Around KIX – An architectural masterpieces of Japan
Start counting at your very first steps at Kansai International Airport – one of the largest airport investments in the world. They leveled 3 mountains and used thousands of tons of concrete to build an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. The airport is renowned for its high-end service. It has more interesting things to explore than the fact that no one has lost their luggage at KIX since it was opened 21 years ago.
*KIX: Kansai International Airport
Text and photos: Cac Truc
Designed by Renzo Piano who designed the Centre Georges-Pompidou in France, KIX looks like a ship hovering in the ocean. The airport’s architectural highlight is the continuous arrangement of the main buildings and lounge gates, offering you unlimited views of the entire airport.
KIX Airport Lounge 24/24 services with massage chairs, bathrooms, reading rooms, computers with wifi, and children’s rooms will wipe away all your weariness after a long flight. There are even automated machines selling fast food such as instant noodles, drinks, and snacks for passengers travelling at the airport after midnight when most restaurants are closed.
You can borrow blankets from the Information Desk and take a short rest on the sofas of the 24/7 Lawson convenience store to save money.
Save hundreds of dollars during your trip in Japan with:
+ Kansai One Pass: the powerful card for visitors to Kansai only. It allows you to freely travel by express train (JR), subway, train, and bus around Kansai. There is no expiration date for the card; therefore, save it for your next trips. The card also gives you numerous privileges when buying souvenirs in duty-free shops at Kansai International Airport and buying tickets at famous destinations.
+ Kansai Wide Area Pass: a great choice for a journey through 8 destinations Osaka – Hyogo – Kyoto – Nara – Wakayama – Shiga – Fukui – Okayama. It allows you to travel by Haruka (Kansai Airport Express), local train, Shinkasen Express, and Limited Express Train at the price of 9000JPY (sold in Japan) or 8500JPY (sold in other countries).
+ Kintetsu Rail Pass: the pass to travel to Osaka – Kyoto – Nara – Ise Shima – Nagoya by Kintetsu train in 1, 2, or 5 days at respectively prices of 1,500JPY – 2,000JPY – 3,800JPY/ adult and 750JPY – 1000JPY – 1900JPY/ child. Particularly, the 5860JPY pass includes express train tickets, vouchers for two turns to KIX or Chubu Central Airport, and free use of the bus for 5 days.