Stuck on an Osaka layover at Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Japan? The airport was ranked #6 in the top ten airports in the world with many amenities to keep a waiting passenger entertained. The airport is located 24 miles from Osaka Station, which makes it an accessible destination only for those stuck on rather long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Osaka layover, click here for useful tips.
Built on a man-made island, the Kansai International airport offers a lot for those stuck on an Osaka layover. In addition to restaurants and shops (duty free and regular), the airport offers free wireless Internet and stations for Internet access throughout the airport. Mobile phone rental is also available.
As far as relaxation, the airport has plenty of options for a weary traveler. There are airport lounges (click here for more information), showers and refresh cabins, and the Relaxation Forest where you can get a variety of ten minute treatments including facials and massages.
A Sky View Observation Hall that offers a panoramic view of the airport is available close to the Ferry Terminal. From the Observation Hall you can watch planes take off and get one of the best views in the country. The Hall can be reached by taking the shuttle bus from bus stop 1 outside the Passenger Terminal Building.
A Business Center is available at the back of the 4th floor and offers many business services including faxing, copying, and more.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the airport offers a hotel – the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, located in the Aeroplaza. It is the only on-site hotel. For a comparison list of Osaka hotels of varying price points click here and for hotels specifically located near the airport, click here.
If you’re looking to drop your bags off while you explore, the Kansai Airport offer temporary luggage storage for carry-on baggage (click here for more info) and coin lockers that can be used for a maximum of 10 days at a time in the Passenger Terminal Building and the Aeroplaza.
If you are planning on leaving the airport and traveling into Osaka for your layover, there’s many methods of transportation including taxis, buses, train, and high speed ferry. For the various options, including travel time, click here.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On An Osaka Layover:
There’s a number of tours you can take around Osaka, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. There are bus and walking tours, cultural and historic tours, food tours, night tours and much more. For a list of tours you can take from Osaka, or into the surrounding areas, click here.
Considered to be the oldest temple in Japan, the Shitennoji Temple dates back 1,400 years and is famous for its symmetrical Buddhist architecture. There are also festivals at the temple, one in January called “Doya-Doya” and another in Autumn.
For those exhausted after a long flight and in need of some pampering, Spa World offers a ton of services from workout and fitness to spa and relaxation. Click here for some of the Asia spa experiences offered and here for business hours and pricing.
Umeda Sky Building – Floating Garden Observatory
One of the coolest high rise buildings, the Umeda is two main towers that are connected by the Floating Garden Observatory on the 39th floor, and offers a great view of Osaka.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
One of the largest aquariums in the world, the Osaka Kaiyukan aquarium offers underwater life from primarily the Pacific, and offers an experience that can make you feel as if you are underwater.
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