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Japan is partially open to international tourism

Japan continues its slow reopening. Students, business travelers, and relatives of long-term residents are now allowed to enter the country. Independent travelers are permitted if they visit Japan on a package tour booked via a travel agency. Fully vaccinated travelers don’t need to present a PCR test result on arrival. In all cases, visitors must apply for visas in advance.

Transiting through Japanese airports to another country is allowed, and you are not required to submit any documents.

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Things to know before flying to Japan
Airlines flying to JapanAeromexico, AirAsia, Air Canada, Air France, Air New Zealand, ANA, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, JEJU Air, KLM, LATAM, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Vistara
Japanese airlinesANA, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines, Spring Airlines Japan, StarFlyer
Main airportsHaneda Airport (HND) – Tokyo
Fukuoka Airport (FUK) – Fukuoka
New Chitose Airport (CTS) – Sapporo
Naha Airport (OKA) – Okinawa
Itami International Airport (ITM) – Osaka
Narita International Airport (NRT) – Tokyo
Kansai International Airport (KIX) – Osaka
Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO) – Nagoya
Kagoshima Airport (KOJ) – Kagoshima
Kobe Airport (UKB) – Kobe
Sendai Airport (SDJ) – Sendai
Nagasaki Airport (NGS) – Nagasaki
Best stopoversBeijing, Hong Kong, SeoulShanghai, Taipei (from US)
Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore (from Europe)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €600 – €900 (from Europe)
✈ $500 to $800 (from USA)
ATC price✈ 40% — 80% off regular price
Official websitesTravel Japan (official tourism website)
Visas to Japan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
Japan Travel Advisory (US citizens)
Japan Travel Advice (Australian citizens)
Japan Airlines (national airline of Japan)

Tips, tricks & hacks
for flying to Japan

Know your time zone

Japan has only one time zone, despite being a large country that stretches almost 2400 kilometers through the western North Pacific Ocean and over 30 degrees longitude. It observes Japan Standard Time (JST) all year, which is UTC/GMT+09 time zone. As a result, clocks in Japan are 9 hours ahead of London and 14 hours ahead of New York. JST does not have an associated daylight saving time.

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure time on your plane ticket is always listed based on the time zone of the departure airport. We suggest resetting your watch during the flight – it will help your brain adjust to the new time zone and to deal with jet lag.

Best time to see Japan

During the peak summer months, all of Japan’s top attractions get rather busy. If you plan to do some sightseeing in Japan, try to be flexible with your trip dates. Aim for the quieter "shoulder" months between the seasons - from March to May, and from September to November.

It is an ideal time to visit the country to avoid peak-season flight prices and tourist crowds. You'll also be rewarded by the things other visitors will miss out on: spring cherry blossoms during the Hanami season, amazing warm fall colors, and historic structures such as Fukuoka Castle blanketed in snow.

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Airports in Japan

Japan has 29 airports: 5 international and 24 local airports that operate domestic flights across its four main islands and many smaller islands. Among the largest Japanese airports are – Tokyo Haneda HND, Tokyo Narita NRT, Osaka KIX, Fukuoka FUK, Sapporo CTS, Naha OKA, Osaka ITM, Kagoshima KOJ, Nagoya NGO, Sendai SDJ, Kumamoto KMJ, Miyazaki KMI, Nagasaki NGS, Kobe UKB, Matsuyama MYJ, Hiroshima HIJ, Ishigaki ISG, and Takamatsu TAK.

As in any country, airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities – about 10 to 20 kilometers from the city center – with public transport and airport shuttle service available. These are hubs for major Japanese airlines, with large passenger terminals, first class lounges, shops, and restaurants.

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Osaka from

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Best airports for populartourist destinations

Whether planning a trip or just exploring possibilities, here’s a list of the best places to visit in Japan and the nearest (or most convenient) airports to fly into.

