Misawa Airport

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For the United States Air Force use of this facility, see Misawa Air Base
Misawa Airport
Misawa Airport Misawa Aomori pref Japan02n.jpg
Terminal Building
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Ministry of Defense (airfield); Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (civilian terminals)
Operator United States Air Force (airfield); Misawa Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. (civilian terminals)
Location Misawa, Aomori, Japan
Elevation AMSL 119 ft / 36 m
Coordinates 40°42′19″N 141°22′19″E / 40.70528°N 141.37194°E / 40.70528; 141.37194Coordinates: 40°42′19″N 141°22′19″E / 40.70528°N 141.37194°E / 40.70528; 141.37194
RJSM is located in Aomori Prefecture
Location in Japanite =
RJSM is located in Japan
RJSM (Japan)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28A 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 252,616
Cargo (metric tonnes) 388
Aircraft movement 3,663

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.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Japan Airlines Osaka–Itami, Sapporo–Okadama, Tokyo–Haneda


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 heavy 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.


  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.

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