Located between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, the island of Nakanoshima is a gorgeous sight to behold any time of year. This historical epicenter of Osaka’s commercial and administrative culture is especially impressive to see on clear winter nights when holiday lights send a glowing reflection across the water. To get the best view of this glimmering island, it’s best to hop on board one of the impressive Nakanoshima river cruises for a full tour around the lit-up bridges, buildings, and tree-lined streets.
Tours only last around 25 minutes, so you can use one to start or end your evening on a high note! This river cruise is marketed as “the next generation style cruise” due to its inclusion of state of the art wireless headphones that cancel out background noise to give riders a unique entertainment experience. The music changes from traditional Japanese instruments to natural background sounds to better accompany the atmosphere of the Nakanoshima island. While other evening cruises on the river offer tour guides and some music, these personalized headphones on the Nakanoshima River Cruise make for quite a unique viewing and listening experience.
The cruise runs every hour and half hour through December 25 between 5:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m., and tickets are made available for purchase only on the day of the tour, starting one hour before the first departure time. So head out to the docks one evening this December to reserve your seat on this cruise for a truly unforgettable time on the river!
Where: Fukushima (Hotarumachi) pier – Dojima River – Fukushima (Hotarumachi) pier 1-1-20, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka 553-0003
When: Cruises run until Sunday, December 25 with departures at every hour on the hour and half hour between 5:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Price: Adults (Junior high school students and older) – 900 yen, Children (Elementary school students and younger) – Free for one child when accompanied by adult. 400 yen is required per child for more than 2 children. Tickets can be purchased at the boat dock up to one hour before the first departure time on the day of the tour. No advance reservations necessary.
Website (Japanese): http://www.ipponmatsu.co.jp/module_news/detail.php?id=468
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Extra Information: Persons with the Osaka Amazing Pass can show their pass to get on board for one free ride on the cruise.