Recommended: Osaka Airterminal Hotel
In Real Life this looked much more cool at the Osaka Airterminal Hotel (大阪国際空港 ホテル), Itami Japan -- Osaka Airterminal Hotel (大阪国際空港ホテル) -- Itami, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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In Real Life
this looked much more cool
at the Osaka Airterminal Hotel (大阪国際空港ホテル), Itami Japan

I've discovered a new way to travel out of Kyoto/Osaka: a morning flight out of Osaka Itami combined with a previous-night's stay at the Osaka Airterminal Hotel.

Note: the airport is Osaka Itami (ITM), not the larger and more popular (and farther away) Kansai International (KIX).

It's less than 45 minutes to my fligh,t but I'm just getting out of a long, hot bath and now sitting down to write this. No rush. The entrance to the gate security area is a two-minute stroll from the hotel front desk, with a Starbucks in between any time I want to avail myself. I already checked my bag when I woke up, spending the three minutes to walk it down to the no-line-yet ticket counter. Back to my room a few minutes later for breakfast and the aforementioned bath.

What a great value. A clean, quiet room for $75 is hard enough to find to begin with, but with this kind of convenience providing such a gentle start to a 20+ hour trip, it's well worth it.

The free internet access is blazingly fast. Last night I downloaded an hour-long video from YouTube to put on my phone. It took just a minute or two.

My only words of caution: book in advance (the hotel was fully occupied last night), and note that the free internet is wired only.

Oh well, I guess I should get to my plane...


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Ah, What memories that brings back. Stayed there waaay back in the day after deplaning from my Chicago to Haneda -to Itami flight (Narita hadn’t started operations, and the Yen was @ 310 to the dollar) . Stayed again in the summer of 2012 when I brought my son back for a brief summer visit to Japan. Very convenient place indeed.

— comment by An Expat on December 24th, 2013 at 2:57am JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Update: I’m now in Ohio after a day of travel (followed immediately by a half a day of sleep). Woke up to a nice layer of snow for a White Christmas!

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on December 24th, 2013 at 9:50pm JST (3 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink
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