"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 1200 yen (to Tennoji) or 1600 yen (to Shin-Osaka) if you own or purchase an Icoca prepaid card. Alternatively, you can profit from the discounted fares by booking through Klook.
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.
Getting to Kansai Airport
Rapid trains connect the airport with Tennoji Station (50 minutes, 1080 yen) and Osaka Station (70 minutes, 1210 yen).
Express trains by Nankai Railway make the trip between Kansai Airport and Namba Station in 45-50 minutes and cost 930 yen one way. Seat reservations are not possible. 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.
Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.
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 already around 11pm. Likewise, most last buses depart the airport around 23:00 or midnight.
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
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, and coin-operated computers with internet access. Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport - 3 mins walk to the airport is connected to Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 via a pedestrian walkway. 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
Henn na Hotel Kansai AirportHenn na Hotel Kansai Airport features accommodation in Izumi-Sano near Rinku Park and Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre. The property has a snack bar, as well as a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and some rooms at the hotel have a sea view. The rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Staff speak English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk. Wakihama Ebisu Grand Shrine is 5.9 km from Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport, while Natural Education Museum is 6.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 18 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International AirportFeaturing 4-star accommodation, Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport is set in Izumi-Sano, 1.3 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall and 2.4 km from Icora Mall Izumisano. The property is located 3.2 km from Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre, 4.1 km from Naka Family Residence and 5.8 km from Wakihama Ebisu Grand Shrine. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests. The units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Featuring a private bathroom with a bidet and free toiletries, rooms at Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport also feature free WiFi, while some rooms also feature a city view. All guest rooms at the accommodation feature air conditioning and a desk. Guests at Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Jigenin Temple is 6 km from the hotel, while Aeon Mall Rinku-Sennan is 6.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 9 km from Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International 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
Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKALocated in Izumi-Sano, 1.5 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall and 1.7 km from Icora Mall Izumisano, Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. Housed in a building dating from 2016, this apartment is 3.1 km from Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre and 4.3 km from Naka Family Residence. The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a kettle, and 1 bathroom with a bidet and a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the apartment. Wakihama Ebisu Grand Shrine is 5.1 km from the apartment, while Kanda Shrine is 5.7 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 9 km from Apartment Hotel STAY THE OSAKA.View on Booking.com
Kansai Airport Washington HotelWashington 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
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. The hotel is a 5-minute train ride from the airport. 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). 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
Guest House IzumiSituated in Izumi-Sano and within 2.5 km of Rinku Premium Outlets, Guest House Izumi features free WiFi. Nankai Izumisano Station is a 10-minute walk from the guest house. At the guest house, some rooms are fitted with shared toilets and showers. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 7 km from Guest House Izumi.View on Booking.com
Hotel Aston Plaza Kansai AirportOpened in April 2017, Hotel Aston Plaza Kansai Airport is located in Izumisano, a 15-minute drive from Kansai International Airport. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Each room has air conditioning, a refrigerator and slippers. An private bathroom comes with bathroom amenities and towels. There is a 24-hour front desk with free luggage storage, and free airport shuttle service is available. The property features drinks vending machines and guests can enjoy the on-site public bath free of charge. Free private parking is available on site, and laundry facilities are provided for guests' convenience. Breakfast buffet is provided. There are several restaurants, cafes and convenience stores within a 5-minute walk from the property. Hotel Aston Plaza Kansai Airport is a 15-minute walk from Hagurazaki Station. Rinku Premium Outlets is a 10-minute drive away. Guests can reach Universal Studios Japan within 60 minutes by car.View on Booking.com