The Okawa River is one of the most scenic waterways flowing through the central area of Osaka. A cruise on the river provides a great opportunity to appreciate the unique scenery of downtown Osaka, the city of water, from a different perspective.
The city of Osaka is located in central Japan at the mouth of the Yodo River which flows into Osaka Bay. With a population of almost 2.7 million people Osaka is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan region which also includes the neighbouring cities of Kyoto and Kobe.
The modern city of Osaka, which after recovering from the devastation caused by WWII, has become one of the major centers of economic development in Japan, is crossed by many rivers and canals, and because of this, it also has many bridges connecting the various wards.
Panoramic view of a section of downtown Osaka, the city of bridges and waterways.
Osaka’s waterways are very important in the city’s economic history. Until about 1925 there were more than 1600 bridges in Osaka, however with the growth and development of the city, many rivers and canals have been filled. Currently, about 850 bridges remain; enough to provide Osaka with the recognition as the "Venice of Japan".
A cruise on the Okawa River provides a great opportunity to appreciate the unique scenery of downtown Osaka, the city of waterways, from a different perspective. This photo-essay shows some of the views of Osaka as seen from the Okawa River.