The Kansai International Airport, colloquially called Kanku, is an international airport serving the greater Osaka area of Japan. It is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, off the Honshu shore, some 38 kilometres south-west of the main Osaka Station, nestled between three municipalities including Izumisano, Sennan, and Tajiri in the Osaka Prefecture.
The Kansai opened on September 4, 1994 to relieve overcrowding in the Osaka International Airport (Osaka-Itami), which is closer to the city of Osaka. The latter now only handles domestic flights, with most international destinations now concentrated at the Kansai. During the year 2006, Kansai or Kanku had 116,475 aircraft movements, with almost 80% listed as international. The total number of passengers rolled at around 17 million, becoming the sixth busiest in Japan on that year. The airport, however, dropped its numbers in 2009 – primarily because of flight transfers and changes.
Where to go
Tokyo – Tokyo is the capital and largest city of Japan. Although thought of and referred to as a city, Tokyo is actually an official “metropolitan prefecture,” which differs from and combines elements of both a city and a prefecture. It is the world's most populous metropolitan area, is the seat of the Emperor of Japan, and of the Japanese government. Truly world-class in almost all aspects, Tokyo is considered an alpha world city. Tokyo is named as a great tourism destination primarily because of the hospitality of its locals, its nightlife and shopping scenes, its robust public transportation, and its cleanliness. It is also the world's most expensive city, yet ironically named as the third most liveable city in the world. When in Tokyo, visit the various national parks of Chuchubu Tama Kai, Fuji-Hakone-izu, and Ogasawara; the Ueno Park and its web of museums; and its shopping and entertainment districts.
Sapporo – Sapporo is the fourth-largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Located in the Ishikari Subprefecture, it is Hokkaido's heart, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan. Sapporo is known as the host of the 1972 Winter Olympics – the first Olympic hosting in Asia – and its Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws two million tourists annually from around the world. The city is also home to the Sapporo brewery, and the shiroi koibito, or the white sweethearts, a class of white chocolate biscuits. When in Sapporo, never miss out on tasting the best ramen offerings; Susukino, which is the entertainment district of Sapporo; the various historical buildings, national parks, historic landmarks, and shopping arcades, and the numerous nature parks and gardens.
Macau – Macau, or sometimes spelled as Macao, is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China. It lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong, bordered by Guangdong to the north and the South China Sea to the east and south. Macau was a former Portuguese colony from the mid-16th century until the late 1999, when it was called as the last remaining European colony in Asia. It was returned to the Chinese authorities on December of 1999, through the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration. Known for its posh casinos, hotels, and shopping districts, Macau is one of the world's richest cities, and as of 2013, its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity is higher than that of any country in the world. In 2006, it was named as the world's largest gambling centre, with the economy heavily dependent on the fruits of the said sector. When in Macau, tour the city boundaries and visit the Rue de Paul or the Ruins of St. Paul's, check out the A-Ma Temple and the Macau Tower, and visit the many casino chains (Grand Lisboa, MGM, Galaxy, etc.) for some entertainment.
Seoul – Seoul is the capital and the largest metropolis of South Korea, forming the heart of the Seoul Capital Area. Situated on the Han River, Seoul is one of the most important cities in the country, transforming the then hermit Korea into a global city from an economic boom called the “Miracle on the Han River.” The boom started from the damage of the Korean War to the world's 4th-largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$486 billion in 2014, just after Tokyo, New York City, and Los Angeles. A technology hub, global digital media city, and wired city, Seoul is first in technology readiness, along with some sterling characteristics. When in Seoul, never miss out on the Gangnam region, the War Memorial of Korea; the many palaces and shrines reminiscent of Korea's past, and many more.
From the Kansai International Airport, travellers may fly to the Western end of the world and back – through its main international carriers. Kansai offers various direct flights going to North America (Canada, United States), Europe (France), or even to the Middle East.
How to get out
The Kansai international Airport's facilities are ready to take travellers to as much as 80 destinations across the world. It is the sixth busiest airport in Japan, with many airlines serving domestic, regional, and international destinations.
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