Thought once inconceivable, it is now possible to visit Japan without stepping foot in Tokyo at all. Kansai International Airport (KIX) serves the western area of Japan housing the tourist-magnet city of Kyoto and the urban powerhouse of Osaka, along with the deeply spiritual ground of surrounding prefectures Nara and Wakayama. For more information about the general airport, click here - Kansai International Airport: KIX homepage
The airport is located around 50 minutes from the bullet train hub of Shin-Osaka and 75 minutes away from Kyoto station. JR Limited Express and Rapid Trains run frequently between the airport and central Osaka in just over an hour. For more information about available destinations and the time required, check here - Kansai International Airport: Access by train info
Buses are another good option for traveling farther into the Kansai region and beyond. The major hotel districts, neighboring prefectures and destinations further afield-including the island of Shikoku-are all covered. Click here for detailed timetables and fares - Kansai International Airport: Access by bus info
If the trains or buses don't quite serve your purpose, taxis are on hand to take you wherever you need to go. Take a look at the following link for average times and fares - Kansai International Airport: Access by taxi info
Stop by the Tourist Information Centre staffed by multilingual travel experts who can answer questions and provide free maps and brochures. A stop at the center will save you lots of travel-planning time.
Japanese public transport, stores and restaurants are legally forbidden to accept foreign currencies, so you will need small amounts of yen currency for your immediate needs. If you have foreign bank notes other than U.S. dollars, it is wise to convert some of them in to yen while at the airport. Traveler's Checks can be cashed quickly at banks, but few stores or restaurants accept them. Unused yen (bank notes only—no coins) can be reconverted at the airport with no limitation, provided the exchange center has sufficient funds for reconversion. For handling currency exchange, there are nine banks at the airport, with one or more open from 6 am to 11 pm.
You can obtain your Japan Rail Pass by exchanging your Exchange Order at the JR Information Counter in the International Arrivals Lobby, the TiS-Travel Service Center, or the Green Window (Midori-no-Madoguchi) Reservations Ticket Office at JR Kansai Airport Station. The date of validation of your Pass can be any day within 3 months of the issuing date of your Exchange Order. You can use the Pass for the JR train trip.
Take advantage of free Wi-Fi at Kansai Airport and let loved ones know you have arrived safely.