Enjoy Osaka cruise by waterbus and visit Osaka Castle and Dotonbori!
Osaka cruise by waterbus (regular shipping routes in river and port areas and ships operated on the routes) is becoming popular as one of the means to travel around water metropolis Osaka, which has been developed as the commercial and cultural center, efficiently using rivers (streams).
The types of ships, courses and services are becoming broad every year. The following introduce basic use of the services, recommendation for booking, fare payment method, how to ride ships, popular courses and recommended way of use.
Booking is available 3 months prior to the scheduled boarding date
Payments of fare = purchase of ticket can be made on the boarding date at terminal. Also, booking can be made 3 months prior to the scheduled boarding date. Terminals are Osakajo Pier, Hachikenyahama-funatsukiba Pier, Yodoyabashi Pier, OAP Pier, Tazaemonbashi-funatsukiba Pier, Minatomachi- funatsukiba Pier, and Kaiyukan Aquarium (Osaka Aquarium) West Wharf and you will use one of them depending on your cruising course. It is great that Osakajo Pier (on the photo) has a currency exchange machine and information is provided in English, Chinese and Koran.
Aqua Mini Osaka Castle - Dotombori Course
One of the popular courses is Osaka Castle - Dotombori course by Aqua mini boat. It takes about 50 minutes one way. It departs from near the leafy Osaka Castle Park and goes through Higashiyokobori River, which has historical atmosphere of old cannal and floodgate, to Dotonbori River with lively landscape of Osaka Minami (South of Osaka) on the both sides of the river. However, because Tonbori River Walk at Dotonbori (Tazaemonbashi-funatsukiba Pier) has become increasingly popular and crowded these days, the cruise is now only available on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays only once a day.
Aqua Mini Osaka Castle Cruise is also popular
About 10 minutes causal cruising from Osakajo Pier to Hachikenyahama-funatsukiba Pier in Tanmabashi by Aqua Mini is also popular. It is only one train station distance by train but traveling by open-top boat make you feel more familiar with the city atmosphere of Osaka. This is why the cruise has become popular. The best view of the tower of Osaka Castle can be enjoyed from Okawa River and the boat captain temporarily stops the boat to provide tour guidance. It is a best photo-shooting spot for SNSs!
Sightseeing boat with pop art is in operation!
Osaka Aqua Bus collaborated with an artist Masao Hatayama in 2017 in Summer and completed the Japan’s first sightseeing boat with art, Hata Pop Liner. It is in operation and receives high reputation as a pop and cool boat that you feel a sense of fun. Osakajo Pier exhibits Masao Hatayama’s work from his live paint performance. Why don’t you take a photo with it as a souvenir while enjoying the art?
You can enjoy walking around Osaka Castle
Walking around Osaka Castle Park including a visit to the tower of Osaka Castle is one of popular tourist spots from overseas. It is becoming a common for tourists to enjoy walking around Osaka Castle Park in the morning and then start exploring the city of Osaka to Kansai areas. There is a mall with an extensive range of restaurants and shops called JO-TERRACE OSAKA in front of Osakajo Pier of Osaka Aqua Bus, which bustles with many people.