The Coolest Places to Visit in Chubu Centrair International Airport

Japan is one of the few countries which recognizes the fact that many people like to spend some time watching aircrafts and airports in action. The Japanese airports are far from being only transportation hubs and the Chubu Centrair International Airport is no exception.

Chubu Centrair International Airport
Runway view of Chubu Centrair International Airport

Chubu Centrair International Airport, commonly called Centrair, is the closest airport to Nagoya. It is built on an artificial island in the Ise Bay, near Tokoname City (Aichi Prefecture). Centrair is the main international gateway for the central Chubu region of Japan’s main island.
Because Nagoya is a bustling hub of commerce and manufacturing, 
Centrair has daily business travelers from all over the world.

In this article, you will definitely find a few good reasons to spend some extra hours at Centrair.

Experience Memorable Shopping While en Route to Business and Holiday Destinations.

Centrair Skytown
Centrair Skytown

Centrair’s international departures lobby has a bunch of dining and shopping options for you to enjoy before or after a flight or even just during a visit to the airport.

Terminal 1 has 2 main shopping areas on the 3rd and 4th floor. On the 3rd floor you will find drugstores, duty-free and souvenir shops.
The 4th floor is divided into two themed areas: Asian and western. 
In both areas, you will find many brand-name shops such as Uniqlo, BIC CAMERA or MUJI, and the Hello Kitty Japan and Pokemon Store.

Centrair Hello Kitty Japan
Centrair Hello Kitty Japan shop

Multiple excellent restaurants are also located on the 3rd and 4th floor. There is a wide selection of foods from Japanese to Chinese cuisine, fast food, and coffee shops.

Centrair Skytown restaurants
Japanese Restaurant Wa no Ma
NOTE: Unfortunately, some shops and restaurants are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Check the Centrair website for more details.

Get to know more about Nagoya local food with our Specialties of Nagoya Food Tour.

Specialties of Nagoya food tour

Relieve Your Travel Stress in the Spa and Relaxation Area.

A visit to a spa can be a good alternative to sitting in a food court, a crowded gate area, or even an airline lounge. 
On the 4th floor of Terminal 1 you can find two relaxation facilities: the Japanese-style spa Fu no Yu and Relaxation Space Grand Raffine.

Fu no Yu

Centrair Fu no Yu
Fu no Yu. Image via centrair.jp

This is the first Onsen in Japan with a view of a runway. Not only can you observe how the planes take off and land from a close distance while you are submerged in the bath, but you can also see all across Ise Bay.
Fu no Yu offers a free Baggage Service, where you can leave your luggage and relax without any worries.

Fu no Yu (風の湯)
Entry Fee:   Adult 955 yen, child 591 yen, under 6 years 191 yen
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 22:00 (last entry 21:00); 3rd Wednesday of the month 8:00 – 18:00
Address: Passenger Terminal 1 4F, 1-1 Centrair, Tokoname, Aichi 479-0881
Phone: (+81) 0569-38-7070
Tattoo friendly: No, but if you cover it up with tape it is OK.
Website | Google Maps

For more Onsen, hot spring, and more relaxing Japanese bathing options in Nagoya, have a look over here.

Relaxation Space Grand Raffine

Centrair Relaxation Space Grand Raffine
Relaxation Space Grand Raffine. Image via centrair.jp

The Grand Raffine is a relaxation space that offers massages and aesthetic services, including body care and beauty treatments.

Relaxation Space Grand Raffine (リラクゼーションスペース グランラフィネ)
Opening Hours:  11:00 – 18:00
Address: Passenger Terminal 4F, 1-1 Centrair, Tokoname, Aichi 479-0881
Phone: (+81) 569-38-7071
Website (Japanese only)

Looking for a Great View of the Runway? Get Some Fresh Air Before Boarding Your Flight on the Amazing Sky Deck.

Centrair Sky Deck
Sunset view in Centrair Sky Deck

While you are at Chubu Centrair International Airport don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Centrair Sky Deck. The Sky Deck area is truly massive, and the views are simply breathtaking. Whether or not plane spotting is your thing, you will have to be impressed with the closeness to aircrafts arriving and departing the main runway with the Nagoya Port serving as a nice backdrop. You will be able to take some incredible photos of the aircrafts as well. And it’s free!

Don’t miss the Ninja Performances and Winter Illumination.

Did you know that every 22nd of the month is Ninja Day?

Centrair Hattori Hanzo Ninja
Hattori Hanzo’s Ninja Squad® during a performance in Centrair

Chubu Centrair International Airport celebrates this special day by holding many events focused on Ninja. Special guests such as the Hattori Hanzo’s Ninja Squad® offer acrobatic shows. This day is a special opportunity to get closer to the Ninja world.

Winter illuminations are a popular attraction across Japan. From around November to March Centrair displays amazing winter lights. Take a look here at past winter illumination events.

Centrair Winter Illumination
2019 Centrair Winter Illumination

Watch the Planes Takeoff and Land from up Close.

Centrair Runway tour
During a Runway tour

Centrair offers two paid 90-minute guided tours. One explores the airport terminal the other the airport runway. If you want to learn more about Centrair Airport or simply are looking for a great way to kill some time before your flight, this is a great way to make some final memories in Japan. Learn about these tours in more detail by clicking here.

Enjoy Digital Art Created by teamLab at the Flight of Dreams.

Flight of Dreams
During the projection mapping show at the Flight of Dreams

The Flight of Dreams, located adjacent to the Chubu Centrair International Airport (Centrair), is an interactive play park created by the famous Japanese team specialized in digital art content, teamLab. Flight of Dreams focuses on the Boeing 787 aircraft and aviation in general. You can learn about both like never before in a fun and interactive way.

Flight of Dreams
View of Seattle Terrace at the Flight of Dreams

Inside the Flight of Dreams, there is a second area, inspired by the urban landscape of Seattle, with many restaurants and shops. This area brings Seattle’s gastronomic culture to life in Japan.

Flight of Dreams (フライト・オブ・ドリームズ)
Entry Fee: Adult 1,200 yen, child 800 yen
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30); open everyday.
Address:  1-1 Centrair, Tokoname, Aichi 479-0881
Phone: (+81) 0569-38-1195
Website | Google Maps

E-Sports, Concerts, and Big Events at Aichi Sky Expo International Exhibition Centre.

Aichi Sky Expo
Aichi Sky Expo

Aichi Sky Expo is a massive international exhibition and convention venue that opened on 30th August 2019 at the Central International Airport.

Aichi Sky Expo
Red BullKumite 2019 at Aichi Sky Expo. Image via RedBullKumite2019

Aichi Sky Expo can accommodate concerts, shows, sports, and live events.
Since its aperture, it held international E-Sports competitions and live concert events from domestic and international music bands.

Aichi Sky Expo International Exhibition Centre (愛知県国際展示場)
Address:  5-10-1 Centrair, Tokoname, Aichi 479-0881
Phone: (+81) 0569-38-2361
Website | Google Maps

Stay Overnight at the Airport Hotels.

Centrair Hotel TUBE Sq
Centrair Hotel TUBE Sq. Image via Hotel TUBE Sq

If you want to stay overnight in Nagoya and need to be close to the airport, there are several hotels directly connected to the terminal building. 

Try the Centrair Hotel or the Comfort Hotel, luxurious options which will make your last night in Nagoya unforgettable. Or maybe spend the night at the Hotel Capsula TUBE Sq, a modern capsule hotel located inside the terminal of Chubu Centrair International Airport. 
Check the websites of each hotel to find out about prices and availability.

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