Fukuoka Airport (FUK;RJFF), perviously known as Itazuke Airbase, is the fourth largest airport in Japan with almost 21 Mio. passengers in 2016. Its one of the busiest single runway airports and due to this situation very interesting for plane spotters as you won’t miss a single plane. The airport is surrounded by the city of Hakata and and expansions is almost impossible.
Next to Kansai, our member Maximilian visited Itami as well during his trip through Japan and presents you a total number of three spots. Osaka Airport (RJOO / ITM), was Osaka’s main airport until Kansai International Airport was opened in 1994. Nowadays ITM only handles domestic services. Traffic is restricted due to its location within a highly populated neighbourhood in Hyogo prefecture next to the city of Itami. Nevertheless, ITM’s traffic figures are comparable to Kansai as some 17 million passengers are handled every year.
Besides Tokyo Narita, our member Maximilian visited Tokyo International Airport (RJTT / HND), commonly known as Haneda, Japan’s largest airport, as well. After the construction of Narita Airport, HND has handled mainly domestic operations for several decades. International services were re-introduced just recently. To increase capacity, HND received its International Terminal plus a fourth runway in 2010.
The airport is responsible for most International flights and you will see almost every popular carrier serving NRT. New Tokyo International Airport (RJAA / NRT), commonly known as Narita, was constructed in the 1970ies to take over international services from Haneda Airport. Up to now, Narita handles the majority of overseas operations out of the Tokyo-Yokohama region. Within the last years, the number of domestic services increased as well. NRT is located approx. 60 km northwest of Tokyo in the city of Narita in Chiba prefecture. As the road access is often congested you should calculate at least 1 hour of travel…
Kansai International Airport (RJBB / KIX) is the international airport of Osaka and the Kansai region (including the cities of Kobe, Kyoto and Nara). The airport is located approx. 50 km south of Osaka on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, near the city of Izumisano to which it is connected by bridge. About 17 million passengers are handled per year.
This is the international airport of the Nagoya metropolitan area (RJGG / NGO). The airport is known as “Chubu Kuko” in Japan, the English name is “Central Japan International Airport”, “Centrair” for short. The airport is located approx. 30 km south of Nagoya on an artificial island. The nearest city is Tokoname. About 9 million passengers are handled per year.