For those travelling to and from KIX from Kobe or points further west and north, a new connection service has started that cuts down on the journey time AND is cheaper. The high-speed ferry runs from Kobe Airport and takes just 30 minutes to cut across the bay. The fare is 1500yen for adults, 700 yen for kids.
Due to Japanese transport systems shutting down through the night, it can sometimes be difficult to get to KIX for early morning flights without having to book a hotel in Osaka or at the ridiculously expensive airport hotel the night before, but a new service has opened that also offers a comfortable place to relax for a few hours between flights.
The Kanku Lounge is open 24 hours a day, and is modelled on an internet/Manga cafe. There are public spaces with comfortable seating, internet connection with movies, and shelves and shelves of manga.
For a slightly higher fee there are "private" booths, both smoking and non-smoking, and there is also a "Ladies Only" space.
Soft drinks and coffee are free, and snacks are available. The basic fee is 100yen for ten minutes, or 3,600 yen for 9 hours.
Trivia..... the bridge connecting KIX to the mainland is the longest truss bridge in the world.
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Monday, April 07, 2008