Tours and Tickets

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass provided by Osaka Wonder Loop

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass
3
This product is unavailable to book via Tripadvisor. Contact the supplier for availability.
About
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Japanese, English
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Japanese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
The Wonder Loop hop-on hop-off bus runs in a loop from 9 am until 8pm. Get on and off as much as you like at 14 locations around Osaka City. Get off at one of the bus stops, do some sightseeing or shopping and get on the next bus for more adventures. With free WiFi on the bus and a concierge to help you, view the city while on the move and plan your next activity.  The Wonder Cruise is also included in the pass and takes you onto the rivers and canals of Osaka (please note that from April 1, 2018, Wonder Cruise will operate on a 1 ride basis). Catch it close to Dotonbori and see the famous running Glico man sign from a front row seat. Sit back and relax as this comfortable pontoon boat takes you up the canal, through the water lock and onto the river with illuminated bridges and river banks around Nakanoshima. Wonder Cruise boarding points are all within walking distance from a Wonder Loop bus stop. With either the one or two day included Osaka city subway, city bus & New Tram pass, you can also use the Osaka municipal transport system whenever you like or need. With Wonder Loop bus, Wonder Cruise river boat, and Osaka City transport network all in your hand, you can reach most of central Osaka quickly and conveniently! Wonder Loop Bus • The bus stops at 1. JR Osaka Station, 2. Kitashinchi, 3. Temmabashi, 4. Hotel New Otani, 5. Osaka Castle Park, 6. Matsuyamachi, 7. Shinsaibashi, 8. Namba Parks, 9. Shinsekai,  10. Abeno Q's Mall, 11. Shitennoji, 12. Nippombashi, 13. Dotonbori, 14. Sakaisuji-Honmachi • Two buses (one open top, one closed top) runs from 9am - 8pm. Seven rounds everyday of the week. Wonder Cruise • Choose one cruise from a selection of routes around Dotonbori - Love Central (Kitashinchi) - Tenmabashi·Hachikenyahama • Operating hours: 11:10am (first departure) - 6:10pm (last departure, finishes 6:50pm)  • Cruise time 25-40min depending on route. • One cruise ride on one route is included in the pass. • The cruise is very popular and reservations have boarding priority. To make a reservation, either ask the staff on the Osaka Wonder Loop bus for assistance, or contact us here on Viator prior to arrival in Osaka. Osaka City Subway • Available for: All Osaka City municipal subway, new tram and city bus lines. The subway pass is valid from first time you enter the subway and until the last train the same calendar day (1day option) or the last train the next consecutive calendar day (2day option).
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 59932P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Osaka City subway, New Tram and City bus pass
Exclusions
Entrance fees to attractions • Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Location Name: Board the bus or boat at any of the Wonder Loop bus stops or cruise boat stops in Osaka Return Location: Hop off at any of the Wonder Loop stops around Osaka
Osaka, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Kinki
Inclusions
Osaka City subway, New Tram and City bus pass
Exclusions
Entrance fees to attractions • Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Location Name: Board the bus or boat at any of the Wonder Loop bus stops or cruise boat stops in Osaka Return Location: Hop off at any of the Wonder Loop stops around Osaka
Osaka, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Kinki
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Children under age 6 (who do not require their own seat) may travel free.
The bus has no bathroom facilities and minimal storage space; only one item of luggage per passenger is accepted. Eating and drinking is not permitted on board.
On rainy days the open top bus uses a retractable roof. In case of sudden rain, temporary rain covers will be provided. Open umbrellas are not permitted for safety reasons.
One open-top with retractable roof and one closed-top bus with AC/heater in service.
The service may be suspended or the route changed in the event of traffic accidents.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Please check the official website for information regarding maintenance days for the cruise boat. The cruise will not be available on maintenance days.
The cruise is very popular and it is strongly recommended to make a separate reservation for the cruise on the official website.
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate

