Book your flight to Japan


It’s best to reserve as early as possible. Japanese budget airlines offer particularly cheap fares if you book far in advance. Check various dates as well, as prices vary dramatically based on Japanese national holidays.

Budget travel tips

  • If you live in a large city, contact a Japanese travel agency (such as the Japan Travel Center in London).  They often have special deals, especially for young travelers.
  • Avoid the following peak times:

             – Golden Week (April 29th to May 5th)

             – Obon holidays (around August 13th to 16th)

             – Around New Years and Christmas

Domestic Flights

If you want to travel far domestically in Japan, for example from Tokyo to the Sapporo in the northern island, budget airlines are the way to go.  For shorter distances, for example from Tokyo to Osaka, buses are cheapest.

International Flights

If flying from Asia or Oceania, then the budget airlines below will be perfect.  If traveling from outside these areas, its best to compare (see links below) and go for the cheapest option, of course!

Budget Airlines

Here are the cheapest airlines and flight sites in Japan:


The best site online for comparing prices. Check prices here.

Jetstar Japan

Great prices with access to most major cities in Japan, such as Tokyo and Osaka.  International flights to/from places such as Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan.

Vanilla Air

The successor to Air Asia Japan, Vanilla Air has great prices from/to Tokyos Narita Airport to domestic locations such as Sapporo and Okinawa.  International flights to Seoul and Taiwan.


Large selection of domestic flights and destinations across Japan, but prices are often better at Jetstar or Vanilla Air.


All flights are to/from Osaka, with access to all the major cities in Japan. Reasonable prices. International flights to Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.