Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hey everybody, Welcome to the Okayama Momotaro International Airport. It's a small regional airport. And in this episode I'm gonna be talking about when you should fly and when, maybe you should take the shinkansen because if you're coming from Tokyo, almost everybody will be coming via shinkansen. Uh Not a lot of people will fly but I flew and it was for a reason. Uh let's take a look at the airport right now. I just checked in and you can see there's the a and a check in right there on the first floor A and a and Joel both fly here. I don't know if there's any low cost carriers like Jetstar or or um Skymark. So let's go have a quick look here on the second floor. If we pan around here behind that wall is where you would go through the security check. There's a couple of gift shops right here. We'll take a look in there as well in this episode. And over there there's a couple of restaurants. So what are your options here as well as the observation deck. Let's go downstairs. We already see horses, which in this part of Okayama, there's a lot of wildlife, a lot of open space. Here's the arrivals and this is really interesting. We'll go, take a look there in a second. But the check in here, a and a and gel right there. There's a, there's a gala on the other side of the wall. They're very small, one or two windows to go and here's the map for the layout of the airport. Oh wow! You can see all the shops here as well. There's a four or five restaurants, There's a convenience store, the Yamazaki Daily store and the A. N A festa. If you've got a and a mileage, you can get some miles by buying your things from there and a couple of other really nice restaurants, interesting. So it's bigger than I thought it was, but it's not as big as most other restaurants. Let's cross the street really quickly. My flight is in 30 minutes so we don't have a lot of time and from a distance you can take a look and see up there the sign on the front of the airport. But I thought that this is really nice. Check it out. You see this, there's a really pretty red bridge and a little pond that goes across in a, I guess it's similar to a bonsai tree, a peaceful place to hang out if you've got a couple of hours to spare, you can come outside. There's a bench up there on a little mound. This is similar to the one of the three great parks of Japan Gardens. Okayama has got one of them. I think it's, I always get them messed up and there's Momotaro who this airport is named after. He's a peach boy Friends with a monkey and a dog and he battled the demons and one. And uh you'll see the same Momotaro across the street on the airport as you would see in front of, of the station. You can see, we're gonna go over there in a second. There's the Okayama sign for the airport right there. So the question is, when would you travel here? It says Okayama and shrubs right there. I don't think we're gonna get far enough away to see that. When would you take the shinkansen? Well, if you're going to Okayama city, it makes a lot of sense. It takes about three hours from Tokyo to get to Okayama city. So that's kind of a long way. But to get to Haneda airport takes about 30 minutes from anywhere in the city of Tokyo and a flight here is an hour. So it's about half the time if you think about it. However, if you're arriving into Okayama Airport, you have to consider taking the bus into the station and it's about a 40 minute ride from here to get into the station. So you save about an hour by flying. But then there's the time to get from plane to bus and all that. That might not make a lot of sense. Again, if you're just taking, if you're just going to Okayama station, Okayama City center, it makes a lot of sense to take the shinkansen. I came because I was going to hit a zen in the countryside of Okayama and the airport is actually closer to that. So that makes a lot more sense to fly into here. Here's Momotaro who this airport is named after and this statue. I think it's almost the exact same one is in front of Okayama station. The peach boy who battle the demon and one, it's kind of a cool story. The busses that go into the city over here towards the international terminal. Again, China eastern airways uh korean airlines, Hong kong airlines and Tiger Air flew into here. They're basically regional places. But it's, it's still closed because china is not entering into Japan. So there's no international terminal at the moment. But you can see this is where you get the tickets for the airport limousines. Let's take a look at the prices really quickly before we go back to the entrance. Alright. The limousine busses, there's a vending machine here, Okayama. West side of the station is 780 yen. Um There's a couple of other places. Could a shiki station which is the one next to the station next to Okayama. And okay, I'm a Prefecture that's a little bit more expensive, a little bit further away. And it takes It doesn't say the time but I'm guessing about 40 minutes to get there. Yeah, I'll ask and see what we can find out. Maybe they got. We're going through the international side of it and see what we can see what we can see here, wow. Yeah, it's all closed down the international terminal. That's interesting. So you'd have to go through immigrations and customs over here on this side so no services at the moment. Here's the arrivals for domestic. I came in through here about four days ago when I entered into Okayama from Tokyo. And right now all the domestic flights entering are closed down. Usually they're only in the morning and then in the afternoon most of the flights are departing. Alright there's the convenience store on board an aircraft. Let's take a look at the gift shop upstairs. Yeah it's my first time here. Probably my last, it's again unless you have a specific reason or you live near the airport it's not a usual thing to fly into here wow that's interesting. So you can buy the monorail tickets when you go into Tokyo here. Right from Okayama Airport. That's interesting focusing. Alright let's go to the observation deck really quickly shut up. Right that's actually my flight. I better go so we're just gonna have a very quick look. Oh here we are observation deck. Hey that's my flight. That's the flight I'm getting on. So if I pull back here you can see there's not a lot around the area. It's very flat we're sort of an elevation to coming in there were mountains right on the side as I was we were landing. So it made me a little worried. Alright let's back back down. We go. I think they know airplanes. Alright they, I think they called my flight so I better I better get down. Alright let's go through the security protocols. Here's the gift shop. These look good. Peaches are very famous in Japan. That's Momotaro airport white peaches in particular. So you'll see a lot of white peach confections among other things there, wow. And then some some Manju here, a lot of good stuff. Whoa There's some good stuff at the restaurant as well. But we gotta go in, we go all right I got to go through security. I'll see you in a couple of minutes. Alright I've gone through the security. The cool thing about domestic airports is that if you do have water or tea you can bring them on, you don't have to dump them out for flights. They have a special machine that'll screen it for you which is nice. I'm gonna get on the flight, let's take a look. Maybe you got a minute or two to look a little bit around the gate area. It seems like they only have two or three gates, it's kind of easy to figure out where you're going out to the left and to the right and there's my flight. Mhm. This is the A. N. A festa from here. If you have your point card or a credit card you get some get some miles for that those purchases and I like to get a gift whenever I go back. I already bought them before but again peaches are very famous. Check this out, peach cheesecake in the shape of a peach that looks really good, but I'm already full with gifts, so there's a there's a chance for you to get something including beer. Um There's the plane, we were just up there at the observation deck and we're gonna go on not working.