|Above, a satellite view of Kansai International Airport.|
Most visitors to Japan enter the country through Tokyo's two airports: Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport. But there are some people who either wish to by-pass Tokyo altogether or, by necessity, have to enter through Osaka's Kansai International Airport.
Personally, I have never flown in or out of Kansai, so I couldn't tell you what entails in getting in or out of the airport, which sits on a man-made island in Osaka Bay. Fortunately, Gaijinpot.com has an article on "How To Get From Kansai International Airport To Osaka."
They begin with:
You survived your grueling flight and have successfully made your way through the immigration lines, retrieved your belongings, headed through customs, and are now standing at the arrivals exit at Kansai International Airport (KIX). You sigh and relax at the thought that you have arrived in Osaka. However, you haven’t. You are standing on a man-made island in the middle of Osaka Bay. While it is technically in Osaka Prefecture, it is still about an hour away from Osaka proper.
There are many ways to get to and from the airport: train, bus, car, and taxi. Your target destination is very important when deciding on the method of travel. There are considerable differences in prices and travel times depending on where you need to go.For you monster fans, Kansai International Airport was under construction at the time of Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and a platform at the construction site was used in the movie. It was the scene where Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) uses her ESP powers to divert Godzilla in Osaka Bay.
To read the full article, go here.