Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), also known as Central Japan International Airport, is Japan’s third major international gateway after Narita and Kansai. Opened in 2005, the airport is located 40 kilometers south of Nagoya, on an artificial island of Tokoname city in Aichi prefecture, taking over all international and most domestic air traffic, operated by Nagoya Airport. It is easily linked with Nagoya and surrounding cities across central Japan by public transportation.
The airport has 11,000-square-meter commerce space where there over 100 shops and restaurants line. You can find a number of shops including for duty free, souvenir, electric appliance, and fancy goods, as well as various restaurants such as Japanese, Western, and ethnic. Moreover, there is a hot spa facility so you can be more relaxed.
For more detailed information about the airport, visit their website at http://www.centrair.jp/en/
The main terminal of Centrair Airport is T-shaped with three piers stretching from a central ticketing area. Arrivals are processed on the second floor while departures on the third. There are facilities that support for foreign money exchange and a post office.
If you have bags or suitcases with wheels, it is possible to take train to downtown area with your bags. While the country owns a highly frequent and punctual railway system, unfortunately there are rather crowded trains in major cities, so that making use of Japanese express delivery service for baggage is recommended. It undertakes to deliver cases to the hotel or ryokan (Japanese-style inns) at your next destination wherever.
A number of private companies and post office handle luggage delivery services and you can find them at Centrair Airport. This works the same way on departure. You can send almost any shape or size of baggage to the airport ahead of time and just pick up your stuff in the airport lobby.
How to get to Nagoya:
By Meitetsu train
Chubu Centrair International Airport is situated on the Meitetsu Tokoname line and it is the most convenient option to access to Nagoya station.
The journey between the airport and Nagoya station takes about 35 minutes by Meitetsu limited express and costs 850 yen (non-reserved seat). Meitetsu Nagoya is adjacent to JR Nagoya station, where you can transfer to Shinkansen bound for Tokyo, Kyoto and Shin Osaka, as well as local trains of the Meitetsu and Kintetsu lines, and the Nagoya subway line. Note that the Japan Rail Pass is not valid on Meitetsu trains.
For detailed timetables or fares, visit http://www.meitetsu.co.jp/english/airport-access/index.html
There are several buses operated between the airport and central Nagoya. The one way journey to Nagoya station takes about one hour and costs 1,000 Yen. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on these buses but if you have heavy luggage, it is a recommended way to get to downtown. Buses also stop at major hotels in Nagoya area, as well as other cities such as Toyota, Toyohashi, Toba in Mie prefecture, Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture, and even Nagano prefecture.
Two high-speed ferry services connect Centrair Airport to the west side of Ise Bay. One ferry goes to Tsu city of Mie prefecture in 40 minutes and costs 2,400 yen. The other ferry goes to Matsuzaka of Mie in 45 minutes and costs 2,700 yen. Fore more information, visit http://www.tsu-airportline.co.jp/e/index.html
Chubu Centrair Int’l Airport
October / 2010