Located around 30km to the southwest of Kanazawa, Komatsu Airport (KMQ) handles mostly domestic air traffic with a small number of flights heading to international destinations including Hong Kong, Seoul. Shanghai and Taipei. On this page you will find the following information:
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 travellers; 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.
ENTERING & EXITING JAPAN
Komatsu Airport primarily handles domestic flights with along with a number of international routes. As such, it is the entry and departure point for some international visitors. Our ‘Entering & Exiting Japan’ page has useful information including visa requirements, clearing immigration and customs and things to take care of while at the airport. For further essential travel information, see our ‘Plan Your Visit’ main page.
Given the continued impact of COVID-19 on global travel, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest news and requirements. Our ‘Traveling to / from Japan During COVID-19’ page includes information about who can enter, whether you need to quarantine and vaccination passports. For other essential information including the latest COVID and vaccination numbers from Japan, see our ‘Clean Green & Healthy’ main page.
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 Hakutaka 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.
PRIVATE CHARTERS TO & FROM THE AIRPORT
Based in Nagano, we are the region’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator. Operating all year round, we can provide charters to any destination in Central Japan, with customised itineraries to suit your travel needs and interests. We have the expertise and experience to help you get the most out of your time in the region, including transport to and from any regional destination. 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. All vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.
Got a question about visiting Nagano and Central Japan from Komatsu Airport? Head to our ‘Charters’ main page or click on the INQUIRY button below, let us know what you need, and we’ll get back to you with a quote.
ACCOMMODATION NEARBY THE AIRPORT
There is a small range of accommodation nearby the airport, centred around Komatsu Station. For accommodation listings, see our ‘Kanazawa: Komatsu Airport Area’ hotel page. It should be noted that you’ll find a much larger range of accommodation in central Kanazawa. For accommodation listings in the city, see the following hotel pages: Kanazawa Station Area / Kenrokuen Garden & Kanazawa Castle Area / Higashi Chaya District & Asano River Area.
25 THINGS TO DO AROUND KANAZAWA & WHERE TO STAY
One of the most historic and enjoyable cities in Japan, Kanazawa is well-suited to a multi-day visit combining the many attractions of the city with nearby regional highlights. From it’s historic attractions and districts to its excellent galleries, museums, shopping and dining, visitors tend to fall in love with Kanazawa and wish they’d allowed more time in their schedule to explore all it has to offer. For tips and suggestions of what to do in the city, including accommodation listings, along with other great destinations nearby, see our ’25 Things To Do Around Kanazawa & Where To Stay’ page.
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO JAPAN
For some international visitors, Komatsu Airport will be their point of entry when arriving in Japan but as we all know, your trip begins long before your get here as you plan your adventure in this wonderful country. Our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page has everything you need to know about visiting Japan – from tips on the best time to travel, times to avoid, entering and exiting the country, money matters, staying connected, accommodation, staying safe and healthy and plenty more to ensure that you get the most out of your time here.
BOOK WITH US! NAGANO’S NO.1 TOUR & CHARTER OPERATOR
Operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters. We can arrange transport including a private vehicle and driver, along with an English-speaking guide, to transport to, from and between any destinations in the region including Kanazawa and beyond. 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 your adventure in Central Japan and help you discover even more!
Why choose us?
Awarded a 2022 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 and Central Japan.
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