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By Air

Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka is the major international airport in the area. It has direct flights daily from such major cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Dubai, Beijin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul (as of June 2018). Alternatively one can fly into airports in Tokyo (Haneda HND, or Narita NRT), and then on to KIX, or to Osaka Itami Airport (ITM) or Kobe Airport (UKB), which are domestic.

Do NOT confuse Kansai International Airport (KIX) with Osaka Itami Airport (ITM), whose official name is Osaka International Airport. The latter is a domestic airport, despite its name.

There are regular and frequent bus shuttles from Kansai International Airport to Nishinomiya or cities close-by. Osaka Airport Limousine will take you to Nishinomiya in 75 minutes, running 20 times a day, or to Umeda (central Osaka) in 70 minutes, running 60 times a day. Other options include shared shuttle taxis which take each passenger directly to their hotels. From Osaka Itami Airport, it will take 50 minutes to Nishinomiya using the Airport Limousine bus.

By Rail

Those who fly into Tokyo can also reach Nishinomiya by Japan Railway’s famous and punctual “bullet trains” or Shinkansen. It takes two and a half hours from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, and a change to a local train will take you to central Nishinomiya in 20 minutes.

By Road

There is a good highway system in the area. However, the streets are narrow and congested near the university and the use of automobiles is not recommended.

Local Transportation

Kwansei Gakuin University is serviced by Hankyu trains and Hankyu buses. The closest train station is Kotoen on the Hankyu Imazu Line, which runs every 7 to 10 minutes. From the station one can either walk for 12 minutes to the campus (slightly uphill) or use a bus.