Osaka Harbour Cycling Tour - Explore Osaka on our Guided Cycling Tour
LocationSome iconic Osaka sights, Osaka harbour, bridges, islands and the river system
Time & Distance3.5 to 4 hours total, around 40km of mostly flat and some hills going up bridges
IncludesBike, helmet & lock and more, native English and fluent Japanese guide, coffee at our shop
Osaka sights, authentic Osakan neighbourhoods and harbour views while hopping from island to island on Osaka's intricate river systems, anyone? Our Harbour Cycling tour goes beyond the city and at 40km it’s long enough to get a workout and short enough to make it back for afternoon tea.
The ride starts on the lovely Oogawa river outside Globalwheels before crossing the Genpachi Bridge and following the Riverside Cycle path. We have the option to explore the Castle Park or head to directly to Tsutenkaku Tower. The tower offers a glimpse of the post-war economic boom and is surrounded by Shinsekai which harks back to an older, local and very authentic Osaka.
We'll continue weaving through the Osaka urban environment heading west towards the harbour and the first mini ferry crossing at Kizu River. After disembarking we'll start crossing the harbour bridges and take in a real bird's eye view the harbour area from the spectacular Namihayao bridge.
We then cruise on through the Tempozan Area, seeing the Aquarium and Ferris wheel on the way to the second mini ferry crossing. From the other side, we'll get a good view of the mountains to the north and then the eye-catching mystery building at Maishima. We'll then join Osaka's largest river (the Yodo) before cutting through to the Aji River and returning via beautiful and relaxing Nakanoshima where the locals like to chill!
Some pictures from the tour
- Dates: Every Tuesday and Friday
- Start time: 09:30 meet 10:00 start | Cycling finish time: Around 14:00
- Start and finish location: Globalwheels Osaka shop - very close to JR Sakuranomiya station
- 11,000 yen with bike rental
- 7,000 yen with own bike
What to bring:
- Water, drinks
- Suitable clothing for cycling
- If you request certain pedals, please bring your shoes
BikeRoad & Touring bikes in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. View bikes and gear here >
GuidesExperienced and Friendly native English and Japanese speaking guides. Read more about our guides below.
GearHelmet, lock, pedal choice, spare tube, multi-tool, levers, saddle bag, front and rear lights and mini-pump
DrinksWe provide a coffee at our shop before we ride and one drink of your choice at a riverside cafe towards the end of the tour.
InsuranceAll cyclists are covered with third party insurance which covers property and person up to 200,000,000 yen.
StorageWe have space to store any bags or luggage at our shop while we are out on the tour.
Elevation Gain: 587m
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To read more about the area and the route please see our Osaka Harbour Cycling Guide and Route.Osaka Harbour Cycling Guide and Route >
About the Guides
Ian, Gareth and Go have been cycling and exploring greater Osaka and Kansai for a conbined time of more than 40 years. Gareth has lived, worked and biked around Osaka and Kansai for 15 years. Ian has been living and wheeling around Osaka for 10 years and Go is a Osaka local with 20 years cycling experience.
Ian and Gareth are both co-founders of Globalwheels and are committed and passionate about helping tourists, adventure seekers and residents explore and discover Japan by bike. Go is born and bred in Osaka, loves bikes, cycling and helping people discover hidden parts of his beloved hometown.
Gareth McCreadyCyclist, nearly pro-mechanic, GW General Manager
Ian MichieColnago lover, amateur web-designer, GW General Manager
Go ImaiWeb designer, bike lover and Osaka local.
Join the Osaka Harbour Guided Tour
Are you interested in joining our Osaka Harbour cycling tour? Simply click the button below, head to our tour product page, select your date and bike preference and then add it to the cart, then confirm your place by completing the purchase.
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Keep these in mind
Any tour booking can be cancelled and fully refunded up to 5pm of the previous day that the tour will start. If you cancel after 5pm of the day before, we offer a 50% refund.
Guests must be at least 145cm in height. We unfortunately don't have bikes for people shorter than 145cm. Ability to ride a bike and basic fitness is also required. The route is fine for beginners but we will cycle up a couple of hills.
If you have any questions about the tour, the guides or Globalwheels please get in touch via email or social media and we'll be happy to help.
We kindly request that all bookings and payments be made through our website. In some cases we can accept cash payment at our shop but get in touch in advance.
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