Osaka Itami (ITM) spotting guide
|Osaka is the second biggest city in Japan. There are two airport in this area. One is Itami, former international airport, and Kansai, new airport for International and domestic. Itami airport is located Northwest of the city. At this airport you can easily take photos of narrow body airliners, MD-90 for JAS, B737-400 for JEX, which are rare visitor in Tokyo, and also DHC-8-400 and Saab340B for JAC, which you can't see in Tokyo.|
|How to get there|
|from Osaka downtown
from Hankyu Railway Umeda station, connected JR Osaka station and Subway Umeda station.
Hankyu Umeda <Hankyu Takarazuka line 13min(Express), 22min(Local) JPY220> Hotarugaike <Osaka Monorail 3min JPY200> Osaka Kuko(airport)
Direct bus service available; Osaka Umeda (30min JPY620), Osaka Namba (30min JPY620), ShinOsaka (25min JPY490), Kyoto (55min JPY1280), Kobe Sannomiya (40min, JPY1,020), Kansai airport (80min JPY1,700), every 10 to 30min
from Kansai Airport
Direct connection Bus (80min JPY1,700) or train connection ( KIX<JR rapid service 61min 1,150>Osaka/Hankyu Umeda<Hankyu Takarazuka line 22min JPY220>Hotarugaike<Osaka Monorail 3min JPY200>ITM)
20 flights from Tokyo Haneda by ANA, JAL, JAS (60min JPY18,500(O/W), JPY29,000(R/T), JPY10,000 to 13,000(O/W special fare, must buy ticket few days before), maybe you can get cheaper international connection fare at your travel agent)
Also any "Air Pass" (ANA Star Alliance airpass, ANA Vist Japan fare) are available.
<by Shinkansen train to Shin Osaka>
Nozomi super express(2h30min, JPY14,050(O/W), every 20min) and from Shin Osaka 25min bus ride, JPY490. Rail Map
<by JR Bus from Tokyo station>
If you want to save money, you can choose JR night Bus (8h40min, JPY8,610(O/W) JPY15,190(R/T))
You can get the information on JR Bus official site.
#The fares above are for ordinary season.
#If you plan to travel by train, check the price of Japan Rail Pass for JR lines. Maybe you can travel cheaper than by normal ticket.
|Airlines and Airliners|
B777-300, B777-200, B767-300, MD90, MD81, MD87
All Nippon Airways; B777-300, B777-200, B767-300, A321, A320, B737-500
Japan Transocean Airlines; B737-400
JAL Express; B737-800, B737-400
ANA Wings; DHC-8-400Q, DHC-8-300Q
Japan Air Commuter; Saab340B, DHC-8-400Q
Fair Link; CRJ100, CRJ200
|Spring; March to May; warm but humidity is a
little high and air is not so clear except May. The weather is changeable.
Summer; June to August; June to middle of July is rainy season and end of July to August is very hot and high humidity.
Autumn; September to November; September is still hot and the weather is changeable. The middle of October to November are best season for spotting; cool, low humidity and clear.
Winter; December to February. Cold but clear and no snow.
|Where can you take Photographs?|
|The airport is very friendly for spotter. There are big free
observation decks, face to runway, in the terminal building. It opens from early morning to late night. The light condition for
runway is good in early morning. In the afternoon you can still take photographs of the
airliners spotting gate at there.
I heard there are good spotting point around the airport. Unfortunately I have not been there.
|You can get timetable at check in counter for each airlines on 1st. floor.|
Usually RW32L and RW32R are used to avoid noise pollution except heavy tail wind days. All wide body airliners use RW32L and narrow body and turbo prop airliners use RW32R.
YS-11, Saab340 use open spot in north area of terminal building. MD-90, MD-81 and MD-87 spot north side of pier for JAS. So you can not see them spotting from observation deck. 2nd pier from north are for JAL group and south 2 piers are for ANA group.
DEL 118.80 GND 121.70 126.20 TWR 118.10 126.20
|Where do you stay?|
Check the next hotel chain site. I usually use the hotels for
business trip. The room rate is reasonable except some on special
location. Osaka is listed up in Kansai or Kinki area.
Toyoko Inn chain http://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/
Washington Hotel chain http://www.wh-rsv.com/english/
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