We arrived in to Kansai Airport at 8.30pm and so headed straight to this hotel which is fairly close to the airport.
There is a complimentary pick-up service - it leaves I think every hour, at 45 past the hour - the actual info's on the hotel website - and I called before we flew to let them know that we'd be taking it.
On arrival at the airport, having taken forever to get through immigration (the only time that Japan was anything but completely efficient), we were racing to get to the 9.45pm bus. We called the hotel and they asked the bus driver to hang around for a few minutes, which was very sweet of them to do.
The hotel itself is rather old, a little faded, but very comfortable. It's got all the quirks you come to expect in Japan - a fax in the room, spray to make everything (clothes, room) smell nice, foot massager, toilet-with-lots-of-buttons-to-clean-places-you-didn't-realise-needed-cleaning.
Best of all, for me, was the hotel onsen - a hot bath on site. Separate men's and women's natch. It was just what I needed after the flight. I think it stays open until 11 and is open again very early in the morning.
About 5-10 minutes walk away are various restaurants and convenience stores, which is quite handy.
The next morning, we were given a lift to the local train station, where we picked up a train to Osaka (having spent a good hour browsing through the 100yen shop underneath the station).
In retrospect, now I realise how easy it is to travel in Japan, I'd probably skip this stage of staying at an airport hotel and head straight onto my destination.
However, this is not because the hotel was in any way lacking. But it's just so easy to jump on a train and go where you need to go within a short period of time.
If you do need to be close to the airport, I have nothing but good things to say about this place.
I booked on Expedia, it was around US$125 per night, per room, from recall...
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