How to save $300 with a trip to Tokyo for $150,000
Posted On June 19, 2021
The cost of a roundtrip Japan airfare can easily hit $150 million, according to an industry source familiar with the industry.
That’s more than twice the value of a single ticket, according the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a sensitive industry topic.
It also includes hotel, rental car and other travel expenses, plus a significant portion of airfare for those who make the trip.
The source, a travel agency operator in Japan, said that airfare is usually priced based on what you can afford to spend, so a round trip trip from Tokyo to Seoul, for example, would cost around $175,000.
The cost varies by airport, city and even city limits, depending on where you are and when you arrive.
Tokyo’s airport, Narita, is the most expensive for round trips from Tokyo, according a trip planner.
But there are many smaller airports that are cheaper, like Oita and Nagoya.
Some Japanese airports, including the main international hub of Osaka, have a discount on flights, the source said.
That means a round-trip flight from Tokyo would cost about $150 on a one-way ticket from Tokyo’s Narita airport to Osaka’s Osaka International Airport.
Narita’s airport is less than half the cost of New York’s Midtown International Airport, which is about half as expensive, according an AirlineRatings.com website.
In Tokyo, the biggest expense for a round flight is accommodation, according this travel agent.
A round trip hotel in Tokyo costs about $300 a night, according one hotel source, while a room in a Tokyo-based hotel could cost more than $1,000 a night.
A hotel in Osaka, where hotels are more expensive, can cost $400 a night in comparison, according hotel data on the website of the Japan Tourism Agency.
“The hotel is the biggest thing, but there are so many things,” the source told The Wall St. Journal.
A group of people in a hotel room in Tokyo, Japan.
Some hotels in Japan are known for being overpriced, like a suite in the Hyatt Regency in Osaka.
(Photo: Getty Images) Japan Airlines has said that round trips to Tokyo are a keystay for some travelers, especially those who are short on time and want to see more of Japan than just Tokyo.
For example, some Japanese airlines offer a discount for a one or two-day trip to the Japanese capital.
But others, like Japan Airlines, have restricted the amount of time a person can stay in Tokyo for free, according TOKYO JAPAN, which tracks Japanese travel.
“There are many flights in Tokyo that are not listed on a person’s itinerary,” said the source.
“Some of them may include flights from Tokyo that you are already booked for.
We are very strict about that.
It’s important to note that the price for one- and two-person flights in Japan is set by the government.”
If you want to stay longer than a few days, you can pay for a hotel in Japan for $200 a night or more, according Japan’s official travel agency, Tetsuya Hasegawa, a spokesman for Japan Airlines.
If you need to go to Tokyo on business, however, there are other travel options.
For a round two- or three-day stay in Osaka on a short flight, Japan’s JR West Japan offers a round stay in an inexpensive apartment at ¥4,600 a night for two people or ¥5,100 a night with two people for a double room, according Toei Shimbun.
If a person wants to fly from Tokyo or another major city, such as Tokyo or Osaka, they can rent a round round-tourist-only cabin from Japan Airlines’ Japanese subsidiary, Japan Airlines Holdings, according Traveler Japan, which helps travelers book hotels.
Japan Airlines offers the same type of round-ticket option, called an itinerary rental, for a price between ¥2,800 and ¥3,000 per person, depending upon the destination.
If booked in advance, you could book a single round-flight ticket from the Japanese Capital Region to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo or Nagoya for a total of around ¥40,000, according Tokyo JAPANS Guide to the World’s Best Destinations.
However, if you want a hotel stay, it might cost more.
A room in an Osaka hotel.
A Japanese person visiting Tokyo for the first time may have to spend about $400 on a hotel reservation, according travel agent information on the Tokyo Hotels Association website.
It is possible to book a hotel through a travel agent through a credit card or other method, but it may be more expensive and take longer to book than a booking through a Japanese airline, the travel agent said.
“You might need to book through a foreign travel agent,” the travel agency’s Hasegarawa said.