Which International Airport You Should Use

There are four popular international airports, Narita (NRT), Haneda (HND), Kansai/Osaka (KIX) and Chubu/Nagoya (NGO). It depends on your travel plans in Japan.

Narita International Airport (NRT)

Definitely, the most often used international airport, representing the gate of Japan. It is located ~70 km east of Tokyo downtown. There are three ways to reach Tokyo downtown as below.

1. JR Narita Express

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/nex/

〇 Comfortable and fast. You can directly go to JR Tokyo station.

× More expensive than Keisei Express (below). Although it looks convenient, the platform of Tokyo station is on B3 (basement 3). You’ll have to take an escalator all the way up to 1st floor. It takes long.

2. Keisei Express

http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/us/index.php

〇 Less expensive.

×The terminal is Ueno station. To reach Tokyo station, you have to change at Nippori station or Ueno station.

3. Limousine Bus to downtown

https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/

〇 You can relax. Less expensive.

× Often affected by traffic jam.

 

Haneda International Airpot (HND)

Most convenient airport. Although becoming more popular, there are a limited number of international flights. There are a couple of ways to reach Tokyo downtown as below.

1. Keihin Express

http://www.keikyu.co.jp/company/worldwide/index.html

2. Mono-rail

It is less than 30 min to the terminal Hamamatsu-cho, and it’s a few stops before reaching Tokyo station by JR railway.

http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/

 

The website below describes how to reach Kanazawa from Tokyo.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4208.html

 

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

KIX has many flights from Asian countries. Several LCCs are using KIX, including Jetstar, AirAsia, Peach, Vietjet, and so on. If you travel only west regions of Japan or have a plan to travel in other Asian countries, KIX is a good option. From KIX to Kanazawa, you can take Express “Haruka” to Shin-Osaka, and then change to Express “Thunderbird”. From KIX to Kanazawa, it takes 3-4 hours.

 

Chubu/Nagoya Centrair Airport (NGO)

NGO is close to our university, and therefore I often use it. It is only 40 min to JR Nagoya station. From Nagoya, you can travel anywhere easily. It is ~3 hours from Nagoya station to Kanazawa.