KANSAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Kansai International Airport (KIX) is a major international airport of Japan and the gateway to Kansai region and to the other parts of Japan. One interesting fact: the airport stands on a man-made island located in Osaka Bay.
KIX airport provides practically everything. I listed here the service facilities that would be helpful upon your arrival at KIX Airport.
This is where you go when you think you’re lost or doesn’t know where to start. The staffs are friendly and speak decent English. Information counters are identified by their (?) marks.
I remember the moment we arrived at the airport the first thing that we looked for was a Currency Exchange shop and just a couple of steps from this shop is the Information Counter. We went to the Counter to ask where we could buy tickets and rent a Wi-Fi router. They happened to be just a couple of steps away.
Tourist Information Center
|Tourist Iformation Centre and Travel Desk|
Basically, they provide tourist information (Kansai and throughout Japan) that you might need. They also handle tickets and hotel reservation; we bought our Kyoto City Bus One Day Pass here. For more information visit Kansai Tourist Information Center.
There are a number of currency exchange shops at the airport. Japan is a cash-based society; trains, buses, vending machines and most stores only accept cash. So exchange at least an equivalent of 10, 000 yen or higher. Don’t worry about keeping large amount of cash; Japan is an incredibly safe country.
Near the Tourist Information Center are the Wi-Fi router rental shops. Although there are plenty of Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan we still opted to rent a Wi-Fi router due to its convenience.
Wi-Fi routers are pretty useful specially when exploring; this will prevent you from getting lost (google maps). For us, we used the router for looking up nearby restaurants and food shops that are “must try” since we forgot to search for places to eat in Osaka and Kyoto beforehand.
|Ticket Vendos for Nankai and JR Lines|
There are a number of options to get to and from the KIX airport: bus, train, car, taxi and high-speed ferry. But it all depends on where you’re going to or coming from and how much are you willing to spend. As for us, we prefer the train and bus.
Train lines from the KIX airport bound for:
Namba Station – Approx. 34-45 minutes by Nankai Line
Osaka Station (Umeda) – Approx. 65 minutes by JR Line (Kansai Airport Rapid Service)
Shin-Osaka Station – Approx. 50 minutes by JR Line (Airport Express HARUKA)
Tennoji Station – Approx. 30 – 45 minutes by JR Line
Kyoto Station – Approx. 75 minutes by JR Line (Airport Express HARUKA)
Nara Station – Approx. 65-85 minutes by JR Line (with transfer at Tennoji Station)
Hyogo Station – Approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes by JR Line (with transfer at Osaka Station)
Wakayama Station – Approx. 30 – 45 minutes by JR Line (with transfer at Hineno Station)
Limousine bus services from the KIX airport bound for:
Osaka Station (Umeda) – 1,550 yen / Approx. 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes by Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise (KATE)
Kobe – 1,950 yen / Approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes by KATE
Kyoto – 2,550 yen / Approx. 1 hour and 25 minutes to 2 hours (depends on your destination in Kyoto) by KATE
Nara – 2,050 yen / Approx. 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 25 minutes (depends on your destination in Nara) by KATE
Wakayama – 1,150 yen / Approx. 40 minutes by KATE
The high-speed ferry has only one route which is KIX to Kobe airport; it costs 1,850 yen (930 yen for children). Travel time is about 30 minutes. While the taxi can be very convenient it is also a luxury. Price depends on the size of the taxi and standard fare ranges from 13,000 to 15,000 yen.