Airfare to Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa’s name translated into English – rope in open sea – paints of picture of its size and geography. A series of islands, it is a very popular destination for in-country Japanese tourists in search of the nation’s only sub-tropical climate. There are a number of United States bases here, and not many historic attractions thanks to World War II. However, if sun and sand aren’t enough, the Shuri Castle should be visited.
Airfare to Okinawa will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Tokyo or Osaka. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. JAL Express flies to Okinawa. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines are the national airlines. However, Japan Transocean Air and other airlines also stop in Okinawa.
The most expensive air tickets to Okinawa are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Tokyo or Osaka and traveling overland to Okinawa via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Okinawa, check out BootsnAll’s Okinawa Travel Guide.