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Airports in Japan

Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)

Overview

The smaller of the two airports serving Tokyo, Narita International Airport is nonetheless a huge facility serving more than 32 million passengers each year. Formerly known as New Tokyo International Airport, the facility is made up of two terminals; Terminal 1 is larger and contains the largest duty-free brand boutique mall in Japan. The facility is clean and modern, and has amenities like massage and reflexology parlours, barbers and beauty salons, a dentist and a pet hotel.

Located 35 miles (57km) east of downtown Tokyo, Narita International Airport is served by a number of convenient and quick public transport options, including buses, taxis, and trains. High-speed trains are the fastest way to get into Tokyo from the airport, and can take 20 minutes less than a bus or taxi.

Flights to Tokyo Narita International Airport come in from all over the world, including destinations like Moscow, Toronto, Mexico City, Paris, Delhi, Beijing, Auckland, Chicago, Rome, Bangkok, Los Angeles, New York, Seoul, London, Honolulu, Vienna, Washington DC, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Helsinki, Sydney, Doha and Istanbul.

Location

The airport is located about 45 miles (73km) northeast of Tokyo.

Getting to the city

Terminal 1 has a separate railway station from Terminal 2 and 3. Terminal 1 uses Narita Airport Station and Terminal 2 and 3 use Airport Terminal 2 Station. Different train services on the JR or Keisei lines serve Tokyo and surrounding destinations. The journey to Tokyo takes at least one hour. Buses connect to the domestic airport and hotels in the city centre; the journey takes between one and two hours from the pick up at departure lobbies of Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

Time

GMT +9.

Contacts

Switchboard: +81(0)476-34-8000.

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Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Overview

With a spacious terminal and plenty of passenger amenities, shops and restaurants, Osaka Kansai Airport is ideal for most travellers. It is located on a man-made island in Osaka Bay, just 24 miles (38km) from downtown Osaka.

The airport is well connected to the mainland and passengers have a variety of public transport options to choose from when using Osaka Kansai Airport. It is also one of the best-rated airports worldwide. Passengers with some time to spare should visit the Refresh Capin Lounge or the Relaxation Forest, while the Observation Hall offers great views of the surrounding area as well as the runways.

Location

The airport is located 30 miles (50km) south of downtown Osaka.

Getting to the city

Taxis are available, but the journey takes around an hour and the fare is likely to be very high, so most passengers take the bus, train or high-speed ferry to Osaka. Minibuses go to the major hotels, departing from International Arrivals. The airport shuttle bus service connects to the ferry terminal for the ferry to Osaka.

Time

GMT +9.

Contacts

Tel: + 81 (0)724 55 2500.

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Matsuyama Airport (MYJ)

Location

The airport is located four miles (6km) from Matsuyama city centre.

Getting to the city

Bus and limousine bus services are available to various areas of the city.

Time

GMT+9

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Yamaguchi Ube Airport (UBJ)

Location

The airport is located three miles (4km) from Ube city centre.

Getting to the city

A number of bus companies operate from the airport to the city. Kusae train station is within easy walking distance of the airport.

Time

GMT +9

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Tokyo International Airport (HND)

Location

The airport is located 8.7 miles (14km) south of Tokyo.

Getting to the city

There are both railway and monorail connections for getting into Tokyo from Haneda Airport. Nonstop express routes take roughly 16 minutes to get into downtown Tokyo.

Time

GMT +9.

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Aomori Airport (AOJ)

Location

The airport is located seven miles (11km) from Aomori city centre.

Getting to the city

There is bus service from the airport, timed to coincide with arriving flights. The journey takes about 35 minutes.

Time

GMT +9

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Fukuoka Airport (FUK)

Location

Fukuoka Airport is located less than two miles (3km) east of Hakata Station in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.

Getting to the city

Several buses depart from the Domestic Terminal to various parts of Fukuoka. Buses from the International Terminal are more limited. The Kuko line of the subway also runs from the airport into the city, and connects with the Hakozaki and Nanakuma lines.

Time

Local time is GMT +9.

