Osaka is the largest city in Japan and it has three main airports. Our main objective is to summarize all the information you need to know when considering a trip to Osaka in Japan!
Kansai International Airport (KIX) seats on a man-made island on Osaka Bay it is one of the major airports in Osaka Japan. Osaka International Airport (Itami) is also anothermajor airport, both airports serve a wide range of travellers in and around the world. Major airlines operate national and international flights from these airports. Osaka airport is the closest to the city of Osaka. On the other hand, Kobe Airport also seats on a small island off the coast of Kobe, the airport serves mostly for Domestic purposes only but can handle international flights.
Kansai International Airport(KIX)
Osaka International Airport(Itami)
|Airport Maps||Kansai International Airport(KIX) Map||Osaka International Airport(Itami) Map||Kobe Airport Map|
Getting to Central Osaka Airports from each Airport
|Distance from Central Osaka||33 miles (53 kilometres)||17.42 miles (28.04 kilometres)||33.23 miles (53.48 kilometres)|
|Public Transport General Operating Hours||Public transport buses start operating from 2:45 - 23:45 while trains start from 5 am- 23:59. The airport also has ferry services from KIX to Kobe airport. The time for buses may change due to traffic conditions, also, buses only travel to selected locations.||Buses operate a 24/7 service while trains run from 5 am to 23:59. Subway trains are also available for public transportation.||From 8 am- 22:00 for buses. Bullet trains are also available at selected hours. Travellers can get Bus and Train Passes that covers a whole day. Ferry services are also available to KIX.|
|Train||Train fares start from $7.53 for adults, while children pay$3.76.||
Adults pay from $1.69 and $0.85 for children.
From $1.98 for adults and $0.94 for children.
Port Liner takes you directly to the airport in just 18 minutes (16 minutes at its fastest rate).
The buses in Kansai International Airport charge $14.59 for adults and $7.29 for Children. Round trip tickets are also available, they are valid for 14 days only.
Osaka International Airport has buses available until midnight. Fares startfrom $1.28 (adults) to $1.04 for children while infants enjoy free rides.
|Only private bus companiesare available at Kobe Airport and they only operate within certain places/locations from one airport to another.|
|Airport Shuttle Bus||
Kansai International Airport has free shuttle buses availableevery 5 minutesfrom Terminal 1, Kansai airport station to Terminal 2 and viceversa.
Kobe Airport has high-speed buses, airport limousine buses, sightseeing buses available to Sanda, Tarumi, and Miki.
|Taxi / Cab Services||The airport has taxi/cab services, they charge $137.03 for medium size cars and $122.85 for small cars. Journey Time: around 50-60 minutes||Fare starts from $6.41for a 2km journey and $0.75fare will be added for every 266 meters.||Available but fares not defined|
|How Close to Osaka City, and Top Attractions||Kansai International Airport is 53 km away from Osaka, but it is connected to the city centre by road networks and rail, this makes it easy to get into Central Osaka to see top attractions. Some of which include Kyoto- Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine,Kiyomizu-Dera Temple,Geisha and Maiko,Amanohashidate, Miyama and many more.||Osaka International Airport is the closest to the city centre with close proximity to top attractions such as the Osaka-Nightlife in Dontobori,Universal Studios in Japan,Osaka Castle,City Streets,Takoyaki-octopus Balls, Minoo Park and many more.||Kobe Airport is also far from central Osaka (53.48 km) but it is also connected to the city by route buses, trains and more. It is close to some of the following top attractions such as the Kobe Animal Kingdom,Mt.Maya, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Kobe Luminarie,Nunobiki Falls, Rokko Cable Car, Meriken Park and more.|
Flight Fares Take from April 30-3-2018
|Flight Fares||As the major airport in Osaka, major airlines operate from the airport with fares starting from $864 Frankfurt, London,$1,155New York, $864 Paris, $1385 New York, and $1966 Madrid.||From $730 Frankfurt,$1,605London,$1,230New York, and $1,605 Paris.||From $4,375 Frankfurt, $1,882London,$1,230New York, and $1,605 Paris.|