3.0
33 reviews
Excellent
8
Very good
4
Average
5
Poor
8
Terrible
8

Graham Hill
Antipolo City, Philippines318 contributions
Waste of money don't bother
Osaka is a one way road system and the bus route is a big loop but only one bus operating which means it will be an hour before the bus gets back round to your stop for you to get back on. All such like hop on off city buses I have experienced worldwide operate numerous buses on the route, meaning wait times are very short. We quickly realised that it was quicker to walk from point to point using the many back streets and Google maps.
Written 26 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
wonderloopbus
Hi and thank you for taking time to review our bus service. We are sorry the service did not live up to your expectations, but we do understand the angle of your review. Osaka is a big city but still fairly compact for its size and easy to navigate if you are handy with for example Google Maps. That said, most of our customers are very happy with the two buses we operate (yes, we would like to add many more buses in the future), since they still feel a bit lost in the city due to the language barrier. If you can handle a lot of walking or maybe would like to rent a bicycle, a couple of self guided days in Osaka makes for some great city exploration. For others, the bus is a great alternative, and for some, the best option. We hope you get the opportunity to visit Osaka again. It is a great city for discovering down to earth Japan in anyway you choose to go about it.
Written 27 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rob
Cape Town, South Africa219 contributions
One of the worst tours we’ve taken across the globe
Jan 2020 • Couples
I was very disappointed with the hop on hop off bus unfortunately. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this and here are the reasons for it:

- We purchased tickets online, but needed to physically fetch the tickets, which essentially costs more as you’ll need to take a us or train to collect your tickets.
- We chose to start at stop 1 was a little hidden without any signs around. We needed to go into the hotel from the hotel to ask for directions.
- There is a tour guide was very friendly but limited to a script. We drove past a few ‘smaller’ shrines, temples, interesting buildings etc and nothing was mentioned about it.
- It was freezing but they kept the top of the bus open. It was so uncomfortable that people got off and a child was crying on the buss.
- I personally feel that the route is not great. We drove 80% of the time through a high street so the buildings block all views. It felt as though this is done to avoid traffic.
- Most companies across the countries give you 24 hours to use your tickets, but not this company. It expires on the day that you use it. So if you start late afternoon, your tickets expire on the same day.
- It felt like a taxi driving through Osaka.

