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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 Itami Airport

By bus
Direct, 75 minutes, 2000 yen one way, 2 buses per hour
Airport buses directly connect Itami Airport with Kansai Airport in about 75 minutes and for 2000 yen one way.

By monorail and train
2-3 transfers, about 100 minutes, 1590-2110 yen one way, frequent connections
The journey by rail requires at least two transfers of trains along the way: take the Osaka Monorail from Itami Airport (Osaka Airport Station) for just one station to Hotarugaike Station (2 minutes, 200 yen) and transfer to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line for Osaka-Umeda Station (15 to 20 minutes, 230 yen). From there you can get to Kansai Airport by direct JR Airport Rapid (70 minutes, 1210 yen) or subway and Nankai Railways via Namba (60 minutes, 1680 yen by limited express or 70 minutes, 1160 yen by express).

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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

JR Kansai Airport Rapid

1080 yen, 50 minutes to Tennoji
1210 yen, 70 minutes to Osaka
Departures every 15 minutes

Nankai "Rapi:t"

1450 yen, 35 minutes to Namba
Departures every 30 minutes

Nankai Airport Express

930 yen, 45 minutes to Namba
Departures every 15 minutes

Airport Limousine Bus

About 1500 yen, 60 minutes to central Osaka
2600 yen, 100 minutes to Kyoto
2000 yen, 75 minutes to Kobe

Taxi

About 15,000 yen (18,000 yen late night), 50 minutes to central Osaka

Ferry

1880 yen, 30 minutes to Kobe 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:

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

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)

Hotels around Osaka

    • Kaneyoshi Ryokan
      A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
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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 1.3 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall, Greenwood Hostel features rooms with air conditioning 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 6 km from Jigenin Temple and 11 km from Rinku Park. All units in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. All rooms have a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Icora Mall Izumisano is 1.9 km from Greenwood Hostel, while Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre is 3.5 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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    • ABC Guesthouse (1F)
      Budget-friendly
      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, 8 km from ABC Guesthouse (1F).
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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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    • 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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    • 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. At the hotel, rooms are equipped with a desk. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Shipporyu-ji Temple is 26 km from the accommodation, while Rinku Gate Tower Building is a few steps from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 6 km from Oriental Suites Airport Osaka Rinku.
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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. At the hotel, rooms come with a desk. The rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport can enjoy an Asian breakfast. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Izumisano-shi Culture Hall is 12 km from Henn na Hotel Kansai Airport, while Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle Shopping Centre is 12 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 6 km from the hotel.
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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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    • Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport
      Luxury
      Set in Izumi-Sano, 1.3 km from Izumisano-shi Culture Hall, Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport 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. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Rinku Park is 12 km from the accommodation, while Shipporyu-ji Temple is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 7 km from Izumisano Center Hotel Kansai International Airport.
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