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Former International Terminal at Nagoya Airport Turned into Shopping Center - Environmentally-Friendly and Nostalgic Facilities

Former International Terminal at Nagoya Airport Turned into Shopping Center - Environmentally-Friendly and Nostalgic Facilities

Bird's eye view of Airport Walk Nagoya

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On October 25, the former international terminal at Nagoya Airport (Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture) was reborn as Airport Walk Nagoya, Aichi’s first mall-type shopping center..

Uny, based in Inazawa, Aichi, is putting the up until recently unused airport terminal building to new use by opening a new type of shopping mall. The company hopes to make it environmentally-friendly for the local area by not only making use of the old building, but also maintaining parks and recycling trash from stores into nineteen different categories.

The site covers approximately 106,000 square meters and has about 73,000 square meters of floor space. There are 135 specialty boutiques in addition to the main establishments: Apita Nagoya Airport and the twelve-screen movie theater, Midland Cinema Nagoya Airport. A first-year turnover of 20 billion yen is hoped for.

Uny chose the shopping center’s name to "keep alive the precious memories of the former airport." The characteristic airport terminal design largely remaining is preserved and made use of by the passenger boarding bridge connecting the cinema and the shopping center, and the large amusement area and food court in the expansive former international departure lobby on the third floor of the shopping center. People can go shopping and dining while watching aircraft going to and from the nearby domestic terminal of Nagoya Airport, as well as make a free visit to the observation deck, for which there used to be a fee.

Control of international routes was transferred to the new Central Japan International Airport in February 2005. At that time, the official name was changed to Nagoya Airfield, operation of international flights was ended and the terminal building was closed.

Business hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Apita, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the specialty boutiques, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for the amusement area, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for restaurants, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. for the movie theater.

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