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Kansai International Airport (֐`, 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.

The following train and bus lines connect Kansai Airport's terminal 1 with the nearby cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and surroundings. Only a limited number of buses also stop at terminal 2.

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.

By bus
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

JR Limited Express "Haruka"

About 2000 yen, 30 minutes to Tennoji
About 2500 yen, 50 minutes to Shin-Osaka
About 3000 yen, 70 minutes to Kyoto
Departures every 30 minutes
The Haruka is a comfortable train for travelers to and from the airport, which connects to Tennoji (a large station in southern Osaka), Shin-Osaka (the shinkansen station of Osaka) and Kyoto. Reserved and non reserved seats are available. Thanks to the Icoca & Haruka discount ticket, the Haruka can also be a relatively economical option.

JR Kansai Airport Rapid

1080 yen, 50 minutes to Tennoji
1210 yen, 70 minutes to Osaka
Departures every 15 minutes
The JR Airport Line is the inexpensive JR alternative to the Haruka limited express between the airport and central Osaka, serving Tennoji, Osaka and other major stations on the Osaka Loop Line. It cuts the ticket price in half, but increases the traveling time by about 15 minutes. Unlike the Haruka, it is a normal commuter train which stops a few times between the airport and Osaka and can become crowded during rush hours.

Nankai "Rapi:t"

1450 yen, 35 minutes to Namba
Departures every 30 minutes
The Nankai "Rapi:t Alpha" and "Rapi:t Beta" trains are limited express trains which connect the airport with Namba, the heart of Osaka's southern city center. Beta trains stop at two more stations than Alpha trains and are, therefore, just slightly slower than Alpha trains. Both are comfortable trains especially for travelers to and from the airport. All seats are reserved.

Nankai Airport Express

930 yen, 45 minutes to Namba
Departures every 15 minutes
The Nankai Airport Express, also connecting the airport with Namba, is the cheaper but slower alternative to the "Rapi:t" trains. Unlike the "Rapi:t" trains, these trains are normal commuter trains which stop more frequently and can become crowded during rush hours.

Airport Limousine Bus

About 1500 yen, 60 minutes to central Osaka
2600 yen, 100 minutes to Kyoto
2000 yen, 75 minutes to Kobe
Airport limousine buses connect Kansai Airport with various places and hotels in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and other destinations in the Kansai Region.

Taxi

About 15,000 yen (18,000 yen late night), 50 minutes to central Osaka
Because Kansai Airport is located about 50 km outside of Osaka, a taxi ride into the city center of Osaka is very expensive and not recommended to common travelers.

Ferry

1880 yen, 30 minutes to Kobe Airport
A high speed ferry connects Kansai Airport with Kobe Airport. A shuttle bus connects the airport terminal with the ferry pier.

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:

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:

Sightseeing attractions around the airport

Sky View Observation Hall

Hours: 8:00 to 22:00, free entry
Free shuttle bus from terminal 1 departs every 20 minutes
The Sky View Observation Hall is an airport museum and observation deck. Its close proximity to one of the runways affords visitors excellent views of the planes taking off and landing at Kansai Airport. The hall is located near the ferry terminal building and is accessible by free shuttle buses (8 minutes) from terminal 1 and the Rinku Premium Outlets.

Rinku Town

Hours: typically 10:00 to 20:00 (shops), 11:00 to 22:00 (restaurants)
Access by train (5 min, 370 yen) or bus from terminal 1 (20 min, 200 yen)
Rinku Town is a shopping district with a large variety of shops, restaurants and other attractions. Some of the larger complexes include Seacle, a large shopping mall with a kids theme park, hot spring and ferris wheel; the Rinku Premium Outlets with over 200 brand name outlet shops and restaurants; and an Aeon shopping mall a little further away from Rinku Town Station.

Hotels around Osaka

    • Kaneyoshi Ryokan
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    • Bigtree Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Bigtree Guesthouse offers accommodation in Izumi-Sano. This non-smoking property has a designated smoking area. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. Rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom. Bigtree Guesthouse features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property. The hostel also offers free use of bicycles. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 8 km from the property.
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    • Greenwood Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Situated within 1.3 km of Izumisano-shi Culture Hall and 1.9 km of Icora Mall Izumisano, Greenwood Hostel features rooms with air conditioning and a shared bathroom in Izumi-Sano. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is 11 km from Rinku Park and 24 km from Shipporyu-ji Temple. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre is 3.5 km from Greenwood Hostel, while Jigenin Temple is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport - 3 mins walk to the airport
      Luxury
      Directly 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. 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.
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    • karaksa Spring hotel Kansai Air Gate
      Luxury
      Located within 2.6 km of Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre and 4.3 km of Izumisano-shi Culture Hall, karaksa Spring hotel Kansai Air Gate provides rooms in Izumi-Sano. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is 14 km from Rinku Park and 22 km from Shipporyu-ji Temple. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At karaksa Spring hotel, each room is fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Icora Mall Izumisano is 5 km from the accommodation, while Jigenin Temple is 7 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 6 km from karaksa Spring hotel Kansai Air Gate.
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    • Bighem Maison
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a 4-minute walk from Nankai Tsuruhara Station and within 5 km of Rinku Premium Outlets, Bighem Maison boasts a terrace, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. A hot tub is available for guests. The accommodation provides a shared lounge, and luggage storage for guests. All guest rooms is equipped with a microwave, toaster, a kettle, a bath or shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Rooms are complete with a shared bathroom, while some units at the bed and breakfast also offer a seating area. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. There are some shops and dining options within a 10-minute walk from Bighem Maison. Kansai International Airport is 10 minutes by train from the property.
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    • HATAGO INN Kansai Airport
      Mid-range
      Providing 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.
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    • Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport
      Luxury
      Situated within 9 km of Icora Mall Izumisano and 12 km of Rinku Park, Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport features 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. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport have air conditioning and a desk. 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, 6 km from Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport.
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    • Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku
      Luxury
      Situated 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 offers 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. All guest rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. All rooms at Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku have air conditioning and a desk. 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, 6 km from the hotel.
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    • Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Izumi-Sano, 1.5 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall and 1.8 km from Icora Mall Izumisano, Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA offers free WiFi and air conditioning. The property, housed in a building dating from 2016, is 7 km from Jigenin Temple and 24 km from Shipporyu-ji Temple. This apartment includes 1 bedroom, a living room and a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dining area, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a washing machine. 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, 7 km from Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA.
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    • ABC Guest House
      Budget-friendly
      ABC Guest House offers rooms in Izumi-Sano. Free WiFi is available and on-site parking is provided. The shared bathroom is equipped with free toiletries. Osaka is 37 km from the guest house. Kansai International Airport is 8 km from the property.
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