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
IncludesNative English guide, insurance, storage, drinks & more (*bike reserved separately)
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: Being revised now
- 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
- 6,000 yen for the tour
- 5,000 yen for a road bike (11,000 yen total)
- 4,000 yen for a touring bike (10,000 yen total)
- What to bring:
- Water, drinks
- Suitable clothing for cycling
- If you request certain pedals, please bring your shoes
How to Reserve
To reserve your place on the tour you need to:
1. Choose your tour date from the calendar
Select from available dates for the tour from the tour product page. Add the tour to your cart and continue shopping
2. Choose your bike
Check available bikes by viewing a bike's product page and entering the tour date in the start and finish fields in the calendars. You'll be able to book the bike if it's available, it will be greyed out if not.
After adding the tour and bike to the cart, proceed to checkout and finalise the reservation.
GuidesExperienced and Friendly native English and Japanese speaking guides. Read more about our guides below.
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 Chris have been cycling and exploring greater Osaka and Kansai for a combined time of more than 25 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 Chris is a recent arrival to Japan but already has some solid cycling and adventuring experience under his belt.
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. Chris is English, loves bikes, travel, the great outdoors and is excited to help others experience magic moments in Japan.
Gareth McCreadyCyclist, nearly pro-mechanic, GW General Manager
Ian MichieColnago lover, amateur designer, GW General Manager
Chris NewberyHandyman, explorer, happy on two wheels
Join the Osaka Harbour Guided Tour
Want to join our Osaka Harbour cycling tour? Click the button below and reserve your place from the tour product page.
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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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