Airports in Japan are some of the cleanest and most comfortable in the world, and Kansai International Airport is no exception. They have all the basic amenities that you would expect of a world-class airport: fast and reliable free WiFi, sparkling toilets, enough duty-free stores to shop till you drop, and restaurants serving up all kinds of delicious food. Tourists will find the Kansai Tourist Information Centre very helpful with booklets available in several languages. The staff are unfailingly polite, and because it’s an airport, most of them speak English. I’d like to highlight a few of the coolest things about KIX here!
A thoughtful touch at KIX is the availability of surau, or special prayer rooms for Muslim travellers complete with sex-segregated prayer sections. These can be found on the third floor of the main terminal building and the North and South wings of the International Gate Area. There’s also three Japanese restaurants in the airport which is actually certified Halal; The U-don, SOJIBO and ORAGASOBA. More and more travellers of the Islamic faith are travelling to Japan, and it is heartening to see facilities which can accommodate some of their needs.
For the budget traveller, KIX is an excellent place to sleep during an overnight layover. (Airport hotels are utterly extortionate here.) Find the Lawson’s convenience store and snag yourself a bed on one of the rows of seats in front - they’re padded and pretty comfortable, and with an eye mask you’ll find yourself snoozing until it’s time for your flight. You can even work on your laptop throughout the night, since there are power points nearby. Lawson’s is open throughout the night, and you’ll feel much safer sleeping with store staff nearby. Plus, if you’re hit by the midnight munchies, a snack is just 100 yen away.
Another thing I love about KIX (and all airports in Japan, generally) is the takkyubin service. Upon arrival in Japan, you can have your luggage forwarded to your accommodation - it’ll set you back around JPY1600 for a large suitcase, which is a small price to pay for not ruining your shoulders and lower back dragging it around the trains and staircases in search of your hotel. This is why you never see Japanese people with big suitcases: takkyubin is the national secret.
Because the Kansai International Airport is located offshore to decrease the effect of noise pollution, it has become Japan's first airport operating for 24 hours. The terminal building and some stores within the airport also conveniently operate for 24 hours. Also, there are various restaurants and cafes of Japanese, Chinese and Italian food. There are also shops that sell airport original products, souvenirs, as well as duty-free shops. The goods sold here are of such a variety that you might get overwhelmed and could not decide what to buy! Additionally, there are facilities for families such as Kids Playing Area and baby rooms/ nursing rooms.
There is a variety of transportation to not only Osaka, but also to Kyoto, Kobe, and other areas in Kansai.
Kansai International Airport (KIX)
(Kansai International Airport Information Center)
●The "Kansai Tourist Information Center Kansai International Airport", the counter that provides tourism information for visitors, will provide guidance in English, Chinese, and Korean for tours of the Kansai area and across the country. We also provide tickets and passes for various transportation means for foreigners.
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