*see UPDATE below* One more interesting solution with Air China this time to the “Land of the rising sun”. Again if you want to book the cheapest tickets available you have to look for an open-jaw flights when departing from Stockholm, Oslo or Paris. You can fly to various cities in Japan such as Tokyo, Nagoya or Fukuoka. Return flight has to be back to Germany or London. The cheapest flights to Japan are already available for £345/€435..
*UPDATE* – Air China greatly decreased their offer to Japan. They now offer very attractive fares when departing from Spain and returning back to Germany or London. The cheapest flights to Tokyo are now available for €363 (when returning to Germany). Booking double open-jaw flights (flying to Tokyo and returning from Fukuoka back to UK) are now available for £307. Below are just the booking samples of currently the cheapest routes but you can surely combine your flights to other cities in Japan such as Nagoya. Look for flights till 17th of December and from 26th of December 2014 till 31st of June 2015
Before you book – flights ex Barcelona are just slightly cheaper than flights ex Madrid however with one additional layover in Austria or Germany. For still attractive fare you may also consider to depart from Paris or Stockholm. (especially for flights till March 2015).
Accommodation – compare cheap hotels in Tokyo
Try to look for following travel dates
Outbound flights to Japan on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday
Date of your return flight back to Germany or London can be almost any day.
Promotional deal of Air China allows to book these flights in travel period till 17th of December and from 26th of December 2014 till 31st of March 2015. (Based on date of your outbound flight). Booking is valid for tickets purchased till end of October or until sold out. If you decide to stay in Beijing up to 72h you can get free transit visa upon arrival in China.. Again you have great option to book multi-stop in Beijing for reasonable surcharge and have opportunity to visit two different culture during your trip to Asia. We are adding booking samples below.
If interested in this Air China promotion to Asia you may also consider to visit Thailand during main season already for €401 or Taiwan from €364. Again you have an option to book stop-over in China for either same or slightly higher fare..
Accommodation – In general Japan is not really a budget destination however you can still find some relatively cheap accommodation. Here is a sample of double room in Tokyo currently available for £24 per night.
Connection within Europe – All above mentioned European cities are well connected by many low-cost airlines. We recommend to use service of Skyscanner to quickly find out which low-cost airline is connected from your hometown.
Booking sample of cheap flights to Japan from Europe for €363. In this case you would be flying from Barcelona to Tokyo on 2nd of March. Your return flight from Japan to Frankfurt would be on 16th of March 2015.