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Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Location

Kansai International Airport is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, 24 miles (38km) southwest of ÅŒsaka.

Getting to the city

Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise and other bus operators offer scheduled express bus services, called "Airport Limousines", for Kansai International Airport. The Haruka express train connects the airport to Tennoji, Shin-Osaka, and Kyoto Station. Other trains are available to Kyobashi Station and Namba Station, from which various connections can be made. There are also high-speed ferry services from Kansai to Kobe Airport.

Time

GMT +9.

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Hakodate Airport (HKD)

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Hakodate Station in Hakodate.

Getting to the city

Buses depart from the ground level of the airport to Hakodate train station every 20 to 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought from the domestic arrivals lobby.

Time

GMT +9

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Hachijo Jima Airport (HAC)

Location

The airport is situated in Hachijō Jima, on the southern Izu Islands.

Getting to the city

The bus service in Hachijo Jima is used to transport travellers from the airport to the town centre. The bus departs from the airport six times a day between 7.30am and 5.30pm. Taxis are available outside of the airport.

Time

GMT +9

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Hiroshima Airport (HIJ)

Location

Hiroshima Airport is located in the city of Mihara, 31 miles (50km) east of Hiroshima.

Getting to the city

Buses are available from the airport (outside the domestic arrival lobby) to the city centre. The journey time is about 45 minutes.

Time

GMT +9

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Kagoshima Airport (KOJ)

Location

The airport is located in Kirishima, 18 miles (29km) northeast of Kagoshima-Chuo Station in Kagoshima City

Getting to the city

Buses to the city are available outside the domestic terminal. Tickets can be bought on the first floor of the domestic terminal at the Bus Information Centre and cost ¥1,200 for a single ticket. The journey takes an hour to the city centre.

Time

GMT +9

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Kita Kyushu Airport (KKJ)

Location

The airport is situated on an artificial island in the western Seto Inland Sea, two miles (3km) away from Kita Kyushu.

Getting to the city

Buses can be accessed outside the arrival lobby on the first floor. Tickets can be bought from the airport bus station and cost between ¥400 and ¥700.

Time

GMT +9

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Kōchi Airport (KCZ)

Location

The airport is located eight miles (13km) east of the city of Kōchi.

Getting to the city

Travellers can catch the airport bus (Kochi Station Tourist Bus) to Kochi Station. The journey takes 40 minutes and tickets can be bought from a vending machine outside the arrivals lobby. Taxis are also available outside the airport terminal, but are a lot more expensive. Car rentals can be made from the arrival lobby.

Time

GMT +9

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Komatsu Airport (KMQ)

Location

The airport is located two and a half miles (4km) southwest of the city of Komatsu.

Getting to the city

Hokuriku Railway Buses offer trips to Kanazawa Station with a stop off in the city centre (not all buses stop in the city centre). Tickets from the airport cost between ¥820 and ¥1,100, depending on the destination. A Komatsu Bus service takes travellers to the JR Komatsu Train Station at a cost of about ¥260. The journey time is around 12 minutes. Keifuku Buses also offer trips to Fukui Station with a journey time of 60 minutes. Tickets cost about ¥1,220 for adults and ¥610 for children. CANBUS bus service also offers bus services from the airport to Kaga Loop, with multiple stops along the way. A one day pass costs about ¥1,000 (children ¥500) and a two day pass costs about ¥1,200 (children ¥600). The bus stop is situated outside the domestic flights entrance and tickets can be bought from a vending machine at the bus stop. Taxis are also available outside the international flights entrance, and charge a flat rate from the airport to Komatsu Station.

Time

GMT +9

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Kumamoto Airport (KMJ)

Location

The airport is located in Mashiki, Kumamoto.

Getting to the city

A bus can be taken from the airport to the city centre. The journey takes about 40 minutes and it costs about ¥670 for a one-way ticket. A bus can also be caught to Kumamoto Bus Station, costing ¥670 for a one-way ticket. Tickets are available from vending machines.

Time

GMT +9

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Akita Airport (AXT)

Location

The airport is located about nine miles (14km) southeast of Akita.

