Travel to Japan

Flying to Japan

Japan Airlines (, All Nippon Airways ( and Jetstar Japan ( offer international flights to Japan.

Peak travel times to and from Japan are during the cherry blossom season (late March/early April), the Golden Week holiday (late April/early May), the Obon holiday (mid-August) and the New Year holiday (January).

Major airports are: Tokyo Haneda Airport, Tokyo Narita International Airport, Osaka Kansai International Airport, Central Japan International Airport (Centrair), New Chitose Airport (Sapporo), Fukuoka Airport and Sendai Airport.

Flight times:

To Tokyo: from London - 11 hours 40 minutes; New York - 16 hours 25 minutes; Toronto - 13 hours 20 minutes; Singapore - 6 hours 30 minutes; Sydney 9 hours 25 minutes.

Departure tax:

Departure tax is included in the airfare.

Airport guides

Airport Code: KIX. Location: Osaka Kansai International Airport is located 50km (31 miles) southwest of Osaka. Money: Various ATMs and several bureaux de change counters are available in both terminals. A full-service... Read more

Airport Code: NRT. Location: Tokyo Narita International Airport is located 65km (40 miles) east of Tokyo. Money: Banks, ATMs, and bureaux de change services are available throughout Terminals 1 and 2. Read more

Airport Code: NGO. Location: Chubu Centrair International Airport is located on Ise Bay, a man-made island around 50km (31 miles... Money: There is a full-service bank in the main departures concourse on the third level of Terminal 1.... Read more

Airport Code: FUK. Location: Fukuoka Airport is located approximately 6km (3.7 miles) from Fukuoka city centre, Japan. Money: There are a number of ATMs and banks located in both terminals. Several currency exchange offices... Read more

Airport Code: HND. Location: Tokyo Haneda Airport is located around 18km (11 miles) south of central Tokyo. Money: ATMs are available both airside and in public areas of the terminals. Banks with currency exchange... Read more

Airport Code: SDJ. Location: Sendai Airport is located about 13.6km (8.4 miles) southeast of Sendai.   Money: 77 Bank’s Sendai Airport branch offers currency exchange services. ATM machines from Japan... Read more

Airport Code: CTS. Location: New Chitose Airport is located 52km (32 miles) south of Sapporo.   Money: Currency exchange services and ATMs are available in both terminals. Financial institutions... Read more

Travel by rail

Rail passes:

The Japan Rail Pass ( is the most economical way for international visitors to travel all over Japan by rail. It can be used on all Japan Railways services including selected shinkansen (bullet trains), except for some routes that require additional payment. There are passes for seven, 14 and 21 consecutive days. Passes are available online and at selected train stations and airports. The rail pass must be validated on the day you begin to use the pass.

Getting to Japan by boat

There are international ferry services to Japan from Russia, China, Taiwan and South Korea, although ticket prices may not be cheaper than air tickets.

Major port cities are Osaka (, Kobe (, Yokohama (, Shimonoseki (, Fukuoka ( and Naha.

Cruise ships:

There are cruises around the Japanese islands, including Tokyo. Some cruise ships stop in Japanese ports while en route to Shanghai or Hong Kong.

Ferry operators:

Japan is accessible by sea, with the main routes to Japan from China and Korea. Ferries operate weekly from Osaka and Kobe to Shanghai ( For South Korea, there's a route between Busan and Fukuoka (, Busan and Hakata (, and Busan and Shimonoseki (

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