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TRAVEL | What to Do


Article | May Hamamoto

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When it comes to Japan travel, Osaka Kansai Airport is one of the main gateways in and out of the country. This unique airport is located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, and has been awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the “Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium.” Osaka Kansai Airport has four floors and consists of two terminals—with international flights using terminal 1 and domestic and low-cost carrier flights using terminal 2. From shopping and dining to cultural experiences, we will explore top things to do at Osaka Kansai Airport that will make your arrival or departure more enjoyable.

Exchange Your Travel Funds

If you need to exchange currency, there are several banks and currency exchange offices located throughout the airport. This is a convenient option for travelers who need to exchange money for shopping, dining, or transportation expenses. Be sure to check the exchange rate before you make any transactions, as rates can vary depending on the provider.

Stay Connected on the Go

Osaka Kansai Airport offers several options for travelers who need to stay connected while they're in Japan, such as renting a portable WiFi device or purchasing a prepaid SIM card. You can find these services at several locations throughout the airport, including the information center and various vending machines. If you are departing from Osaka Kansai Airport, you can drop off your portable WiFi here, even if you picked up your WiFi device from a different location.

Explore New Heights at the Sky Deck

The Sky Deck is located on the fifth floor. From here, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the airport and watch planes take off and land. Be sure to check out the newly opened rooftop garden area, where children can play on a playground and adults can relax in a picnic-like atmosphere, all while watching aircrafts take off and land.

Open daily 10:00~17:00

Refresh and Recharge at Nana's Green Tea

For those with a sweet tooth, visit Nana’s Green Tea in Terminal 2. Here, you can indulge in traditional Japanese sweets and desserts made with high quality matcha green tea. This location also serves hand cooked meals labeled as “Japanese fast food” such as rice bowls and udon. This location accepts credit cards.

Hours: 11:00~19:00

Closed on Monday and Friday

Savor Japanese Delights at Botejyu

Botejyu at Osaka Kansai Airport can be found in Terminal 1 and is the perfect place to experience famous Kansai flavors. This well loved establishment has been around since 1946! Indulge in their signature dishes such as Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, which are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Stop by Botejyu during your wait and discover why it's a favorite among locals and tourists alike. This location accepts credit cards.

Open Daily 5:30~21:30

Experience the Culture of Aviation and Art in Japan

Kansai Airport features a range of exhibitions, including displays of traditional Japanese art, modern art installations, and aviation history. The exhibitions are located throughout the airport and are free to view. We recommend that you visit the Sky Learning Corner where guests can sit in a life-sized cockpit with interactive simulators that depict actual work at the airport. Here, you can find impressive 1/72 scale models of a terminal and aircrafts.

Discover Amazing Deals at Rinku Premium Outlets

Head over to the Rinku Premium Outlets, located just a short shuttle bus ride from the airport. Here, you can shop to your heart's content at over 200 specialty and designer stores at discounted prices. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and pick up some souvenirs to take back home.

Mar.-Jan. 10:00AM-8:00PM

Feb. only 10:00AM-7:00PM

(Restaurants open until 8:00PM)

How to Navigate Through Osaka Kansai Airport

At Osaka Kansai Airport, there is a free shuttle bus stop that travels to and from Aeroplaza and Terminal 2. Buses depart every about 7 minutes at a time. You can also find the Kansai Airport Station here, where you can access many means of transportation to get to and from the city; the most popular being by Airport Limousine Bus and by trains, such as the Haruka and Express lines.

In conclusion, Osaka Kansai Airport offers plenty of options to keep travelers entertained and comfortable whether they're arriving or departing. From shopping and dining to exploring the airport's unique offerings, there is something for everyone. And if you're joining or have completed one of our Japan group tours, we ensure a smooth process for our travelers from arrival to departure. For example, on our highly rated Best of Japan Tour, upon departure, we arrange hotels with easy access to Osaka Kansai Airport so that your visit remains stress free until the end. Be sure to make the most of your time at the airport before or after your adventure!

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