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Domestic Air Travel

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This page is about domestic air travel in Japan. Please check also our pages about discount air tickets and international air travel to Japan.

Airlines

Domestic air travel is dominated by the JAL Group and the ANA Group, which each consist of several airlines and serve over fifty airports across the country. In addition, there are several smaller airline companies competing with JAL and ANA on the country's most popular routes.

JAL Group (Japan Airlines)
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: available
The JAL Group consists of JAL Domestic and JAL International, as well as of several smaller airlines including Japan Transocean Air, Ryukyu Air Commuter and others. The JAL Group serves over 50 airports and over 100 domestic routes in Japan. Complementary drinks are served, and a relatively generous baggage allowance is maintained.

ANA Group (All Nippon Airways)
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: available
The ANA Group consists of All Nippon Airways, as well as several smaller airlines such as Air Nippon. The ANA Group serves about 50 airports and 100 domestic routes in Japan. Paid drinks and snacks are available on board, and a relatively generous baggage allowance is maintained.

Skymark Airlines
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: available
Skymark has the most extensive route network among the discount airlines in Japan, and is still rapidly expanding. It operates inexpensive flights from its main bases in Tokyo-Haneda and Kobe to destinations nationwide. The airline maintains a certain level of services at the airport as well as a quite moderate luggage policy, but reduces its on-board service to a minimum. It offers an easy-to-use English website.

Peach Aviation
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: available
Peach started operation in spring 2012 as Japan's first genuine low cost carrier, introducing fare levels not seen in Japan before. The airline is based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and Okinawa's Naha Airport and operates on several domestic routes and a few international routes to nearby Asian destinations. It maintains a strict luggage policy and keeps services to a bare minimum, although paid drinks and snacks are available on board. Beware of hidden fees.

Jetstar Japan
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: available
Operating since summer 2012, Jetstar Japan flies from Tokyo's Narita Airport, Osaka's Kansai Airport and Nagoya's Central Japan Airport to several domestic destinations. International routes to nearby Asian destinations are also planned. Jetstar's luggage policy is strict, and services are limited, although paid drinks and snacks are available on board. Beware of hidden fees.

Vanilla Air
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: available
Vanilla Air is the successor of the failed Air Asia Japan venture. It started operation in December 2013 on a small number of domestic and international routes out of Tokyo's Narita Airport. Vanilla Air's luggage policies are quite moderate compared to the other low-cost carriers.

Spring Airlines Japan
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: not available
Spring Airlines Japan started operation in August 2014 from Narita Airport to Takamatsu, Hiroshima and Saga.

Air Do
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: not available
Air Do operates inexpensive flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to various destinations in Hokkaido, and from Sapporo to multiple secondary airports across Honshu. A relatively generous baggage allowance and a certain service level are maintained, including complementary drinks.

Starflyer
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: not available
Starflyer offers inexpensive flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, Yamaguchi and Osaka's Kansai Airport. It also flies between Nagoya and Fukuoka. Starflyer offers not only inexpensive fares, but also a comfort level that exceeds that of conventional airlines by offering spacious seats, complementary drinks and a video system for every passenger. A relatively generous baggage allowance is maintained.

Solaseed Air (formerly known as Skynet Asia Airways)
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: not available
Solaseed Air operates inexpensive flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to various cities on Kyushu, and from these Kyushu airports to Okinawa. A relatively generous baggage allowance and a certain service level are maintained, including complementary drinks.

Fuji Dream Airlines
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: not available
Fuji Dream Airlines started operation with the opening of Shizuoka Airport in 2009. Besides Shizuoka Airport, the airline also flies out of Matsumoto and Nagoya.

IBEX Airlines
Network:    Fares:    Service/Luggage:    English Online Reservations: not available
IBEX Airlines, formerly known as Fair Inc, operates a small Sendai based network of domestic routes. They also serve some routes from Tokyo's Narita Airport and Osaka's Itami Airport. A relatively generous baggage allowance is maintained.

Airports

Tokyo's Haneda Airport is by far Japan's busiest airport, handling most of the capital's domestic flights. Tokyo's Narita Airport handles mostly international flights and only a small number of domestic flights.

Osaka's Kansai Airport serves both, international and domestic flights. It took over a large share of traffic (mainly international) formerly handled by Osaka's second airport, Itami Airport. Nevertheless, Itami Airport remains Japan's second busiest hub for domestic air traffic.

Other major airports in Japan include Nagoya's Central Japan Airport, Sapporo's Shin-Chitose Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Kobe Airport, Kagoshima Airport and Okinawa's Naha Airport. A few other important airports are shown on the map below:

Airfare

Thanks to the deregulation of Japan's airline industry and increasing competition from discount airlines, domestic airfares have dropped dramatically in recent years, and airplanes have become an economical, sometimes cheaper alternative to the shinkansen (bullet train) on some routes.

While regular fares remain relatively expensive, it is the many discount offers, which have made domestic air travel in Japan more attractive. Among the discount offers are air passes for exlusive use by foreign tourists, which enable pass holders to use domestic flights at a fixed cost of slightly above 10,000 yen per flight.

Please visit the Discount Air Ticket page for more details.

Typical one way fares for selected routes are shown in the table below:

Route
Airline
Approx. Regular
One Way Fare
Typical Discounted
One Way Fare
Tokyo - Sapporo
JAL/ANA
Air Do
Skymark
Jetstar
34,000 yen
26,000 yen
18,000 yen
-
11,000 - 24,000 yen
10,000 - 12,000 yen
9,000 - 18,000 yen
5,000 - 8,000 yen
Tokyo - Fukuoka
JAL/ANA
Starflyer
Skymark
Jetstar
37,000 yen
33,000 yen
18,000 yen
-
11,000 - 28,000 yen
11,000 - 18,000 yen
10,000 - 16,000 yen
5,000 - 8,000 yen
Tokyo - Osaka/Kobe
JAL/ANA
Starflyer
Skymark
23,000 yen
21,000 yen
12,000 yen
9,000 - 12,000 yen
10,000 - 12,000 yen
10,000 yen
Tokyo - Okinawa
JAL/ANA
Skymark
Jetstar
41,000 yen
25,000 yen
-
15,000 - 36,000 yen
9,000 - 23,000 yen
6,000 - 10,000 yen
Osaka/Kobe - Sapporo
JAL/ANA
Skymark
Peach/Jetstar
41,000 yen
15,000 yen
-
10,000 - 34,000 yen
10,000 - 13,000 yen
5,000 - 7,000 yen
Osaka/Kobe - Okinawa
JAL/ANA
Skymark
Peach/Jetstar
35,000 yen
15,000 yen
-
10,000 - 30,000 yen
10,000 - 13,000 yen
5,000 - 8,000 yen

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English Links
JAL
Official English website.
ANA
Official English website.
Skymark Airlines
Official English website.
Peach Aviation
Official English website.
Jetstar Japan
Official website.
Vanilla Air
Official website.
Starflyer
Official English website.

Japanese Links
JAL
Official website.
ANA
Official website.
Skymark Airlines
Official website.
Peach Aviation
Official website.
Jetstar Japan
Official website.
Vanilla Air
Official website.
Spring Airline Japan
Official website.
Air Do
Official website.
Solaseed Air
Official website.
Starflyer
Official website.
Fuji Dream Airlines
Official website.
IBEX Airlines
Official website.

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