Are you having a layover in Osaka? For disambiguation purposes, we must clarify that Osaka airport is a domestic air terminal close to the city centre, while Kansai International is the main airport serving the Osaka prefecture in Japan and the main gateway into this area for travellers flying from overseas destinations. Despite being located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, travellers can easily cover the distance between the terminals and the downtown by train, bus, ferry or taxi, the most frequently chosen means of transportation to go from Kansai airport to central Osaka.
Terminal 1 of Kansai airport – the world’s longest ever built- functions as a primary hub for All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, and handles long-haul operations for a wide range of renowned carriers such as Air Asia, Air China, Air France, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines and Finnair, to mention but a few. On the contrary, Terminal 2 is reserved for a limited number of check-in and domestic operations.
Transferring between terminals in Kansai airport (Osaka, Japan)
The two terminals of Kansai International airport in Japan are neither connected to one another nor linked to the airport railway station in any way. However, frequent free shuttle services run between the two buildings as well as towards the train station, the ferry station and the Kansai airport hotels area.
Where are the transit hotels in Kansai airport located?
In order to spend the night in one of the transit hotels of Kansai airport in Japan, you will need to go outside the terminals and walk through a bridge to the AeroPlaza or else ride the complimentary shuttle bus to the adjacent airport station. The AeroPlaza is an 11-storey building located to the west of the air complex and right next to the railway station; it stays open 24 hours a day and provides passenger services like conference rooms, souvenir shops, convenience stores, car rental offices, lockers, ATMs and car rental desks.
The two accommodation options available in Kansai International airport are the First Cabin capsule hotel, which can be booked by the hour, and the Nikko transit hotel, which occupies floors four to eleven inside the AeroPlaza building. Continue reading to find out more and choose the one that suits your travel needs best.
Capsule hotel in Kansai airport of Japan: the First Cabin rooms
This one is an alternative to those travelers who wish to experience what it is like to stay in a capsule hotel while in Japan, whose travel budget is tight or who will be spending only a few hours at the airport before catching their flight, as it gives them the chance to pay just for the time they will need. Nevertheless, in spite of costing considerably less than the other airport hotel in KIX, it has been designed in the style of aircraft business class cabins and equipped with WiFi, TV and amenities, its only inconvenience being that guests must use a shared bathroom outside. They are perfect to avoid having to rush to the departures area in the morning, since you will be just a short shuttle ride away of the check-in area. Besides, the reception can provide extras such as safety deposit boxes, laundry services and vending machines. If you are travelling on your own and have concerns about your privacy, know that the First Cabin hotel in Kansai airport features men-only and women-only standard and superior cabins.
Nikko hotel in Kansai airport
As stated above, the upper floors of the AeroPlaza in Kansai International airport of Japan accommodate the Nikko transit hotel, superbly situated just a short stroll from the airport railway station. This does not only make it easier for travellers to commute from the city and quickly get to their room, but also facilitates arriving to the departure gate in time for boarding. In this case, guests also enjoy complimentary WiFi all throughout, but the more spacious rooms do include a fully-equipped bathroom with toilet and shower inside. There are single and double ones, yet some units can be used by up to four people together. Furthermore, this hotel in Kansai airport has free parking spaces for guests and four restaurants on site specialising in Grill dishes and Chinese, Japanese and International cuisine.