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Enjoy Osaka, City of Light and Water!



Water Corridor Lit Up

Osaka has a unique ‘water corridor’- a ring of waterways encircling the city center.

This winter, the district to the north of the water corridor, where numerous historic buildings are located, is lit up with colorful lights.


Beautiful light sparkling on the Okawa River

Beautiful light sparkling on the Okawa River

World’s first street lamps illuminating the surface of a river

World’s first street lamps illuminating the surface of a river

Of particular note are the world’s first street lamps installed to illuminate a river. The light of these street lamps, as well as the ‘belt of light’ lining the embankment and sparkling on the surface of the river is a sight that only be seen in an aquapolis.


Another highlight is the illuminated Nishikibashi Bridge over the Tosaborigawa River. The blue lights that illumine the bridge combine with the light from the surrounding buildings to create a fantasy atmosphere.


Furthermore, cherry trees along the Okawa River are lit up with various colors of light to depict the changing of the seasons.


An additional two bridges will be illuminated this summer.



Discover the attractiveness of Osaka’s waterfront at night in a variety of ways, including walking and cruising. Be sure to enjoy Osaka’s new cityscapes of water and light.

Water corridor lighting-up ceremony attended by governor of Osaka Prefecture, mayor of Osaka City and other participants

Water corridor lighting-up ceremony attended by governor of Osaka Prefecture, mayor of Osaka City and other participants

Nishikibashi Bridge alight with blue illumination

Nishikibashi Bridge alight with blue illumination


Osaka Renaissance of Light festival, held in December 2008 (Photo: Wall Tapestry)

Osaka Renaissance of Light festival, held in December 2008 (Photo: Wall Tapestry)

Enjoy the art of water and light along the waterfront promenade

Enjoy the art of water and light along the waterfront promenade


BRAND-NEW OSAKA (2009.1.)