|Cost Factor||As the main international airport and for the fact its located on an island far from the city, it costs higher than Osaka International and Kobe Airports. Fare starts from $ 17.48for adults and $8.74for children (6-12 years) - one-way trip.||Osaka International Airport is cheaper in terms of transportation into the city centre and top attractions but flight fares are sometimes on the high side.||Kobe Airport is also built on an island so the cost of transportation into the city centre is high but flight fares are on the lower side compared to Kix and Osaka International Airport.|
|Airport Delays||KIX is one of the busiest airports in Osaka, No Flight delays except due to weather conditions and airway traffic||It is the domestic airport linked with Kix Delays in flight happen utmost rarely Security and immigration delay low||Avg Security & Immigration Delays: Low Avg Flight Arrival Delays based on weather conditions|
|Flight Fares Take from April 30-3-2018|
Hotel Prices Per Day (20-03-2018 to 26-3-2018) as Searched on -15-3-2018
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport (4-star):from 145.75$
The Premium Hotel in Rinku (3-star)-starts at $93.70
Reftal Osaka Airport Hotel(3-star): from $86.75
Hotel Mystays Shin Osaka Conference center(3-star) from$38.46
Kobe Motomachi Tokyu REI Hotel(5-star): from $60.73
Hotel Okura Kobe(5-star):from $107.0
|Car Hire Companies|
Car Hire Cost per 1 week (20-3-2018 to 26-3-2018) and searched on 15-3-2018
|Companies That Operate at the Airports||
Honda Fit Economy Cars: (61$ to 396$)
Hertz Medium Cars : (72$ to 504$)
Toyota Corolla Intermediate :(72$ to 470$)
Hertz Compact Cars: (78$ to 512$)
Nissan Rent a Car
Times Car Rental
Honda Fit Economy : (61$ to 396$)
Hertz Medium :(77$ to 504$ )
Toyota Corolla Axio Economy:(79$ to 512$)
Toyota corolla Compact Cars: (72$ to 469$)
Nissan Rent a Car
Times Car Rental
Hertz Economy Cars: (65$ to 424$)
Toyota Aqua Medium Cars::(78$ to 504$)
Hertz Intermediate Cars: (79$ to 512$)
Toyota Prius Cars: (93$ to 603$)
Times Car Rental
|Online car hire|
KIX has some amazing places to shop for incoming and outgoing travellers such as the following:
Terminal 1- KIX Duty-Free main shops in north and south, Les Cosme,CHANEL, LOTTE Duty-Free by KAA,Gucci, HourPassion,Hermes, Omega, Ana Festa,SamanthaThavasa, Chloe and more.
Terminal2 - KIX Duty-Free Shop, Cocokara Fine, Daily Sky, Noren Kansai, Fuchsia by Peach by the International Gate Store.
North Terminal-Kuko Senmon, Gift ShopGracias, Sky Plaza, Sky Conveni, Senka Osaka, Barber Sogawa, Toy Merry, BLUE SKY (departure lobby), and Queen's Way.
South Terminal-Sky Book, Souvenir Ippindo, Ana Festa, Itami Lobby Shop and more.
|Mareniar Book Shop (no.4) in 2F departure and Jasmine for relaxation(no.5).|
|Eating & Drinking||
Terminal 1- Nagomi, Yorozu, Miyabi, Skyspot, and Family Mart.
Terminal-2 Applause, Fuchsia by Peach International Gate Store, KIX, And Hotel NikkoAeroplaza
Sky Patio, Bagel Café, Café Eikokuya, SOEN, Sojibo, Pizza la Express at North Terminal
Sky Patio,551 Horai Café, Andersen, at Café,Starbucks Coffee, Bellie Aile at South Terminal
|5 Restaurants and cafes from no.11 to 16 in 3F Nigawai, and 8 tenants (sweets,local products, convenience stores etc.,) in 2F Departures|
Terminal 1: KIX Airport Lounge (24 hrs) 2F north, and Business Lounge.
There is none at Terminal 2.
|Meeting Room, credit card holder lounges also available.||No.17Sky Lounge contrail on the roof and Waiting rooms at 2F departure lobby.|
|Wi-Fi||Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Access||Free Unlimited Wi-Fi Access||N/A|
|How many? How to transfer? In Connection time||
2 Terminals - T1, T2
There are free shuttle buses from T1 to T2 (duration 10 minutes)
2 Terminals- North, South and also Central Blockobservation deck.
There are no transport facilities between the two terminals.
3F Nigiwai, 2F Departures, 1F Arrivals
No transport facilities at this airport.
|Important phone numbers||
Medical Centre: 072-456-7185
Lost and Found: 072-455-2500
Medical Centre:+81 (0)6-6856-6485.
