Osaka Kansai International Airport

Osaka Kansai International Airport occupies a purpose-built island in Osaka Bay, 38km from the city centre. It was opened in 1994 to reduce crowding at the older Osaka Airport, which today only serves domestic flights.


The airport is a notable feat of civil engineering. It was designed by Italian engineer Renzo Plano to stand up to natural disasters, and proved itself a year later when the facility was undamaged by the earthquake in nearby Kobe. Kansai International is known to many locals simply as 'Kankū'.


The airport is a hub for several Japanese airlines, including Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and low cost carrier Peach. International airlines such as Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Korean Air, Emirates and many others connect Osaka with more than 30 countries worldwide. Osaka Kansai International has become one of the most important hubs in the Asia-Pacific region for flights to Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.


The airport has two terminals:


- Terminal 1 is the main terminal, which handles all international and domestic flights except Peach. This is where most of the airport's facilities can be found, including banks, restaurants, shops and lounges.


- Terminal 2 is designed for low cost carriers and is exclusively used by Peach. This terminal has limited facilities compared to T1. There are plans for a third terminal to house other low cost carriers in the future, but currently these use T1.


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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2016.

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 Getting To & From the Airport

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Kansai International Airport is accessible by car via Hanshin Expressway No. 4 Bayshore Route going to Kanku Line or Kansai Kokusai Kuko Renraku-kyo. Travellers can also take the Hanwa Expressway (Toll Road) from Sennan and turn left to Kaminogo from Izumisano Junction. From there, it will go straight to the airport. 

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Three rail services connect Kansai International to stations in Osaka city centre:


- The JR Haruka limited express train takes 50 minutes to Shin-Osaka Station. If you have an Icoca & Haruka ticket, the journey costs ¥1300. Normal tickets cost ¥2330 (unreserved seat) or ¥3000 (reserved).


- The JR rapid train takes 70 minutes to Osaka Station and costs ¥1990.


- Nankai Railways' Rap:t express trains reach Namba Station in 35–45 minutes and cost ¥920–¥1430 depending on the speed.

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Airport limousine buses take one hour to reach central Osaka and cost ¥1500. If you're travelling to Nimba Station, the journey takes 45 minutes and tickets are ¥1050.


For journeys farther afield, express buses also travel to Kobe (1 hour and 15 minutes, ¥2000) and Kyoto (1 hour and 40 minutes, ¥2500).

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Taxis are a more expensive option that won't get you to Osaka much faster than a bus or train. Expect to pay ¥15,000 for the 50-minute journey, or ¥17,500 at night. You can find taxis outside Terminal 1.

 Who flies to Osaka Kansai International

 Airport Contact Details

Osaka Kansai International Airport

Building 1-banchi,
Senshu-Kuko Kita,
Osaka 549-8501,

Tel:+81 (0)724 552500, 2139
Fax:+81 (0)724 552045


Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd.

 Location Details

Longitude:135° 14' 48'' E
Latitude:34° 25' 26'' N

 Airport Location

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