised throughout the whole tour, creating disorientation between...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank alicek175
    Reviewed November 21, 2018

    We booked this tour because Trip Advisor gave it a Certificate of Excellence. A badly designed tour in which the morning session did not start until 10am and involved walking 20 minutes to the Umeda Sky Building, going up to the viewing gallery where we...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    2  Thank nickhaha
    Reviewed June 3, 2018

    We saw interesting sights and made some great stops. But were disappointed. Our guide had great knowledge when speaking to her one-on-one, but as a group leader of over 25 tourists she left mush to be desired. We were never quite sure whether the entire...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    1  Thank profginsburg
    Reviewed November 22, 2017

    Mayumi is such a wonderful person, ultra knowledgeable and so kind. She didn't give up so we never quit the tour despite a typhoon with lots of rain all day. The roof top tour was like none other that day but Mayumi was out there...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    5  Thank JohnnyBfromFlorida
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    • Languages Offered: English
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