Kansai International Airport is an international airport located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay off the Honshu shores, 38 km southwest of Ōsaka Station, located within three municipalities, including Izumisano, Sennan, and Tajiri,in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The airport serves as an international hub for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines, and also serves as a hub for Peach, the first international low-cost carrier in Japan.
Kansai International Airport is the international gateway for Japan's Kansai region, which contains the major cities of Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka. It has two terminals; Terminal 1, the main terminal, serves both domestic and international flights by regular airlines. Terminal 2 serves low-cost airlines.
Train and bus lines connect Kansai Airport's Terminal 1 with the nearby cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and surroundings. Only a limited number of buses also stop at terminal 2.
The airport has two railway connections to the city; JR West's Kansai Airport Line and the private Nankai Electric Railway. JR Airport Rapid trains and Haruka limited express trains connect Kansai Airport Terminal 1 with Tennoji Station and Shin-Osaka Station. Various connections, such as buses, subways, trams, and other railroads, are available at each station. There are direct airport limousine buses from Kansai Airport to various places and hotels in Osaka, including Osaka Station and Namba Station.
The capital of Ōsaka Prefecture, Osaka is major economic hub and second largest city in Japan after Greater Tokyo Area. Osaka has a rich and prominent history that dates back to the Asuka and Nara periods, when it was briefly the capital of Japan under the name of Naniwa. Through the years, Osaka has continued to play an important for trading and industry, not just in Japan but on a global scale as well. Today, its a booming modern metropolis with a highly progressive cityscape of skyscrapers and shopping malls in its business and commercial districts. It may not have much of traditional architecture nor natural sceneries of other Japanese cities, but Osaka remains one of the popular destinations for tourists. Here are just some of the reasons to visit this amazing city —
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
This is one of the world's largest aquariums, with 15 gigantic tanks each representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The aquarium feature a variety of marine life including sharks, dolphins, otters, seals, and other sea creatures.
Umeda Sky Building
One of the city's most recognizable landmarks, Umeda Sky has two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. Visitors can go up to the Sky Walk at the very top of the skyscrapers and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views.
It is the oldest Buddhist and oldest officially administered temple in Japan, although the temple buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries. the temple complex includes a five-story pagoda, a main Golden Pavilion housing an image of the Nyorai Kannon, and a Kōdō or lecture hall.
One of Osaka's popular attractions, this is actually a museum built in the shape of a castle, rather than an actual historical castle. Over 4000 cherry trees are planted here, attracting tourist and locals alike during the hanami or cherry blossom season.
The best time to visit Osaka, if you want to catch some hanami is April to May or, autumn time in October and November for the cool weather and the picturesque changing colours of the leaves.
There are many unique and fascinating experiences just waiting for you in Osaka. Whatever your particular interests are traditional asian culture or the variety of gourmet and shopping options, you can be sure that a trip to Osaka will be worth it. Plan your trip to now! Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Kansai International Airport in Osaka on Skyscanner Hong Kong.
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