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Reviewed 9 March 2019 via mobile

Boarding point is just in front of Don Quijote at Dotonbori. If you are facing Glico Man, it’s on the left along the river.

Look for the Ticket counter (yellow booth) next to entrance at Don Quijote. The cruise departs about every 10 mins and a loop is about 20 mins, ¥900 per adult. It’ll bring you back to the same spot you board.

The cruise is just a loop along the Dotonbori River where the guide explained briefly about the surrounding sights and the various bridges along this stretch.

The cruise then paused for a little at the Glico Man billboard on the way back so we can take photos. But because we are not allowed to stand on the boat, if you were seated on the opposite side, you wouldn’t be able to get a good picture unless you are really flexible and can twist your body around.

I am of the view that it’s not worth the price I paid. The English commentary is limited (largely due to language I feel) and one can easily walk along the River Walk to see all these bridges, it’s not like you can only see it from the boat. In fact walking properly gives you a clearer view of the bridges especially if you are taking pictures.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dyhx
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We took this ride in the evening along the dotonbori canal. It was a short ride of about 20 mins and you get to see all the buildings on both sides of the canal. This ride is covered under the Osaka Amazing pass. We quite enjoy the cool breeze and resting our tired legs after all the walking and taking in the sights without the crowds.

Date of experience: November 2017
5  Thank PaulSiow
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This cruise is about 20 minutes along the Dotombori river. We got it free due to our Amazing Pass. Those without the Pass must pay 900 yen or so. If it is free, it is worth it. If you must pay 900 yen, think again.

Not that it is bad. It is interesting and relaxing but you can get the same sightseeing from walking even though of course it will be a bit different.

The value is in looking at those stores, restaurants, clubs etc from a distance. Good for camera

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank stevesudjatmiko
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

Tombori River Cruise is a mini cruise along Dotombori that lasts 20 minutes. It has a regular fee of 900 yen, but it is free with the Osaka Amazing Pass. It is quite difficult to enjoy the view since railing is quite high and there are a lot of passengers (there are quite a lot of seats available and they tend to be fully packed). The emcee I had was bubbly but mostly spoke in Japanese and her commentary mainly involved waving to all the passers-by. Overall I neither enjoyed the view nor gleaned information of Dotombori. Assuming you have the Osaka Amazing Pass, you might want to take this ride if you are in the area, have spare time, and want to rest your feet, but it is definitely not a must do, and in fact is not really something I would be willing to pay for without the Osaka Amazing Pass.. Do consider the Pirates of Osaka ride for a more enjoyable experience, which is similarly a mini cruise along Dotombori that lasts 20 minutes and is free with the Osaka Amazing Pass, but has fewer passengers, lower railings, and multilingual staff.

Date of experience: May 2018
8  Thank tohxinru
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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

We took the cruise as its covered by the Osaka Amazing pass and we have some time before dinner. Only a 20 mins ride up and down the Dotombori River. Only highlight is you pass the Glico man sign. The cruise would be more interesting at night especially with all the neon lights. For this you could book in advance at the counter at the pier close to the Don Quijote store. Do note that the cruise closed at 9 pm.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank c2chen
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