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Flights to Japan from the US: the Ultimate Guide

The pictures of beautiful geisha, delicious sushi, steaming matcha, and cherry blossoms have convinced you: it is time to book a trip to Japan! Next question - how are you going to get there?

There are the fun parts of planning a trip - finding sights, discovering restaurants, looking at pictures of the destination on Google - and then there are the not so fun parts.... namely, booking airfare.

For some people, the stress of trying to find flights for an international trip can actually be a deterrent for taking the trip at all.  On the one hand, that is fair - discovering good airfare is a combination of strategic searching and plain old luck.

On the other hand, no way! Never let a flight stop you from taking a trip! This guide highlights some of the top tips for finding convenient, and fairly priced flights from the United States to Japan... so you can stop dreaming, and start booking! 

Once you have found the perfect flight, a local will be able to assist you with any minor questions you have in regards to your trip -airport code names, local transport, duty free shopping - as well as suggest their favorite off the beaten path spots!

Let's begin! 

IN A PERFECT WORLD, YOU WILL...

1. Be flexible in your route

2. Be flexible when your trip is going to occur

If both of those statements are true, you are in luck - it will be extremely easy for you to find cheap airfare to Japan.

Steps:

    1. Go to skyscanner.com
    2. Type in your starting destination, and then put "Japan" as the destination
    3. For depart click "Whole Month," and then "Cheapest Month"
    4. Reap the benefits of being a flexible traveler, and see what the absolute cheapest time to visit it

However... the world the world isn't perfect, and most people have a very specific time frame for their trip. In that case, finding the perfect flight takes a little more work. Let's dive in.  

Things to consider:

  • You don't need to fly directly into Tokyo. There are over 800 airports in Japan... it could be cheaper to fly somewhere else!
  • Consider having a layover in another country - then flying into Japan 

Most Popular Cities to Fly into Japan From US

  1. Honolulu (22 direct flights)
  2. Los Angeles (9 direct flights)
  3. San Diego (9 direct flights)
  4. New York - JFK (6 direct flights)
  5. Chicago - O'Hare (6 direct flights)

Cheapest Flights to Japan from US

Most flights to Japan from the West Coast connect through Honolulu.  If you can be flexible on your trip this is a great option.

Top Places to fly into Japan Outside USA

Another option is to fly into a country that has budget flights into Japan. 

South Korea

It is possible to fly into Japan from South Korea for under $100 (even as low as $25) round trip. Budget airlines to check include:

  • T'way Air
  • Hahn Air
  • Jin Air
  • Korean Air
  • Check skyscanner.com for more specific flight information 

These airlines commonly fly into Japanese cities like Fukuoka, Oita, Saga, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Osaka, and Tokyo. 

Taiwan

Fly into Japan for around $100-$200 round trip. Budget airlines to check include:

  • Tigerair Taiwan 
  • Peach 
  • China Eastern 
  • Korean Air
  • Jetstar

These airlines commonly fly into Osaka, Okayama, and Okinawa.  

China

Fly into Japan for around $100-$200 round trip. Budget airlines to check include:

  • Juneyao Airlines 
  • China Eastern 
  • Tianjin Airlines 
  • Peach
  • Asiana Airlines 
  • ANA

These airlines commonly fly into Okinawa, Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. 

DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM UNITED STATES TO JAPAN

There are 80

Hawaiian Airlines:

 

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Fukuoka Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Kansai International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Sendai Airport

American Airlines:

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Chūbu Centrair International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Kansai International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

San Diego

from San Diego International Airport Francisco International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from San Diego International Airport to Narita International Airport

Boston

from Boston Logan International Airport to Narita International AirportI

Dallas

from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Narita International Airport

New York

from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Narita International Airport

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Chicago

from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Narita International Airport

Air India

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Delta Airlines

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Fukuoka Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Kansai International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Chūbu Centrair International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

Atlanta

from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Narita International Airport

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport  to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Seattle

from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Narita International Airport

Detroit

from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Chūbu Centrair International Airport

from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Narita International Airport

New York

from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Narita International Airport

Minneapolis

from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to Narita International Airport

Portland

from Portland International Airport to Narita International Airport

Japan Airlines

San Diego

from San Diego International Airport to Narita International Airport

from San Diego International Airport Francisco International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Kansai International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Chūbu Centrair International Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

Boston

from Boston Logan International Airport to Narita International Airport

Dallas

from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport  to Narita International Airport

New York

from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Narita International Airport

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Chicago

from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Narita International Airport

All Nippon Airways (ANA):

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

San Diego

from San Diego International Airport Francisco International Airport to Kansai International Airport

from San Diego International Airport Francisco International Airport to Narita International Airport

New York/Newark (NJ)

from Newark Liberty International Airport to Narita International Airport

from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Narita International Airport

Dulles (VA - serves D.C.)

from Washington Dulles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Houston

from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Narita International Airport

Chicago

from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Narita International Airport

Seattle

from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Narita International Airport

Denver

from Denver International Airport to Narita International Airport

San Jose (CA)

from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Narita International Airport

United Airlines:

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

San Diego

from San Diego International Airport Francisco International Airport to Kansai International Airport

from San Diego International Airport Francisco International Airport to Narita International Airport

New York/ Newark (NJ)

from Newark Liberty International Airport to Narita International Airport

from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Narita International Airport

Dulles (VA - serves D.C.)

from Washington Dulles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Houston

from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Narita International Airport

Chicago

from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Narita International Airport

Seattle

from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Narita International Airport

San Jose (CA)

from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport to Narita International Airport

from Denver International Airport  to Narita International Airport

Singapore Airlines:

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport  to Narita International Airport

China Airlines

New York

from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Kansai International Airport

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

US Airways

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Chicago

from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Narita International Airport

Dallas

from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport  to Narita International Airport

Malaysia Airlines:

Los Angeles

from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita International Airport

Dallas

from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Narita International Airport

Chicago

from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Narita International Airport

San Diego

from San Diego International Airport to Narita International Airport

Korean Air:

Honolulu

from Honolulu International Airport to Narita International Airport

 

 

Have more questions about traveling to Japan? Here is a list of local Japan Travel Experts who can help you or you can message us any questions you have.

 

 

 

 

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