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Cheap flights to Japan

Embark from the west coast to get the best rates.

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Night view of Shinsekai, Osaka.

More than 30 million tourists touched down on the island of Japan in 2018. Book a cheap flight and join the ranks of wandering folks saying konnichiwa to opulent shrines, natural wonders and traditional custom and cuisine.

Which airlines fly to Japan?

Japan has four major airports that serve jet-setting travelers:

  • Narita International Airport (NRT).
  • Japan’s primary international airport is located about 40 miles away from central Tokyo. Plenty of trains and buses can transport you into the bustling capital in about an hour.

  • Haneda Airport/Tokyo International Airport (HND).
  • Nicknamed “Big Bird,” Haneda is the largest domestic airport in Japan. After landing, take a 30 to 40-minute monorail or train ride into Tokyo.

  • Kansai International Airport (KIX).
  • A 40-minute drive from port city Osaka, Kansai puts visitors in close proximity to Kyoto, Nara, Kumano-kodo and Koyasan. Hop on either the Haruka or Rapit trains for swift passage to your final destination.

  • Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO).
  • Chubu, roughly meaning “central Japan,” is an apt name for this domestic hub. It’s a little more than 18 miles south of Nagoya, which is smack dab in the middle of the country. The limited express Meitetsu line will drop you off in Nagoya in 40 minutes or so.

Major airlines

Over 50 airlines fly into Japan — nearly a dozen of which fly from the US. If you’re taking off from US soil, find an airline that’ll transport you to the Land of the Rising Sun:

  • Delta. Fly from NYC (JFK) to Tokyo (HND) for as little as $1,409 with Atlanta-based Delta, known for its hospitality and SkyMiles rewards program. First and second checked bags cost $30 and $40, respectively. And if you’re a Delta Premium Select member, they’re free!
    Flies to: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT)
  • American Airlines.
    The world’s largest airline will get you from NYC to Tokyo for about $1,405. Each checked bag is $30, unless you’re eligible for a complimentary one.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT)
  • United.
    Take your pick of nonstop flights to Asia with Chicago-based United. Hop on a direct flight to Tokyo from JFK for as low as $976. Your first and second bags cost $30 and $40, but if you’re not one to pack light, each additional bag is $150.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT)
  • Hawaiian Airlines.
    Known for its punctuality, Hawaiian Airlines can get you from NYC to Tokyo for just $823. Checked bags cost $30 and $40, respectively.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT)
  • ANA (All Nippon Airways).
    Japan’s largest airport offers service from NYC to Tokyo for around $1,137. Note that your first two checked bags are included in the fare. Unless you’re first class, and you’ll get three for free.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND), Narita (NRT), Kansai (KIX), Chubu (NGO)
  • Japan Airlines.
    Fly from NYC to Tokyo for about $1,139 with Japan Airlines, one of the nation’s largest international and domestic carriers. Most passengers get two checked bags for free, though first and business class passengers get three.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND), Narita (NRT), Chubu (NGO), Kansai (KIX), Osaka (ITM)
  • Korean Air.
    South Korea’s largest airline will take you from NYC to Tokyo for as little as $1,1475. Get two checked bags for free, but pay $200 per suitcase for any more.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT)
  • Asiana Airlines.
    Fly from NYC to Tokyo for as little as $820.15. Economy passengers can check two 50 lb. bags for free, and business and first class travelers get two and three 70 lb. bags, respectively.
    Flies to: Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT)

Budget airlines

A budget flight might be slightly less comfortable along the way, but can save you hundreds at the end of the day.

  • AirAsiaX flights. AirAsiaX’s only US stop is in Honolulu, Hawaii. However, this top-rated, low-cost airline offers direct flights to Osaka (KIX) starting at $166.30. Economy passengers can expect to pay around $6.16 for each checked bag.
    Flies to: Kansai (KIX)
Price data obtained July 2019. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide. You might be able to find better deals on flights from third-party sites.

Requirements to keep in mind for travel to Japan

  • Passport. All US Citizens must show a passport before exiting or entering the country.
  • Visa requirements. You don’t need a visa to visit Japan, as long as you’re staying 90 days or fewer. This is known as a “visa free” entry. Note you can’t work in Japan without a visa.
  • Vaccinations. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you get vaccinated against measles and rubella before visiting Japan. Both illnesses have seen recent outbreaks. Consult with your doctor before your trip. They might recommend other vaccinations such as Hepatitis A or Japanese Encephalitis, depending on which region you’re visiting.

Tips for finding cheap flights to Japan

For US residents, Japan is half a world away. But if it’s your dream to attend matsuri (festivals) or eat authentic yakitori (barbecue chicken kebab), use these hacks to find affordable transport.

Adjust your departure location

Flights to Japan from the west coast tend to be cheaper than from the Midwest or East Coast. To cut costs, consider booking a cheaper domestic flight to Los Angeles (LAX) and taking an international flight from there.

Fly into a smaller airport

Flights into Nagoya (Chubu International Airport) might be cheaper than flights into Tokyo (Haneda or Narita). Compare prices at minor Japanese airports and consider taking a train to your final destination via the Japan Rail.

Strike while the iron’s hot

Purchase your flight to Japan about 120 days, or four months, before departure. But in general, tickets to Asia won’t spike dramatically if you wait a few days, so there’s no pressure to jump the gun.

Time your travels strategically

The cheapest months to travel to Japan are November and February. If you can, depart on a Tuesday or Wednesday, as these are the least expensive days of the week to fly. Also be wary of peak travel periods: spring and early autumn, when tourists flock to see the red maples and cherry blossoms.

Consider a discount carrier

While AirAsiaX only flies out of Hawaii, west coasters might save hundreds by booking a two-legged journey: first to the tropical island, then to Japan.

Brave a red-eye

Though sleeping on a plane might leave a crick in your neck, flying early in the morning or late at night could save you cash overall.


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Flight deals to Japan

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$20 discount on (1) flight departing from China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Japan, Vietnam or India and arriving in the United States or Canada. New users only.

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Compare flights to Japan from just $449 return

Take off to Tokyo, Kobe, Fukuoka, Osaka and other cities in Japan with China Eastern, Air China, Air Canada, Japan Airlines or ANA.

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Cheap flights to Japan from $450 return

Book flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and other cities in Japan with ANA, Air Canada, China Airlines, China Eastern, Xiamen Air, Singapore Airlines, Air China and other airlines.

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Bottom line

A flight to Japan is more than just a ride through the sky. It’s transport to an eastern culture brimming with new sights, sounds and tastes. After reserving your seat, book a hotel in Japan to spend the night.

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