Airlines Flying To Japan

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Airlines Flying To Japan

 

The fastest – and pretty much only – way to get to Japan is by airplane. With the growth of both new airplanes and new, hub-centered airports, it is easier to get to Japan than in the past.

Tokyo’s Airports

The majority of entry to Tokyo is processed by the served by two (2) major airports, Narita and Haneda.

Narita International Airport (NRT) ,which originally served the most in terms of international carriers, is located in Narita, Chiba, 60 minutes east of Tokyo; you will need about 60 minutes to an hour and a half to get to the city.

Haneda International Airport (HND), located in Tokyo, serves the majority of Japanese domestic flights; in recent years, it’s becoming a big international terminal as well with many destinations.  You will need about 15 minutes to get to a major train station.

Unless you go to certain places in the east of Tokyo, Haneda is usually easier to get to the city. If you have a choice when you make a reservation, you might want to pick Haneda as it is more convenient for time and access to most areas in Tokyo, especially western Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Shibuya and Tokyo Station.

 See access from Haneda and Narita 

 

Airlines Flying To Japan

When it comes to flying, you have the choice of direct, non-stop flights and multi-stop, connecting flights.  This will depend on where you are in the world.  Let’s take a look at the airlines and cities that serve Tokyo’s airports.

The two main international carriers in Japan are Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA).  They are also the major domestic airlines in Japan.

Now, let’s look at how you can get to Japan from where you live.

United States

There are 20 cities that have direct access to Tokyo.

The major carriers are Japan Airlines, ANA, United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.

Delta is flying to Haneda, near the city center, but UA and AA have partners in Japan, so it might be convenient when you transfer to other parts of Japan.

The big companies for flight fares and hotels are Booking.com, Expedia and Skyscanner.Others in the US includeAgoda and Priceline.

United Kingdom

London is the main gateway from the UK to Japan.  The major carriers are Japan Airlines, ANA and British Airways.

If you are going with British Airways, the airline website offers both flight and hotel packages booked directly with them.  The advantage of their holiday packages is that you can pay a deposit and then pay monthly, and you can also cancel.

Some travel sites from the UK:  Expedia, Travel Republic, Skyscanner.

Canada

Canada has 3 airports that you can fly to Japan from.  The cities are Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.  

The main carriers are Air Canada, Japan Airlines and ANA.

In Canada, you can also access the big names: Booking.com, Expedia and Skyscanner, as well as Travelocity.

Europe

Europe has 18 cities from which to fly to Japan.  The major carriers are Japan Airlines, ANA, Air France and Lufthansa. There are 5 other airlines that offer flights from other European capitals.

The top cities in Europe are Paris, Frankfurt and Munich.  Other cities with different flights are Istanbul, Helsinki and Moscow.

Within the European Union, there are a lot of booking sites, many of which you might be familiar with.

Booking.com, Skyscanner, Voyage Prive, Omio and Trivago offer flight deals and packages.

Australia and New Zealand

For Australia, the cities of Sydney and Melbourne are served by Japan Airlines, ANA and Qantas.   Jetstar offers service as well from Cairns and Gold Coast.

Air New Zealand is the only carrier operating from Auckland to Tokyo.

In Australia, Expedia and Flight Centre are good options for you.

South Asia

South Asia has 15 airports that have direct service to Tokyo. The major carriers are Japan Airlines, ANA and Singapore Airlines.

The top cities with direct service are Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Hanoi and Delhi. Singapore Airlines has a flight from Los Angeles to Singapore that makes a stop over at Tokyo as well.

Middle East

Within the Middle East, there are 4 cities and airlines from which you can enter Japan.

Egypt Air (Cairo)        Emirates (Dubai)         Etihad (Abu Dhabi)         Qatar (Doha)

Airline Alliances

Today, most airlines have found it beneficial to organize alliances or partnerships.  This is to make it easy for you to connect from one airline to another by checking in only once and having your baggage sent to the right destination.

The major alliances are Star Alliance, One World and Sky Team.

Star Alliance includes: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Brussels, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian (SAS), Singapore, Swiss, Thai, United, and Turkish.

One World includes: American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia, Qantas and Qatar.

Sky Team includes: Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Saudia and Vietnam Airlines.

All of these alliances have direct or connecting flights for you so you can start your Japan travel experience.  

Airline Mileage Programs

Flying to Japan might be long for you. A flight could range from 6 hours to 17 hours, depending on if it’s a direct flight or connecting one.  This means that you can gain a lot in terms of flying miles.

Most airlines offer a mileage program where you can get miles for your flight.  The miles can be then used to book other flights (reward travel) or for upgrades on future flights. 

It might be worth it for you to sign up for a mileage program.  Plus, many programs offer a credit card as well that you can use to book the trip and get more miles for the money spent.

 

 

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