Getting to Japan – International Airports

Getting to Japan, international Airports in Japan

International Airports

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) (HND)

Tokyo International Airport, more popularly known as Haneda Airport, is the closest airport to the centre of Tokyo and is a popular choice for many Oceania & North American based flights to Tokyo. As Tokyo is one of the major tourist destinations in Japan, then this airport is highly recommended as a port of entry into Japan purely based on location and the variety of flights that go all over the world.

Narita International Airport (NRT)

Narita International Airport is the closest airport to the Americas so most people will choose this expansive airport to fly into. However, NRT is located about an hour on the train from the main metropolitan area of Tokyo so it’s not as convenient to fly into as HND is.

Nagoya Chubu Centrair (NGO)

NGO is an airport the services purely Asian bound flights. As of writing this, there are no or VERY infrequent flights that fly directly from the Americas to NGO, but there are many direct flights to NGO from China, Korea, Viet Nam, and other Asian countries.

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Kansai International Airport is the only international airport in the Kansai Region. This airport is modern, stylish and very convenient for those wanting to explore Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo and Hiroshima Prefectures. KIX mainly services Oceania and Asian based flights, but there are some flights that go directly from the major North American ports. KIX is about an hour train ride away from Osaka Station, the main station in Osaka. KIX is a highly recommended airport to fly in and out of and is many of our staff’s airport of choice for when we return to our home countries.

Fukuoka (FUK)

Not many international flights go into FUK from the western world, but many flights from Asia fly into FUK. Fukuoka is a popular tourist destination for Asian tourists because of its usually the cheapest port for many people and for many it’s only an hour flight away so they can go for a day or a weekend without it costing much investment.

Other Airports:

There are a couple other International Airports across Japan, but many of them will only fly to Korea and China directly. An example of this is New Chitose Airport in Sapporo or Hiroshima Airport.


Coming to Japan is made easy with the major international airports only being a short train ride from the nation’s hottest tourist destinations. Japan has two national airlines that service many airports abroad – All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL). It is more than likely that your own national airline will have flights to Japan as well, especially if your country is located along the pacific rim.

Here is a list of the airlines which depart with direct flights from the following countries.

Canada: Air Canada, ANA, JAL, American Airlines

United States: United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, ANA, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines

Australia: Qantas, Jetstar, JAL, ANA, Virgin Australia,

New Zealand: Air New Zealand

China: Air China, China Airlines, China Eastern, Peach Airways

Korea: Korean Air, Ethiopian Airways, Asiana Airlines, T’way Air, Peach Airways, Hanh Air Systems

Accommodation Near the International Airports

All of these airports on this list have numerous hotels that can be found only steps away out the front door of these airports, meaning if your flight gets in late at night, then you know that you don’t have to go far to rest your head. We recommend that you do book an airport hotel as soon as you know what time your flight gets into Japan, as you don’t want to show up to the hotel the day your flight arrives in, only to find out that they are all sold out. Book in advance to ensure that after your long flight, you have a comfortable place to get some much-needed sleep.

You can find a hotel near any airport in Japan simply by searching the name of the airport in the below search box provided by our amazing travel partners to help you find the right hotel for you!

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