When is the Best Time to Get Cheap Flights to Japan in 2024?

Planning a trip to Japan can be exciting! But plane tickets can be expensive. When should you buy tickets to get the best deals? We looked at data from a recent report by Expedia to find the best tips.

Book Early

The report found that booking plane tickets early can save you money. For domestic flights, buy tickets 28 days before your trip. You can save up to 24% compared to waiting until the last minute to buy.

For international flights, it’s best to buy tickets 60 days before your trip. But don’t buy more than 4 months early. Buying too early means you might miss out on price drops later. Buying 60 days out saves about 10% on average.

Book on Sundays

Sunday is the cheapest day of the week to buy plane tickets. Tickets bought on Sundays are about 6% cheaper for domestic flights. For international flights, Sundays can save up to 13%.

Fridays are the most expensive day to buy. Try to avoid buying on Fridays if you can.

Fly Early

Flights before 3pm have a lower chance of delays or cancellations. Flights after 3pm have a 50% higher chance of being canceled. So try to book a morning or midday flight. This will lower your stress on travel day.

Use Price Tracking

It’s hard to know when prices will go up or down. Use price tracking tools to get notices when prices change. Google Flights has a price tracking tool. It uses special data to tell you the best time to buy.

Bundle Your Trip

Look for package deals when you book your Japan trip. Bundle your flight, hotel, rental car, and activities. Packages can save you hundreds of dollars compared to booking separately.

When to Visit Japan

Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit Japan. April-May during cherry blossom season is beautiful but crowded. September-November has mild weather good for sightseeing.

Summer is hot and humid. Winter is cold with some snow. You can find cheaper flights and hotels during these off-peak seasons. But be ready for extreme weather.

Airline seats to Japan will be limited around Japanese holidays like Golden Week in late April. Prices will be higher too. Avoid traveling at these peak times if you can.

How Much Do Flights to Japan Cost?

In 2022, average ticket prices from the U.S. to Japan were:

  • $980 for economy class
  • $2,210 for premium economy
  • $5,370 for business class

Flight prices in 2023 have been about 3% lower on average so far. Experts think prices will stay about the same for 2024.

Which U.S. Cities Fly Direct to Japan?

Nonstop flights are available from many major U.S. airports:

  • Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C.

Connecting flights are available from most U.S. cities. The shortest routes connect through western cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The best deal you’ll find is likely from budget airlines like Zipair. It’s hard to beat their lay flat business class deals.

We hope these tips help you find cheap flights to Japan! Let us know if you have any other questions.

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