Kansai International Airport

Traveling to and from Kansai International Airport

On this page, you will find the information you need to easily make your way through Kansai International Airport to your destination.

Information

  • Some airport shuttle service will be out of service until further notice.

Guide to Japan’s Kansai International Airport

Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating through Kansai International Airport.

Arrival Terminal

Arrival map of Kansai airport
Immigration

Please present your passport and Immigration card.

Baggage Claim
  • Claim your baggage from the carousel of your flight.
  • Passengers connecting to domestic flights should claim their baggage and check-in again at the Domestic Connection Counter.
Customs

Customers with goods to declare must turn in their Customs Declaration forms.

Departure Terminal

departure map of Kansai airport
Airport Information

For more information, see ANA Duty Free Shop. Learn more about the Airport Lounges.

Check-In
Security Check

Go through the security search and x-ray inspection.

Security Check Fast Lanes

The following customers can use the fast lanes:

  • Business Class customers
  • ANA Diamond Service members (plus one accompanying guest)

Note: Please present your boarding pass and the fast lane ticket which you will receive upon check-in. If you have completed the check-in online or by using an International Self-Service Check-in machine, proceed to the fast lane after receiving the fast lane ticket at the check-in counter of Kansai International Airport.

Immigration

Please present your passport and Immigration card.

City Information on Osaka-fu (KIX)

Osaka prefecture is the political, economic, and cultural center of western Japan. While it is a large city with a population of 8,817,372 (as of October 1, 2020) with an area of about 1,905 square kilometers, it is the second smallest prefecture in Japan. The climate is stable throughout the year, but in the summer, there are many tropical nights when the temperature rises above 25 degrees Celsius due to the heat island phenomenon. Although there is snow in winter, it is extremely rare for it to accumulate. In addition to the standard Japanese language, Japan has many unique local dialects that developed in each region. In Osaka people speak the Kansai dialect, and there are words with unique nuances that are only used in Kansai. For example, in standard Japanese the word "thank you" sounds like the word for "big" in the Kansai dialect, and "How much? - Ikura desu ka?" becomes "nambo?". Even though you are traveling in Japan, most of the people in Osaka speak the Kansai dialect, so you may feel like you are traveling in a different country.The first place you will want to visit in Osaka is Osaka Castle. Built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it is a popular spot for tourists. Inside the castle you will be introduced to its history, and you can overlook the city of Osaka from the observatory on the 8th floor. Universal Studios Japan (USJ), opened in 2001, is a popular theme park that is enjoyed by both children and adults. It features attractions and shows based on popular movies. It also has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™, which reproduces the world view from the hit movie Harry Potter, as well seasonal events at Halloween and Christmas. You will enjoy USJ so much that you will want to visit again and again. And, if you like shopping, Umeda is the place to go. Umeda, which is the terminus station in Osaka, is lined with shopping centers making it very convenient for shopping. American Village is the base of youth culture. It is a place for not only fashion but is also a lively area where young people aiming to become musicians and entertainers gather. The streets of Midosuji are lined with brand shops where you can enjoy high-class shopping. Osaka is also famous as The Town of Eating, and it is full of cheap and delicious food. In Dotonbori, there is stall after stall of Osaka's most famous dishes of takoyaki and okonomiyaki. With so many choices you will wonder at which stall you should try takoyaki (octopus dumplings) or okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes). In addition, Dotonbori has an array of unique characters such as the famous Glico signboard, Kui-daore Taro, and Kani Doraku crab, so don't forget to check them out! Along with takoyaki and okonomiyaki, kushikatsu is a must-try food in Osaka. Each skewer has one kind of food on it. The price is reasonable, starting at around 100 yen per stick. There is no doubt that you will feel happy if you grab a beer and fill up with some hot kushikatsu. Osaka has many other delicious foods such as udon and pork buns that you can easily enjoy.

From Kansai International Airport (KIX) to central Osaka City

Train

Kansai International Airport to Shin-Osaka Station
JR Limited Express Haruka
Time Required : About 50 minutes
Fare : 2,910 yen (non-holiday periods)
Hours : Weekdays 6:30-22:16, Weekends and Holidays 6:40-22:16  Kansai International Airport to Osaka Station

JR Kanku Rapid Service 
Time Required : About 70 minutes
Fare : 1,210 yen 
Hours : Weekdays 5:50-23:32, Weekends and Holidays 5:54-23:32

  • * A large-scale timetable revision will be implemented by railway companies around mid-March 2021. The timetable revision is expected to result in major changes such as moving up the time of the last train. Please refer to the official websites of each railway company for the latest information.

