Taiken Japan

Autumn Leaves 2016

Eat, Shop and Fly at Centrair International Airport

Photo: MIKI Yoshihito on Flickr

Eat, Shop and Fly at Centrair International Airport

John Asano

Centrair International Airport, also known as Central Japan International Airport is the main airport and international gateway for Central Japan, which is called the Chubu region of Japan. The airport is built on an artificial island in the Bay of Ise in Aichi Prefecture, and is located just 30 minutes south of Nagoya, Japan’s fourth largest city.


Photo: Daniel Betts on Flickr

The name Centrair is an abbreviation of the official name ‘Central Japan International Airport’, and it is one of the world’s best and most acclaimed airports. The airport opened in 2005 just in time for the Expo 2005 in Aichi, and this year it celebrates its 10th anniversary. The best thing about the airport is it is not just for flying and travelling. You will find a variety of restaurants and shops there to rival any major downtown area in Japan.


Photo: Japan Australia on Flickr

Upstairs on the fourth floor, called ‘Sky Town’ you will find 61 different restaurants and shops to satisfy all your shopping and eating needs. The restaurants serve both Japanese and Western cuisine. A few of my favourites include Freshness Burger, Soup Stock Tokyo, Bagel & Bagel, Misokatsu Yabaton and Misen (a Nagoya favourite serving Taiwanese Cuisine).

On the café and dessert front there is Starbucks Coffee, Café de Crie, Café Yutori no Kukan, and Wa no Ma for the coffee lovers and sweet tooths among us. The Starbucks is a great place to get your coffee fix as well as pick up a unique mug or tumbler of various cities in Japan, which you can only find at airports. The Japanese style café Wa no Ma is also really cool with an extensive line-up of fun-filled sweets such as seasonal parfaits topped with Japanese treats anmitsu and zenzai.


Photo: Japan Australia on Flickr 

Once you are done grabbing a bite to eat, it is time to shop until you drop. Centrair features the 4th Floor Sky Town Shopping Center with a plethora of shops including Uniqlo, Muji, Hello Kitty Japan and Tsutaya. The Muji is a unique store and is officially called ‘Muji to Go’ specialising in convenient travel essentials and accessories to make your trip easier.


Photo: Japan Australia on Flickr

The Uniqlo offers clothing that you can find at any store across Japan as well as some unique and interesting items that are only available at Centrair. These include Japanese yukata (summer kimono) and t-shirts.


Photo: Japan Australia on Flickr 

The shops and restaurants are organised into two streets, ‘Renga-dori’ and ‘Chochin-yokocho’. The ‘Chochin-yokocho’ shopping and restaurant area gives you a great taste of traditional Japan with the shops individually themed to have an authentic ‘Edo Period’ Japanese look. It is a great idea and adds to the charm and atmosphere of this fantastic airport.


Photo: Japan Australia on Flickr

If you need a breath of fresh air, step out onto the ‘Sky Deck’ to observe all that is happening on the ground. It is an outdoor observation deck with great views of the boarding gates and landing strips with planes taking off and landing on a regular basis.


Photo: Japan Australia on Flickr 

There are a variety of services and facilities offered at Centrair International Airport. These include such things as free Wi-Fi, lounges, information booths and hotels. There is even a spa to soak and relax after all the shopping and eating, or to get you in the right mood for your trip ahead.

Centrair International Airport is one of the best airports in the world with plenty to do and see. It is a great place to start your journey in Japan, or just to explore and enjoy all its wonderful facilities.


Photo: Danial Betts on Flickr


Hours of Operation: 6:40 - 22:00, open 365 days a year

Tel:  +81-569-38-1195

ACCESS: Centrair International Airport is located only 30 minutes away from Nagoya and is easily accessible via Meitetsu Train. The μSKY rapid limited express runs twice per hour on the Meitetsu Airport Line and connects the airport to Nagoya Station with stops at Jingumae and Kanayama.