Airfare to Tokyo, Japan
In Japan’s largest city – indeed, one the busiest, dense and larger metropolitan areas in the world – there is always something new to explore. The top attractions are cultural ones – pay respects at the Meiji Shrine, walk and gawk at the Imperial Palace, and take in the temples of Asakusa. After walking all day, take a boat ride on the river, or relax in a traditional bath before heading out to eat an amazing meal and check out the nightlife.
Airfare to Tokyo 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 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 Tokyo. 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, Air Do, Skynet Asia Airways and other airlines also stop in Tokyo.
The most expensive air tickets to Tokyo 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 Osaka and traveling overland to Tokyo 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 Tokyo, check out BootsnAll’s Tokyo Travel Guide.