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Flights to Tokyo, Japan

Flights to Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is a metropolis that has a unique mix of old Japanese tradition with high-tech modernity. The city is said to be the most populous metropolis in the world. It has more residents than the combined population in the next three largest cities of Japan. Despite the crowd, Tokyo remains a welcoming and courteous city to visit. Tokyo is known for many things from its food culture to its famous ‘sakura' or cherry blossom season and its historic temples and cultural sites.

Two main airports serve the city of Tokyo:

  • Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) – Also known as Narita International Airport and formerly as New Tokyo International Airport, it is located approximately 60 kilometres from the city centre of Tokyo. A taxi ride from the airport to Tokyo Station can take about 45 minutes of travel time and cost JPY27,000-32,000 (MYR1,000-1,300). A cheaper alternative would be to take the Tokyo Shuttle which will take about an hour and 5 minutes of travel time and cost JPY1,000 (MYR39). Many full-service airlines operate out of the Narita Airport such as Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines and ANA (All Nippon Airways). Low-cost airlines such as Cebu Pacific and Jin Air also have connecting flights to Tokyo Narita.
  • Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) – Also known as Tokyo International Airport but more commonly known as just Haneda Airport, it is located about 14 kilometres from the city centre. A taxi to Tokyo Station from the airport would cost between JPY6,500-8,500 (MYR260-310). A cheaper way to get to the city would be to take the train for JPY300-500 (MYR13-20) which would take around 32 minutes of travel time. Full scheduled airlines operating from this airport include Singapore Airlines, Asiana Airlines and Philippine Airlines while a few low-cost airlines such as AirAsia and Spring Airlines also have flights to and from Haneda Airport.

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Best Time to Visit Tokyo

The best time to visit Tokyo would be between September to November. This period is Tokyo's autumn season where visitors can witness the colourful fall foliage in great weather. Temperatures during the fall season average between 15-21 degrees Celsius during daylight hours but may drop at night time and as November comes along. Some key events happening in Tokyo in autumn include the Tokyo International Film Festival in October and the Seven-Five-Three Festival in November.

Winter season, from December to February, in Tokyo is a low season for travel. However, don’t expect cheaper room rates as Tokyo’s accommodation rates tend to stay pricey throughout the year. Average temperatures during winter fall between 4-10 degrees Celsius and can go below freezing at night. Avoid visiting Tokyo in the New Year period as room rates can get exorbitant and many museums and tourist spots will be closed for a period.

Spring comes to Tokyo from March to May with temperatures averaging back to 15-21 degrees Celsius. As spring comes, the vibrant colours of the city’s parks and greeneries blossom as well as the ever popular Japanese cherry blossoms. Together with the Golden Week, which is a term used for the four national holidays happening in a span of 7 days, this makes spring season a peak travel period for Tokyo.

Tokyo in the summer months of June to August can get hot with an average temperature of 20-27 degrees Celsius. This season is also peak travel period which can bring crowds of tourists to the city. But if you can brave the heat and crowds and choose to visit in summer, don't miss some of the key summer events such as the Sumida River Fireworks in July and the Asakusa Samba Festival in August.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tokyo has plenty to offer any traveller whether they be interested in history, culture or nature. Here are a few of the more popular tourist destinations in Tokyo:

  • Meiji Shrine – This shrine was built to commemorate to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Located in Shibuya, in a beautiful forest covered by evergreen, it also features a treasure museum as well as a picture gallery.
  • Tsukiji Fish Market – Known as the largest and busiest fish market in the world, it has become a favourite tourist spot in Tokyo. Visit the market at dawn to witness live tuna auctions. It should be noted that public access to the market is limited and in some days may be closed to the public.
  • Harajuku – A famous Tokyo neighbourhood popular for being the “kawaii” capital. It is the epicentre of teen fashion where you may see girls and boys dressed in unorthodox and kitschy styles.

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