Destination in JapanBest airport
Mount Fuji — HonshuShizuoka FSZ or Tokyo Haneda HND
Peace Memorial Museum — Hiroshima, ShikokuHiroshima HIJ
Kyoto — HonshuOsaka ITM or Osaka KIX
Nara — HonshuOsaka ITM
Hida Mountains — Gifu, HonshuToyama TOY
Snow Monkey Park — NaganoMatsumoto MMJ
Great Buddha of Kamakura — Kanagawa, KantōTokyo Haneda HND
Shirakawago Village — Chūbu, GifuChūbu NGO

Flights from Russia to Japan (airports nearby Moscow)

  • Check flight schedules and ticket prices in October 2022 for flights to Japan from nearby airports in your area.
  • Once in Japan, there are frequent flights between the major cities via local carriers such as ANA, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines, Spring Airlines Japan, and StarFlyer.
  • Popular destinations near Japan can be easily reached with regional low-cost airlines by the likes of AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, JEJU Air, Scoot, Tigerair, and VietJet Air.

Here are some examples of the real-time economy class airfares from Russia to Japan in October 2022. All prices are for one-way flights.

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Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Japanese airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for Japanese yen at home.

Save on local fares with JAL and ANA passes

ANA and Japan Airlines have an interesting "special fares" option for foreign tourists visiting Japan.

JAL Japan Explorer Pass is a fare that can be used to access over 30 cities across JAL’s domestic network. The pass provides an easy solution to traveling beyond Tokyo and the well-trodden tourist routes. You must already have a return ticket (out of Japan) to be eligible for JAL Explorer Pass three price points: JPY 5500 (~$38), JPY 7700 (~$52), and JPY 11000 (~$75).

ANA Discover Japan Fare is a discounted fare explicitly aimed at foreign visitors. It can be used across ANA’s entire domestic flight network; however, the pricing has been structured to encourage exploration of Japan's diverse islands. With different fare rules, you can choose between two fare types - Value and Super Value.

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Stopover options for traveling to Japan

Direct flights to Japan can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take an opportunity and plan a longer stopover? It won’t only break up your journey but will become a legitimate part of your vacation.

When booking flight tickets, many airlines include a stopover en route to your final destination. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop flights, and they can be a great way of seeing more than one place on your trip. You can often add it at no additional cost, just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Check flight prices and other details for these great stopover options when traveling to Japan:

Flights to Japan fromUnited States and Canada

  • Most flying routes from North America to Japan are over the Pacific, even if the departure airport is on the east coast. Travel times for these routes vary between 12 - 16 hours depending on the point of departure, length of layover, etc.
  • For long-haul flights choosing a reputable airline is crucial. Comfortable seats, inflight entertainment, food and drinks, and just the general atmosphere of the flight can make a big difference to the trip. For flights from the United States or Canada to Japan, we recommend legacy carriers such as Japan Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, ANA, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines.
  • There are no direct flights from the United States or Canada to Japan. However, most main hubs in SE Asia have direct flights to Japan, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.There are plenty of direct flights from the US/Canada to Japan via Japan Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, ANA, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Zipair. Flight prices start at $300 one-way from Honolulu to Tokyo on the low-cost airline Zipair.
  • When flying to Japan you have plenty of convenient layover or stopover options. Flights with one or more stops depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada. Your chosen airline will most likely dictate which airport you transit through – among the best stopovers are Beijing, Hong Kong, SeoulShanghai, Taipei.
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"Hot seats" on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service - seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight, those “hot seats” are worth considering - expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Lost baggage prevention

Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode for identification and tracking, so the old tags can confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.

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Airlines of Japan

Japan has two leading airlines – All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL).

All Nippon Airways is the country’s largest full-service carrier, a member of Star Alliance, and a company that is re-nowned for its impeccable airport staff service. Japan Airlines is the national flag carrier operating full-service flights to several destinations, including overseas – North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The JAL’s economy seats might be the best out there (it has been awarded World’s Best Economy Class award by Skytrax).

JAL’s low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Japan (also partially owned by Australian Qantas) operates shuttle services between Japanese cities, and only serves a few international cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, and Taipei.

Peach Aviation can be considered Japan’s first-ever low-cost carrier airline. It offers a variety of fare discounts and programs, focusing mostly on domestic routes. However, you may also find cheap international fares if you fly to Bangkok, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei or Shanghai. It maintains a strict luggage policy and keeps services to a bare minimum (beware of hidden fees).