Getting to the city

There is a bus running to Akita station from the airport, scheduled to depart regularly after flight arrivals. It takes about 50 minutes to get to Akita by bus.

Time

GMT +9.

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Asahikawa Airport (AKJ)

Location

The airport is located 12 miles (20km) from Asahikawa city centre.

Getting to the city

Bus services are available from the airport to the city centre with a journey time of 35 minutes. Fares start at around ¥620 to the city.

Time

GMT +9

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Miyazaki Airport (KMI)

Location

The airport is located two miles (3km) from downtown Miyazaki.

Getting to the city

The Japan Railway serves the airport via several lines, including service to Miyazaki, Nobeoka, and Takachiho. Bus service is also available to the city and farther north.

Time

GMT+9

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Nagasaki Airport (NGS)

Location

The airport is located 25 miles (40km) north of Nagasaki city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses are available to Shinchi Terminal (35 minutes), Chuou Bashi (38 minutes) and Nagasaki Station (43-58 minutes). A one-way fare to these destinations costs ¥900. Other destinations are also available, and fares and journey times vary. Ferries run to Togitsu (25 minutes) and Huis Ten Bosch, costing ¥1,400 and ¥1,960 respectively.

Time

GMT+9

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Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)

Location

The airport is located 22 miles (35km) south of Nagoya city centre.

Getting to the city

The quickest way to get to Nagoya is by train. With a journey time of 28 minutes, the train station is within the terminal building; fares start from ¥740, but are dependent on destination. Airport buses arrive at the first floor of the terminal building, and run to various destinations in Nagoya for fares ranging between ¥770 and ¥3,500.

Time

GMT+9

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Oita Airport (OIT)

Location

The airport is located 18 miles (30km) from Oita city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses are available outside the passenger terminal building to transport passengers to the city centre. A bus to Oita Station takes about 60 minutes.

Time

GMT +9

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Okayama Airport (OKJ)

Location

The airport is located 11 miles (18km) from Okayama city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses and shared taxis are available at the airport to transport passengers to the city.

Time

GMT +9

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Naha Airport (OKA)

Location

The airport is located three miles (4km) from Okinawa city centre.

Getting to the city

Passengers can take the monorail from the airport as far as Shuri Station, which takes around 27 minutes and costs upwards of ¥230; trains operate between 6am and 11.30pm. There are also several bus lines that service the airport.

Time

GMT +9

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Miho-Yonago Airport (YGJ)

Location

The airport is located seven miles (12km) from Yonago city centre.

Getting to the city

The Japan Railway has service from the airport departing roughly once per hour between 6am and 11.45pm on weekdays, and between 7am and 11pm on weekends and holidays. The fare to Yonago Station is ¥240, while Sakaiminato Station costs ¥190. Buses run to Yonago Station and Matsue Station between 8am and 9.30pm.

Time

GMT +9

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Toyama Airport (TOY)

Location

The airport is located three miles (6km) south of Toyama.

Getting to the city

Shuttle buses are available; the trip into downtown Toyama takes around 25 minutes.

Time

Local time is GMT +9.

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Tokushima Awaodori Airport (TKS)

Location

The airport is located in Matsushige, just outside the city of Tokushima.

Getting to the city

Buses are available to a number of destinations in Tokushima, Naruto, Anan, and Miyoshi; buses to JR Tokushima Station take approximately 25 minutes.

Time

GMT +9.

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Shonai Airport (SYO)

Location

The airport is situated about eight miles (12km) southwest from Shona and eight miles (12km) south of Sakata.

Getting to the city

Buses are available at the airport, travelling to a number of destinations including the Sakata Railway Station, which is the main transport hub in the area. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT +9

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Takamatsu Airport (TAK)

Location

The airport is situated nine miles (15km) southwest of Takamatsu.

Getting to the city

Taxis and buses are available to transport visitors from the airport to the city and the Takamatsu Railway Station, among other destinations.

Time

GMT +9

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Tokyo Narita International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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