There is soooo much more that can be done. This needs lots of work.
Written 8 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
wonderloopbus
Hi and thank you for taking time to write your review and we are sorry that the service did not live up to your expectations. The vouchers can be redeemed for tickets directly on the bus. There is no need to go anywhere else before going to the bus to get your tickets. This is clearly stated on the vouchers but we will see if this can be made even clearer than it already is. The bus tickets are valid for 24hrs (one day) or 48hrs (two days) from first use. For example, a two day ticket first used on Monday at 11am is valid until the following Wednesday at 11am. The subway tickets are different as they are valid according to calendar days. A one day subway ticket is valid from first use on the subway until the last train the same day, one calendar day. If you start using a two day subway ticket today, it will be valid until last train tomorrow, which would be two calendar days. You can use the bus tickets and subway tickets independently giving you maximum four days of travel using a two day ticket set. We would love to have all bus stops placed in very visible spots that are easy to find, but city regulations, local traffic rules and national traffic laws as well as property owners have to be considered. Bus stop number 1 is located on a hotel property at their designated bus stop and it is the only location in this area that is suitable for this purpose. Rules out of our hand and traffic laws also govern the route. You may have noticed that many streets and most main avenues in central Osaka are one way traffic. This makes for very limited options when laying out a route that covers most of the areas in the inner city. At some points we would like to take a better/more interesting/quicker route but things like buses not being allowed to turn right (just one example) at some intersections or not being allowed at all make it even harder. Going north in central Osaka you have two main reasonable choices: Sakaisuji and Yotsubashisuji. We use Sakaisuji and then cross over to Yotsubashisuji for the last part. Going south your main choices are Midosuji and Matsuyamachisuji. We start out on Midosuji and after going out to the castle area get on Matusyamachisuji and then cross back over to Midosuji through Shinsaibashi and Namba. As I am sure you can imagine, there are many, many things to consider and most of them cause ripple effects up or down the route if changed. One minor change in the route could cause a bus stop to become very difficult to reach and changing a bus stop's location is a huge deal in terms of local regulations and necessary permissions. We encourage all bus guides to talk about the surroundings as well as interesting Japanese culture and traditions as much as possible. Some are really good at doing this by heart in their own style and some rely more on what you could call a script. The bus guides are getting better and better and we will keep working on having the best possible staff on the buses. With the overwhelmingly positive feedback we get regarding the staff, we know we are on the right path, but staffing is always a work in progress as it is to any company. Regarding the bus being cold, yes, winter is cold in Osaka. Therefor we have winter coats to borrow and finger warmers on the open top. We have a closed top bus with heater as well and it is a popular choice during cold or rainy days. We are looking into closing the roof on the open top after a certain time of the day during the winter months and we will see how that works out. Usually, when we close the roof, complaints go the other way asking why we are closing the roof. A bus service like this have many components that all need to be working great together. We always appreciate feedback and when we can do better we do our best to do just that. Again, thank you for taking time to review.
Written 12 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dips2k
Bengaluru, India120 contributions
Good way to get around the city
Apr 2019
I was staying near the Osaka station, from where this tour starts. So it was convenient for me to hop onto the bus. They have 2 kinds of buses - open and covered, both with the same stops. If t rains, they cover the open air bus too. It was very cold on the day I took this tour, so they even provided us with jackets to use on the tour. I took this to go to and from Osaka castle and Dotonburi. Our guide was a nice and enthusiastic girl who spoke good English. The number of stops are limited, but I still liked this way to get around the city. Be aware that there is no audio but the guide gives a running commentary of the places you cross on the way.
Written 24 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rpcts
Metro Manila, Philippines7 contributions
Save your money, especially during the summer
Aug 2019
A word of caution: consider the time of year before booking. We happened to book during the height of summer so it was excruciatingly hot when we rode the open-top bus. The breeze was good when moving, but there were a lot of stoplights so we were drenched in sweat by the time we got to our destination. We ended up only riding the bus once even though we booked 2 days.

The cruise was okay. It was interesting when it went through the locks to go from a lower part of the river to the higher part. They said it's similar to the system used in the Panama Canal. Fascinating! But the rest of the cruise is boring and uneventful.

We thought we could at least maximize the booking because it also includes unlimited subway and bus rides, but the routes that are covered are limited so we had to use our IC cards about half the time.

If you want to book this, I would recommend taking the subway to Osaka Castle before 9 AM when it opens. You can check the schedule on the Osaka Wonder Loop website and plan your sightseeing schedule around that. Note that there's a 1 hour interval between stop #14 and #1, so it's best to start at #1. Plan to be in Temmabashi for the last boat to Dotonbori at 5:30 PM. Make a reservation for the cruise in advance via email because it gets full. Then have dinner in Dotonbori. It's quite the experience at night, but it does get crowded.
Written 20 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Karen J
Colorado Springs, CO262 contributions
No, seriously, they ONLY do 6 loops per day!
Jun 2019 • Couples
Having done many other city passes and hop-on-hop-off tours in other cities, I guess it just really didn't register that the Osaka Wonder Loop ONLY does 6 loops per day! Thank goodness for the subway so that we could actually get around the city.

The bus stops are not necessarily easy to find, even with Google Maps and navigation. One was inside what looked like an underground parking garage. I mean, once we found it, there was a big sign that said WONDER LOOP.

Oops! We just missed the bus. When's the next bus? 10 minutes? Umm, no ... about 2 hours from now. No benches for waiting. * blink * In good news, we walked to the zoo and used the subway to get home.

