Kansai International Airport is the biggest, and the only international airport that has regular international flights in the Kansai Area. Many people only use the airport when arriving and departing. However, there are quite a few facilities or services that are entertaining for people that need to stay overnight at the airport, or people who arrived a bit earlier than their boarding time. The facilities are so entertaining, especially for airplane lovers, that it may even be worth getting to the airport a bit earlier just to spend time there.
If visitors want to spend time at the Passenger Terminal
What would be the last thing before leaving Japan that visitors would want to do? Probably eating Japanese food would be on the top of the list. There are many restaurants in the Passenger Terminal, including "Machiya Kouji", a food court where visitors can enjoy the Japanese atmosphere. Here, there are 12 famous restaurants from the Kansai Area, such as "551 Horai" which is popular for its pork steamed buns, "Botejyu" which is popular for its Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake).
For the convenience of those who have dietary restrictions, all menus at Kansai International Airport have their ingredients shown in pictograms. The airport is upgrading their services considering visitors with different cultural and religious backgrounds. The increase of restaurants with Halal certifications, and prayer rooms for Muslim visitors, is a good example.
Roof Garden where visitors can see the runway
If visitors would like to enjoy sightseeing a little more, take the shuttle bus (free) from the Passenger Terminal to the Kansai International Airport Observation Platform, Sky-View. The Roof Garden, where visitors can see the departing and the landing of airplanes, is highly recommended. During the day, visitors will be able to enjoy the dynamic sight of airplanes flying overhead, and at night, they will be able to enjoy the romantic view of the guide lights.
At the Roof Garden, there is a playground where children can play, and a place where visitors can sit down and have lunch. It may be an interesting experience to have lunch while watching the planes going by.
Learn about airports and airplanes at Sky Museum
At Kansai International Airport Observation Platform, Sky-View, there is a museum called Sky Museum, where visitors can learn about airports and airplanes. There are small models of Kansai International Airport's largest building, the Passenger Terminal and Loading Apron. The life size cockpit simulation where visitors can virtually experience what a pilot does, will definitely entertain everyone. Visitors can also listen to the sound of jet liners taking off, at Oto-no-Taiken-sitsu (meaning room for experiencing sound).
Besides that of above, there is a spot called the 'Flight guide system in Sky-view Café', where visitors can take rests with light meals, sweets and snacks. This system provides visitors with a 3D movie that displays the situation of taking-off and landing an airplane. Visitors can watch the Kanku Island and airplanes just before landing which they probably don't usually see.
Kansai International airport runs for 24 hours, but the time the stores at the Passenger Terminal or the Kansai International Airport Observation Platform, Sky-View are open differs. The Roof Garden at Sky-View is open 8:00 am ~ 10:00 pm, and the Sky Museum is open 10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm.
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Description: Kansai International Airport
|Sights||Kansai International Airport (関西国際空港)|
Senshukouku-naka, Izumi-Sano-shi, Osaka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 072-455-2500|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Kansai International Airport