One of the pricier destinations in the Eastern part of the globe, Japan’s high travel costs are offset by its high-tech attractions and super-friendly atmosphere. The country has a rich cultural tradition, but has become increasingly westernized over the last three decades; foreigners are welcomed with open arms and very well received by the locals, many of whom speak English at least on a conversational level.
Flights to Japan
Japan’s two largest and busiest airports have their home in the country’s capital city of Tokyo. Haneda and Narita International Airport transport over 100 million domestic and international passengers every year, with Fukuoka, New Chitose (located in Sapporo), Kansai International (Osaka), and Chubu Centrair (Nagoya) comprising a near additional 100 million respectively.
Tourists from the United States can book a flight on ANA, United, Japan Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, Korean Air, and China Airlines. Passengers outside of the U.S. can choose their pick from over 25 international carriers, the main ones being Cathay Pacific, US Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, and Qatar Airways.
Jump into Japan: Attractions to not miss
Fans of fresh fish will love the Tsukiji Fish Market. Open daily at 4 AM, fresh sushi and tuna await you by the pound. Just be prepared for heavy foot traffic and the hustle and bustle of local fish buyers! Folks willing to push their fitness levels to the test may want to check into a Mount Fuji climb.
Traversing this 3,500-meter mountain is best done in the early morning hours, as those willing to walk at dawn will be rewarded with a captivating sunrise! Other popular attractions in Japan include the Geisha District, Heian Shrine (a garden full of beautiful cherry blossom trees), Ueno Park, and the famous Imperial Palace, home to the country’s emperor.
Getting around Japan: Money-saving tips
Hostels are where you will find the cheapest lodging in Japan (typically $30 per night), whereas pod hotels and double rooms at budget-friendly places cost a bit more. While you can certainly eat cheaply at the country’s various noodle shops, buying at local grocery stores is the way to go for the penny-pinchers. Remember to buy after 8 P.M. to save up to 50% on food prices. Transportation is Japan’s high cost factor; expect to pay $150 for a local train ticket. Take the inter-city buses when possible to save cash.
With Skyscanner’s smart search function, you can plan your Japan trip well in advance. Find cheap air fare, as well as competitive prices on lodging by using our hotel price comparison tool. Get that travel itinerary in order to avoid expensive, unexpected train rides.
Images by Flickr/andynew
Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.