Asia Japan Japan Guide Things To Do Essentials Getaways All Japan A Guide to Major Airports in Japan Written by Stefanie Waldek Instagram Twitter Stefanie Waldek is a Brooklyn-based travel writer with over six years of experience. She covers various destinations, hotels, and travel products for TripSavvy. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Stefanie Waldek Updated 12/30/20 Fact-Checked by Reviewed on 12/30/20 Jillian Dara Instagram Twitter Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. About TripSavvy Fact-Checking Jillian Dara Share Pin Email Rex Butcher/Getty Images If you're flying into Japan from abroad, you'll likely head to Tokyo first. It has two major airports, Haneda and Narita, the latter of which carries the most international traffic into the country, though Haneda has long-haul routes, too. Osaka's Kansai International Airport is another major point of entry for foreign visitors. And while Japan's high-speed trains and metro are legendary, many travelers choose to fly between many of the other major airports across the country. Tokyo International Airport/Haneda (HND) DAJ / Getty Images Location: Ōta Pros: Wide variety of flights; excellent amenities; easy to navigate; convenient train connection to downtown Cons: None, truly Distance to Shinjuku: A 25-minute taxi will cost about $65. Or you can take a combination of trains for about $6—it'll take just under an hour. Tokyo International Airport, better known as Haneda, is Japan's busiest airport and the fifth busiest in the world, serving 87 million passengers in 2018. But the airport hardly ever feels crowded (save for the security lines), thanks to brilliant planning by designers. While it's primarily a domestic airport—a hub for Japanese carriers like All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Star Flyer—the opening of an international terminal and the construction of a fourth runway in 2010 gave Haneda legs in the long-haul flight game. It's closer to downtown than Narita—it'll take about 30 minutes to get to Tokyo Station via metro. Narita International Airport (NRT) Hideyuki KAMON/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Location: Narita Pros: Main international airport in Japan; excellent facilities Cons: Far from the city center Distance to Shinjuku: A taxi will take 60 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic, and it can cost some $200. Instead, take the Narita Express (N'EX) train—it's $30 for the 53-minute ride. Though it handled only 44.34 million passengers in 2019—less than half of Haneda's traffic—Narita is Japan's primary international airport, with dozens of airlines flying routes that connect Japan to destinations around the world. While the airport has great facilities, its greatest downfall is that it's 40 miles outside of Tokyo proper. Taxis are prohibitively expensive for the average traveler; most people take the train or the bus, which takes an hour or so. Kansai International Airport (KIX) David Hill / Getty Images Location: An artificial island about 30 miles southwest of Osaka Pros: Numerous flights; easy to navigate Cons: Far from the city center Distance to Osaka Station: A 45-minute taxi costs about $165. You can also take a 70-minute train ride for about $11. For Kansai International Airport, engineers constructed an artificial island in Osaka Bay. The entire complex reportedly cost $20 billion, a good portion of which went to stabilizing the island, as it began sinking at a rate of 20 inches per year. (As of February 2019, it sinks about 2.3 inches per year.) The airport is a crucial one for the region with 30 million passengers flying through per year, including a large number of foreign visitors. Though it's a bit far from the city center, it's connected via an easy and affordable train. Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) nagatak/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Location: Tokoname Pros: Beautifully designed facilities; great shopping and dining pre-security (the area is open to the public) Cons: Post-security shopping and dining options are limited Distance to Kanayama Station: A 45-minute taxi costs about $135. A 30-minute train ride costs about $12. Central Centrair International Airport is located on an artificial island near Tokoname, serves 12 million passengers in It's about 30 minutes to Nagoya by train and 45-minutes by car. The airport is home to a shopping center that's open to the public, making it a bustling destination. Do all your shopping and dining before you head through security, as there are far fewer options once you cross over to the airside. But the airport is thoughtfully designed—unsurprising for Japan. Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) Akanemoto~commonswiki/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 Location: Mihara Pros: Few crowds; clean facilities; great food selection Cons: There are fewer routes here than at the busier Japanese airports; no train connection to Hiroshima Distance to Downtown Hiroshima: A 45-minute taxi costs about $130. A bus takes just under an hour and costs about $12. Located about 30 miles west of Hiroshima proper, this airport is a smaller international airport, serving just 2.7 million people in 2018. The vast majority of its flights are to Tokyo's Haneda airport, but it does offer service to China, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. The unusual thing about this airport is that it's not serviced by a train line—you'll have to take the bus to downtown Hiroshima, and it takes almost an hour. That said, the airport is hardly crowded, and it has phenomenal facilities, including great dining options. New Chitose Airport (CTS) Suga/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.5 Location: Bibi Pros: Largest airport in Hokkaido; great shopping and dining Cons: Can get very crowded Distance to Downtown Sapporo: A 50-minute taxi will cost about $140. A 37-minute train costs about $10. This airport sits between Chitose and Tomakomai, about 30 miles from Sapporo. As the largest, busiest airport in Hokkaido, it served more than 23 million passengers in 2018, primarily to destinations within Japan, but also to China, South Korea, Singapore, and the United States (to Hawaii), among other countries. While it has a number of restaurants and shops to entertain travelers, its star feature is a rooftop onsen. Kumamoto Airport (KMJ) MIXA / Getty Images Location: Mashiki Pros: Small, clean airport Cons: Limited routes Distance to Downtown Kumamoto: A 50-minute taxi will cost about $50. There's also a public bus that takes about an hour and costs about $7.50. Though there are only a handful of domestic and international routes, flights are frequent, making this one of the busier of Japan's regional airports. But its relatively small size makes it easy to navigate, and as is typical with buildings in Japan, it's very well maintained. There's no train to the airport—you'll have to take a bus or a taxi. Sendai International Airport (SDJ) MasaoTaira / Getty Images Location: Natori Pros: New and improved facilities rebuilt after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami Cons: Limited dining and shopping Distance to Downtown Sendai: A 30-minute taxi will cost about $60. The train takes 25 minutes and costs about $8. Located in the city of Natori, Sendai International Airport is just about a half hour from downtown Sendai. It handles an average 3.6 million passengers per year, most of whom fly on domestic routes, though there are flights to China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand, too. The airport was severely damaged in the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami when floodwaters inundated the runway and terminal—it was renovated within two months of the disaster. Nagasaki Airport (NGS) Taro Hama @ e-kamakura / Getty Images Location: Ōmura Pros: Small and easy to navigate Cons: Limited routes Distance to Downtown Nagasaki: A 35-minute taxi will cost about $90. A bus takes 45 minutes and costs about $9.50. Some three million people travel through Nagasaki Airport annually, most of whom fly on the abundant daily flights to Tokyo's Haneda. The airport is small, clean, and easy to get around, and it has a number of shops, restaurants, and an observation deck to entertain passengers. Fukuoka Airport (FUK) Location: Hakata Ward Pros: Extremely close to the city center; many major international routes Cons: Can get crowded at the check-in counters Distance to Downtown Fukuoka: A 15-minute taxi will cost about $13. The airport has its own subway station—a ride costs about $2.50 and takes just five minutes. The largest airport on the island of Kyushu, Fukuoka served 23.8 million passengers in 2017. It has two terminals—one domestic and one international—flying to destinations across Japan and Asia. Unlike many Japanese airports, Fukuoka is extremely close to the city center, with the subway ride taking just five minutes. Naha Airport (OKA) Location: Southwest Naha Pros: Numerous routes Cons: Can get crowded at the check-in counters Distance to Downtown Naha: A 10-minute taxi will cost about $13. A 15-minute monorail ride brings you to downtown Naha for only $2. Serving 18.3 million passengers to and from both domestic and international destinations in 2015, Naha Airport is the largest air facility in Okinawa Prefecture. The airport is close to the city center, with a monorail connecting the airport, downtown points, and Shuri Station, the main train station in the city. Osaka International Airport (ITM) Location: Itami Pros: Easy to navigate Cons: Not much to do in the way of shopping and dining Distance to Downtown Osaka: A 20-minute taxi will cost about $50. You can take a combination of the monorail and subway, which costs about $6 and takes some 25 minutes, or you can take a bus, which takes about 30 minutes and also costs about $6. Also known as Itami Airport, Osaka International Airport is actually a domestic-only airport—the international airport is Kansai. It's not the most beautiful airport in Japan, but it's very functional. It does, however, have limited shopping and dining facilities, and serves around 17 million passengers per year. Kagoshima Airport (KOJ) Location: Kirishima Pros: Small and easy to navigate Cons: The single line at security can back up Distance to Downtown: A 45-minute taxi will cost about $92. A 50-minute bus ride will cost about $11.50. Though this airport has just 10 gates (nine domestic, one international), it served 5.2 million passengers in 2015. There are nearly 30 flights to Tokyo Haneda daily, making it the major route at the airport, but there are also flights to South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Article Sources TripSavvy uses only high-quality, trusted sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial policy to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy. CNN. "Why Tokyo's Haneda is one of the world's most punctual airports." November 19, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2020. Statista. "Japan: Narita airport terminal passengers 2019." Retrieved December 29, 2020. Japan-Guide. "Kansai International Airport (KIX)." Retrieved December 30, 2020. Earth.Esa.Int. "Kansai and Kobe International Airport (Osaka Bay, Japan." Retrieved December 30, 2020. Straits Times. 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