Kansai International Airport (関西空港, Kansai Kūkō, KIX) is one of Japan's most important international airports. Located on a man made island about 40 kilometers south of central Osaka, Kansai Airport was opened in 1994, taking over all international and some of the domestic air traffic formerly handled by Osaka's Itami Airport.
Kansai Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1, the main terminal, is housed in a long, modern building and serves both domestic and international flights by regular airlines. The railway station is located directly adjacent to it. Added in 2012 in a more remote, spartan building, terminal 2 serves low-cost airlines (LCCs). It has fewer bus connections and no train service, and is connected to terminal 1 and the railway station by a free shuttle bus.
How to travel between Kansai Airport and Central Osaka
|By JR Haruka limited express train|
|Direct, 50 minutes, 1120-2900 yen one way to Shin-Osaka Station, 2 trains per hour|
|"Haruka" limited express trains connect Kansai Airport with Tennoji (30 minutes, 1740 yen by unreserved seat, about 2300 yen by reserved seat) and Shin-Osaka Station (50 minutes, 2380 yen unreserved, about 2900 yen reserved). With the Icoca & Haruka ticket, available to foreign tourists only, you can travel by non-reserved seat on the Haruka between the airport and Osaka for only 1120 yen (to Tennoji) or 1320 yen (to Shin-Osaka) if you own or purchase an Icoca prepaid card.|
|By JR airport rapid train|
|Direct, 70 minutes, 1080-1210 yen one way to Osaka Station, 2-3 trains per hour|
|Rapid trains connect the airport with Tennoji Station (50 minutes, 1080 yen) and Osaka Station (70 minutes, 1210 yen).|
|By Nankai Railways|
|Direct, 35-50 minutes, 930-1450 yen one way to Namba Station, frequent departures|
|"Rap:t" limited express trains take about 35 minutes and cost 1450 yen (all reserved) from Kansai Airport to Namba Station, while express trains do the same trip in about 45 minutes and for 930 yen. Those transferring to a subway line at Namba Station should consider the "Kanku Chikatoku Ticket" which combines the Nankai train ride from Kansai Airport to Namba Station and a subway journey from Namba Station to any subway station within Osaka for only 1020 yen one way. The ticket is also available for travel in the opposite direction.|
|Direct, 45-60 minutes, 1600 yen one way to central Osaka, frequent departures|
|There are direct airport limousine buses from Kansai Airport to various places and hotels in Osaka, including Osaka Station (60 minutes, 1600 yen) and Namba Station (45 minutes, 1100 yen).|
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Means of access to/from Kansai Airport
Late night and early morning flights
Travelers with flights departing in the early morning (before 8:00) or arriving in the late evening (after 22:00) should take note that all trains and most buses do not operate overnight. Taxis remain available, but are an expensive option with fares to Osaka starting around 18,000 yen. Affected travelers are advised to stay at a hotel in the vicinity of the airport, instead.
Late night transportation
The last train out of Kansai Airport to Osaka's Namba area departs just before midnight, while the last trains with connections to Osaka Station and Kyoto depart about half an hour earlier than that. Likewise, most last buses depart the airport around 23:00 or midnight, except for hourly buses to Osaka Station that operate throughout the night.
Early morning transportation
The first train connections in the morning from Osaka reach the airport around 6:00, while those from Kyoto do so about an hour later. Early morning buses generally also start arriving around 6:00.
Hotels around the airport
Kansai Airport is open 24 hours, and it is possible for budget travelers to spend their first or last night there. Both terminals offer a variety of 24 hour facilities such as convenience stores, fast food and restaurants, while terminal 1 additionally offers showers, a paid airport lounge and an internet cafe.
