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Flying into Beautiful Osaka

Many travelers planning a trip to Japan instinctively search for flights to Tokyo, the country’s most well-known city and home of its largest airport. But have you considered booking a flight into one of Japan’s other major international airports?
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More About Flights to Osaka

Osaka is often overlooked by travelers in favor of the country’s golden child, Tokyo, but this bold, food-loving city is equally worthy of attention. Known for its friendly locals and unique cuisine, Osaka provides a wonderful introduction to Japanese culture. Here’s an overview of what you need to know about arriving in Japan via Osaka.

What Should I Know About Booking a Flight to Osaka?

Osaka’s Kansai International Airport receives both domestic and international flights. Kansai is serviced by almost 30 different airlines from across the world, including Air France, Delta, and United.

Flights to Osaka from Brisbane are available for less than $700 RT with indirect flights. Travelers coming from Eastern Asia and Australia can also score extremely affordable flights to Osaka by flying with a low-cost carrier like AirAsia or Jetstar.

For European travelers, flights to Osaka from Manchester can be found for as little as $716 RT. Deals from North America are often available from airlines like Delta or Hawaiian Airlines, as well as Japan’s own airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines.

Although early morning and late night flights can come at a cheap price, it’s important to keep in mind that there are very limited train and bus connections between Kansai and Osaka after 11pm. It’s best to aim for flights that arrive between 8am and 10pm in order to avoid the additional cost of a taxi or airport hotel.

How Do I Travel Between Osaka and Kansai Airport?

There are a number of options for traveling to and from Kansai International Airport. Taxis can charge rates as high as $150 for a ride into the city center, so most travelers opt to take public transportation instead.

The quickest option is the JR Airport Express Haruka, which travels to the city’s Tennoji and Shin-Osaka stations.  The ride to Tennoji Station takes about 30 minutes and costs 1710 yen ($14.53) by unreserved seat or 2200 yen ($18.69) by reserved seat. The same train reaches Shin-Osaka Station in 50 minutes at a price of 2330 yen ($19.80) for an unreserved seat or 3000 yen ($25.49) for a reserved one. A somewhat slower option is to take the JR Rapid Service, which connects to Tennoji Station (50 minutes, 1060 yen/$9.01) and Osaka Station (70 minutes, 1190 yen/$10.11). 

Several companies offer bus service between the airport and the city, including Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise which connects to major stations and a few hotels and hostels in Osaka for around 1500 yen ($12.75) per person.

Will I Be Able to Find a Hotel Near Kansai International Airport?

If you do arrive outside public transportation hours, it’s best to find a hotel near the airport for the first night. Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport is the only hotel found directly beside the airport, located within the airport’s Aeroplaza. Rooms are simple but comfortable, and visitors who arrive hungry can watch chefs grilling up Japanese steaks at on-site Teppan Grill ICHO restaurant.

There are a few more hotel choices found about 5 km from the airport, near Rinku Town Station, some of which offer free shuttle service to/from the airport. Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport, for example, provides free shuttle buses between 5am and 11pm. This inviting hotel features six restaurants and a fitness club. On-site Bali Natura spa is an excellent place to relax with a massage after a long flight.

What Are the Airport Facilities Like?

Kansai Airport is easy to navigate, with information counters found on each of its four floors. Travelers will find an English-language tourist information center on the first floor, which can provide free maps and tour information. Wi-Fi is available for free, and there are also a number of @Stations that offer internet access.

Lockers are found in both terminals and there are also plenty of exchange booths that offer fair rates. There are dining options in both terminals, although most of the cafés, bars, and restaurants are concentrated in Terminal 1.

Insider Tip:

Kansai Airport is open 24 hours, so it’s common for budget-conscious travelers with flights arriving at odd hours to spend a night at the airport. Although it certainly won’t be as comfortable as a hotel, both terminals offer a variety of convenience stores and restaurants that are open throughout the night. You can also use the special shower facilities located in Terminal 1.

 

 

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