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Flying into Beautiful Tokyo

Tokyo is a city caught between two worlds: the futuristic, neon-lighted, modern districts and the city's serene, traditional temples. This densely populated city offers hundreds of hotels to choose from, and the most affordable hotels are generally found near the Narita International Airport. However, it is possible to find cheap rooms near tourist areas in Shinjuku, like those at the popular Sunroute Plaza Hotel. Getting to Tokyo can also be a challenge; keep reading to learn tips about flying to Tokyo in the least expensive and least painful way possible.
Hotels in Tokyo
Shinagawa Prince Hotel N Tower
$80 avg/night
APA Hotel Asakusa Tawaramachi Ekimae
$46 avg/night
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Main
$91 avg/night
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
$135 avg/night
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More About Flights to Tokyo

Fly to Tokyo Mid-Week in the Winter

For the cheapest prices, try flying mid-week instead of during the busier weekends. Also, plane tickets are often cheaper when you buy your flight within two months of your travel dates, instead of last-minute.

October, November, December, January, and February are the best months to travel to Japan. Expect to find the best flight prices during the winter, when fewer people travel to Tokyo and tour area attractions. The only exception to this rule is New Year's Eve, a popular domestic and international holiday. Additionally, Tokyo's weather is relatively mild throughout the winter, and touring the city at this time of year is quite comfortable.

Late March brings cherry blossom season and spring break, which increases travel within the country. While flight prices are not necessarily higher in March than in the winter, hotel prices start to increase and area attractions are much more crowded.

Travel prices are highest from April to August, the busiest tourist season in Japan. Golden Week, a series of national holidays over a one-week period, happens annually at the end of April and the beginning of May. August is festival season in Japan, and these events increase travel throughout the country.

Finding Cheap Direct Flights

Direct flights are more convenient and allow you to avoid rushing from gate to gate. While direct flights to Tokyo from United States cities are quite long, you will save lots of time by not waiting in airports for connecting flights. Direct flights from Chicago O'Hare International airport or Newark Liberty International Airport last about thirteen to fourteen hours, while direct flights from Los Angeles International Airport or San Francisco International Airport last about eleven hours. Remember when you fly across the Pacific to Tokyo, you will cross the International Date Line and time will jump forward eight to twelve hours, depending on your departure city. 

Direct flights from airports in western states are often cheaper than direct flights from airports in eastern states. United Airlines and ANA, a Japanese airline, both offer the best prices for direct flights to Tokyo from the United States. Additionally, both airlines are on time more than 70 percent of the time. 

Flights to Tokyo with a Stopover

Flights with stopovers or with connections in other cities are usually a bit cheaper than direct flights. However, saving a few hundred dollars is not usually worth the aggravation that comes with longer total travel times. Flights to Tokyo with layovers are typically five to ten hours longer than direct flights. If you're flexible with the length of your total travel time to Tokyo, you do have more flight and airline options if you're willing to suffer through a stopover or two.

Navigating Narita International Airport

Tokyo has two international airports: Narita International Airport and Haneda International Airport. However, most flights from the U.S. land in Narita International Airport. This airport offers two terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) and both terminals have currency exchange counters, ATMs, restaurants, travel information centers, and ground transportation.

Travel to Tokyo by Train

The Narita International Airport is about forty miles from Tokyo and Tokyo area hotels. The airport offers multiple ground transportation options, at both terminals, for getting to hotels.

Hiring a taxi is an expensive and time-consuming choice for getting to your hotel. Taxi rates range from $185 to $205 USD for travel from the airport to Tokyo area hotels. Additionally, heavy traffic can mean a two-hour drive to your hotel. Shuttle buses are cheaper, but not necessarily quicker. These buses service many major hotels and leave the airport once an hour.

The cheapest and most efficient option is to use one of the train services. The Narita Express and the Keisei Skyliner trains depart from both terminals and take only an hour to arrive at Tokyo Station or Ueno Station. These trains run every hour (sometimes twice an hour) and cost $19 to $28 per ride.