When Kansai International Airport opened in 1994, it was the first completely offshore airport in the world. Located around 20 miles to the south west of Osaka city centre, it stands on a manmade island in Osaka Bay with a bridge linking it to the mainland of Japan’s Honshu island. Kansai International Airport handles both domestic and international flights, connecting Japan with over 60 destinations in more than 30 countries around the globe. The airport sees a staggering 14 million passengers pass through every year.
What’s at Kansai International Airport?
At Kansai International Airport you’ll find two terminals, with full-service airlines arriving and departing from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 used by low-cost airlines. Aeroplaza offers shops, restaurants and accommodation next to Terminal 1, and inside both terminals you’ll find an array of shopping and dining options to keep you well-fed and entertained while you wait for your flight. If you’ve got a little extra time to spare, you can catch the free shuttle bus from Terminal 1 to watch the planes coming and going from the Sky View Observation Hall next to the runway.
Getting to Your Osaka Hotel from Kansai International Airport
Public transport is a convenient and affordable choice for travelling into Osaka from the airport. Kansai Airport train station connects directly to the second floor of Terminal 1, while buses depart from the first floor. There’s a wide variety of transport options to suit different budgets, with prices scaling up for faster journey times and reserved tickets. The quickest trains can get you to Namba Station in just over half an hour. Airport Limousine Buses can take you directly to Namba in 45 minutes and Osaka station in 60 minutes. If you choose to rent a car, Osaka is about 50 minutes’ drive from the airport.
Stay near Kansai International Airport
If you’d like to stay in the Kansai International Airport area, there’s a hotel on the island itself in Aeroplaza next to Terminal 1. The hotel has direct access into the airport. Across the bridge on the mainland, you’ll find a good range of accommodation around Rinku Town station. Hotels this close to Kansai International Airport often provide free shuttle bus services too. A bit further inland, there’s some budget accommodation clustered around Izumisano.
Your Gateway to Osaka’s Famous Food Scene
Whether you’re on short stopover or can stay a whole week, don’t miss the opportunity to get a taste of life in Japan’s city of food. Fill up on delicious dishes and famous local delicacies at the street stalls and restaurants around Dotonbori.
Other Attractions in Osaka
Osaka’s Bay Area is home to Universal Studios Japan®, the country’s most-visited theme park and a superb family-friendly day out. If you’re looking for something more cultured, discover Osaka’s history at Osaka Castle and Shitennoji Temple; and for shopping, hit the stores at the huge malls around Umeda and Namba stations.