Osaka has been called the Venice of Asia because of its many rivers and waterways.
For much of the last 100 years, though, the waters were dirty and commercial - and ignored by everyone else - and the city itself not much to look at.
Recently, though, the city is attempting to clean up Naniwa - its ancient name - and make it attractive to tourists. This extends to its rivers.
There are many bridges and "islands" and paths along the rivers. Perhaps, though,the best way to see the river(s) is on the Aqualiner.
The Aqualiner is a long and low vessel that runs from Temmabashi Station and Yodoyabashi Station on the Keihan Line. It follows a loop that covers Osaka Castle, Yodoyabashi (City Hall, the main library), and the mint.
The ride lasts one hours and costs 1700 yen for adults.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010