Police: +81 (0)6-6841-123
Lost and Found:+81(0)6-6856-6685
|Major Operating Airlines||Air India, Air Asia, Air China, Air France, Air Macau, Air Seoul, Air New Zealand, Shanghai Airlines, Emirates, Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippines Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, Vanilla Air, Vietnam Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.||Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Ana Wings, Amasuka Airlines, and Ibex Airlines.||Air Do, All Nippon Airways,Solaseed Air, and Sky Mark Airlines|
|Major connecting Destinations||Kuala Lumpur, Honolulu, Vancouver, Shanghai, Paris, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Macau, Auckland, Beijing, Manila, Dubai, Cairo, Helsinki, Jakarta, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Taipei, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Sydney, Vladivostok, Singapore, Seoul, and San Francisco.||Kumamoto, Fukoko, Fukushima, Miyazaki, Matsuyama, Narita, Nagasaki, Haneda, Akita, and Shizuoka.||Sapporo-chitose, Tokyo-Haneda, Naha, Ibaraki, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, and Sendai.|
|Tourist Info Centres||Travellers can get information on tourism in Japan at the Terminal 1(1 F) International arrival floor 26 to 29 counters and at Terminal 2(Near International Arrival) building 27 to 29 counters.||N/A||1F Kobe Airport Terminal building arrival lobby, and Hyogo prefecture.|
|Official airport website||https://www.kansai-airport .or.jp/en/||https://www.osaka-airport .co.jp/en/||http://www.kairport.co.jp /eng/index.html|
Osaka International Airport is the closest just 17.42 miles (28.04 kilometres) to the city centre. The airport is served by fast Hankyu Railway lines to the city centre and it takes just 20 minutes for the journey. Kansai International Airport is located 33 miles (53 kilometres) to the central Osaka. When using the fast Nankai Railway lines, you can get to the city centre in 46 minutes. Kobe Airport is the furthest by some distance 33.23 miles (53.48 kilometres). Port liner trains run to the city from the airport and the journey takes about 57 minutes. All the airports are served by taxis, car hire and shared-rides.
Compare airport distances and transfer times to the center of Osaka by public transport below.
Distance to Central Osaka:
Osaka International Airport: 17.42 miles / 28.04 km
Kansai International Airport: 33 miles / 53 km
Kobe Airport:33.23 miles / 53.48 km
Osaka Airport to the Central OsakaJourney Times:
By Train: 20 minutes
By Bus: 33 minutes
By Taxi: 10 minutes
Kansai Internationalto Central OsakaJourney Times:
By Train: 46 minutes
By Bus: 50 minutes
By Taxi: 40-50 minutes
KobeAirport to Central OsakaJourney Times:
By Train: 57 minutes
By Taxi: 30 minutes
Deciding which airport is best to fly greatly depends on the destination you are departing from, airport and airline also determines which airport you will arrive into in Osaka.
Osaka International Airport is the primary regional airport serving the Kansai region in Japan including Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. Hankyu Railway lines offer train services to the city and it takes just 20 minutes. Airlines like Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Ana Wings, Amasuka Airlines, and Ibex Airlines offer flights to domestic destinations within the country. Osaka airport is the closest to the city and it handles mainly domestic flights regardless of its “international” status, it is a small airport with 2 terminals that can be covered on foot. This airport sees less queues and flight delays so it is especially best to fly if you want to visit domestic destinations.
Kansai International Airportis located 17.42 km to central Osaka, it was built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay and is served by the Nankai Railway lines which operate from the airport to the city centre, the journey takes about 46 minutes. Other transport options available at the airport include car rentals, shared-rides, taxis and airport buses. Kansai International airport serves more airlines with connections to various destinations across the world. This is the main international airport serving Osaka so it handles more passengers with long queues and some flight delays. Airlines include Air India, Air Asia, Air China, Air France, Air Macau, Air Seoul, Air New Zealand, Shanghai Airlines, Emirates, Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippines Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, Vanilla Air, Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines and many more. This is the main airport to fly to if flying into Osaka from intercontinental destinations.
KobeAirport is further than Osaka and Kansai international airports, it is located 53.48 km to central Osaka and served by efficient public transport links such as trains and buses. Taxis, private transfers and car hires services are also available at the airport. Kobe airport was also built on an artificial island off the Kobe’s coast, it handles mainly domestic flights and some international charter flights from other countries. It will take you around 57-60 minutes to central Osaka using the Port Liner train lines at the airport, taxi is the second best option to use as the airport is not served by a direct bus to the city centre. Only a few airlines operate from this airport such as Air Do, All Nippon Airways,Solaseed Air, and Sky Mark Airlines with domestic and some international charter flights from within Asia and Europe. This airport is about the same distance as Kansai airport but just further by less than a kilometre.
