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Cycle Osaka

 

Cycle Osaka

 

What do you absolutely dread about travel?  Is it figuring out the public transportation?  The confusing subway maps?  The nagging question of, “Am I going the right way?”  Then you actually have to ride said public transportation… not much fun at all.  There have been plenty of vacations where I wonder if I spent more time on buses, trains, and subways, than not.

Now, what do you look forward to most about travel?  Meeting new people?  Really experiencing the city and its culture?  Seeing the sites?  Tasting the food?  All of these are great, and for me, they are what makes travel so worthwhile.  I’ve often wished that I could just scratch the whole public transportation thing, and still keep all the pros of travel.  Cycle Osaka may just do that.

Cycle Osaka, as the name may imply, takes you on a cycling tour across Osaka to many of the city’s most popular sites.  All while being guided by a expert, English speaking, tour guide.  Can you think of a better way to see Osaka?  You will see the city, the people, and its culture in a far more personal approach than a bus could ever offer.

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 Why Cycle Osaka?

 

Group ShotAside from being able to see the city without wasting time on public transportation, Cycle Osaka offers a world of advantages that makes it one terrific way to see the city.  Perhaps one of our favorite reason as to why you should consider Cycle Osaka is that it allows you to really see the city.  With every turn, you will discover more of what makes Osaka one of Japan’s greatest cities, and who knows you may just find yourself riding straight into a festival that you would have never known about otherwise.  The tour opens Osaka up to you in a way that just can’t be done by bus.  The lights, the smells, the food, they will all be right there in front of you instead of being behind glass.

Another reason why you should Cycle Osaka is that it lets you meet new people from all over the world.  These are like minded individuals who will have shared travel experiences, good stories, and will end up making your time in Osaka all the more memorable.  After 3-6 hours of riding with your group, you are sure to leave the tour with a few new friends, and who doesn’t enjoy making new friends?

There are dozens of reason why you should consider Cycle Osaka, but most of them will become more apparent while on the tour.  All we can say is that biking is a terrific alternative to public transportation, Cycle Osaka will allow you to really get to know the city and get a feel for the culture, and of course meeting interesting new people is always a plus.  Be sure to look into their website and book your tour today.

 

 

Cycle Osaka: Courses

 

Cycle Osaka offers three distinct courses that range from a full day, a half day, and an evening worth of riding.  Each has their own set of pros and cons, but no matter which you choose, you are going to have a great tour and a unique experience.  The course are not entirely etched in stone and are open for discussion.  If you have a site you really want to see, simply tell the guides before hand, and they may be able to work something out.  Now, on to the courses:

 

 

Cycle Osaka: Full Day Course

 

Description

The Full Day Course features a full 6 hours worth of riding around Osaka which allows you to get a really good feel for the city as well as see many of the city’s best attractions.  The tour starts you out at JR Fukushima Ticket Office and has you zipping around the streets of Osaka by around 10:00 AM.  The tour includes a bike, helmet, lunch, water, insurance, and of course a guide to take you from one attraction to the next.  For an additional 2,000 Yen you can even get a Deluxe Osaka Food Experience which includes some of the city’s best sushi.  All in all, this is one great tour that lets you see a lot of Osaka in a unique and fun fashion.

Remember to take it easy.  This is a long course, and if you are not use to riding all that much, it can be exhausting.  Do not be afraid to ask for a break or to call it a day.  The guides are very flexible and are willing to work with you to make sure you have the most enjoyable experience as possible.

 

Details


Cost:
8,000 Yen
Duration: 6 Hours
Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: JR Fukushima Ticket Office
Days: Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday

If you are interested in a fantastic lunch, be sure to set aside 2,000 Yen for the “Deluxe Osaka Food Experience.” 

Highlights

The course is designed to take you through 11 of Osaka’s most scenic areas.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Yodogawa Cycle Path
  • Umeda Sky Building
  • Nakanoshima
  • Sakuranomiya Riverside Path
  • Nippombashi “Den Den Town”
  • Shin-seikai
  • Shitennoji Temple
  • Osaka Castle
  • Namba
  • Amerika Mura
  • Utsubo Park

 

Temple

 

 

Cycle Osaka: Half Day Course

 

Description

The Half Day Course, a 3 hour tour around Osaka, is a great alternative to the Full Day Course.  Like the Full Day Course, the Half Day Course starts you out at JR Fukushima Ticket Office, but this tour does not start until 2:00 PM.  The tour includes a bike, helmet, water, insurance, and of course a guide to take you around Osaka.  For an additional 2,000 Yen you can even get a Deluxe Osaka Food Experience which includes some of the city’s best sushi.  Although you may not get to see nearly as much of the city as the Full Day Course, the Half Day Course may be perfect for those concerned about long 6 hour ride.

 

Details


Cost:
5,000 Yen
Duration: 3 Hours
Starting Time: 2:00 PM
Meeting Place: JR Fukushima Ticket Office
Days: By Request

If you are interested in a fantastic lunch, be sure to set aside 2,000 Yen for the “Deluxe Osaka Food Experience.” 

 

Highlights

The course is designed to take you through 6 of Osaka’s most scenic areas.  These include but are not limited to:

 

Couple at a building

 

 

Cycle Osaka: Evening Course

 

Description

Osaka is a city of lights, and is at its best during the night.  The Evening Course starts you out at JR Fukushima Ticket Office, but this tour does not begin until 5:00 PM.  Leaving at 5:00 allows you to start with a bit of daylight and ride on through the sunset.  The tour includes a bike, helmet, water, insurance, and of course a guide to take you from one attraction to the next.  For an additional 700 Yen you can even visit the Umeda Sky Building where you will get the one of the best views of the city.  Although you may not get to see nearly as much of the city as you would on the Full Day Course, the Evening Course offers a completely different feel for the city and is a fantastic way to spend your evening in Osaka.

 

Details


Cost:
5,000 Yen
Duration: 3 Hours
Starting Time: 5:00 PM
Meeting Place: JR Fukushima Ticket Office
Days: By Request

 

Highlights

The course is designed to take you through 6 of Osaka’s most scenic areas.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Fukushima Sunset
  • Central Umeda
  • Yodoyabashi Bridge
  • Shinsaibashi Neon
  • Moss Temple by Night
  • Octopus Dumplings in Amemura

 

Evening Tour

 

 

 

 

 

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