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Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Osaka
Population
8,804,806

Itami Airport (Osaka International Airport)

Kansai International Airport may be bigger, but this is your starting or ending point for short trips around Japan.

Osaka International Airport (commonly known as  Itami Airport) is neither in Osaka City nor is it an international airport, despite what the name may suggest.

It is, however, one of Japan’s most popular domestic airports, servicing more than 14 million passengers yearly. The airport once had international flights, but the name remains unchanged after that was taken over by the Kansai International Airport for the region.

The airport’s location actually straddles both Osaka and Hyogo Prefectures, with the terminal complex falling in three different cities: Toyonaka and Ikeda, on the Osaka side, and Itami on the Hyogo side.

Cost-effective

Despite being a domestic airport, an increasing number of international flight plans actually begin at Itami. Many carriers, such as JAL, will, from time to time, offer a free domestic connection from Itami up to either Narita Airport or Haneda Airport in Tokyo from where you can continue the rest of your international trip.

For locations not covered by Kansai International Airport, Itami Airport offers a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to taking the shinkansen (bullet train) up to Tokyo. A flight from Itami to the capital city can cost as little as ¥5,000, depending on the carrier and the time of travel, whereas a trip by bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo can cost as high as ¥13,000.

Photo by: Hideyuki KAMON Both ANA and JAL fly into Itami Airport.

Convenient

Perhaps the greatest advantage for domestic travelers, that Itami offers over Kansai International Airport is the convenient location, especially if you are coming from Osaka, Kobe or Kyoto.

To get from central Osaka to Kansai Airport takes at least an hour and that’s if you use the high-speed, and high price, rapid train service. Using regular trains takes about 90 minutes, and changing trains multiple times. Itami, on the other hand, can be reached from Osaka station in only 37 minutes.

A train journey using local trains from Kobe to Itami Airport takes only 57 minutes, compared to 105 minutes for the trip to Kansai International. Likewise, from Kyoto to Kansai Airport can take approximately s two hours whereas to get to Itami takes only 70 minutes.

If you want to travel stress-free around Japan, start your trip from Itami Airport for convenience and good prices.

For more on flights and transport in Japan, check out our Japan 101 guide.

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Things To Know

Official website

https://www.osaka-airport.co.jp/en/

How To Get There

Address

Osaka Airport Station, 3 Chome-551 Hotarugaike Nishimachi, Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

By train

If you are coming from Osaka, take the Hankyu line from Umeda station (In the same building complex as Osaka station) for 20 minutes to Hotarugaike station. From there, transfer to the Osaka Monorail and get off at Osaka Airport station.

If you are coming from Kobe, take the Hankyu Kobe line from Sannomiya station for 20 minutes to reach Juso station. At Juso, transfer to the Hankyu Takarazuka line and in 15 minutes, you will reach Hotarugaike station. From here, change to the Osaka Monorail and you will arrive at Osaka Airport Station.

If you are coming from Kyoto, take the JR Sanyo Rapid line to Osaka. This will take around 28 minutes. From there, head over to Hankyu line at Umeda station. Ride the train to Hotarugaike station and then transfer to Osaka Monorail to get to Itami Airport.

Where To Stay

Hotel A.P
  • Hotarugaike-Nishimachi 2-12-27 Toyonaka-Shi, Osaka 560-0036
  • 6.6/10
  • 0.2 km
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Reftel Osaka Airport Hotel
  • Kukou 1-8-7 Ikeda-Shi, Osaka 563-0034
  • 7.7/10
  • 0.4 km
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Hotel First (Adult Only)
  • Kuko 1-5-7 Ikeda-Shi, Osaka 563-0034
  • 8/10
  • 0.5 km
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Hotel Luna Ikeda (Adult Only)
  • Kuko 1-5-4 Ikeda-Shi, Osaka 563-0034
  • 8.2/10
  • 0.5 km
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