How to get to Kyushu and Okinawa?

In July of this year (year 2000), Japan will organize for the first time her G8 meeting in province, the region of Kyushu-Okinawa located in the extreme south of the archipelagos. Japan being a very stretched country, its access is not easy, all the more since the towns of Tokyo and Osaka, where most of foreigners arrive, own each 2 airports (one for international flights and another for internal flights) and the venues of meeting are very scattered (Fukuoka, Miyazaki and Okinawa)

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The goal of this page is to explain you how to get to Kyushu-Okinawa region without a hitch for the route is long and twisted.

Detailed map of Kyushu-Okinawa region


Note: By clicking one of yellow rectangles on the map below, you can get the following information.
  1. Tokyo rectangle explains how to get to Tokyo city from Narita international airport, then to Haneda airport to take a regional flight.
  2. Osaka rectangle explains how to get to Osaka city from Kansai international airport, then to Itami airport to take a regional flight.
  3. Fukuoka rectangle explains how to get to Fukuoka city from Tokyo or Osaka.
  4. Fukuoka rectangle explains how to get to Miyazaki city from Tokyo, Osaka or Fukuoka.
  5. Nago rectangle explains how to get to Nago city from Tokyo, Osaka or Miyazaki.
  6. Kyushu and Okinawa rectangles enlarge Kyushu-Okinawa region where G8 meetings take place.

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From Narita Airport to Haneda Airport

In principle, Narita airport is reserved for international flights while Haneda for internal ones excepting for some ones. If you wish to continue your trip up to Kyushu or Okinawa by plane, take a shuttle or a train "Airport Limited Express" in the underground of airport building.

If you wish to stay some days at Tokyo, take a train "Narita Express" which serves Tokyo and Shinjuku stations while "Keisei Sky Liner" serves Ueno station. You can also choose "Limousine Bus" which serves the main districts of Tokyo.

Finally, if you prefer to get to Fukuoka by train, first go to Tokyo station with "Narita Express" then take a bullet train there (5 hours of trip). Be aware, you will find rarely a direct train up to Fukuoka. Otherwise you have to change it at Osaka.


From Kansai Airport to Itami Airport

In principle, Kansai airport is reserved for international flights while Itami for internal ones excepting for some flights. If you wish to continue your trip up to Kyushu or Okinawa by plane, take "Limousine Bus" between 2 airports (one hour half of trip). Itami airport having no railroad station, this is the unique method to link 2 airports.

If you wish to stay some days in Osaka, take one of the following trains: "JR West Japan" which brings you to JR-Naniwa station or "Nankai dentetsu" to Nanba station.

Finally, if you wish to continue your trip by train to Kyushu, take the direct train "Haruka" from the airport which brings you to Shin-Osaka station (50 minutes of trip). There, you will find a bullet train to Fukuoka (2 hours of trip).


How to get to Fukuoka city

You can arrive directly to Fukuoka international airport only from near countries such as China and Korea. Otherwise, if you are already in Tokyo, take an internal flight at Haneda airport or a bullet train at Tokyo station (5 hours of trip). If you are already in Osaka, take an internal flight at Itami airport or a bullet train at Shin-Osaka (new Osaka) station (2 hours of trip).

How to get to Miyazaki city

Since the town owns neither international airport nor bullet trains' station, your choice is limited. If you are in Tokyo, take an internal flight at Haneda airport. If you are in Osaka, take an internal flight at Itami airport. If you are already in Fukuoka, take an internal flight at Fukuoka airport or an ordinary train at Hakata station.

How to get to Nago city on Okinawa

Since the town is located on Okinawa island, you can get there only by plane. If you are in Tokyo, take an internal flight at Haneda airport. If you are in Osaka, take an internal flight at Itami airport. If you are already in Miyazaki, try rather to go to Okinawa via Fukuoka, for there are few flights to Okinawa from Miyazaki airport.

Once, you are at Naha airport located in the south of Okinawa island, go up to the north by taking a short section of expressway. The town is located at the end.


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