Guide to Airports in Japan
One of the following three airports in Japan will likely serve as your initial port of entry when flying to Japan from overseas.
Narita International Airport
If your initial Japan destination is Tokyo, Yokohama, or other areas in the Kanto (eastern) region, then you will most likely fly into Narita International Airport.
Narita International Airport is located in the city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture, about 60 kilometers outside of Tokyo. In addition to its basic airport functions, Narita Airport has undergone extensive remodeling in recent years, and now boasts an abundance of tasty restaurants, Internet terminals, stylish brand boutiques, and duty-free shops.
Kansai International Airport
If your initial destination is Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, or other destinations in the Kansai western Japan) region, then your flight will most likely be routed to the Kansai International Airport.
Kansai International Airport is located about 50km outside of the city of Osaka. The airport, which opened in 1994, is actually built on a man-made island in Osaka Bay and is regarded as something of a marvel of modern engineering.
Chubu Centrair International Airport
Chubu International Airport is located in Aichi Prefecture south of Nagoya, and serves the Chubu (central) region of Japan. Like Kansai International Airport, Chubu International Airport, which opened in 2005, also rests on a man-made island.
Other Major Airports in Japan
While the majority of international flights into Japan are routed to the above three airports, other major Japan airports frequently used for air travel within Japan include:
Haneda Airport (sometimes referred to as Tokyo International Airport, not to be confused with Narita International Airport, which services most International flights into the Tokyo area) – Tokyo
Osaka International Airport – Osaka
New Chitose Airport – Hokkaido
Fukuoka Airport – Fukuoka
Naha Airport – Okinawa