Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Osaka Kansai Airport

sleeping in osaka kansai airportWhether you are an experienced airport sleeper or new to the game, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to better prepare you for sleeping in Osaka Kansai Airport.

Our guide is updated with the help of airport sleepers who tell us about their experiences at Osaka Kansai Airport.If you have a tip to share, write a review to help us keep this sleep guide up-to-date!

This guide was last updated: 27 July 2018. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping inside Osaka Kansai Airport

Locations & Seating
Osaka Kansai Airport
(Photo courtesy of Prakash /29Jan2014)

This efficient airport offers plenty of seating and soft chairs, including armrest-free benches throughout Terminal 1, the more modern of the two terminals. Travellers appreciate the amenities, like lots of charging outlets and easy layout. Head to the rest zone in the Aeroplaza for nighttime shuteye and free blankets (see below).

Rest Zones

Osaka Kansai Airport offers a designated rest zone for late-arrival travellers who depart early the next morning. Head to the Aeroplaza, Floor 2. The rest zone is open 24-hours, with coin-operated showers nearby. The real bonus is that free blankets are available to borrow between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

Airport Environment

At the time of this update, we have received few reports from travellers related to the overall terminal environment, such as temperature, lighting, and noise. In general, here are some good expectations:

  • Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
  • Noise: Even as overnight flights slow down or stop entirely, the airport may still run announcements, cleaning crews may make the rounds, and campers who aren’t asleep may repack their bags, so anticipate noise.
  • Lighting: The airport may stay bright thanks to around-the-clock lights, but certain corners may be dimly lit.

Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, and eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Staff

Travellers report friendly staff, particularly in the rest area where staff offers free blanket and pillow loans for overnight campers.

Showers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Coin-operated shower facilities are located in Terminal 1, Floor 2 (North) and at the Aeroplaza, Floor 2. The 24-hour showers cost 500 yen for 15 minutes, with toiletries provided. Showers are also inside the pay-to-enter KIX Airport Lounge in Terminal 1. See our Osaka Kansai Airport Guide for details.

Food & Drink

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors:

  • Terminal 1, Floor 2: Sukiya and McDonald’s
  • Terminal 2, Floor 1: Cafe and Bar Pronto
  • Aeroplaza near Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport: Burger King on Floor 2 and Matsuya on Floor 3
  • 24-hour convenience stores are also located throughout the airport
Security & Safety

Airport staff are generally quite tolerant of airport sleepers, both during the day and overnight.

At the time of this update, travellers report feeling very secure and safe at Osaka Kansai Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:

  • Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers. If you are sleeping in the public zone, make sure they are actual travellers and not homeless people – it is sometimes hard to tell in certain airports.
  • Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
  • Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!

Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.

Lounges

Osaka Kansai Airport has a few lounges, but none offer designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Osaka Kansai Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

Hotels

If you prefer the privacy and comfort of a hotel room, you have a few options. Your closest hotel is the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport, located adjacent to the airport and in walking distance from Terminal 2’s train station area. Other hotels are located within a 10-minute drive. See our Osaka Kansai Airport Guide for locations and details.

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