Osaka International Airport is better for people travellers flying into Osaka from within Japan due to is close proximity to the city centre. So, since the airport does not handle international flights, Kansai airport is better for long haul flights into the city and it is served by fast transport links as well. It takes around 46 minutes to central Osaka from Kansai airport and fares start from $6-$9. Taxi takes 40-50 minutes for about $122.85-$137.03 per trip. You can also visit all the major attractions in Osaka from this airport with less stress.
Osaka International Airport is closer to the Osaka Castle, one of the top famous attractions in Japan. Form Osaka airport, it will take you around 56 minutes using the Hankyu Railway lines for $3-$4, while taxi will get you there in 17 minutes for about $60-$75. If going from Kansai airport, you will spend 1h 25 minutes using the Japan Railways (JR) line for about $9-$12 while the airport taxi can get you there in 45 minutes for about $150-$190. Other must see places in Osaka include Universal Studios Japan, Dōtonbori, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tsutenkaku, Osaka Castle Park, Shitennoji, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Umeda Sky Building, Nakanoshima, Expo Commemoration Park, Abeno Harukas, Sumiyoshi-taisha, Nakanoshima Park, Kuromon Ichiba, Midōsuji, Osaka Tenmangū, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Mount Tenpō, Nishinomaru Garden, Kema Sakuranomiya Park, Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building, Osaka Museum of History, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Tower of the Sun, Kids Plaza Osaka, Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, and many others.
From Osaka International Airport by:
By Train (Hankyu Railways):$1-$3 https://www.osaka-airport.co.jp/en/access/train/ Train runs every 10 minutes.
By Bus (OKK Airport Bus): $4-$7 - http://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/itm/f_osa.html Bus runs hourly.
Taxi: $50-$65–http://www.mktaxi-japan.com/#!osaka-tai/clmjAvailable 24/7.
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From Kansai International Airport by:
Train (Nankai Railways): $6-$9 https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ Trains run every 20 minutes.
Bus (OKK Airport Bus): $13-$18 https://www.okkbus.co.jp/timetable/UM/ Bus runs every 20 minutes.
Taxi: $122.85-$137.03–http://kobesogo.co.jp/Available 24/7 at the airport.
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From Kobe Airport by:
Train (Bus + Port Liner): $6-$7 https://www.knt-liner.co.jp/en/ Train runs every 15 minutes.
Taxi: $110-$140 –http://kobesogo.co.jp/ Available 24/7 at the airport.
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Hotel prices can vary greatly depending on how far in advance you book, the demand for rooms, and which hotel you book but the prices below will give you a rough idea and you can do further research and hotel booking at https://www.tripindicator.com/hotel.html
Osaka International Airport Hotels:From $38.46per night.
Kansai International Airport Hotels: From $93.70per night
Kobe Airport Hotels: From $60.73per night
All of the airports mentioned offer competitive prices and a range of cars to suit your needs. Prices are based on the type of car, driver age, length of hire, and demand but you can get a rough idea for each airport below.
Osaka International Airport Car Rental:
Honda Fit Economy : (61$ to 396$) per week
Hertz Medium :(77$ to 504$ ) per week
Toyota Corolla Axio Economy:(79$ to 512$) per week
Toyota corolla Compact Cars: (72$ to 469$) per week
Compare prices here - https://www.tripindicator.com/car-rental.html
Kansai International Airport Car Rental:
Honda Fit Economy Cars: (61$ to 396$) per week
Hertz Medium Cars : (72$ to 504$) per week
Toyota Corolla Intermediate :(72$ to 470$) per week
Hertz Compact Cars: (78$ to 512$) per week
Compare Prices here - https://www.tripindicator.com/car-hire/kansai-airport.html
Kobe Airport Car Rental:
Hertz Economy Cars: (65$ to 424$) per week
Toyota Aqua Medium Cars::(78$ to 504$) per week
Hertz Intermediate Cars: (79$ to 512$) per week
Toyota Prius Cars: (93$ to 603$) per week
Compare Prices here - https://www.tripindicator.com/car-rental.html
For Kansai International Airport(KIX) Terminal Maps visit https://www.tripindicator.com/kix-kansai-airport-terminal-map.html
For Osaka International Airport(Itami) Terminal Maps visit https://www.tripindicator.com/itm-osaka-airport-terminal-map.html
For Kobe Airport Terminal Maps visit https://www.tripindicator.com/ukb-kobe-airport-terminal-map.html