Travel to Osaka

Flying to Osaka

Japan's national airline is Japan Airlines; other airlines include All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan and Peach Aviation.

Flight times

From London - 12 hours; New York - 16 hours 10 minutes (including stopover); Los Angeles - 12 hours; Toronto - 15 hours 40 hours (including stopover); Singapore – 6 hours 25 minutes; Sydney - 12 hours 10 minutes (including stopover).

City Airports: 
Telephone:+81 72 455 2500.

Osaka Kansai International Airport is located 50km (31 miles) southwest of Osaka.


Various ATMs and several bureaux de change counters are available in both terminals. A full-service bank can be found on the second floor of Terminal 1.


A porter service (tel: +81 72 455 3450) operates within Terminal 1. Left-luggage and luggage delivery facilities are also available in Terminal 1. There are lockers in both terminals. Call the general airport information line (tel: +81 72 455 2500) for general enquiries regarding lost items.

Travel by road


Osaka is extremely well connected by expressways from the eastern and western regions of Honshu. Traffic drives on the left, and the minimum driving age is 18 years old.

Speed limits vary considerably, so pay attention to speed limit signs. Foreign drivers can use an international licence for up to one year, and it is advisable to take out car insurance.

The Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) (tel: +81 570 002 811; provides an English-language ‘Rules of the Road' booklet, and JAF Road Service offers 24-hour breakdown assistance for both members and non-members. In the case of an accident, you must inform the police (tel: 110).

Emergency breakdown service:

JAF (tel: #8139, in Japan only).


The Sanyo and Chugoku Expressways both run from the west towards Osaka. The Meishin Expressway from Kyoto (and, ultimately, Tokyo and Nagoya) is to the northeast of the city. The Kinki and Hanwa Expressways come from the south.

Driving times:

From Tokyo - 6 hours; Kyoto - 1 hour; Nagoya - 2 hours 15 minutes.


There are regular highway bus services running between Osaka and Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo to the east, and Hiroshima and Fukuoka to the west. The trip from Tokyo to Osaka by highway bus takes eight to nine hours. Both daytime and overnight buses are available.

JR Bus Kanto (tel: tel: +81 3 3844 1950;, in Japanese only) operates regular coach services between Osaka and Tokyo. JR Tokai (tel: +81 52 563 0489; runs coach services between Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and several other cities.

JR Chugoku (tel: +81 82 261 5489; operates services from Hiroshima and Okayama to Osaka.

Willer Express (tel: +81 82 57 0010 666; has direct coaches from Osaka to Sendai in northern Japan, as well as Hiroshima in the west and Nagasaki in the south.

Travel by rail


Osaka is well connected to national and regional rail networks.

The main hub for JR lines is Osaka Station in the city’s north. The shinkansen trains stop at Shin-Osaka Station, which is located one station north of Osaka Station on the JR line. Private rail lines run through the north and south of the city.

The JR Tokaido Shinkansen line connects Osaka with Tokyo, in the east, as well as Hiroshima in the west and Fukuoka in the south. The fastest of the Shinkansen trains, the Nozomi, takes 150 minutes to reach Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo (note that the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on Nozomi trains). With Hikari trains, the journey takes 30 minutes more, and the Kodama trains take about four hours.


West Japan Railway Company ( runs the Shinkansen services as well as local trains between Osaka and Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Kansai Airport.

The Hankyu line ( offer services to Kyoto and Kobe.

The Hanshin line ( runs between Kobe and Osaka, as well as Nara, while the Kintetsu line ( runs to Kyoto, Nara and Nagoya.

Journey times:

From Tokyo - 2 hours 30 minutes (with fastest Shinkansen); Nara – 40 minutes; Kyoto - 15 minutes (with Shinkansen); Kobe - 13 minutes (with Sinkansen).

Travel over water


Osaka is a major ferry port for both national and international services. The Osaka International Ferry Terminal is located at Nanko, which is west of the city centre.

Ferry services:

International ferries connect Osaka with Busan in South Korea and Shanghai in China. National services connect Osaka with Okinawa, Kyushu and Shikoku.

Nearest port:


Transport to the city:

The Cosmosquare subway station on the Chuo subway line is a short walk from the International Ferry Terminal.

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