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Itami Airport

Airport Limousine Bus. The Faster & Cheaper Alternative To Itami

November 2018
Very early in the morning of our 4th day in Osaka, the 8th in Japan, we will be catching the Airport Limousine bus to Itami Airport for our flight to Haneda, Tokyo. We decided to fly as the air fare is much cheaper than a Shinkansen ticket at ¥7,485 against ¥13,620. Our chosen departure airport is Itami instead of Kansai as Itami is much closer to Namba as it takes less than 25 minutes to reach.

From Red Roof Plus hotel, we walked across the street over to BIC Camera to take a taxi at the taxi stand to Hotel Echiei where the Airport Limousine bus stop is located. It’s just a few minutes ride and cost about ¥650. This saves us the hassle of setting our GPS to navigate the back alleys if we decided to walk. Even if we did, the walk to the Limousine Bus stop, shouldn’t be more than 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

Taxi route from Red Roof Plus hotel to the Airport Limousine bus stop for Itami airport.

The Airport Limousine bus stop is directly in-front of the entrance to Hotel Echiei. To the bus company, this stop is referred to as ‘Namba Station’. The bus will stop to pick up passengers and leave right away, it will not wait. There are at least 2 buses per hour and as many as 5 during peak hours.

Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine behind the bus stop that is against the wall of the hotel. It will cost ¥640 for adults and ¥320 for child. There is no way you can purchase an advanced ticket, as it can only be purchased through the ticket machine. The ticket machine only dispense ticket for the day and it’s an open ticket for that particular day only. Technically speaking, you can purchase an advanced ticket for the same day for a ride later. You purchase a ticket in the morning for a ride later at night for example.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The bus stop in-front of Hotel Echiei as seen from Google street view.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The Airport Limousine bus timetable for the bus stop in-front of Hotel Echiei. The fare is also displayed. For an up to-date timetable, refer here.

You will have the option to get-off the bus at Itami South or North terminal. It doesn’t matter if you got-off at the wrong terminal, it’s just a matter of you having to walk a fair bit of distance between the two inter-connected terminals. We got-off at the first stop (south terminal) for our ANA flight to HND.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The Airport Limousine bus arriving at Itami airport south terminal.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The interior of the Airport Limousine bus.

Itami Airport, Osaka

If you choose to take the monorail, the station is in-front of the terminal building.

Itami Airport, Osaka

At the other end past the overhead bridge is the North terminal of Itami airport.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Itami airport South Terminal check-in counters

Itami Airport, Osaka

Itami airport viewing deck.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Views onto the apron from the viewing deck.

Itami Airport, Osaka

ANA flight taking-off.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Itami ATC tower.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Departure gate 11 of Itami airport.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room, Osaka

November 2018
The Japanese authorities has been very pro-active to the requirements of Muslim tourists and many prayer room/place can be found in most Japanese major cities. The Tempozan Marketplace is no exception and a prayer room can be found on 3F. Tempozan Marketplace is medium size mall within the Tempoza Harbor Village.

You do need to register for use of the prayer room or you won’t gain entry into it. The registration is can be done at the Kaiyukan Information office which shares the same building with Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ticket office. Reception area of the information office is via a side door. Once registered, you’ll be handed a information sheet of the prayer room location and the digital PIN combination to unlock the door. The digital keypad has a dark plastic protective flap, so swing it up to expose the keypad. Typically, you’ll be allowed 20 minutes use of the prayer room. Do switch off the lights when you leave.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

To use the prayer room, you need to register at the Kaiyukan information office. The information office shares the same building with Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ticket office.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

One side of the information sheet shows the location of the prayer room inside Tempozan Marketplace mall and the room layout plan.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The other side shows the time allotted for you and the digital combination PIN to unlock the door.

The prayer room is located on 3F of the Tempozan Marketplace. Look out for ‘Seria’ souvenir store and the prayer room is just next to it. Separate prayer area is allocated for men and women in the prayer room. Both the men and women prayer area  has it’s own ablution basin. As the prayer room is within the mall, it is air-conditioned. The prayer direction (qibla) is prominently displayed on the ceiling above the men & women prayer area. The prayer room is spotless and clean, true to the high Japanese standards. Once again, many thanks to the Japanese authorities for providing the prayer room and their initiative is very much commendable.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The prayer room sign and the prayer room next to Seria. This is 3F of the Tempozan Marketplace mall.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

If you approach Seria from the side, the prayer room is straight ahead.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Upon entry, walk straight for men’s prayer area, right for women’s.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The ablution basin in the men’s prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Another view of the ablution area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The Qibla prayer direction above the men prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Separate women’s prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Identical ablution basin at women prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The women prayer area space. Qibla direction above.

