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Updated: August 27, 2020
If you are looking for a trip outside the capital, consider flying with one of Japan’s domestic airlines. There are a number of low cost carriers that can take you to any of Japan’s destinations.
The shinkansen is a quick and comfortable option for traveling around the country, but it is at the higher end of the price spectrum. The vast network of local trains and buses will generally take you anywhere, but what you make up for in cheaper travel costs, you lose in time. Think about using domestic air travel if you are planning a longer trip outside of Tokyo.
Skymark, Air Do, Jetstar , and Peach are some of the low-cost carriers operating out of Tokyo’s airports. Fly to Hokkaido in the north, down to Okinawa in the south, and everywhere else in between, at competitive rates and generally between one and three hours.
These lower prices are not just limited to the small carriers. The major airlines of JAL and ANA also offer a discount price for domestic routes for its passengers from outside Japan. Research ANA’s Discover JAPAN Fare.
In fact, you can still board a plane and technically stay within Tokyo itself, with a visit to one of the Tokyo islands. Access the small islands of Oshima and Niijima by propeller plane from the small Chofu Airport in Western Tokyo, with a flight time of around two hours. From these hub islands, you can explore the surrounding seven islands.