Japan most important IATA codes you need to remember

There’re 101 airports in tiny land of Japan, but especially for traveller, airports you need to remember is just limited. Here you can check out lists for most important IATA codes and airport names in Japan.


International hub airports

AirportIATA codeCity
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
Nearest airport from central Tokyo
Largest airport in Japan
Narita International Airport
Mainly international flights
NRTGreater Tokyo/Chiba pref.
Kansai International Airport
World’s first artificial island airport
Mainly international flights
Chubu International Airport (Centrair)
Most convenient in Japan central district
NGOGreater Nagoya/Aichi pref.
Japan’s most important airports are located in the megacities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

Tokyo International Airport, known as Haneda Airport, Tokyo-Haneda, is one of the most important airport in Japan. Located in the side of central Tokyo, access to the downtown is extremely convenient with subway lines, trains and buses. Narita International Airport, former New Tokyo International Airport was the largest airport in Japan till Haneda Airport got back international flights again from 2000. Kansai International Airport is largest airport in Kansai region, Osaka. It floats on the sea of Setouchi, the first fully artificial island airport in the world.

International/domestic airports

AirportIATA codeCity
Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
Domestic flights only
Nearest airport from central Osaka
New Chitose AirportCTSSapporo/Hokkaido pref.
Naha AirportOKANaha/Okinawa pref.
Fukuoka AirportFUKHakata/Fukuoka pref.
Sendai airportSDJSendai/Iwate pref.
Kobe Airport
Domestic flights only
Easy access to central Kobe and Osaka
UKBKobe/Hyogo pref.
Hiroshima AirportHIJHiroshima/Hiroshima pref.
Niigata AirportKIJNiigata/Niigata pref.
Greater Osaka has 3 airports of KIX, ITM and UKB.

Osaka International Airport has only domestic flights in spite of its name. The airport was used for international flights also, before KIX open. And now, the airport is only for full cost carriers of JAL, ANA, Skymark or Star Flyer. Because of convenient access to central Osaka or Kobe, the airport is exclusive for the luxury carriers. On the other hand, domestic flights for low cost carriers usually use KIX. You know it’s island, the accessibility was not good for domestic traveller.

Rankings and honors

Tokyo International Airport, HND

Skytrax World’s Airport Award, 2nd
Skytrax World’s Best Domestic Airport, 1st
Skytrax World’s Cleanest Airport, 1st
Skytrax World’s Best PRM/Accessible Facilities, 1st
Skytrax World’s Best Airport Staff, 3rd
Skytrax World’s Best Airport for Baggage Delivery, 3rd

Narita International Airport, NRT

Skytrax World’s Airport Award, 7th
Skytrax World’s Best Airport Staff, 1st
Skytrax World’s Best Airport Dining Experience, 1st
Skytrax World’s Cleanest Airport, 5th
Skytrax World’s Best Airport for Baggage Delivery, 2nd

Chubu International Airport, NGO

Skytrax World’s Airport Award, 8th
Skytrax World’s Best Regional Airport, 1st
Skytrax World’s Cleanest Airport, 2nd
Skytrax World’s Best Airport Staff, 4th
Skytrax World’s Best Airport for Baggage Delivery, 4th

Kansai International Airport, KIX

Skytrax World’s Airport Award, 10th
Skytrax Best Airport Staff in Asia, 1st
Skytrax World’s Best Airport for Baggage Delivery, 1st
Skytrax World’s Best Airport Staff, 6th
Skytrax World’s Cleanest Airport, 9th

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