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Japan’s non-stop neon cities may threaten sensory overload but this is balanced against its exquisite temples, coastal reefs, ski resorts and cultivated countryside.
And it doesn’t have to cost the earth to fly to this thrilling country: let’s show you how to book a cheap flight to Japan.
The majority of visitors come to this remarkable country during the summer months (June to September) when the weather is at its warmest. Be aware though, it can get a little humid!
For cheap flights to Japan from the UK, the best time to travel is usually in December or January. However, ‘off-season’ is relative term when it comes to Japan, as the northern island of Hokkaido is a popular ski resort from December to April.
As a result, the best way to find cheap flights to Japan is often by selecting a flight with stopovers. Rather than it being an imposition, take this chance to drop in on Munich, Helsinki, Seoul or another exotic location along the way.
For direct flights from the UK to Japan, the best option is to fly from London.
Whether you’re hoping to jet off from London to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or another of Japan’s dazzling cities, you can sort your search results by direct or indirect flights, by airline, or to match the departure and arrival times that best suit your needs.
While flight times to Japan vary depending on the number of stopovers, these are typical flight times to Japan’s major cities:
Three of Japan’s largest airports are Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto, which lie on the country’s southern island of Honshu. Here you’ll also discover the country’s famous capital, Tokyo, which also has its own international airport.
Visitors seeking the more temperate weather offered on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido will need to book flights to Sapporo.
Not surprisingly, a large number of airlines fly to Japan. This allows you to choose from a wide range, including:
Visitors to Japan are rarely forced to choose between one or another of the country’s many attractions. This is thanks, in large part, to the world-famous Shinkansen bullet train. One of the fastest in the world, the bullet train shoots from one city to the next in a fraction of the time you would expect. What’s more, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya are all relatively close (by bullet train standards!) so it is worth considering picking up a train pass. This will work out considerably cheaper than buying individual tickets.
Within the cities themselves, ultramodern Japan also has excellent metro systems, so you’ll never have too much problem getting from A to B. Reading the signs may be a different matter!
Japan packs a lot in. Whether you’re looking for peaceful mountains dotted with ancient shrines, or super modern city experiences surrounded by glistening skyscrapers and the bright lights of Tokyo, you’ll find it.
For something a little more unique though, animal lovers should pay a visit to Okunoshima. This small island located not too far from Hiroshima is home to a large population of tame rabbits. These furry friends willingly approach humans and will happily pose for a photograph or two.
Anime fans may also want to head to Tokyo’s Ghibli Museum, which offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Studio Ghibli.
If you’re visiting Japan as a British national or as an British overseas resident, you’ll be reassured to hear you don’t need to purchase a visa for any visits under 90 days.
Once you’re in Japan itself, the main things to bear in mind are the cultural differences, which can be somewhat of a minefield to navigate. While language and signage are the most obvious, there are other, subtler, things to bear in mind. For instance, while the Japanese pride themselves on their exceptional customer service, they do not have a culture of tipping. If you offer a tip, don’t be offended when it is refused and returned. Diners are also encouraged to slurp their soup, but you should never pour your own drink. Finally, know that it is customary to bow politely whenever you greet someone, say thank you or goodbye.