Many regrets and sadness.
Written 5 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tamminh
Ann Arbor, MI116 contributions
Tour Guides Made the Difference!
May 2019 • Couples
Whenever visiting a big city for the first time, we take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus to get acquainted with the city, in order to decide on the interesting spots to explore later. That means we had taken a few of these buses before, but this was the first time we had a tour guide interactively telling us important information about each stop. By "interactively", I mean that the tour guides answered every question we had, not just about the sights, but also about the culture and tourist tips, which we found quite helpful later on, when we were on our own. The 2 guides we encountered are Mii (Misuzu) and Yuki, both wonderful.

Before we even bought the bus tickets, Mii carefully pointed out to us on the brochure that there would be a 1 hour break later on and asked if we still wanted to buy the tickets. After we said yes, she very helpfully gave us a map of the Osaka Castle ground, where the bus would take the break, and showed us what we could do while waiting. That was the only stop we had to wait for the bus (in truth, there was plenty to see at Osaka Castle during the break) because we took this bus as a round-trip tour, not as a "hop-on hop-off." The bus even had a stock of warm rain coats for us to use, since we were on an open-air bus when the sun started to set.

We enjoyed the tour and thought that it was well-worth the price of the tickets. Special thanks for the great job by Mii and Yuki!
Written 15 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LadyLou2018
Adelaide, Australia30 contributions
WONDER LOOP - WONDER WHAT!
Jun 2019 • Couples
Our first guide was very informative and easy to understand, however at the changeover the second guide was now so good - very difficult to understand and her knowledge about the city was not so good. The brochure we picked up from the hotel was out of date and therefore the bus stops were quite difficult to find. The time spent at each location is far too long - there is only two buses and the time waiting is close to one hour. The river cruise from stop 14 is a waste of time - you travel under the freeways, no commentary, nothing to see and ridiculous music played on an iPhone. A waste of 40 minutes. If you are short of time and just want to see the lay out of the city, then this tor is for you - otherwise not really recommended.
Written 4 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Steve C
Annapolis, MD656 contributions
Best Way To Get Around Osaka
Oct 2018 • Solo
Osaka is a BIG town and virtually impossible to cover on foot. You could rent a bike, but the streets and sidewalks are incredibly busy, so it would be nerve racking and potentially dangerous

Another option is to take the Oskaka Wonder Loop tour bus.

I had sort of had it with the trains by day two in Osaka — well, not the trains, but rather the incredibly crowded and confusing Osaka rail stations. So, I just decided to walk into town from my hotel in Juso. It was about 1.5 miles to the city center where I planned to catch the Osaka Wonder Loop Bus (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus).

There are several similar tours that all leave near the Umeda Train Station, but this one is by far the best because of the additional add-ons like the fact that the ticket is good for two days, can be used on the subway trains, and even throws in a very nice canal boat ride.

But from a practical standpoint, the bus is essentially a convenient open-air taxi that you can get off and on for two days.

I recommend that you buy your ticket as early as possible in order to maximize the amount of time you have. The first bus leaves Umeda Station at 9 AM. They stagger their bus types between open air and closed buses. and finding the starting point is going to be the trickiest part of the show. Google maps is no help because it gets poor signal in the maze of high rise buildings. I spent an hour trying to find the first station. So, I'm going to give you directions that will make this fairly easy.

When you get off the train at Umeda Station, which is the busiest train station I have ever seen and very confusing, navigate to the front of the station. Ask for the Hanshin Department Store. When you come out onto the street it will be so crowded you will be swept away. Walk toward the Hashin Department Store (south toward the river). Look for an area straight ahead that looks like a tunnel between the tall buildings where there are many buses in a long line. Walk under the tunnel past all of the buses until you come to a busy cross street. Turn left and walk about 200 feet and you will see the red and yellow sign for the Wonder Tour.

The tour stops at all the major attractions and the must see areas of Osaka -- shopping, eating, electronics, tallest building, and temple town. But they have a weird requirement that you get off the bus at the modern hotel stop right before Osaka Castle. This is a rest stop for the driver. You will now have about an hour before the bus continues.

