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Chubu Centrair Airport Review in Nagoya

Nagoya Chubu Centrair Airport

If you did not know, the Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya is built on an artificial island located about 35 kilometers from Nagoya city.

Opened in 2005, Centrair is classified as a first-class airport and is the main international gateway for the Chubu region of Japan.

The name "Centrair" is an abbreviation of Central Japan International Airport, an alternate translation used in the English name of the airport's operating company.

This is also Japan's third off-shore airport, after Nagasaki Airport and Kansai International Airport, and is also the second airport built in Japan on a man-made island.

*Update - AirAsiaX no longer flies to Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya.

Chubu Centrair Airport

Malaysia Asia had the pleasure of visiting this interesting airport during a trip to Nagoya in January 2014 and below is general information where first-time travelers here may find interesting.

The airport is also the gateway to popular places around Nagoya like the Shirakawa-Go Village which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

Note that at the end of this article, there is a special section that caters to Muslim travelers to Japan.

Nagoya Airport Information Counter
Centrair Airport Information Counter
When you arrive at the Chubu airport and need information, simply head to the main information counter at the airport entrance area where a pleasant Japanese lady will serve you in English. There is only one main information counter here therefore it is hard to miss too.

Inside the Chubu Airport

The northern side of the terminal is for domestic flights, while the southern side holds international flights, each with dedicated ticket counters, security checkpoints, baggage carousels, international flights, immigration and customs facilities.

Arrivals are processed on the second floor and departures on the third floor of the airport.

Nagoya Airport Departure Hall
Chubu Airport Departure Hall
The lower level is used for maintenance, catering, and other ground operations, as well as for passenger buses to hardstands in the middle of the airport ramp.

A second terminal for low-cost airlines will be opened by summer 2014 and the new terminal will allow arriving domestic passengers to transfer directly to international flights.

Centrair Airport Departure Area
Nagoya Airport Departure Hall
Shopping at Chubu Centrair Airport

One of the unique features here is the 4th Floor Sky Town Shopping Center where 61 shops and restaurants are organized into two streets called Renga-dori and Chochin-yokocho.

The Chochin-yokocho shops are individually themed to have an authentic Japanese look to blend in the traditional culture.

This works great with tourist as usually at normal airports, shops are usually bland or simply common.

At least here at the airport, you get to have that Japanese look and feel. Below are random photos taken around the Centrair Airport during our visit there in January 2014.

Hello Kitty Store at Chubu Airport, Nagoya
Hello Kitty Store at Chubu Airport, Nagoya
Souvenir and snack shops are very popular among the local travelers
Some of the local snack shops that sell all sorts of Japanese goodies
For the tourist, the Shoryudo Tourist Information is a great place to get information
For the tourist, there is also the Shoryudo Tourist Information Center located as you exit the arrival hall on the left. You can get all the info you need about Nagoya in English, Chinese and Japanese language.

A duty-free area in the international departure hall on the 3rd floor. The stores here include boutiques with famous global brands, cosmetics, and fashion stores, and specialty stores with liquor and cigarettes. Spend an enjoyable time shopping until your departure.

Restaurants and Cafes at Centrair Airport

There are quite a number of local and international restaurants and cafes located in the airport area where some of them offer free WiFi service.

For the coffee lovers, there is always a Starbucks available while for those wanting a first or last taste of Japanese cuisine, there are quite a number of these cafes and restaurants here.

Below are random photos of the restaurants and cafes at the Centrair Airport in Nagoya.

Starbucks at Nagoya Airport
For the coffee lovers, Starbucks is available too
More Japanese restaurants and shops

Wifi at Centrair Airport  Nagoya
WiFi area for those who require to be connected
 A typical Japanese restaurant selling popular ramen and rice dishes. These are the budget types.
Some of the fast-food joints that serve western food
Access Plaza Information Counter

The Access Plaza facility serves as the main link for trains, buses, taxis, cars, high-speed boats and it also provides transportation and tourist information.

