Japan’s third largest city, Osaka, is a sprawling metropolis and the beating heart of the Kansai region. The futuristic cityscape is just as impressive as Tokyo’s, while the friendly locals with their distinctive dialect add plenty of local flavour. Speaking of flavour, Osaka is famous for gastronomy. Locals tend to live by the philosophy of kuidaore: eat ‘til you drop.
Airports in Osaka
There are two airports in Osaka. Most international travellers will arrive at Kansai International Airport (KIX), which sits on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. The airport was built to relieve pressure from the smaller Osaka International Airport (ITM), which now only serves domestic routes.
Airlines that fly to Osaka
There are no direct flights from the UK to Osaka. It’s possible to fly indirectly with a few airlines including KLM, Japan Airlines, ANA, Eastern Airways, Air France, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hahn Air, and Air Canada. In some cases you might have to book two flights with separate airlines. Make sure you leave enough time in your itinerary for connections.
Getting into Osaka
From Kansai International Airport:
The airport is connected to the city by three train routes. The Haruka limited express service runs between the airport and Tennōji, Shin-Ōsaka, and Kyoto Stations. The Kansai Airport Rapid offers a service between the airport and Kyobashi Station and stops at a number of smaller stations. There’s also the rapi:t limited express train to Namba Station.
There are six buses running between the airport and Central Osaka city, with seven routes to other destinations in Osaka prefecture. There are also buses to other cities including Kyoto, Shikoku, and Wakayama.
Taxis are available outside the terminal building, with a standard fare between the airport and central Osaka. To Kita-Ku the fare is ¥14,500 (about £81.65)* in a medium car or ¥13,000 (about £73.20)* in a small car. To Chuo-Ku, the fare for a medium size vehicle is ¥14,000 (about £78.85)* or ¥13,000 (about £73.20)* in a small car. Prices increase late at night.
Car hire is available at the airport from Nippon Rent-A-Car, Nissan Rent-A-Car, Toyota Rent-A-Car, Orix Rent-A-Car Japan, and Times Car RENTAL.
From Osaka International Airport:
The Osaka Monorail connects the airport to Osaka’s northern suburbs, where you can catch additional trains to reach your destination. Airport Limousine Buses run between the airport and the city centre. Fares start at ¥500 (about £2.80)* but this is subject to journey length. Taxis are
available outside the building, you should expect to pay around ¥4,700 (about £26.50)* but confirm with the driver first.
*Prices subject to change
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