Airport Accessibility in Japan

Accessibility Information

for Japanese International Airports

As Japan is an Island country, most people will find themselves flying into one of several International Airports found across Japan. If you’re living with a disability, you may be wondering what challenges await you when you exit the plane. The short answer may be a pleasant surprise, but Accessible Japan wants you to be as well informed as possible. So, here is an in-depth look at the accessibility of four major International Airports serving the top three largest metropolitan areas within Japan.

Each of the airports are accompanied by its Airport Code (a simplified three-letter code used to identify an international airport), a Telephone number (you may need to use exit codes, and the country code for Japan if you are calling from outside Japan), website, a brief description, and a breakdown of useful information.

Haneda Airport International (also known as Tokyo International Airport)

Airport Code: HND | Telephone: 03-6428-0888 | Website

Just outside Tokyo (located on the southeastern side of Japan’s main island, and the largest metropolitan area in Japan), serving mostly domestic and some international flights, this airport is the busiest airport in Japan. The beautiful main fairway of this airport serves as an easy access hub to the multiple levels of shops, dining options, and services provided within. With the shortest ride time to a Tokyo hotel, this airport may be ideal after a long flight. The following is a breakdown of additional information about this Airport:

Narita International Airport

Airport Code: NRT | Telephone: 0476-34-8000 | Website

A little farther away from Tokyo then Haneda Airport, this Airport is the main the International Airport of Japan. Narita is a large airport and the concourse feels like it with high ceilings and vast open areas. It provides some domestic flights and acts as a hub for connecting flights to many other countries. More options (and, in turn, pricing competition) are available here for International travelers, making this an excellent choice for many people. Like Haneda, this airport has many shops and dining options throughout, so you’re sure to find something interesting to buy or eat if you find yourself here on an extended layover. The following is a breakdown of additional information about this Airport:

Kansai International Airport

Airport Code: KIX | Telephone: 072-455-2500 | Website

Built on an Artificial-Island near Osaka (located on the south-central region of Japan’s main island, and the second largest metropolitan area in Japan), this airport is more condensed then Narita, and is the third busiest serving domestic and international flights. Its layout makes it a bit easier to navigate then Narita and the abundance of shops throughout can make for a quick and easy side trip prior to heading to your destination. Also, if you include the nearby Kobe Airport, you have a fair amount of options for domestic flights in this area. The following is a breakdown of additional information about this Airport:

Chubu Centrair International Airport

Airport Code: NGO | Telephone: 0569-38-1195 | Website

Also built on an artificial-Island, located near Nagoya (located on the central region of Japan’s main island, and the third largest metropolitan area in Japan), this condensed airport was built to make it quick and easy to get from check-in to your terminal. Like the other airports, this airport hosts a wide selection of shops and places to eat. Unlike the other airports, the shops are open to the public outside the security, acting almost like an indoor mall. This means the area may be crowded at times, and if you wanted to shop after passing security, your choices are much more limited. The following is a breakdown of additional information about this Airport:

Service Dogs and Medication

Those planning to bring service dogs will face many restrictions, please see this page for more information:  Guide Dogs.

Be aware that various drugs/medicines which are commonly available in other countries may be restricted in Japan. Please see this page for drug/medicine restrictions in Japan: Bringing Medicine.