Osaka Harbor Cycling 101 Tour - Ideal for Road Bike Beginners


The view from the cycle path on the Chisote bridge on the Osaka Harbour cycling route.

Osaka Sightseeing Tour Description

Osaka sights, authentic Osaka neighborhoods and harbor views while hopping from island to island on Osaka's intricate river systems, anyone? Our Harbor 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 Oo River outside of RBRJ at Kema Sakuranomiya Park before following the riverside cycle path up to the Kema lock gate on the Yodo River. The riverside cycle paths of the Oo River and Yodo River, gives the rider a chance to get use to riding a Road Bike without any traffic around. 

After a nice 5 kilometer stretch along the Yodo River, we cross over to the North side of the Yodo River, taking in the impressive views of both the river and Osaka from the Sugihara Johoku Bridge. (FYI: The Yodo River and its cycle path can lead cyclists all the way up to Kyoto and beyond.)

As we make our way back along the north side of the Yodo River, we take in a nice panoramic view of the forever changing cityscape of Osaka's commercial and business hub, Umeda. The stand out landmark here is, the Umeda Sky building

Leaving the Yodo River, we weave our way across to Universal Studios and the first of our mini ferry rides. Before boarding, you'll have a great view of the big ferris wheel at Tempozan and the Osaka Aquarium. Not so easy to see is Japan's smallest mountain, Mount Tenpo.

Some pictures from the tour



After a quick coffee and cookie break at 9 Borden, we begin the hardest climb of the day, over the Namihaya Bridge. It's a tough climb but you are rewarded with a wonderful 360 degree view of Osaka and its harbor. This is followed a walk up the Chitose Bridge and a roll down into the quaint Kitamura Minami Park. Check out the kids artwork along the way.

After the park, we weave our way over to the second mini-ferry ride to cross the Kizu River. From the other side, we begin making our way over to the Tsutenkaku Tower through the gritty streets and shopping arcades of Nishinari. The Tsutenkaku 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.

Leaving Shinsekai, it's time for a temple and the delightful Shitennoji, with its 5-story pagoda and turtle filled ponds. The road then leads us north to Osaka's main attraction, Osaka Castle. With its impressive walls and surrounding moats, cycling through the castle grounds in a great way to complete the tour before the final ride along the Oo River back to RBRJ HQ.

Tour Details


Dates & Time:


Please check our Schedule; or feel free to contact about other dates
Start time: 09:30 meet 10:00 start
Finish time: Around 14:30
Start and finish location: Road Bike Rental Japan 




¥6,600 each for the tour (Minimum 2 people)
¥5500 each for a Road Bike or ¥4,400 yen for a Touring Bike


What to bring:


Water, drinks
Suitable clothing for cycling
If you request certain pedals, please bring your shoes

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    What's included

    Cycling Route


    Distance: 44.4km
    Elevation Gain: 305m
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    To read more about the area and the alternative route please see our Osaka Harbor Cycling Guide and Route.

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    Keep these in mind

    Cancellation policy

    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.

    Guest requirements

    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.


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