Air Domestic

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Transportation - Air Domestic

  • Japan is covered by an extensive domestic air network, which is served by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), together with a number of smaller carriers. If you are on a tight schedule, domestic flights can be a practical alternative to rail travel, particularly on longer journeys or on routes that are not covered by Japan's vast network of high-speed trains. For shorter trips however, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) is often quicker than flying when you consider the additional journey time required for airport transfers and check-in.

    Visitors arriving in Japan at Narita Airport (Tokyo) who intend to connect to a domestic flight may need to transfer to Haneda Airport in Tokyo's south. Whilst transportation between Narita and Haneda is very convenient, the airports are about two hours apart and it is important to make sure that you have plenty of time to make your connection. See the Airport section of this site for more information on airport access.

    Flight reservations can be made by contacting the airlines directly, or through your travel agent or tour operator.

    Flight schedules are available at the airline web sites listed below.

    Japan Airlines

    All Nippon Airways

    For visitors who don't have a Japan Rail Pass and who are planning a number of longer journeys during their stay, domestic airfares often compare favourably with the cost of catching the shinkansen bullet trains. There are also a variety of discounts available to help make flying within Japan even better value for money.

    Available discounts include:

    Japan Airlines (JAL)
    Japan Airlines' (JAL) - "Japan Explorer Pass" offers visitors to Japan the chance to fly to one of 30 cities in Japan for just 10,800 yen (£58). The discounted airfare is only available to non-residents and non-Japanese passport holders. See JAL's website for more details.

    All Nippon Airways (ANA)
    ANA's "Experience Japan" airfare allows overseas visitors to chance to fly on ANA main air routes (Fukuoka, Nagoya, Okinawa, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo) for just 10,800 yen (£58). Flights must be booked three days prior to travel. See more about taking advantage of this fantastic airfare here.

    Both JAL and ANA offer significant discounts on the cost of a standard domestic fare if you purchase your domestic flight in conjunction with your international ticket on the respective airline.

    Contact the airlines directly for further information about discounts on domestic flights.

    The launch of a number of low-cost airlines in Japan since 2012, has created increased competition and lower fares on several domestic and international routes. Low-cost carriers including Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan, Vanilla Air operate out of Japan's two major international airports, Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Osaka's Kansai Airport, providing travellers with cheap connections to domestic destinations such as Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. They will also operate on a few international routes, mainly to Korea and China, and plan to gradually extend their route networks.

    Skymark Airlines offers an extensive network out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport as well as flights out of Narita and Kobe Airports. Routes include Tokyo Haneda to Kobe, Naha, Sapporo, Asahikawa, Kagoshima and various other routes.

    There are also low-cost carriers operating out of Japan’s regional airports. These include StarFlyer headquartered at Kita-Kyushu Airport with services including Kita-Kyushu and Fukuoka to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport; Air Do offers services between Tokyo and cities in Hokkaido. Solaseed Air offers a special fare of 10,000 yen per flight for all routes for non-Japanese passport holders. Applicable routes include Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to various cities in Kyushu and cities in Kyushu to Okinawa.

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