Bus

Kansai International Airport to the front of Osaka Station (Hotel New Hankyu Osaka)
Time Required : About 60 minutes to the front of Osaka Station (Hotel New Hankyu Osaka)
Fare : 1,600 yen
Hours : 6:35-23:10

Kansai International Airport to Osaka International Airport/Hotarugaike Station
Time Required : About 70-75 minutes to Osaka International Airport
Fare : 2,000 yen
Hours : 8:40-20:30

Taxi

Taxi Stand : First Floor of the International Arrival Floor

Kansai International Airport to Osaka International Airport
Required Time : About 70 minutes
Fare : 20,070 yen

Kansai International Airport to Shin Osaka
Required Time : About 60 minutes
Fare : 20,280 yen

Rental Car

Rental Counter : About a 3-minute walk from Terminal 1 via the 2F connection passage. About 7 minutes by free shuttle bus from Terminal 2. Cars can be picked up on the spot. Same day returns are available.
Hours : Depending on each rental car company: Toyota Rent-A-Car is open 8:00-19:00, Nissan Rent-A-Car is open 8:00-20:00, and Orix Rent-A-Car is open 8:00-20:00

Instructions for Kansai International Airport

Busy Periods

  • Airports may be very crowded during long public holidays in Japan such as the year-end/New Year period, Golden Week and during the Bon Festival.
    • Please arrive at the airport with adequate time to spare.
  • Nearby roads may be very congested and parking facilities may operate at full capacity during the period above.
    • We recommend using public transportation. When traveling to the airport by car, please check the availability status of the parking facilities at the relevant airport.
  • Reminder: You can check-in online 24 hours before your departure to avoid check-in at the airport.

Hand Baggage and Unaccompanied Baggage

  • All passengers entering Japan are required to submit a Customs Declaration Form for hand baggage and unaccompanied baggage to the Customs Officer.
  • Please note that if a passenger does not submit the Customs Declaration Form, the Customs inspection may take some time, and the passenger may not be permitted to take their baggage into Japan.
  • The Customs Declaration Form is available for printing in advance (A4 size) from the Japan Customs website.

Immigration Procedures

As part of efforts to combat terrorism, anti-terror measures have been put in place to use the personally identifying information provided to Immigration. Under a revised section of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, foreign nationals will now have their fingerprints and a photograph taken.

Exempt Individuals

The following foreign nationals entering (or re-entering) Japan do not have to get their photo or fingerprints taken:

  • Special permanent residents
  • Children under age 16
  • Persons seeking to conduct activities that apply under a “diplomacy” or “official business” visa status
  • Persons invited by the head of a national administrative body
  • Persons prescribed by decree of the Ministry of Justice in accordance with 3 or 4
Immigration Procedure Flow
  • Submit passport and Embarkation Card For Reentrant (ED card) to the Immigration Officer.
  • After receiving instruction from the Immigration Officer, place both index fingers on the fingerprint reader, while your fingerprint information is read electromagnetically.
  • The camera above the fingerprint reader will take your photograph.
  • You will be interviewed by the Immigration Officer.
  • The examination is over once the Immigration Officer returns your passport and other documents.
Important Notice
  • Foreign nationals who refuse to have their fingerprints or photograph taken will be refused entry to Japan and ordered to leave.
  • Incomplete ED cards may result in extremely long Immigration processing times, so please ensure you do not miss any items on the ED card.
  • For more details, see the Japan Ministry of Justice website.

Quarantine

Note: All passengers arriving from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Yangon, Bombay, and Denpasar are asked to submit the questionnaire.

Plant Protection Act

When bringing plants into Japan, it is legally required to submit a Phytosanitary certificate issued by the government of the exporting country. Based on the Plant Protection Act, you will have to undergo import inspection and, if you don’t have these Phytosanitary certificates, the plants will be disposed. For the latest information on the plant Quarantine program, please refer to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Plant Protection Station website.

Note: Plants are defined as fruits, vegetables, cereals, cut or dry flowers, seeds, or seedlings. Any violations might result in legal penalties (e.g., three-year jail sentence and/or a maximum fine of one million yens).

Prohibited Imports

The following are examples of plants and/or plant-related items that cannot be brought into Japan:

  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Lychee
  • Longan
  • Blueberry
  • Mangosteen
  • Rambutan
  • Guava
  • Pitaya (dragon fruit)
  • Cashew nut
  • Lianwu
  • Balsam pear
  • Marrow bean
  • Chili pepper
  • Tomato
  • Soil (including potted plant)
  • Injurious insects that are harmful to plants
  • Rice straw and unhulled rice (except for those brought in from the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan)

Certain fruits or vegetables may be banned based on the country/region where they were purchased. For more information, please go here.

Plumeria Plants from Hawaiian Islands

As of May 24, 2017, it is prohibited to import Plumeria plants and cuttings from the Hawaiian Islands into Japan unless certain conditions are met.