The Aqualiner is a long and low vessel that runs on Osaka's waterways from both Temmabashi Station and Yodoyabashi Station on the Keihan Line.
Osaka Aqualiner 大阪水上バス
Osaka has been called the Venice of Asia because of its many rivers and waterways.
Osaka Aqualiner at dock
For much of the last 100 years, though, the waters were dirty and commercial - and ignored by everyone else - and the city itself not much to look at.
Recently, though, Osaka city is attempting to clean up Naniwa - its ancient name - and make it attractive to its increasing number of tourists. This beautification drive extends to its rivers and canals.
There are many bridges along Osaka's river system such as Tenjinbashi Bridge, Temmabashi Bridge and Ginbashi Bridge as well as "islands" and paths along the rivers. Perhaps, though, the best way to see the river(s) in Osaka is on the Aqualiner.
The Aqualiner is a long and low vessel that runs from both Temmabashi Station and Yodoyabashi Station on the Keihan Line. It follows a loop that covers Osaka Castle, Yodoyabashi (City Hall, the main library), and the Japan Mint.
The ride lasts 55 minutes and costs 1700 yen for adults or 2,000 yen in the spring cherry blossom season. If you ride a shorter course, rather than the full route, the price is reduced.
Inside the vessel
Osakajo Pier is west of Osaka-jo Koen Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line (adjacent to Osaka-jo Hall).
Yodoyabashi Pier is near Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji Line and Keihan Line.
Hachiken-yahama Pier is at Keihan Temmabashi Station close to Temmabashi subway station.
OAP Pier is a short walk southwest from Sakuranomiya Station on the Osaka JR Loop Line.
Water Bus information
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