Getting There & Around
Most visitors to Tokyo arrive by air, at Narita
International Airport 66km (40 miles) outside Tokyo in Narita.
Since the flying time to Tokyo is about 12 hours
from Los Angeles and 13 1/2 hours from Chicago or New York,
want to consider
on-board services and even mileage programs (you'll earn
lots of miles on this round-trip) as well as ticket price when
your carrier. Airlines flying to Tokyo from North America,
England, Australia, and New Zealand include:
(tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) offers flights from
Vancouver to Tokyo daily.
Air New Zealand
(tel. 0800/737-000 in New Zealand, or 800/262-1234 in the
U.S.; www.airnewzealand.com) flies from Auckland to Tokyo.
(tel. 800/235-9262; www.fly-ana.com) is Japan's largest
domestic carrier. It offers daily nonstop service from
New York, Washington,
D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco to Tokyo. It also
flies from London and Sydney to Tokyo. ANA has a code-share
with United Airlines (meaning that both airlines can
sell each other's tickets; you can also earn United
with ANA). ANA passengers can also receive discounts
ANA hotels in Japan with free baggage transfers. Another
perk is that
passengers flying round-trip from Canada or the United
States can receive complimentary domestic-use cellphone
up to 2 weeks, with passengers paying only the calling
charges; you can reserve phones online and pick them
up at Narita
Airport upon your arrival.
(tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) offers flights daily
from Dallas and Chicago to Tokyo and code-shares
(tel. 0870 850 9850 in Britain; www.ba.com) flies
from London to Tokyo.
(tel. 800/523-3273; www.continental.com) offers
flights daily from Newark and Houston to Tokyo.
(tel. 800/241-4141; www.delta.com) offers daily
flights from Atlanta to Tokyo.
(tel. 800/525-3663; www.japanair.com), Japan's
flagship carrier, offers more international
flights to Japan
than any other
carrier and is noted for its excellent service.
JAL flies to Tokyo
from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los
Angeles, Las Vegas, and
Vancouver. It also connects Japan with England,
New Zealand, and Australia.
(tel. 800/447-4747; www.nwa.com), operating
across the Pacific for more than 50 years
more nonstop service between North America
and Japan than any other American carrier.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit,
New York, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Honolulu.
also offer connecting
service to 10 cities in Asia, making it
easy to coordinate onward travel plans to, say,
The airline's stellar
service has even attracted the hard-to-please
Japanese, who regularly fly Northwest.
(tel. 800/227-4500, or 13-13-13 in Australia;
www.qantas.com) flies from Sydney, Melbourne,
and Brisbane to Tokyo.
(tel. 800/538-2929; www.united.com) has
daily flights from San Francisco, Los
Angeles, Seattle, Chicago,
and New York
It code-shares with ANA.
Because the flight to Tokyo is such
a long one, you may wish to splurge
talking about a serious splurge:
Japan Airlines' round-trip first-class fare
from New York
to Tokyo averages about
$14,180, plus tax,
while business class will cost
about $7,694. Even full-fare economy-class
but I doubt
many people end up paying
Japan Airlines' lowest
economy fares average $840, but you can
by buying an APEX
ticket. It's usually loaded with
restrictions and is based on
the seasons. There
are three fare seasons:
(summer) is the most expensive,
basic season (winter) is the
and shoulder season is between
the other two in time and in
price. During all three seasons, APEX
a little higher
on weekends. Japan Airlines'
APEX fare in October 2003, requiring
advance purchase and with minimum-
and maximum-stay restrictions,
was $660 for
between New York and Tokyo
a weekday during the shoulder