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Spotting at Osaka Kansai

by Matt Falcus

One of Japan’s busiest and most modern airports. Osaka is a great stop-off if you’re spotting in Japan, however it has periods of few traffic movements on afternoons.

The actual traffic you get is very similar to that at Tokyo’s airports.

Osaka Kansai has a spotting deck which is four storeys above ground, and situated at the end of Runway 24, which is used most often. The deck opens at 10am and closes at 6pm. It is free to enter, and has both indoor and outdoor areas, along with food & drink facilities and arrivals boards. A bus will take you from the terminal to the Aeroplaza building, which is opposite the viewing deck.The sun is behind you here, so you can take excellent photographs.

If you are travelling through Osaka Kansai, there are opportunities to view aircraft through windows at certain departure gates, although this can be frustrating and limited at times.

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Eef Velthorst March 16, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Dear Matt,

Next month we (my wife and I) are going for a plane-spotting trip to Japan. Among other spotting-places we are also staying 2.5 days at Osaka Kanzai airport. Do you have more information about spotting areas at Kanzai airport? The only, so far found, spotting area at Kanzai airport is the Observation Hall. We are looking forward to hear from you.

Thanks in advance,

Kind regards,

Willy and Eef Velthorst
the Netherlands

Matt Falcus March 17, 2014 - 11:04 am

The viewing terrace is really the best place to spot as it has great views. With the airport being out at sea, it’s difficult to find any other areas to view although you might try the Ferry Terminal or the road bridge for some interesting photos. Have a great trip!

Erik van Dokkum June 11, 2014 - 6:45 pm

According to the latest “Spotting Spot” in Airliner World of July 2014, the airport recently opened a small viewing area adjacent to the midfield LCC Terminal 2. Any kind of information regarding this will be highly appreciatedby yours truly.

Thank you in advance

Matt Falcus June 11, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Thanks for the heads up about this Erik!


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