There are a couple of hotels located in the immediate vicinity of the airport:
- Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport (regular hotel, adjacent to terminal 1)
- First Cabin Kansai Airport (capsule hotel, adjacent to terminal 1)
Several more accommodation options are available around Rinku Town Station, a short train (5 minutes, 370 yen) or taxi ride (about 2500-3500 yen) away. Some hotels offer free shuttle bus services to/from the airport:
- Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku (regular hotel)
- Kansai Airport Washington Hotel (regular hotel, free shuttle bus 5:00 to 23:35)
- Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport (robot-run hotel, free shuttle bus 5:00 to 23:55)
- Hatago Inn Kansai Airport (regular hotel)
Sightseeing attractions around the airport
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport - 3 mins walk to the airportDirectly accessible within Kansai International Airport, Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport - 3 mins walk to the airport features comfortable rooms with free WiFi. The hotel offers free luggage storage services at the 24-hour front desk and free on-site private parking. For overnight guests, free parking for 24 hours for each night stay, and thereafter, the property will charge according to regulation. Rooms at the Kansai Airport Nikko are bright and spacious. They have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric kettle and refrigerator. En suite bathrooms come with a shower, bathtub as well as a hairdryer and free amenities. Facilities at the Nikko Hotel include a business desk, coin-operated computers with internet access and a souvenir shop. Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport - 3 mins walk to the airport is connected to Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 via a pedestrian walkway. Guest can relax with massage services at the hotel for a fee. A breakfast is served at the property. Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport - 3 mins walk to the airport boasts 4 on-site restaurants including a Japanese tempura restaurant "Hanazato", teppanyaki-grill restaurant "Icho", Chinese restaurant "Toh-Lee" and a Japanese-Western fusion restaurant "The Brasserie". Hotel Nikko is located within the Kansai Airport's shopping mall Aeroplaza. It is a 5-minute walk away Kansai Kuko Station for JR and Nankai lines. Tennoji Station is a 30-minute train ride from the property, while Namba Station is a 40-minute train ride away.View on Booking.com
ABC Guesthouse (1F)ABC Guesthouse (1F) is located in Izumi-Sano, 1.1 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall and 2.4 km from Icora Mall Izumisano. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The property is 12 km from Rinku Park and 24 km from Shipporyu-ji Temple. Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre is 4 km from the hostel, while Jigenin Temple is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 10 km from ABC Guesthouse (1F).View on Booking.com
Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKALocated in Izumi-Sano, 1.5 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall and 1.8 km from Icora Mall Izumisano, Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The property, housed in a building dating from 2016, is 7 km from Jigenin Temple and 24 km from Shipporyu-ji Temple. The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a kettle, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and slippers. Towels and bed linen are provided. Rinku Park is 2.8 km from the apartment, while Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre is 3.4 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 9 km from Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA.View on Booking.com
Oriental Suites Airport Osaka RinkuSituated in Izumi-Sano, within 1.5 km of Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre and 3.6 km of Izumisano-shi Culture Hall, Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku provides free WiFi throughout the property. The property is around 3.7 km from Icora Mall Izumisano, 6 km from Jigenin Temple and 12 km from Rinku Park. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, an ATM and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, rooms are equipped with a desk. Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku offers some rooms with lake views, and all rooms are fitted with a kettle. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Shipporyu-ji Temple is 26 km from Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku, while Rinku Gate Tower Building is a few steps from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 7 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Henn na Hotel Kansai AirportSituated within 9 km of Icora Mall Izumisano and 12 km of Rinku Park, Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport provides rooms in Izumi-Sano. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, rooms come with a desk. Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport features some rooms with sea views, and rooms are equipped with a kettle. The rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. At Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Izumisano-shi Culture Hall is 12 km from the hotel, while Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre is 12 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 18 km from Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport.View on Booking.com
HATAGO INN Kansai AirportProviding free WiFi in all areas, HATAGO INN Kansai Airport is located a 7-minute walk from Rinku-Town Station. The property is located within 1.2 km of Rinku Premium Outlets. The ground floor features a large library for staying guests only offering magazines and manga books. Free public baths separated by gender is available for guests to relax in. The rooms is fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bath or shower, free toiletries and a desk. The private bathroom is equipped with a hair dryer. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space for guests. Guests can choose from a selection of free amenities in the lobby. A buffet breakfast including local specialities is served daily at the property. Kansai International Airport is 12 minutes by train from the property.View on Booking.com
Kansai Airport Washington HotelJust 15 minutes to Kansai Airport on the hotel’s free shuttle, Washington Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, a buffet restaurant and massage services. An ATM is available, and free Wi-Fi is also provided at the lobby and the restaurant. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Washington Kansai Airport offer city or bay views. Each room is equipped with a TV with satellite channels, a fridge and an electric kettle. Washington Kansai Airport Hotel houses a 24-hour convenience store and drinks vending machines. Restaurant Kitchen Garden serves buffets with Western, Japanese and Chinese dishes. Kansai Airport Hotel Washington is a 3-minute walk from JR Rinku Town Station and a 9-minute walk to the Rinku Premium Outlets. Downtown Osaka is an hour away by train.View on Booking.com
Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport1.3 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall, Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport is set in Izumi-Sano and provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is located 2.4 km from Icora Mall Izumisano, 3.5 km from Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre and 6 km from Jigenin Temple. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai features some units with city views, and every room has a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Rinku Park is 12 km from Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport, while Shipporyu-ji Temple is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 9 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Star Gate Hotel Kansai AirportOffering panoramic bay and airport views, Star Gate Hotel occupies the upper floors of a high-rise tower. It features 6 restaurants, a fitness club and a beauty salon. The hotel is a 5-minute train ride from the airport, and free airport shuttles are offered every day. The elegantly decorated rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Both wired internet and Wi-Fi are offered for free. The en suite bathroom comes with free toiletries. Some rooms feature a table and a seating area. Kansai Airport Star Gate Hotel’s 24-hour front desk offers a free luggage storage service. Guests can work out at the fitness centre (charges apply), or relax with a thorough massage at Bali Natura on the 50th floor. Dry cleaning and currency exchange services are also offered on site. There are amusement and shopping complexes around the hotel, including Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle and Rinku Premium Outlet, both within a 10-minute walk. Osaka’s downtown Namba area is a 45-minute train ride away from the hotel. Stargate Dining & Bar on the top floor features international cuisines. Its breakfast buffet is free for children under 3. Arima offers traditional Japanese dishes, while teppanyaki can be enjoyed at Rinku restaurant.View on Booking.com