Kansai International Airport is probably one of the most recognisable airports in the world. First opened in 1994 in the Osaka prefecture, and designed by world famous architect Renzo Piano, it is a permanent fixture in the Japanese architectural repertoire, as millions of people pass through the airport every year. And, what comes with a massive international airport these days is top-quality food, and Kansai is no different. So, let’s get started and run you through some of the best places to eat on your next journey through the airport. You can be certain that you won’t go hungry here.
Name: Kansai International Airport
Address: 549-0001, 1 Senshukukokita, Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Business Hours: Restaurants vary but the airport is open 24/7
Phone Number: +81 72-455-2500
We’re starting off with a bang here, with the ever popular Tonkatsu KYK. Tonkatsu KYK is a big chain of restaurants in Japan, with one of their locations being in Kansai International Airport. The restaurant is located on the third floor of the terminal one building. You might be familiar with Tonkatsu, as it’s one of the most famous meat dishes in Japan, and is slowly expanding its influence into other continents, like North America and mainland Europe. If you aren’t familiar with it, though, it’s basically a pork cutlet which is deep fried in fresh crispy bread crumbs. KYK themselves say their recipe has been handed down through generations, and they take special care of the meat they choose to make Tonkatsu with. You can have this dish with a side of rice, shredded cabbage in broth, or just with a simple dipping sauce. The choice is up to you. Click on their website here to learn more about this magnificent restaurant chain.
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00
Phone Number: +81-72-456-6566
This one is for all you sushi lovers out there. This is one of the best places, I believe, in the the world to get sushi from. It is said that Honmamon is directly linked to a fishmonger in Osaka, so the fish is the freshest it could possibly be to make top-notch sushi. There’s a multitude of options to order, from tasting platters to your favourite Sashimi. It is located on floor number two in the building of terminal one, and if you are a fan of sushi, you are seriously not going to want to walk past this place without a little stop-in for some immensely beautiful and tasty food. Sadly, this restaurant doesn’t have a website, but hopefully the provided images will stoke your appetite.
Location:Terminal 1, “F
Business Hours: 7:00-21:30
Phone Number: +81-72-456-6620
Now it’s time for possibly the most famous type of Japanese food. I’m, of course, talking about Ramen. Ramen is a great base for a number of different types of flavoured noodle soup, and there’s a multitude to chose from, but this restaurant, also located on the second floor of the terminal one building, has its own specialty: Salt-Flavoured Noodles. Now, this may sound strange, but it’s a fish based broth made primarily from concentrated mussels. This spot is so popular that they even have dishes exclusive to their Kansai International Airport Restaurant. So, if you are ever passing through this airport, take a chance on a bowl of Ramen, because you just might not get to experience it again. Unless you come back to visit specifically for that, because who doesn’t love a great bowl of Ramen? Certainly not me. In their own words, “Don’t miss the chance to try our salt-flavored ramen with a refreshing yet deep taste that you can find nowhere else.” So, if that doesn’t make you want to try it, I don’t know what will.
Location:Food court, 2F
Business Hours: 7:00-22:00
Phone Number: +81-72-456-6592
Now we are in for a treat, and something that many people from the west may have never heard of before. A restaurant named Takomasa. Takomasa is a place that serves up some of Osaka’s famous dishes and delicacies. Their main dish is Octopus Balls. Octopus balls are made by hand every day, and they’re the perfect on the go food for when you are waiting to board your plane. Octopus balls are called Takoyaki, and can be served with a sauce or in a broth. Keep your eyes peeled for another Osakan traditional dish, with the name of Okinomiyaki, which you may have come across on this website before.
Business Hours: 7:00-22:00
Phone Number: +81-72-456-6633
Next up is the nationwide restaurant chain Sukiya. Sukiya is by far my favourite of all the restaurants at Kansai airport, because of their world famous dish of beef rice bowls, also known as Gyudon. This dish is one of the most delicious things it is possible to taste. There is a huge convenience with this place too, as it also offers curry and your choice of toppings for your rice bowl. This spot is also located on the second floor of the terminal one building, and the best part is it’s open twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year, so no matter what time your flight is, you can be certain of getting a brilliant meal.
Location:Before security, 2F
Business Hours: 24 hours
Phone Number: +81-120-498-007
Finally, we have a Japanese classic: Shinshu Soba noodles from the brilliant Sojibo. This spot serves a variety of Shinshu Soba noodles, along with some other classics on their menu. It is located on floor three in the terminal one building. This place is authentically Japanese, and will certainly give you that vibe if you stop in for a visit. And don’t forget that slurping your noodles is not regarded as bad manners at all in Japanese culture. In fact, it is often encouraged, as it shows you are giving respect to your food by enjoying it as much as you possibly can. For an authentic Japanese Soba noodle dish, please don’t forget to take a visit Sojibo and have an amazing time.
Business Hours: 8:00-22:00
Phone Number: +81-72-456-6519
So, there you have it people, and fellow lovers of Japanese food. You can be assured that your next trip to Kansai International Airport will be a brilliant one for food. Whatever you feel like eating, you will be catered for. If you feel like ramen then visit the ramen specialist Ryukishin. Or, if you fancy some Osakan delicacies, you’re also covered. And if you get there in the middle of the night and still need some food, then don’t forget about the wonderful Sukiya. Have an amazing time wherever your destination may be, and never forget to try out the food.
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