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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 40 miles (66km) northeast of Tokyo.

Getting to the city

Trains, buses and taxis connect to the city centre. Each airport terminal has a separate railway station. Terminal one uses Narita Airport Station and Terminal 2 is Airport Terminal 2 Station. Different train services on the JR or Keisei lines serve Tokyo and surrounding destinations. The journey to Tokyo takes one hour; if possible book a seat in advance but remember to use the correct departing airport station. Terminal 1 Tel: JR +81 (0)476-33-1655, and Keisei: +81 (0)476-32-8501. From Terminal 2 for JR and Keisei +81 (0)476-34-6005 and +81 (0)476-34-8763. 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 and 2. Fixed fare taxis are available and a concierge directs passengers to available cars; fares are determined by city zones. The tourist information desk in the arrivals hall can help travellers with their transport needs.

Time

GMT +9.

Contacts

Switchboard: + 81 (0)476 322 802. Flight Information: +81 (0)476 34 5000.

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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+8

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Yamaguchi Ube Airport (UBJ)

Location

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

Getting to the city

Four bus companies are available at the airport, with Ube City Transportation Bureau and Sanden Transportation offering transport to the city.

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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Central Japan International Airport (NGO)

Overview

Located in Tokoname, in the Aichi Prefecture of central Japan, Central Japan International Airport (usually abbreviated to Centrair) is built on an artificial island in Ise Bay. The primary transport hub for the Chûbu (central) region of Japan, the facility is modern and spacious with all the high-tech amenities you'd expect from a major Japanese airport (including a Relaxation Plaza with a soothing bath house).

Central Japan International Airport is a busy facility serving 12 million people each year, and makes a convenient gateway to Japan with high-speed rail links to Kyoto and Shizuoka. Flights to Central Japan International Airport are available from many cities throughout Asia, and a few major airports in Europe like Frankfurt and Helsinki.

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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. A single fare is ¥700.

Time

GMT+9

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Fukuoka Airport (FUK)

Location

Fukuoka Airport is located 1.8 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: the city bus (No. 1) stops at Fukuoka Tower and Hakata Station; the expressway bus (No. 2) goes to Kokura, Saga, Yufuin/Beppu, Karatsu, Imari, and Miyazaki (night service only); the express bus (also No. 2) goes to Iizuka/Tagawa; and the expressway bus (No. 3) stops at Hita, Tsuetate/Takatsuka, Kumamoto, Kurume, and Green Land/Omuta/Arao. 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)

Time

GMT+9

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Hachijojima Airport (HAC)

Time

GMT +9

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Hiroshima Airport (HIJ)

Time

GMT+9

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Kagoshima Airport (KOJ)

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, timed to depart 15 minutes after domestic flight arrivals and 60 minutes after international arrivals. It takes 50 minutes.

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.

Time

GMT+8

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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 as far as Kokura. Bus service is also available to the city and farther north.

Time

GMT+8

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Nagasaki Airport (NGS)

Location

The airport is located three miles (4km) west 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 is ¥800. 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+8

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Chūbu Centrair International Airport (NGO)

Location

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

Time

GMT+8

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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 and transport passengers to the city centre. A bus to Oita Station takes about 60 minutes.

Time

GMT+8

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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. A bus to Okayama Station takes approximately 30 minutes and costs ¥760.

Time

GMT+8

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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 ¥230-330; trains operate between 6am and 11:30pm. Several bus lines service the airport, with fares starting from ¥220.

Time

GMT+8

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Miho-Yonago Airport (YGJ)

Location

The airport is located eight miles (14km) 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 are scheduled around arriving flights and take approximately 25 minutes. Ferries can be taken to Tokyo.

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, the Takamatsu Railway Station and the Jumbo Ferry Terminal, 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.

Our Travel Expert

Carey Finn Hails from Cape Town, lives in Tokyo (until further notice). A writer type with a love for languages, tea and cherry blossom trees, she headed to Japan to teach English “for a year or two”, and for some reason is still there five years later. After spending some time in laid-back Osaka, she moved up to the crazy capital that is Tokyo, where she tries to hold onto as much of her sanity, and yen, as possible. You can find her cheapo travel advice at www.tokyocheapo.com, where she helps people make the most of the city on a shoestring budget.

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