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Travel to Japan

Flying to Japan

Japan Airlines (www.jal.co.jp/en), All Nippon Airways (www.ana.co.jp/eng) and Jetstar Japan (www.jetstar.com/jp/en) offer international flights to Japan.

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

Airport Guides

Osaka Kansai International Airport

Code

KIX

Location

Osaka Kansai International Airport is located 50km (31 miles) southwest of Osaka.

Telephone

+81 72 455 2500.

AddressIzumisano
1 Senshukukokita
Izumisano-shi

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Tokyo Narita International Airport

Code

NRT

Location

Tokyo Narita International Airport is located 65km (40 miles) east of Tokyo.

Telephone

+81 4 7634 8000

AddressChiba Prefecture 282 0004
1-1 Furugome, Narita
Tokyo

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Chubu Centrair International Airport (Central Japan International Airport)

Code

NGO

Location

Chubu Centrair International Airport is located on Ise Bay, a man-made island around 50km (31 miles) south of Nagoya.

Telephone

+81 569 381 195

AddressTokoname
1 Chome-1 Centrair
Aichi Prefecture

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Fukuoka Airport

Code

FUK

Location

Fukuoka Airport is located approximately 6km (3.7 miles) from Fukuoka city centre, Japan.

Telephone

+81 92 621 6059

AddressHakata Ward
778-1 Shimousui
Fukuoka

Tokyo Haneda Airport

Code

HND

Location

Tokyo Haneda Airport is located around 18km (11 miles) south of central Tokyo.

Telephone

+81 3 5757 8111.

AddressOta
3-2 Haneda-Kuko, 3-Chome
Tokyo 144

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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.

Travelling to Japan by Rail

Rail passes

The Japan Rail Pass (www.japanrailpass.net) 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 the shinkansen (bullet train), except for some routes that require additional payment. For more information, visit japanrailpass.net. 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.

Driving to Japan

Getting to Japan by boat

There are international ferry services to Japan from Russia, China, Taiwan and South Korea. Ticket prices are generally not cheaper than air tickets. The advantage of arriving in Japan by sea would be the chance to view some spectacular scenery.

Major port cities are Osaka (www.osakaport.co.jp), Kobe (www.kobe-meriken.or.jp), Yokohama (www.yokohamaport.org/portal), Shimonoseki (www.shimonoseki-port.com), Fukuoka (port-of-hakata.city.fukuoka.lg.jp) and Naha.

Cruise ships

There are cruises around the Japanese islands, including Tokyo, en route to Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Ferry operators

Japan is accessible by sea, and passenger ships include the major ports on their schedules, with the main routes to Japan from China and Korea. Ferries operate weekly from Osaka and Kobe to Shanghai (www.shinganjin.com). For South Korea, there's a route between Busan and Fukuoka (www.jrbeetle.co.jp), Busan and Hakata (www.camellia-line.co.jp), and Busan and Shimonoseki (www.kampuferry.co.jp).

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