Airfare to Osaka, Japan

 
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An important trade center, Osaka has a friendly rivalry with its larger cousin, Tokyo. Visit during cherry blossom season for a stunning view of the city. Other must-visit sites include the stoic Osaka Castle, stunning view from the top of Umeda Sky Building, and one of the world’s largest aquariums, Kaiyukan. Those wanting to shop shouldn’t miss Shinsaibashi.

Airfare to Osaka 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. 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 Osaka. 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, Fairinc, J-Air and other airlines also stop in Osaka.

The most expensive air tickets to Osaka 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 and traveling overland to Osaka 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 Osaka, check out BootsnAll’s Osaka Travel Guide.



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