The Information Counter located in the center of the Access Plaza provides all the general information, tourist information, and bus/taxi information. Rental cars are available at the adjacent counter.

The Access Plaza Information Counter also offers wheelchair and baby strollers for use at the airport, as well as a changing room and other services.

This would be the main place for those wanting to get into Nagoya city from the airport.

Trains to Nagoya from Centrair Airport
Centrair Airport Map
Trains to Nagoya 

The train station for Centrair is the Meitetsu Airport Line and operated by Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu). The fastest train service is the "μSky Limited Express" (μ pronounced myuu) which connects the airport to Meitetsu-Nagoya Station in just 28 minutes.

These trains run twice per hour too. There are of course many other train services that head to Nagoya Downtown area and also other districts.

A comprehensive map is located at the ticket station however, most ticket machines are in dual English or Japanese language.

Meitetsu Limited Express and μSKY trains Nagoya
Meitetsu Limited Express and μSKY trains at Centrair Airport
Train Information and ticket counter Centrair Airport Nagoya
Train information and ticket counter at the Nagoya Airport
Nagoya Train Map
Nagoya Train and Subway Map
Bus to Nagoya 

Centrair Limousine provides direct bus service to and from central Nagoya, Sakae, and major hotels (with stops at Fushimi‐Cho, Hilton Nagoya, Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Sakae, and Nagoya Tokyu Hotel).

Traveling time is around 1 hour, and the fare is 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. This is another way to see the outskirts of Nagoya and also for those who dislike traveling on trains.

Direct bus to Nagoya Downtown from Centrair Airport
Ferry to mainland 

Three high-speed ferry services link Centrair to the west side of Ise Bay. One ferry connects to the passenger terminal in Tsu which is a 40-minute trip.

Another ferry links Matsusaka to Tokoname, taking 45 minutes. Check with the Access Information Counter if you require this service.

Alice Dining on the roof of the Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya
For those who arrive early or transiting here, you would be pleased to know that you can actually make your way to the roof of the airport and watch the planes take off.

There is also the Alice Diner (Western-Japanese Restaurant) up here where you can grab some food and drinks too. Great place to simply unwind and possibly catch the sunrise or sunset.

Centrair Hotel at the Chubu Airport
Centrair Hotel at the Chubu Airport
Centrair Hotel at the Chubu Airport

If you are on a long connecting flight, there is also the 4-Star Centrair Hotel in the airport which is usually filled with business travelers.

The location of this hotel is also very close to the check-in counters and also ticket gates making this one of the most convenient airport hotels.

It is also located inside the airport where you need not worry about walking outdoors unlike other airport hotels.

The amenities are of high quality. Beds are very comfortable with bathrobes provided and for the online addict or business traveler, free Internet is available, but via cable or Ethernet.

If you are looking for a luxury hotel, this is not it as it caters to those who need rest before flying or on transit.

Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya Japan
Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya
Muslim Travelers to Nagoya

The good news announced on March 4th, 2014 as Chubu Airport will open prayer rooms and offer halal food for Muslim travelers to coincide with the start of a new route to Malaysia, Central Japan International Airport Co.

Some restaurants in the Chubu Airport terminal building will feature menus with items that do not contain pork and alcohol. 

According to officials, the airport will open a prayer room on the second floor of the terminal building on March 17, the first day of the new route to Malaysia. The carpeted 20-square-meter space will have an arrow on the ceiling pointing toward Mecca.

A similar facility will be set up in the international departure area on the third floor in April while Narita, Kansai, New Chitose and other airports in Japan have similar prayer spaces for Muslims.

Update - AirAsia X no longer flies to Nagoya.

If you require more detailed information about Nagoya in the Aichi Prefecture, visit the JNTO Website as they are very updated on the info.

For your added information, Malaysia Airlines ceased its Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur flights in 2008 and AirAsia X begins flying to Nagoya on the 17th March 2014 which makes this the third major city that the airline flies to in Japan which lands at the Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya.

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