|Popular in||July||High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||June||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||£550||Average for round-trip flights in November 2020|
|Round-trip from||£409||From London to Tokyo|
|One-way from||£266||One-way flight from London to Tokyo|
There are current restrictions for travel to Japan at this time. These restrictions are for the safety of Japan citizens and travellers alike and are as follows: Japan has restricted the entry of travellers who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Sao Tome e Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, South Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, the Vatican City, or Vietnam in the past 14 days. Residents of Japan with “Permanent Resident”, “Spouse or Child of Japanese National”, “Spouse or Child of Permanent Resident” or “Long Term Resident” status who departed Japan with Re-entry Permission by 2 April 2020 may still re-enter the country, even if they have been in one of the above countries. If they received re-entry permission between 3 April and 28 April 2020 they may re-enter if they have only been in Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Cape Verde, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine or Uruguay. If re-entry permission was granted between 29 April and 15 May 2020, they may re-enter Japan if they have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Cape Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Tajikistan or Uruguay If re-entry permission was granted between 16 May and 26 May 2020, they may re-enter Japan if they have only been in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, South Africa or Tajikistan. Nationals of China with passports issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province may not enter the country unless they can prove that they haven’t been in those provinces in the past 14 days. Travellers who were on the cruise ship ‘Westerdam’ may not enter the country unless they’re nationals of Japan. Nationals of Japan, their spouses and children who can present proof, travellers with Special Permanent Residence Permits with re-entry permits from a regional immigration officer, and US military personnel may still enter the country. Travellers and airline crew who have been in any of the countries listed so far in the past 14 days must submit a quarantine questionnaire and undergo a PCR test upon arrival. Special rules apply to airline crew members entering Japan. Crew members must submit quarantine questionnaires and “Plan of Stay in Japan” declarations. Crews should adhere to the instructions provided in the quarantine document “Notice: For Crews boarding vehicles from areas subject to strengthened quarantine.” Airlines should arrange chartered vehicles (as opposed to public transportation) to transport crews between the airport and their hotel, and ensure that crews comply with the other rules during their stay in Japan. Visa exemption for travellers with the following passports is suspended: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Macau, South Korea, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vatican City. In addition, visa exemption for nationals of the following countries with a diplomatic, official or service passport has been suspended: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Visas issued on or before 8 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General, and Consulate of Japan in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or South Korea are invalidated. Visas issued on or before 20 March 2020 by the Embassies, Consulates-General and Consulate of Japan in the following countries are invalidated. Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Vatican City.. If you must travel during this time and are allowed to based on current restrictions, please stay informed about updated travel safety tips.
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£459 - £834
10 - 31 °C
45 - 235 mm
The peak times of the year are during the Japanese holidays, New Years and the Obon Festival in August. You can normally find rather cheap flights to Japan too as a lot of the locals are on holiday. The busiest times of the year are during the school holidays and festivals. You’ll find flight tickets are more expensive so make sure to book your flights to Japan in advance to secure a deal. Spring time is a beautiful time to visit and cheap flights to Japan are easier to come by and hotel accommodation is still affordable.
The off season in Japan depends on how you perceive things, Spring and Autumn are classed as off season although they are very busy times of the year in regards to local celebrations, the Hanami celebration in Spring for example sees the parks bustling with people. January to April offers the cheapest flights to Japan as well as low tourism so can be a good time of year to find a reasonably priced escape.
In order to find the cheapest flights to Japan you’ll need to book your flight tickets well in advance. Aim for at least 3 months in advance or even earlier if you are visiting during an event or festival as they will see the price of your flight tickets increase substantially. Mid-August offers a nice window to find cheap flights to Japan whilst most of the local Japanese are away on their own holidays. You’ll find some services might be unavailable due to this but you’ll also find cheaper hotel deals and cheaper flight tickets. If you are flexible with your dates and your location in Japan then you’ll find the cheapest flights to Japan just by searching around and comparing different months.
Flights from London to Tokyo, Japan: 11 hours 50 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Osaka, Japan: 13 hours 45 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Tokyo, Japan: 13 hours 45 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Osaka, Japan: 13 hours 55 minutes.
Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways provide cheap flights to Japan and all have their own benefits and cons. Ryanair and easyJet will by far offer the cheapest flights to Japan but at the sacrifice of comfort. You also need to be careful when booking your flight tickets during the Summer as you might notice the price of checked in baggage increase dramatically (sometimes more than the price of the flight ticket). British Airways aren’t the cheapest airline but they are comfortable to fly with, and you can get free snacks and drinks throughout your flights to Japan which is an added bonus. Once you’ve decided where you want to travel to in Japan you can start researching and comparing the different airlines to find yourself the best flight tickets.
Due to traffic jams and rush hour you may find the journey takes around 1 or 2 hours to get you to your hotel, however during quiet times of the day this will be a lot quicker. The airport has a train station you can jump onto to get to the city and it is relatively cheap to do so. The other option is a limousine bus which operates like a door to door drop off service. They aren’t as quick as the train but you can get practically to the door of your hotel with one. Lastly you could opt for a taxi, however the price of these can be 10 times the price of the bus, especially during traffic jams and rush hour where you are paying the driver to wait in the queue.
You can get a bus from outside the terminal 1 building. If you land at terminal 2 you can still buy your bus tickets but it’s best to jump on the free shuttle bus to terminal 1. From there simply purchase your tickets and hop onto the bus. It’ll take you to the bus station in the centre of Tokyo where you can get off to go searching for you hotel. Once you’ve booked your flights to Japan though it’s worth seeing if any hotels will provide you with airport transfers in with the price of your flight tickets as this will save you time and money. You can also get a train from the airport straight into Osaka centre so this is an option to if you’re not keen on the idea of a bus. Lastly you can get a taxi from outside of the arrivals Terminal. These are cheap compared to UK prices but still expensive when you compare it with the bus transport options. However if you are in a rush or have a lot of luggage they can be quite useful. You can cut the cost with a friend too which makes a taxi more worthwhile.