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5 Budget Car Rentals at Kansai International Airport (KIX)

5 Budget Car Rentals at Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Date published: 19 July 2019
Last updated: 2 July 2020

When looking for car rental at Kansai Airport, you'll find several options available. Especially if you have heavy luggage or are accompanied by family or small children, using a rental car is an extremely convenient and cost-effective way to get around western Japan.

Table of Contents
  1. Why you should do your car rental at Kansai Airport
  2. Where car rentals at Kansai Airport are located
  3. 1. Nippon Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport rental office
  4. 2. Nissan Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport
  5. 3. Toyota Rent-A-Lease Shin-Osaka, Kansai Airport shop
  6. 4. Orix Rent-A-Car, Kansai Airport shop
  7. 5. Times Car Rental, Kansai Airport shop
  8. Other articles about Kansai Airport
  9. Book an unforgettable experience in Osaka!

Why you should do your car rental at Kansai Airport

The majority of rental car users on sightseeing trips rent for a period of 3 days to one week.
Among the many possible destinations, let's check out a few popular routes.

・From Osaka toward Kyoto - Universal Studios Japan, then a tour of shrines and temples
・From Kyoto toward the Sea of Japan - touring shrines and temples and tasting crab
・Kii Peninsula - visiting world heritage sites (Mount Koya (Koyasan), Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, etc.) and onsen
・Chugoku and Shikoku regions - taking the Shimanami Kaido expressway from Hiroshima to Kotohira-gu Shrine
・Hokuriku region (Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui Prefectures) - sightseeing in Kanazawa and touring Hokuriku cuisine

A rental car isn't only useful for sightseeing and getting around. Below are some other benefits:
・The ability to bring heavy luggage to your destination
・Easy access to Shin-Osaka, Kyoto, and other Shinkansen stops
・Many rental cars can be returned at a different location than where you rent them, so you can return your car whenever no longer needed
・Keeps transportation costs down especially when traveling as a group

In addition, at rental car shops located near the airport, you can borrow a car without a reservation, but for those who would like a smoother and quicker transaction, making a prior reservation online is recommended.

Reserve your car as early as possible, especially during crowded seasons which coincide with holidays, such as the Spring Festival or Easter.

Where car rentals at Kansai Airport are located

Where car rentals at Kansai Airport are located

Rental car shops at Kansai Airport are located on the 1st floor of the Aeroplaza complex, which is connected to the Terminal 1 building and Kansai-Airport Station via accessway.

It takes about three minutes to walk from the 2nd floor of Terminal 1 to the service counters. From Terminal 2, there is a convenient, free shuttle bus that takes approximately 7 minutes. Now, let's take a look at 5 rental car shops.

1. Nippon Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport rental office

1. Nippon Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport rental office

Reception at Nippon Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport is available in English. There are employees with whom you can communicate in English via "WhatsApp Messenger", so in the event of car trouble, you can smoothly communicate even difficult to explain issues, such as location information. Considering that you will be using an app, it would be a good idea to have a pocket Wi-Fi prepared ahead of time.

  • Nippon Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport rental office
    ニッポンレンタカー 関西空港営業所
    • Address Aeroplaza 1F, Senshukukonaka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka
    • Phone Number 072-456-8787
    • Hours: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
      Closed: Open Daily
      Pamphlet Languages: English
      Credit Card Usage: most credit cards excluding UnionPay
      Telephone for English Inquiries: 072-456-8787

2. Nissan Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport

2. Nissan Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport

At the reception counter of this car rental shop at Kansai Airport, there are always Nissan Rent-A-Car employees available who can provide service in English and Chinese. You can also converse via iPad or 3-way call (in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, or Vietnamese) simultaneously with an interpretation center operator in order to communicate. The 24-hour customer service is available not only in English but Chinese and Korean as well.

Cars also come equipped with multi-language car navigation systems, in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Japanese road signs and a pamphlet guide to ETC cards are also available in a total of 4 foreign languages, including Thai.

  • Nissan Rent-A-Car Kansai Airport
    日産レンタカー 関西空港店
    • Address Aeroplaza 1F, Senshukukonaka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka
    • Phone Number 072-456-8623
    • Hours: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
      Closed: Open Daily
      Pamphlet Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
      Credit Card Usage: VISA, MasterCard, UnionPay
      Telephone for English Inquiries: 03-4455-9062

3. Toyota Rent-A-Lease Shin-Osaka, Kansai Airport shop

3. Toyota Rent-A-Lease Shin-Osaka, Kansai Airport shop

Toyota Rent-A-Lease Shin-Osaka, Kansai Airport staff provide service in English, Chinese, and Korean at the reception counter. A translation machine and service guide materials are also available in Thai. In case of any trouble, if you call the car rental agency at Kansai Airport, either a branch employee or someone from the head office who can speak the required languages will take care of support for JAF services or new car arrangements on your behalf.

Included in Toyota's broad line-up of cars are hybrids, so being able to keep fuel costs down is another bonus.

  • Toyota Rent-A-Lease Shin-Osaka, Kansai Airport shop
    トヨタレンタリース新大阪 関西空港店
    • Address Aeroplaza 1F, Senshukukonaka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka
    • Phone Number 072-456-8790
    • Hours: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
      Closed: Open Daily
      Pamphlet Languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai
      Credit Card Usage: most cards excluding UnionPay
      Telephone for English Inquiries: 0800-7000-815 (Toyota Rent-A-Car reservation center)

4. Orix Rent-A-Car, Kansai Airport shop

4. Orix Rent-A-Car, Kansai Airport shop

At the Kansai Airport Orix Rent-A-Car reception counter, there is generally always a staff member available to provide service in English. The provided car navigation systems and rental guides are available in four languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean). With over 1000 shops nationwide, it's easy to return the car wherever you happen to be.
※There are some areas in which return to a different shop is not available. Be sure to check the terms and conditions ahead of time.

  • Orix Rent-A-Car, Kansai Airport shop
    オリックスレンタカー関西空港店
    • Address Aeroplaza 1F, Senshukukonaka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka
    • Phone Number 072-456-8780
    • Telephone: 072-456-8780
      Hours: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
      Closed: Open Daily
      Pamphlet Languages: Japanese, English, Korean, Traditional Chinese
      Credit Card Usage: VISA, MasterCard, UC, JCB, AMEX, NICOS, UFJCard, DC, Diners
      Telephone for English Inquiries: 072-456-8780

5. Times Car Rental, Kansai Airport shop

5. Times Car Rental, Kansai Airport shop

Times Car Rental staff at Kansai Airport provide English services at the reception counter. In case any trouble occurs, contact global customer service. You can receive service in all of 10 different languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Russian), 24-hours, 365 days a year. Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese (Mandarin) car navigation systems are also available.

  • Times Car Rental, Kansai Airport shop
    タイムズカーレンタル 関西空港店
    • Address Aeroplaza 1F, Senshukukonaka, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka
    • Phone Number 072-456-8544
    • Hours: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
      Closed: Open Daily
      Pamphlet Languages: Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese
      Credit Card Usage: VISA, MasterCard, UC, JCB, AMEX, NICOS, DC, Diners
      Telephone for English Inquiries: +81-50-3786-0056 (global customer service desk)

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