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Student flights from the USA to Tokyo

The dazzling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan's capital city, is a bucket list destination in its own right, and our special discounts and deals will ensure you can fly there from the US for less. Whether you’re visiting for the futuristic skyscrapers, the world-famous cherry blossoms or the weird and wonderful fashion districts, this is a city experience you will never, ever forget. Curious about some of the best things to do in Tokyo? Don’t miss the Tokyo Skytree, an enormous observation tower from which you can get your bearings on the city, the temple of Senso-ji, the Imperial Palace and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. And don’t miss Harajuku, the district famed for its awesome street art and super-quirky youth fashion shops.

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What are the main Tokyo airport hubs?

Tokyo has two major international airports—Haneda and Narita. Most flights from the US land in Narita, but if you’re on a connecting flight, you might land in Haneda.

Narita International Airport / NRT: Narita International Airport is further away from the city than Haneda, but is served more frequently by international airlines. It’s located around 40 miles from the centre of the city. Taking public transportation is the easiest way to get into the city—you can opt for the Keisei Skyliner or the JR Narita Express Train (NEX). The train also takes about an hour and costs about $30. A taxi is also an option, although it’s a bit more expensive and still takes around an hour.

Haneda Airport / HND: Haneda Airport, aka Tokyo International Airport, is located around 16 miles from Tokyo’s city centre and at the time of writing is the world’s fourth busiest airport by passenger numbers. You have a number of options when it comes to getting from the airport to downtown, with the most straightforward (but not the cheapest) being a taxi ride, which will take around half an hour. Alternatively, you can take the Tokyo monorail, which operates from 5am to midnight daily.

How to fly from the USA to Tokyo

You have a variety of options when it comes to flying to Tokyo from the US, including both direct and connecting flights, regardless of whether you’re flying from the East Coast or the West Coast. A direct flight will obviously get you there in the quickest time, but might not always be the best-priced. You can fly direct from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Honolulu.

American Airlines, United Airlines, Japan Airlines and ANA all offer nonstop and connecting flights to Japan from the US, but there’s plenty more airlines to choose from as well.

Cheap flights to Tokyo
from Los Angeles / LAX

Average flight duration

12 hours

Number of daily flights

About 14 (nonstop) flights daily

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from New York / JFK

Average flight duration

13 hours, 45 minutes

Number of daily flights

About 16 (nonstop) flights daily

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from San Francisco / SFO

Average flight duration

11 hours

Number of daily flights

about 5 (nonstop) flights daily

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from Chicago / ORD

Average flight duration

13.5 hours

Number of daily flights

about 9 (nonstop) flights daily

When is the best time to fly to Tokyo?

Japan is a year-round destination, with no extreme weather on either side of its seasons. January tends to be the coldest month, with average lows of around 35°F and some snowy days. While this might not make for good picnic weather, it is perfect for skiing and Japan has some awesome slopes. One of the best times to visit is in April, when the world-famous cherry blossoms saturate the city’s parks in pinks and reds. Tokyo is also particularly beautiful in the fall, and you’ll experience fewer crowds then as well.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the USA to Tokyo?

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Why do students love visiting Tokyo?

Tokyo is really popular with students and young travelers, because of it’s incredible (but quite different from home!) culture, food and diverse things to see and do. Japan is an incredibly safe country to explore, with very low crime rates and beautiful cities and scenery. Plus, English translations on signs are common in touristy areas (including that all-important public transport), making it easy to get around even if you’re familiar with Japanese.

tokyo universities and campuses

Tokyo universities and campuses

Tokyo has two major universities that offer fantastic placements for international students. The University of Tokyo is the most well-known and has a variety of programs taught in English, with subjects ranging from biochemical engineering to urban planning. Another good option is Sophia University, which similarly to the above has several English-language courses, including engineering, science and linguistics. Your home university may already have study abroad or exchange programs in Tokyo available, so check in with your school’s study abroad office first to see what may be offered.

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Tokyo lifestyle and culture

Tokyo has an incredibly energetic and robust culture that is completely different from what you’ll be used to from the US! Fashion and food are both big parts of life in Tokyo. While the city itself might appear chaotic at first glance, this is an illusion: the reality is that it’s possibly the most well-ordered metropolis anywhere in the world, with impeccably timed public transport and litter is almost unheard of. Districts like Harajuku show a dazzlingly quirky side to the city and are definitely worth a wander. Locals in Tokyo are well used to foreign visitors, and you’ll quickly find they are incredibly polite and courteous.

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Exploring Tokyo on a student budget

While Tokyo might not be the cheapest city in Asia, it’s a myth that it's unaffordable for young travelers and students. For a start, there are tons of free attractions, including the public parks (which cover almost half the city’s surface area) and of course the iconic cherry blossoms. Student discounts can also be snagged on major attractions like the Tokyo Skytree. The delicious street food can also help you taste the local culture without spending a fortune at fancy restaurants. Super clean (and safe!) hostels or futuristic capsule hotels will help you save on accommodations too.

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