Information & Facts
Car hire companies Avis, Hertz, Nippon, Nissan and Toyota are
among those represented at the airport. Driving in Osaka is
difficult, however, and most visitors opt to use the efficient
public transport system.
Taxis are available, but the journey takes around an hour and
the fare is likely to be very high, so most passengers take the
bus, train or high-speed ferry to Osaka. Minibuses go to the major
hotels, departing from International Arrivals. The airport shuttle
bus service connects to the ferry terminal for the ferry to
Tel: + 81 (0)724 55 2500.
There are extensive facilities at Kansai Airport including over
100 shops, about 35 restaurants, bars, ATMs and bureaux de change.
A Vodafone shop rents out mobile phones, which are compatible with
local networks. Other facilities include massage, free wireless
Internet access, a nursery and childrens room. A porter service is
Japanese is the official language. Most Japanese people
will have studied English at school, but few can speak it well or
understand what is said to them.
The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY), which is equal to 100
sen. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and
stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Cash and travellers
cheques can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency
exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to
3pm. Travellers cheques offer the best exchange rate and are best
taken in US dollars. ATMs do not accept all credit and debit cards;
only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some
Local time is GMT +9.