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Great Food and Souvenirs! Osaka International Airport Re-opens

Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) is scheduled to have its grand re-opening in 2020. On April 18 (Wed), 34 stores in the central commercial areas (from the first floor to the fourth-floor rooftop) were opened in advance. Many of the stores, such as the KitKat Chocolatory, Le Pan Kobe Kitano, and Osaka Airport Winery, are the first outlets in Osaka, as well as in airports. There are also must-visit souvenir stores like SORAMISE, which sells the airport's original goods, and KANSAI TABINIKKI, which offers outstanding products from around the Kansai region. With the expansion of the rooftop deck, which has fantastic views and is perfect for families and couples, this is truly a new Osaka landmark fit for a full day of fun, even for those not planning to fly. <*This information is from Kansai Walker (issued April 17, 2018)>

34 Stores to Open in the New Landmark

Osaka residents, who are known for being trend-conscious, are excited to visit these stores, many of which are the first branches to be set up at airports. The airy 4F rooftop will have an area with a stage for events.

The observation deck, which is the highlight of the 4F rooftop, is undergoing extensive renovations to become a space that's around 8,200-sq.m wide. It will become a relaxation area with a cafe, from which you’ll be able to comfortably see the airplanes, and will also include a play area for children and adults to enjoy together.

16 of the 34 shops that are opening in advance in the central commercial area are the brands’ first domestic airport branches. There is a full selection of stores meeting a variety of demands, so everyone will be able to shop and dine as they like.

Among the New Stores: A Popular Bar-Restaurant from Namba and Pizza Shop

The first floor includes a pizza cafe established by the official chef for the Academy Awards and the popular Namba bar and restaurant, Massa.

21 Stores for Shopping and Dining

The second floor has something for everyone, with a wide selection of restaurants and shops selling a variety of clothing and other trendy items.

This is Le Pan Kobe Kitano – managed by Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland, which was awarded for being the best breakfast place in Japan.

NICK STOCK is an incredibly popular cafe from Kyoto. Don't miss its signature Giant Hot Dog and Aged Beef Hamburger Steak!

SORAMISE sells items related to the Osaka International Airport mascot, Sorayan, as well as embroidered handkerchiefs and other wonderful souvenirs.

This is the KitKat Chocolatory. At the cafe, a limited number of Sushi KitKat will be handed out to commemorate the first Kansai region shop.

Packed with Sophisticated Restaurants!

The third floor has been renovated into an area for gourmet dining. It has the world's first in-airport wine bar with an on-site winery, as well as branches of six famous Kansai restaurants.

This is the Osaka Airport Winery. Enjoy wines made on-site while gazing at the wine tanks and production area! It’s a unique experience.

UMI KITCHEN KINOSAKI is a new type of seafood restaurant that was opened in collaboration with the well-established Kinosaki ryokan (Japanese inn), Yamamotoya. Be sure to try the local beer that’s available only at Osaka International Airport!

Shopping and Eating While Gazing at the Airplanes

You’ll find a bunch of chic stores like ACTUS and the first airport branch of the cafe, NORTHSHORE, on the 4F rooftop, which has fantastic views.

Their healthy dishes that are packed with seasonal vegetables and fruits are popular.

Rejuvenate the body and soul in the relaxing space of NORTHSHORE.

As a result of renovations, the children's furniture space is the largest among all ACTUS chains.

■Osaka International Airport
<Location: 3-555 Hotarugaike Nishi-machi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka; Phone: 06-6856-6781; Hours: Differs by the store; Holidays: Differs by the store; Parking; 2,525 spaces (2,500 JPY/day for regular cars *Changes by the day); Access: 1 minute on foot from Osaka Airport Station on the Osaka Monorail>

Osaka International Airpot

3-555 Hotarugaike Nishi-machi, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 04.25.2018]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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