Itami Airport (ITM) is located in North Osaka, about ten miles from Osaka city centre. It’s the busiest airport in the Kansai region and handles purely domestic flights, connecting Osaka and its surrounding areas, including the cities of Kyoto and Kobe, with over 30 destinations around Japan.
Japan’s Third-Busiest Airport
At the last count, about 14 million passengers a year passed through Itami Airport, making it the third busiest in Japan. You may see it referred to on maps or in guidebooks as Osaka International Airport, but that’s a bit of a misnomer, since all international traffic moved to Kansai International Airport in 1994.
Getting to Your Osaka Hotel from Itami Airport
Itami Airport is about 30 minutes by train from Umeda station, which is one of the city centre’s main hubs and a gateway to Osaka’s subway system. From Osaka Airport station, take the monorail one stop to Hotarugaike Station, then it’s about 20 minutes south on the mainline Hankyu Takarazuka line to Umeda. You can also catch the bus from Itami Airport to major destinations around the city including Osaka/Umeda station, Shin-Osaka Station and Namba Station. The bus takes about 25 minutes in each case.
Hotels near Itami Airport
The biggest choice of hotels near Itami Airport is in the centre of Osaka. You’ll find accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes here, and as the city and airport are so well connected, staying in Osaka also gets points for convenience. Osaka has a good selection of well-known international hotel brands, plus a vast range of independent hotels and apartments. Whether you’re looking for a guesthouse or hostel, a spa hotel or chic luxury accommodation, you’ll be sure to find it in Osaka.
Osaka for Business Travellers
For business travellers, the key commercial district of Shin-Osaka is very easily accessible from Itami Airport. Much of the accommodation to be found there is designed with business guests in mind.
Explore Osaka City
Travelling through Itami Airport gives you a great opportunity to catch some of the area’s major attractions. Kyoto is about 70 minutes away on the train and Kobe is around 55 minutes. But the closest and most convenient city to visit from Itami Airport is Osaka.
Top of many visitors’ must-see list is the buzzing restaurants and street stalls of Dotonbori, where you find out why Osaka is known as Japan’s city of food. For shopping, head to the sparkling shopping malls around Umeda and Namba stations. When it comes to discovering Osaka’s rich history, Osaka Castle, the nearby Osaka Museum of History and Shitennoji Temple are hard to beat. And don’t forget the movie wonderland of Universal Studios Japan® in the Bay Area.
Wherever you choose to stay near Itami Airport, you’ll find a lively, fun-loving city waiting to welcome you.