This page is about international air travel to Japan. Check also our page about domestic air travel in Japan and discount air tickets.
International flights to Japan have probably never been cheaper thanks to ever increasing competition. Furthermore, you can expect many special offers on flights to Japan in 2004, as a result of the "Visit Japan" campaign by the Japanese government to increase the number of foreign visitors.
The following are ways to save on airfare to Japan:
- Fly outside the peak seasons, which include Christmas and New Year, the Golden Week (end of April, beginning of May) and the summer holidays (July and August).
- Check travel agents, newspapers, travel websites and the airlines' websites for special offers. Most major airlines have a "special offers" section on their website. Many airlines also provide individual websites to the residents of each country or world region, which they are flying to.
- If your city has a sizeable Japanese community, chances are that a large Japanese travel agency, such as HIS, operates a branch there. Check them out, as they tend to be very well informed about offers on flights to Japan and often have access to the lowest fares.
- Consider guided or individual package tours. Good package tours combine airfare and accommodation at low rates, unavailable to individual travelers.
- Use an airline's mileage program, also known as frequent flyer program. In the ideal program 1) collected miles never expire, 2) miles can also be earned and used on flights of partner airlines, 3) miles can be shared among family members and 4) there are alternative ways to collect miles, e.g. through usage of a credit card.
- Some airlines offer discount fares on domestic routes, if you use them to fly to Japan. Visit our Discount Air Tickets page for more details.
Airlines and Airports
Few of the world's major airlines and airports do not offer flights to Japan. The country's own two leading airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), both boast a broad range of international destinations.
Japan Airports most important international airport is Tokyo International Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport, followed by Osaka Kansai Airport.
Nagoya Airport is connected with several destinations in Asia, North and South America, Europe and Oceania. It will be replaced as Nagoya international airport by the new Central Japan International Airport, scheduled to open in February 2005, in time for the Expo 2005 Aichi.
Japan's fourth largest international airport is Fukuoka Airport, which links the city with several Asian destinations. Other Japanese airports offer small numbers of international flights mainly to Korea and China.