Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) Information
(Osaka, Kansai, Southern-Central Honshu, Japan)
Set on a manmade island, which juts out from Osaka Bay and is accessible via a causeway, the Kansai International Airport and its single terminal is ultra-modern, comfortable and well-set up with all the facilities necessary for a stress-free trip. It is the gateway to Japan's Kansai Province with its famous historic and cultural attractions, including the 'nearby' imperial city of Kyoto
with its glorious temples, geisha quarters, Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle, the one-time residence of samurai shoguns.
Known as the Osaka Kansai International Airport to distinguish it from Osaka International Airport, this facility was constructed in 1994 in order to relieve the pressure on its counterpart and is now a hub for All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, the two national carriers. On average, some 14 million passengers a year pass through its doors, with flights running to major cities in Asia
, Australasia, the Middle East, North America and Europe.
In 2006, Kansai was rated as the planet's fifth-best air facility, with Singapore's Changi taking the crown, followed by the new Hong Kong International Airport, and the air hubs of both Seoul
. The impressive four-storey terminal deals with both domestic and international travellers, with frequent direct flights to Tokyo's Haneda domestic air facility allowing for fast and convenient connections to international routes. Most of the airlines based here are full-service, being accompanied with a few budget carriers such as AirAsia. Routes to more than 70 major cities in some 30 different countries are offered.
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Address: Kansai International Airport, 1-Banchi, Senshu-kuko Kita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka, 549 8501, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 724 552 500
The Osaka Kansai International Airport is situated in the far south-western suburbs of the city, some 50 km / 31 miles from the Central Business District. The Hanshin Expressway runs close to the causeway and gives fast access to Osaka, Kyoto and more southerly destinations. Excellent rail, bus and taxi services all serve the complex.
Kansai International Airport (KIX) Guide
- ATMs on all floors, except the third floor in both the North and South wings of the terminal
- A Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi branch on the second floor of North
- Currency exchange bureaux on the first, third and fourth levels
- Internet stations near the International Departures entrance
- Nursing rooms and a kids' play area in both the International and Domestic Departures halls
- Car rental can be arranged through Nippon, Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Onyx and Rent-a-Car
- Medical and dental services on the second floor of North and within the third-floor Aeroplaza area
- Airline lounges and a VIP lounge in both halls, close to the departure gates
- A plethora of eateries, including Gangko Sushi, Kimuraya and Subway
- A wide choice of shops selling travel goods, souvenirs, gifts, crafts and electronics in the terminal
- Duty free outlets in the International Departures hall
- Extensive long- and short-stay parking is provided
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and beyond are easily accessed by car via the tolled Skygate Airport Access causeway and the well-signposted Hanshin and Hanwa expressways, although traffic in the region tends towards the heavy, especially during rush hours. The drive into the city centre takes in the region of an hour or thereabouts.
Both limousine and regular buses travel from the airport to Osaka, with the limousine service taking visitors to major hotel destinations in Kyoto, as well as in the city centre. Allow approximately one hour and 30 minutes for this journey.
Train services by two companies, JR West and Nankai, are offered from the airport's train station to the city centre. This service can be used to reach subway connections - Shin-Osaka for the Shinkansen super-express and Kyoto Station.
Taxis and Limos
Taxis are available outside the terminal's Arrivals hall or can be booked online in advance, as can limousine services. Shared minibuses are also available, being provided by MK Skygateshuttles and Yasaka Kanku Shuttles.
For travellers heading to Kobe, a fast ferry service runs directly from the airport to Kobe Airport. Of note, the ferry terminal is connected by a shuttle bus.