Japan Airport Information

japan airport information

Traveling to Japan is the trip of a lifetime for most and therefore deserves careful planning!

When deciding which itinerary route to take, where to stay, what to do, and other important travel planning such as whether you need a Japanese visa, it’s important to think carefully about which airport to fly to and leave from. Where you start and finish your trip will be the center point of your journey and should also be accessible to your planned destinations.

Read our useful travel information for traveling Japan and browse the list of airports in Japan to further understand where you can book your flight to in Japan.

How Many Airports Does Japan Have?

There are 5 international airports in Japan (read more about Japan’s international airports in the next section) and 24 local airports that operate domestic flights, totaling 29 airports located across its four main islands and smaller islands.

Here is a complete list of airports in Japan, including international airports and airports that run domestic flights within Japan.

The following 5 airports are the only international airports in Japan which operate overseas. For more information on where to choose according to your travel plans, see the next section.

  • Kansai International Airport (Osaka)
  • Narita International Airport (Chiba, nearby Tokyo)
  • Chūbu Centrair International Airport (Aichi)
  • Tokyo International Airport (Tokyo)
  • Osaka International Airport (Osaka/Hyōgo)

Airports in Japan that operate domestic flights

If you plan on traveling a large distance in Japan or would like to visit an island without having to change trains and catch ferries, here is a list of all the airports in Japan that operate domestic flights.

  • Akita Airport (Akita)
  • Asahikawa Airport (Hokkaidō)
  • New Chitose Airport (Hokkaidō)
  • Fukuoka Airport (Fukuoka )
  • Hakodate Airport (Hokkaidō)
  • Yamagata Airport (Yamagata)
  • Kagoshima Airport (Kagoshima)
  • Kitakyūshū Airport (Fukuoka)
  • Oita Airport (Ōita)
  • Kushiro Airport (Hokkaidō)
  • Kumamoto Airport (Kumamoto )
  • Matsuyama Airport (Ehime)
  • Hiroshima Airport (Hiroshima)
  • Miyazaki Airport (Miyazaki)
  • Naha Airport / Naha Air Base (Okinawa)
  • Kōchi Airport (Kōchi)
  • Sendai Airport (Miyagi)
  • Niigata Airport (Niigata)
  • Tokachi-Obihiro Airport (Hokkaidō)
  • Nagasaki Airport (Nagasaki)
  • Takamatsu Airport (Kagawa)
  • Yamaguchi Ube Airport (Yamaguchi)
  • Wakkanai Airport (Hokkaidō)
  • Yao Airport (Osaka)

How Many International Airports Are There in Tokyo?

Most people consider flying to Tokyo as the only option for international travel. However, there are 5 different international airports in Japan, with only 2 of them based in the Tokyo area. For example, Osaka’s region has 2 international airports to offer and is geographically located in the middle of the main Honshu island of Japan. Flying directly to Osaka could be an ideal option for those who plan to visit popular travel destinations such as Kyoto, Nara, and the west of Japan such as Okayama, Hiroshima, Matsuyama or Fukuoka.

The following list of airports are the 5 international airports in Japan:

  • Kansai International Airport (Osaka)
  • Narita International Airport (Chiba, nearby Tokyo)
  • Chūbu Centrair International Airport (Aichi)
  • Tokyo International Airport (Tokyo)
  • Osaka International Airport (Osaka/Hyōgo)

Which Is Tokyo’s Main International Airport?

Travelers often ask about the difference between Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda Airport. Tokyo Narita is located just outside in the region of Chiba whereas Tokyo Haneda Airport is officially Tokyo’s main international airport, as it is located in the Tokyo region.

If your main concern is travel times between the airport and your accommodation, it may be a good idea to look up the travel route first. Tokyo Haneda is located in the south of Tokyo and the journey to the center is approximately 30 minutes. That said, Tokyo Narita is situated towards the east of Tokyo and the Narita Express service provides a quick 1-hour train to the center but it may be quicker to get to eastern areas of Tokyo.

Whether you’re traveling for touristic or business purposes, Japan offers visitors plenty of excitement with its traditional food, incredible culture, and stunning, ancient architecture. Be sure to prepare for your journey by planning your route and making sure you have the right documents in order to travel. For whatever purposes you are traveling, consult the visa types for Japan to ensure that you have the right visa (if applicable) according to your nationality.