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Misawa Airport
Terminal building
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OwnerMinistry of Defense (airfield); Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (civilian terminals)
OperatorUnited States Air Force (airfield); Misawa Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. (civilian terminals)
LocationMisawa, Aomori, Japan
Elevation AMSL119 ft / 36 m
Coordinates40°42′19″N 141°22′19″E / 40.70528°N 141.37194°E / 40.70528; 141.37194
RJSM is located in Aomori Prefecture
RJSM is located in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28A 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2015)
Cargo (metric tonnes)388
Aircraft movement3,663

Misawa Airport (三沢飛行場, Misawa Hikōjō) (IATA: MSJ, ICAO: RJSM) is an airport in Misawa, a city in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan. It shares facilities and airport codes with the Misawa Air Base.


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Misawa runway diagram

An Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service base was established at Misawa in 1941, and nearby Lake Ogawara was reportedly one of the locations used by the Imperial Japanese Navy to practice for the attack on Pearl Harbor due to its shallow depth. The base was heavily bombed by the United States Navy in 1945, and subsequently occupied by the United States after the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II. The first Misawa Airport was opened on January 11, 1952, with Japan Airlines providing scheduled services to Haneda Airport in Tokyo and Chitose Airport in Hokkaidō. However, commercial operations were suspended from March 31, 1965, due to pressure from the United States, citing safety and security concerns, and flight operations were transferred to nearby JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base. Misawa Airport reopened on May 10, 1975, with a new terminal building completed in 1977; the terminal was expanded and rebuilt in 1986.

Initially served by Toa Airways with McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and MD-80 aircraft to Tokyo (Haneda), Sapporo (Chitose), and Osaka Itami, operations were upgraded to Airbus A300 aircraft after Toa Airways became Japan Air System in 1988. These flights were taken over by Japan Airlines after its acquisition of Japan Air System in 2002. However, with the opening of the Tōhoku Shinkansen to Hachinohe in December 2002, the number of passengers has decreased and equipment changed back to the MD-80. Flights to Chitose were discontinued in 2007.

Airlines and destinations

Hokkaido Air System Sapporo–Okadama
J-Air Osaka–Itami
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Haneda

Ground transportion


Towada Kankō Electric Railway operates the following buses:

Bus stop Bus via Destination Note
Airport Terminal Bus stop Expressway bus Airport bus Misawa Station (Aomori) Hon-Hachinohe Station There are 5 round-trip services.
Misawa Kuko Onsen mae[2][3] Mi-Bus[4] Misawa City Hall Misawa Station (Aomori)
Misawa Kuko Dōri[5][6] Misawa Momoishi Line Misawa Gyoko Momoishi Chūō[7]
Misawa City Hall・Misawa Station (Aomori) Misawa Information Desk
Tetsudo Daitai Bus Misawa City Hall・Misawa Station (Aomori)Takashizu・Towadashi Chūō (Towadashi Station) Sanko Seimon mae


  1. ^ "Misawa Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ Misawa Kuko Onsen mae
  3. ^ It takes about 3 minutes from here to the bus stop.
  4. ^ Mi-Bus
  5. ^ Kuko Dōri
  6. ^ It takes about 7 minutes from here to the bus stop.
  7. ^ You can transfer onto buses bound to Hon-Hachinohe Station via Mutsu-Ichikawa Station.