Naha Airport is Japan’s 7th busiest airport. Opened in 1933 as the Oroku Aerodrome and renamed as Naha Airport in 1945, this airport is also often referred to as “Okinawa Airport” as it is one of the main air transport hubs on the island. Currently, the airport handles both domestic and local flights with the latter being handled at the International Terminal and the former at the Main Terminal. Here are some more things that you should know about Naha Airport.
1. How to get there
Ever since the Okinawa Urban Monorail or the Yui Rail was completed, Naha Airport has been more accessible than ever. The Yui Rail is one of the best and most practical ways to get around Naha, too. It stretches to about 12.8 kilometers starting from Naha Airport and ending at Shuri Castle with a total of 15 stations in between. If you’re not fond of train rides, you can also reach the airport by car (private, rental, or taxi), bus, or via shuttle services which are often provided by hotels.
2. Check flight schedules and details online
If you want to double check details of your flight or check out flight schedules for loved ones who are coming in through Naha Airport, you can easily and conveniently do so by going online and visiting Naha Airport’s official website which is http://www.naha-airport.co.jp/en/. You can also find out more about the airport in general by visiting and exploring the site.
3. Floor guide
Being serviced by a number of different airlines for both local and international flights, it is only understandable that Naha Airport receives a lot of traffic on a daily basis. Thankfully, the airport is large enough to comfortably accommodate all travelers. With four floors that serve their own dedicated purposes, Naha Airport, while extremely busy, is rarely a chaotic sight. The first and second floors are for arrival and departure accordingly, the third floor is where you’ll find the ticketing / check-in lobby and the topmost floor is where restaurants and shops are.
Despite being one of the busiest airports in Japa, Naha Airport still manages to give its customers a great experience every time they are here by offering services and facilities that are sure to make your pre- and post-flight experience more convenient and a lot better. These services and facilities include a nursery, coin-op lockers, resting rooms, waiting rooms, banks and automated teller machines, ticketing machines for the Keikyu Line and Tokyo Monorail.
5. Eco-friendly airport
One of the greatest, most notable things about Naha Airports is their effort to become an eco-friendly airport. Various environmental measures are carried out through the various terminals at the airport to ensure harmony between business operations and the environment.
6. Gastronomic delights
Going on a long haul flight can leave you feeling hungry so having plenty of choices when you want to eat before or after your flight is always nice. At Naha Airport, you have an overwhelming array of restaurants, fast food joints, diners, and cafes to choose from. The whole of the airport’s top (4th) level is occupied by eateries and a few shops so if you ever feel hungry, just go to the 4th floor and grab a quick bite.
7. Last minute shopping
No time to buy gifts to bring back home? Don’t worry, you don’t have to stress yourself out trying to squeeze in a little shopping session. Since there are plenty of shops in Naha Airport. And there you can but little knickknacks and some bits and baubles that you can buy for your and your loved ones. Some shops even accept Edy cards which is perfect if you want to use up whatever you have on your card before you toss it in the bin.
Travelling can be stressful but it doesn’t always have to be. When you land somewhere as cool as Naha Airport, take the time to relax and enjoy as you wander around and explore the place. There are plenty of interesting things that you might just discover.
Have a good trip and travel!