Airport hacks: Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya

Top tips to observe if you're flying in or out of Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya

Chubu Centrair International Airport

This airport has had a lot of good news to share lately. For starters, it was ranked the sixth best airport at this year’s Skytrax World Airport Awards. It welcomed around 10 million visitors in 2015, and that number is estimated to increase to 15 million three years from now. To meet growing demand, the airport is set to launch a new terminal for low-cost carriers by 2019. Here are some cool sights and services to savor while you’re there.

• Restaurants serving Nagoya dishes provide one last chance for you to enjoy a hearty local meal. Think hitsumabushi (grilled eel) at Maruya Honten, miso-nikomi udon (wheat noodles in miso broth) at Wakashachiya, and waraji-tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet with miso sauce) at Misokatsu Yabaton.
• Can’t get enough of Hello Kitty? Indulge in tax-free feline cuteness at the airport’s Hello Kitty Japan store.
• Look for “WiFi Area” signs to get a free internet connection. You can also rent a cell phone at SoftBank Counter, KDDI Counter and Mobile Center.
• Buy traveler’s insurance from automated machines on the third floor of the departures lobby.
• There’s also a charging station for electric and hybrid cars.
• Head to the Sky Deck for a close-up view of planes departing and arriving.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Smile magazine.

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