I recommend that you take the foot bridge from where you get off the bus and it will lead you to Osaka Castle. But the route is a bit tricky. Avoid the perimeter trails and just keep walking straight toward the castle and look for the castle directional signs.

You will definitely have time, if you don't dawdle, to walk to the castle and check out the battlements and areas around the castle, and still get to the bus stop on the far side of the castle which is just to the right of the main gate in a bigparking area. Look for the yellow and red bus stop sign. And if you miss the bus, just wait for the next.

You will not have time to take the tour of the castle, but you will have time to walk around the castle.

There are places to buy food and drink around the castle grounds which are expansive. And there are paddle boats that offer rides on the canals.

For more travel tips, please check out my popular travel blog.
Written 19 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Louisa K
Victoria Point, Australia18 contributions
Lovely guides and drivers
We had a great time with our 2day pass.
The guides were so nice and spoke very good english. Yumi was one of our guides and she was very good the other guide was great too but I can't remember her name. A really good service.
Written 15 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anne R
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
Cruising the Dotonbori river at sunset
Sep 2018
We found it difficult to locate the pick up points for the Loop Line. The weather was not good for the open top and the time we spent looking for the bus stop and, when we did find it, waiting for the bus to come, could have been time better spent. The Subway pass however was good value. With subway and metro train maps, it was a quick and easy way to get to all the Osaka attractions. Next time we shall just get subway passes and maps. The included cruise was also pretty cool with fantastic views.
Written 12 December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 27
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Osaka Wonder Loop
ScubaSaz
ScubaSaz
00
Good concept but not well executed
The Osaka Gourmet Walk was not very straight forward. We struggled to find the place to pick up the tickets and whe
ArleneD547
ArleneD547
00
A good way to see the big city
Would’ve given it 5 stars if the buses ran more often. Recommend taking the open top bus, you can see the buildings
crisbarata
crisbarata
00
Good if you don't want to hop off
I was in Osaka for just one day with my cousin so the hop on hop off bus sounded good. Although the guide, Ayako,
rmkobayashi1
rmkobayashi1
00
Wonderful Tour of Osaka
The tour guide was very informative and very entertaining. i really enjoyed her comments and her humor. The bus st
Michigan_stater
Michigan_stater
00
Wander Loop
No, that’s not a typo error. This hop on hop off takes you to an aimless tour of Osaka. Majority of the drop off po
Judi G
Judi G
00
Save your yen
Terrible experience. Not worth the time or money. All they do is drive you around show you buildings without givin
travellingmakesyou
travellingmakesyou
00
If you want to know where the locals eat, you have to get this
I absolutely loved this gourmet walk of Osaka! I have been to Osaka many times and have tried a lot of dishes, but
fionaodowd8
fionaodowd8
00
Loop Bus
A great way to explore Osaka! The staff are so friendly and helpful especially Mimm she was great . As a Travel Age
Thomas S
Thomas S
00
A little confusing, but worth it if you're self-sifficient
My wife and I did the food tour a few hours ago. To begin, you go pick up your vouchers at a shopping mall near Nam
jon182
jon182
00
Did not stop :(
Waited at the Shinsaibashi Daimaru department store stop for 30 mins. Bus was late. When bus arrived it made no att
chacow
chacow
00
Friendly and relax
Traveling with 2 young boys are not easy to take the subway. The staffs (beautiful Japanese women who speak good En
ALHI1
ALHI1
00
Wonder Loop & Wonder Cruise
It was fun riding on open-roof double-decker bus around inner city of Osaka. Also, small river cruise through Doton
Roslyn35
Roslyn35
00
Wonder loop is wonderful
I am a huge fan of the hop on hop off bus concept. The Wonderloop is a great way to see Osaka and because it was ra
Boris O
Boris O
00
Awesome!
I took Osaka Wonderloop bus when I traveled to Japan for the first time. The 2 days hop-on hop-off bus was really g
575angelav
575angelav
00
A missed opportunity
Hop on hop off buses are ideal in you have little time to explore a city. You can get off, and usually there is a b