Three other less-known Japanese airlines are targeting domestic budget travelers: Skymark Airlines (the only independent low-cost carrier, not controlled by either ANA or JAL), Spring Airlines Japan (a subsidiary of Chinese carrier Spring Airlines), and StarFlyer (also flies to Seoul and Taipei).

Flights to Japan from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Japan. Direct flights from Europe to Japan are about 10-11 hours long. Only some of the largest European hubs have a nonstop connection to Japan - among them are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London, Paris, Warsaw, and Zurich. Those flights arrive at Tokyo Haneda HND airport and are operated by Air France, ANA, British Airways, Finnar, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, LOT, SWISS, and Turkish Airlines.
  • To break the trip and stretch your legs, consider transit through popular Asian airport hubs, extending your total journey time by 1–3 hours. A 1-day stopover in Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore will be a great option to reduce your jet lag at the final destination and do some extra sightseeing.
  • The best chance for a cheaper flight is when you are flexible about the departure point. Especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom; Frankfurt FRA, Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France; Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands; Madrid MAD in Spain; Stockholm ARN in Sweden; Zurich ZRH in Switzerland; Brussels BRU in Belgium; Oslo OSL in Norway; Warsaw WAW in Poland; and Dublin DUB in Ireland.
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Booking through a travel agent eases the pain

If you hate dealing with airlines’ customer care, consider using a travel agent to book your flights. They can remove all that drama from your booking experience. When an airline cancels a flight or makes a change to your itinerary, travel agents have the power to handle this on your behalf. Sometimes, they can even “bend” the rules.

The best thing: you’ll typically pay the same price for the flight ticket. Commissions made by agents generally come from the airline side, not from the customer side.

Pre-book your meal on a budget airline

Most budget airlines don't include meals in the price of your ticket. If you think you may want a meal in-flight, purchase it while you’re booking, as the meal selection for buying onboard is usually limited and prices are higher.

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Flights from Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many short-haul flights: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380.
  • When flying within Asia, you’ll often use regional airlines. The budget carriers offer tens of weekly flights to Japan with relatively comfortable flight experience and the cheapest fares – check the prices from AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, IndiGo, Jetstar, JEJU Air, Scoot, Tigerair, and VietJet Air.
  • For more comfort and top-notch customer service, consider flying with recognized full-service airlines such as Air New Zealand, ANA, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines.
  • Mentioned airlines operate direct or 1-stop flights from primary Asian hubs such as Bangkok BKK in Thailand, Singapore SIN, Bali DPS in Indonesia, Hong Kong HKG, Seoul ICN in South Korea, Tokyo HND in Japan, Dubai DXB in UAE, Kuala Lumpur KUL in Malaysia, Hanoi HAN and Ho Chi Minh City SGN in Vietnam, Phnom Penh PNH in Cambodia, Delhi DEL in India, Beijing PEK in China, Taipei TPE in Taiwan, Manila MNL in the Philippines), Doha DOH in Qatar, Istanbul IST in Turkey, and others.

Flight prices can vary considerably. Here are some real-time examples:

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Dealing with the jet lag

Jet lag affects people differently depending on age, physical fitness, and genetics. The most accepted rule suggests that you should allow one full day to recover from jet lag for every time zone (hour gained) you traveled east and a number of days equal to half the time zones crossed when you traveled west.

The most effective natural jet lag remedy is to force your body into its new routine. You can begin before getting off the plane: set your watch to the time in your future destination, then do your best to sleep and eat based on the new time zone. Close the window shade when it's time to simulate darkness. During your first day on the ground, get outdoors, stay physically active during the day, and absorb sunlight.

Tight airport connection?

Always check the airport terminals if you have a connecting flight with a different airline or separate point-to-point tickets. Make sure you have enough time to transfer between these terminals so you don’t miss your next flight.

If your airport connection is tight (1-hour layover or less), pick a set near the front of the plane. It can shave 5–10 minutes off your deplaning time, especially on larger planes. Some airlines place their "hot seats" there and charge extra fees, but it still may be worth it.

When flying domestically, try not to book the last flight out of your connecting airport. In case of a cancellation, the airline will put you on its next flight, but it will require an overnight stay and arrival a day later.

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