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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)
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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)
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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
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Skymark has one of the most extensive route networks among the discount airlines in Japan. 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.

Peach Aviation
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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, Tokyo's Narita Airport and Okinawa's Naha Airport and operates several domestic and 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.

Vanilla Air
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Vanilla Air operates a small number of domestic and international routes mainly out of Tokyo's Narita Airport. It will be incorporated into Peach Aviation (see above) gradually during 2019 and cease to operate flights on October 27, 2019. Vanilla Air's luggage policy is strict (the free 20 kg luggage limit advertised on their website applies only to travelers selecting the most expensive fare option), and services are limited, although paid drinks and snacks are available on board. Beware of hidden fees.

Jetstar Japan
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Jetstar Japan operates the largest domestic network among low-cost carriers. From Tokyo's Narita Airport, Osaka's Kansai Airport and Nagoya's Central Japan Airport it serves many domestic destinations and a small number of international destinations. Jetstar's luggage policy is strict, and services are limited, although paid drinks and snacks are available on board. Beware of hidden fees.

Spring Airlines Japan
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Spring Airlines Japan connects Narita Airport with Hiroshima, Sapporo, Saga and several cities in China.

Air Asia Japan
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Air Asia re-launched its Japanese low-cost carrier in October 2017 with its hub at Nagoya's Central Japan Airport. It currently operates a single domestic route between Nagoya and Sapporo. Air Asia's luggage policy is strict and services are limited, although paid drinks and snacks are available on board. Beware of hidden fees.

Air Do
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Air Do operates inexpensive flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to various destinations in Hokkaido, and from Sapporo to Osaka and multiple secondary airports across Honshu. A relatively generous baggage allowance and a certain service level are maintained, including complementary drinks.

Starflyer
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Starflyer offers inexpensive flights on its route network centered around Kitakyushu and nearby Fukuoka and Yamaguchi. 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
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Solaseed Air (formerly known as Skynet Asia Airways) operates inexpensive flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport to various cities on Kyushu, and from these Kyushu airports, as well as from Nagoya and Kobe, to Okinawa. A relatively generous baggage allowance and a certain service level are maintained, including complementary drinks.

Fuji Dream Airlines
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Fuji Dream Airlines started operation with the opening of Shizuoka Airport in 2009. Besides Shizuoka Airport, the airline also serves a number of other airports across the country including Matsumoto and Nagoya.

IBEX Airlines
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IBEX Airlines operates a small Sendai-based network of domestic routes. They also serve some routes from Tokyo's Narita Airport, Osaka's Itami Airport and Nagoya's Central Japan 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 and an increasing number of international flights. Tokyo's Narita Airport handles mostly international flights and an increasing 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 a busy 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 low-cost carriers and 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 tables below:

Airfares from Tokyo to Sapporo over the next 30 days
Airline Lowest fare Average lowest fare
JAL 12,560 yen 23,300 yen
ANA 12,560 yen 22,800 yen
Skymark 9,160 yen 11,300 yen
Air Do 13,060 yen 16,000 yen
Peach 7,150 yen 10,000 yen
Vanilla 10,630 yen 12,600 yen
Jetstar 7,690 yen 11,000 yen
Spring 5,130 yen 8,900 yen

Airfares from Tokyo to Fukuoka over the next 30 days
Airline Lowest fare Average lowest fare
JAL 12,390 yen 25,000 yen
ANA 12,390 yen 25,200 yen
Skymark 8,890 yen 13,100 yen
Starflyer 12,990 yen 16,900 yen
Peach 5,880 yen 10,100 yen
Jetstar 6,420 yen 9,700 yen

Airfares from Tokyo to Osaka over the next 30 days
Airline Lowest fare Average lowest fare
JAL 9,750 yen 11,600 yen
ANA 9,020 yen 11,600 yen
Starflyer 9,920 yen 12,400 yen
Peach 7,240 yen 9,500 yen
Jetstar 6,450 yen 9,700 yen

Airfares from Tokyo to Okinawa over the next 30 days
Airline Lowest fare Average lowest fare
JAL 13,110 yen 24,200 yen
ANA 11,810 yen 23,900 yen
Skymark 9,910 yen 14,900 yen
Peach 10,000 yen 13,500 yen
Jetstar 8,040 yen 12,400 yen