Located around 30km to the southwest of Kanazawa handles mostly domestic air traffic with a small number of flights heading to international destinations including Seoul. Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong.
Being located nearby Kanazawa, the airport services one of Japan’s most popular cities for both Japanese and international visitors. Fights from Komatsu also connect the region to Okinawa while other routes also service both Narita Airport and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
Komatsu is a small, regional airport with a single three-level terminal building. As such, navigating the airport is simple. There are multiple flights each day and moving to and from the airport is easy.
Check-in and airline counters are on the first floor while departure gates – both domestic and international – are on the second floor.
As the terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – running to Tokyo via Nagano – and the Limited Express Thunderbird – running to Kyoto and Osaka via Fukui – Kanazawa Station is a convenient transport hub from where to explore Japan.
Given the efficiency of the Japanese public transport network, using the train to travel to and from Kanazawa to destinations including Tokyo, Nagano, Kyoto and Osaka will be the best option for most travelers; while using Komatsu for flights to more distant destinations such as Sapporo in Hokkaido and Fukuoka in Kyushu, will be substantially faster than using the train network.
For visitors wanting to head straight from the airport to any of the region’s attractions and destinations, arranging a private charter is a great option for doing so directly from the airport. As Nagano’s No.1-rated charter and tour operator, we can arrange transport for couples and families along with large groups of up to 44 people per vehicle – see below for details.
Getting to/from Komatsu Airport
Passengers flying in or out of Komatsu have a range of transport options. JR Komatsu Station is the nearest train station, from where regular buses run to and from the airport – taking only 12 minutes. Komatsu Station can be reached from Kanazawa Station using the JR Hokuriku Line – 30 minutes / JPY510 – or Limited Express Thunderbird or Limited Express Shirasagi services – 30 minutes / JPY1620 – from Fukui Station.
Airport shuttle buses also operate from central Kanazawa and Fukui (also stopping at the station), taking 40 minutes /JPY1150 and 60 minutes / JPY1400 respectively to reach the airport. For further information, please refer to the bus timetable from/to Kanazawa and bus timetable from/to Fukui (Japanese only).
For visitors wanting to head straight from the airport to any of the region’s attractions and destinations, arranging a private charter is a great option for doing so directly from the airport – see below for details.
Getting to Nagano from Komatsu Airport
To reach Nagano City from the airport, take the train or bus to Kanazawa Station and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen. There are four services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – the Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Asama and Tsurugi – however only the Kagayaki and Hakuata services connect Kanazawa and Nagano.
Using the Kagayaki, the journey from Kanazawa to Nagano Station takes 65 minutes / JPY8920 or 85 to 90 minutes / JPY8590 using the Hakutaka.
Accommodation Nearby the Airport
Visitors flying in or out of Komatsu Airport, might want to consider staying nearby including in central Kanazawa. For hotel bookings nearby the airport, please refer to the following accommodation listings on our ‘Kanazawa Area’ hotel page.
Highlights & Recommendations Nearby Kanazawa
Kanazawa is a relatively small city with an attractive mix of historic areas, modern museums and great food. Under the rule of the Maeda clan during the Edo Period (1603-1868), Kanazawa developed into one of Japan’s most important cities, accumulating great wealth and attracting artisans through a series of policies designed to consolidate the power, and services the needs, of the samurai class.
Today, Kanazawa remains a city of historic districts and modern entertainments. From the centrally-located Kanazawa Station, it is a pleasant city to explore on-foot. Its famous Kenrokuen Garden is regularly cited as one of the most beautiful in Japan, while the adjoining Kanazawa Castle Park, Nagamachi Samurai District and Higashi Chaya District retain a strong sense of the history and tradition of the city.
Kanazawa is also home to one of Japan’s best seafood markets – the Omicho Fish Market – and many outstanding restaurants, galleries, museums and shopping. For further tips and suggestions, please refer to our ’25 Things To Do In & Around Kanazawa’ page.
For more suggestions of nearby attractions, make sure to also check-out our ’25 Things To Do In & Around Toyama’ page.
Private Charters & Tours
Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1 rated charter and tour operator, offering a range of services including private charters along with private and group tours
Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.
We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!
Why choose us?
Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.
Got a question about arranging a charter or tour from the airport? Feel free to contact us at email@example.com and let’s get planning together!