Central Japan International Airport Hub
The Central Japan International Airport (also known as Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya) took 7th place in 2015 as World’s Best Airport according to a poll of 12 million passengers by SkyTrax. This award comes as a pleasant surprise to Central Japan’s transit hub, since they have moved up into the top 10 from 12th place in 2014. Let’s see what is making them worthy of their seventh place position.
Central Japan’s transit hub has signage in several areas around the airport where free Wi-Fi (LAN) is available. They require that you use your own devices to connect to Wi-Fi in these areas. If you do not have a device that readily connects to Wi-Fi you can use one of the computers in the Internet Corners located in both the International and Domestic terminals. These areas are restricted, and Wi-Fi is not available. But, customers with their own computers can plug into the LAN at the Internet Corners and access it from their own personal device. There are also charging stations for devices if you find yourself low in battery power. One more option is available for those that need to print their tickets and such. There are three paid computer stations that cost 100 Yen (0.85 US Dollars) for 10 minutes.
For your comfort and convenience there are three hotels at the airport. The first of the hotels is the Tokyo Inn and has 1000 rooms! Our experts at Flight Hub Reviews will help you get around. There are two main wings, affectionately known as the “Orange Side” and the “Green Side.” This hotel is certainly the largest, but also the furthest away at a 10 minute walk. The second, Comfort Hotel Central Japan International Airport, is five minutes away and is connected to the airport via aerial walkway. The third, Centrair Hotel, is the closest and is actually connected to the mega airport hub. You can make reservations right from the airport website or at the service counters in each of the hotel lobbies.
The observation deck is 300 meters (984 ft.) long and offers an up close view of the airplanes on the tarmac. On clear days there is a pleasant view of Nagoya Point and the large ships coming and going in Ise Bay. At night, the airport runway lights are quite a sight! The observation deck is closed during inclement weather and high winds. There is no charge for using the deck.
Hu No Yu is the name of a unique bath house at the Central Japan transit hub. From here you can enjoy the water and the views of the airplanes during takeoff and landing. One can also view the far off boats in the harbor near Ise Bay. The bath house features a small hot soaking tub, a cold water bath, a jacuzzi and a sauna. If you’d like a better view of the bay, the bath house connects to the observation deck and there is a little hut with a small peeping window for those in bathing suits. The bath house is well marked in many different languages so visitors know exactly where to go within the house. The bath will cost 1000 Yen (about $8.30 US Dollars) and includes toiletries and a towel, locker rooms and a shower.
If you are looking for other ways to relax, there aren’t many here at this transportation hub. Or at least that is not the culture of this particular airport hub. There are a collective of massage chairs, and one massage salon that features regular spa massages and something that’s called a head spa treatment.(FYI Flight Hub Reviews expert always love those areas !) Honestly, there isn’t much relaxing at this airport, and all of the lounges are associated with airline lounges, business class and first class ticket holders. So I hope you’re in the mood to stay awake…if not, you’d better head to one of the airport hotels.
Im Doko Tonderu? This means basically, “Where are all the Planes Now?” This unique feature is a display board of which planes, and their respective airline names, are coming and going from Central Japan’s mega airport. The display is basically a large TV screen showing planes in motion. This display is made possible by technology called aircraft positioning information system. The display can be found in Sky Town in 4F.
Commemorative Stamps are also available, but not the kind that go in your Passport…these stamps are more of a novelty and serve as a memento of your trip to Central Japan International Airport. Paper is provided! The Commemorative Stamp machine can be found in the Access Plaza near the Information Booth.
There are many restaurants to choose from so let’s get selective. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, right? So let’s look at some Japanese restaurants. Kabuki is located up in the Sky Town area, right in front of the Observation Deck. Here, you’ll find traditional Japanese dishes that are healthy, tasty and beautiful to look at! Kaitensushi Maruchu is conveyor belt sushi. If you’ve never dined at a sushi restaurant like this, you need to try it. Basically, the covered plates of sushi travel around a little track. When you see something you want, you just take it and eat it and keep your plates. Then, you’ll be charged for the number of plates you ate. The idea behind this type of restaurant is to keep things fresh and fast. No waiting for the chef to make your order, you simply sit and start choosing the plates that pass you by. Choose from other high quality dishes at many other restaurants, or opt for a nice noodle bowl or ramen instead for a lighter yet satisfying lunch. If you are not used to eating local foods when you travel you can still find a juice bar where they feature “layered” drinks. That means yes, three different juices that sit separate from each other in your cup—tasty to the tongue and a treat for your eyes, too. You’ll also find a burger joint and a Subway at this mega airport. Personally, I recommend the local dishes. When in Rome, remember?
If you are looking for local gifts for loved ones back home, there are several Japanese specialty stores at Central Japan International airport hub. Choose from shrimp rice crackers, to fish paste, to sake. Also located at the airport is a Hello Kitty store. Who doesn’t know and love Hello Kitty? The store carries everything and anything with the adorable and lovable little white kitten in the red ribbon. Also for those last minute flights, don’t forget your Bento box to go for lunch! One thing to mention about the airport stores, you won’t find any high end luxury stores with big fancy names like Tag Heuer or Rolex…the stores are very much about the culture of Japan, which is really neat!
Don’t forget the Duty free stores, you never know what treasure you will find, especially in Japan. They have cosmetics, liquor, and tobacco, in fact, these are the only stores where you will find any brand name items known in other parts of the world, as the other stores are strictly Japanese labels.