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Itami Airport (ITM), formally known as Osaka International Airport, was opened in 1939 about ten kilometers north of central Osaka. With the completion of Kansai Airport (KIX) in 1994, Kansai Airport took over all of Itami's international and part of its domestic air traffic.

Today, Itami Airport continues to handle a large number of domestic flights to more than 30 destinations across Japan. It is served by JAL and its subsidiary airlines, ANA and its subsidiary airlines, and IBEX Airlines.

How to travel between Itami Airport and Kyoto

By bus
Direct, 60 minutes, 1310 yen one way, departures every 20 minutes
Direct airport buses connect Itami Airport with Kyoto Station. The one way journey takes about one hour and costs 1310 yen.

By monorail and Hankyu Railways
2 transfers, 60 minutes, 670 yen one way, connections every 10 minutes
Take the Osaka Monorail from the airport (Osaka Airport Station) for just one station to Hotarugaike Station (2 minutes, 200 yen) and transfer to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line for Juso Station. At Juso Station, transfer to the Hankyu Kyoto Line for central Kyoto (55 minutes, 470 yen from Hotarugaike Station).

By monorail and Japan Railways (JR)
2 transfers, 60 minutes, 980 yen one way, connections every 15 minutes
Take the Osaka Monorail from the airport (Osaka Airport Station) for just one station to Hotarugaike Station (2 minutes, 200 yen) and transfer to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line Railways for Umeda Station (15-20 minutes, 220 yen). From Umeda/Osaka Station, take the JR Kyoto Line to Kyoto (30 minutes, 560 yen).

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current Yen exchange rate, click here.

Hotels around Osaka

Recommended Hotels
Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel recently opened near JR Osaka Station in the convenient Umekita district.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: May 6, 2014