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|Flying to Japan!|
|Written by Administrator|
|Sunday, 03 February 2008 15:36|
Flying is the best way to get to Japan! Unless you are in Korea and want to experience the ferry, flying is about the only other option for getting to Japan. Japan is now linked to most countries around the world there are very few places that you cannot fly to and from Japan. The two largest airlines in Japan are ANA (All Nippon Airlines), and JAL (Japan Airlines.) Maybe youwill be lucky enough to fly on one of Japan's themed aircraft like the ANA Pokemon 747!
Flights to Japan Getting Cheaper
Flights to Japan have been getting cheaper and cheaper due to increasing competition between major airlines. Although now there is usually a heavy “Fuel Surcharge” tax added on to your ticket, which can boost the price way up. Special offers on flights to Japan are now available, thanks to the "Visit Japan" campaign by the Japanese government to increase the number of foreign visitors.
Avoid Peak Travel Season
Try to avoid the peak seasons, which include Christmas, New Year, and Golden Week. Most airlines also have individual websites for the residents of each country or region, they are flying to. These sites can host some really good deals. If you are in a larger city where there is a large Japanese community, look for the Japanese travel agencies, such as HIS, or HIT Travel. They usually have the lowest airfares, and the most information on travel to Japan. I purchased my first ticket to Japan through HIS. It cost me around $800 CDN. The ticket was about $200 cheaper then any other travel agent. It was during peak season too!
Japanese Tour Packages
Japanese are the masters of tour packages! Tour Packages almost always combine airfare and accommodation at low rates. If you are coming to Japan for the short term then these can be great deals if you are not planning on touring too much. Just so you know not all tour packages have tour guides so you are free to do as you wish!
Air Mileage and Frequent Flyer Programs
If you haven’t started already start racking up Airline Mileage or Frequent Flyer Program. You can start getting points without ever flying. Use the card when buying gas, buy groceries with it, anything just get as many points as you can. With enough creativity you may fly to Japan for free! Points can also be shared with family members and used on partner airlines.
Caution One-Way Tickets
Make sure you don’t buy a one-way ticket. You will need to prove that you have a ticket out of Japan when visiting Japan on a tourist visa!
Depending on where you are flying from you will arrive in one of four different international airports across Japan. Tokyo Narita airport, this is Japan’s largest airport. The airport is actually located in Chiba and is roughly 30 minutes by train to Tokyo. Osaka, Kansai airport, this serves the Kansai region. Nagoya Central Japan airport, and Fukuoka airport. Fukuoka airport links mainly Asian destinations.