Tempozan Marketplace

Tempozan Marketplace & Giant Ferris Wheel, Osaka

November 2018
Tempozan Harbor Village

The Tempoza Harbor Village consists of several attractions clustered together namely the Marketplace (mall), The Giant Ferris Wheel and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Apart from these attractions, it is the boarding points for Santa Maria cruise and the Captain Line shuttle for Universal Studios Japan. Holders of the Osaka Amazing Pass (OAP), can travel free on either cruise. Tempozan Harbor Village is connected by the Chuo Subway Line which stops at Osakako Station which is a 5-10 minutes walk away.

Osakako Station

Ticket gate of Osakako subway station.

Osakako Station

The Osakako subway station stop. Staircase Exit 1 on the left, staircase & elevator Exit 2 on the right.

Tempozan Marketplace & Giant Ferris Wheel

The Giant Ferris Wheel can be seen from the street when taking Exit 1.                                                          Credit:Google

Tempozan Marketplace & Giant Ferris Wheel

The Santa Maria cruise boat.                                                                                                           Credit:japantravel.com

Tempozan Marketplace & Giant Ferris Wheel

Captain Line shuttle cruise.

Tempozan Marketplace
Adjacent to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, you’ll find Tempozan Marketplace, a medium sized shopping mall with a variety of souvenir shops, food court, dining & entertainment facilities and a Legoland Discovery Center. Again, if you are a  holder of OAP, you can enter Legoland for free.

Tempozan Marketplace

Tempozan Marketplace is a medium size shopping mall.

Tempozan Marketplace

The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is adjoining to the mall.

Tempozan Marketplace

Welcome poster at Tempozan.

Tempozan Marketplace

Tempozan shopping mall.

Tempozan Marketplace

Food court on the ground floor.

Tempozan Marketplace

Legoland Discovery Center is on 3F.

Tempozan Marketplace

The back of the mall faces Osaka Bay and the pier.

The Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel
Tempozan Ferris Wheel is one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the world. Measuring 112.5 meters high and 100 meters across it takes 15 minutes per revolution. A ride on the wheel gives dramatic and spectacular views over Osaka bay. This is another attraction you can enter free as a holder of OAP. You enter via the side entrance, no need to go inside the mall but of-course there is an entrance from inside the mall as well. It’s operational from 10:00 – 22:00

The ferris wheel is also illuminated each night in colors which signify the next day’s weather forecast, red when it’s sunny, green for cloudy day and blue for a rainy day. The ferris wheel offers 2 types of cabins, normal and a glass bottom cabin for the strong hearted but you have to wait as the demand is high and the cabins are few. The wheel spins smoothly and you hardly feel any swaying. As you get engrossed with the views, you won’t notice you’re already at the very top.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Front view of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel as seen from across the street as you come from Osakako station.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Lining up for the Ferris Wheel. Short queue when we visited.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Looking towards Hanshin Expressway.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Hanshin Expressway is an elevated expressway.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Minato Bridge, the third longest cantilever truss span bridge in the world.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan as seen from the ferris wheel.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Polish Dar Mlodziezy ‘tall-ship’ docked at one of the pier below.

Tempozan Ferris Wheel

Entrance to the ferris wheel from Tempozan Market Place mall.

Santa Maria Cruise
After the ferris wheel ride, we intended to take the Santa Maria cruise which will also be free for holders of OAP. The departure pier is opposite to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan at he other end. When we arrive at the pier, the cruise has just set sailed a few minutes back. The next cruise will be the next hour. Since we’ve covered most of Tempozan Habor Village, we decide to skip the cruise and return to Namba.

The Santa Maria cruise pier

The Santa Maria cruise pier is through the building to the right opposite the aquarium.

The Santa Maria cruise pier

Santa Maria cruise ticket office is to the left after the signboard. The pier is straight ahead..