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Old 04.03.2019, 09:15
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Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

Good morning everyone,

As per title, I'm happy to hear your tips about cheap flight to Tokyo, tips for accommodation and Tokyo in general.

Flight from Zurich, Basel... Will be traveling with my wife. I'm not your 5 star traveler. Usually happy with normal 2-3 star clean places. As we discover city from morning till late night, we need clean place to sleep.

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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

https://www.superhoteljapan.com/en/


I found this chain of budget hotels to be good and not too expensive.
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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

Many moons ago I went to Japan and stayed in lovely ryokans which I found to be very traditional and, when you choose the smaller ones, also very personal. Many of the ones we stayed in only had a few rooms, and included baths, gowns, special slippers and towels.

Here's a site with many of them listed. I think this is what you might be looking for!

http://www.ryokan.or.jp/english/
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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

Join jacksflightclub!! The flights depart from the UK but itís so worth it for the money you save. I got a flight to Tokyo from London for 250chf. Basically, this guy has set up a service to find error fares and loopholes in the booking system (you can get the emails for free but you can pay a membership for a year which is like 25chf or something to receive more emails) . All totally legal and the fault of the airline (they will almost always honour an errorfare). We went during Summer (Iíve received plenty of other emails for flights to Tokyo all throughout year) but it was very humid. Around 33 no sun throughout. Iíd recommend going any time except Summer haha.
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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

@Rayne Rayne & @swissmaid7
Who did you flight with and from where?
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Who did you flight with and from where?
I was living in Asia when I went, and it was about 20 years ago now anyway.
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Booked with ANA, flight from Zurich, the flight was operated by Swiss. It was direct, I think there are cheaper options.

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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

Some friends, who will come to visit me on a budget this summer, found a flight with Aeroflot via Moscow. Not my personal recommendation, but if these cheapskates booked that flight, it might be worth a look
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Some friends, who will come to visit me on a budget this summer, found a flight with Aeroflot via Moscow. Not my personal recommendation, but if these cheapskates booked that flight, it might be worth a look

Aeroflot are very good now, you need to change your pre-judgments.....
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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

Sign up for the ANA newsletter, they have sales from time to time which helps and have code share flights with Swiss from Zurich.

Tokyo is huge but with no obvious central location where everything radiates out from, yes there's a centre point to measure from but it's not like London or Paris where you might stay right in the middle and have lots on your doorstep. So you'll probably use the subway a lot, it's easy if you plan your journeys from an English-speaking map/app and if you get a prepaid card like a Suica or Pasmo when you arrive (easy, guides online explain how). So there's no one place to stay, you'll likely be travelling and with this in mind you can avoid the business district around the Imperial palace.

You can stay in a hotel with western comforts but you can also go local/traditional in guesthouse with tatami mats and futons to sleep on like swissmaid7 says. But ryokan (upmarket inns where they serve dinner and breakfast) are often expensive, you can find cheaper options.

Think about when you go, March is cherry blossom season, April and May can be nice. It can be very humid in summer. Late August/early September is peak typhoon season but if one happens it's torrential for a day but clear after, it's not like the Indian monsoon that lasts for days on end. October is usually warm.

https://tokyocheapo.com/ is a website... for cheapos in Tokyo.

Japan has geared up a lot for tourists, you can walk into a backstreet noodle bar and they'll often whip out an English menu. But despite the claims not many people speak great English so a final tip is to learn a few phrases for politeness, your hello, thank-you, goodbye, yes, no, the bill please etc, it can go a long way.
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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

Thank you for your time to write me such a nice letter.
I plan to be there 1st March.
I would like to run Tokyo Marathon and spend another week in Tokyo.
I tried to book plane tickets today but is still early and airlines do not give the option to book just yet.
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Aeroflot are very good now, you need to change your pre-judgments.....
I didn't mean it that way. I meant that I didn't research it myself price-wise and, therefore, cannot give a recommendation. I'd absolutely fly with Aeroflot, why not.
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I tried to book plane tickets today but is still early and airlines do not give the option to book just yet.
Flights are loaded onto the GDS booking systems at the end of March and end of September, so keep looking every day this month to try and get a bargain when they're loaded for 2020. This usually happens during the last weekend of the month, but seeing as that would be 30. & 31., they might be loaded on the weekend of 23. & 24. Currently, I can only see up to 5. March 2020.

I've never been to Japan, but I did learn one tip from my clients who regularly flew there. One of my client companies secured a preferential fare with Finn Air. Initially, there was a lot of resistance to booking this route from their employees, as they preferred to fly with Singapore, etc, but once they'd tried the route, they always requested it. The advantages are, shorter flight time as the route goes over the northern hempisphere rather over the ME, and Helsinki airport is relatively small, managable and quiet, with a very short minimum connection time (I think it's still 35mins).

It's totally up to you which airline you book, but I'm just saying don't rule FinnAir out if it comes up as one of the cheaper fares.
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Flights are loaded onto the GDS booking systems at the end of March and end of September, so keep looking every day this month to try and get a bargain when they're loaded for 2020. This usually happens during the last weekend of the month, but seeing as that would be 30. & 31., they might be loaded on the weekend of 23. & 24. Currently, I can only see up to 5. March 2020.

I've never been to Japan, but I did learn one tip from my clients who regularly flew there. One of my client companies secured a preferential fare with Finn Air. Initially, there was a lot of resistance to booking this route from their employees, as they preferred to fly with Singapore, etc, but once they'd tried the route, they always requested it. The advantages are, shorter flight time as the route goes over the northern hempisphere rather over the ME, and Helsinki airport is relatively small, managable and quiet, with a very short minimum connection time (I think it's still 35mins)
It's totally up to you which airline you book, but I'm just saying don't rule FinnAir out if it comes up as one of the cheaper fares.
Thank you for the message BlueAngel! Much appreciated.
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Re: Tokyo, tips for cheap flight and accommodation.

The Shinjuku area has many relatively cheap business hotels on the West side near the Metropolitan Government Office and it is very central and convenient.
If you go to the the East side, you can find even cheaper accomodations as you get close to Kabukicho, broadly speaking the Tokyo version of Langstrasse. It's still quite safe, but there you can score bargain hotel prices. Also, many excellent places to eat.
I can personally recommend Tokyu Stay or the Granbell hotel in Kabukicho or the Nishitetsu Inn in Shinjuku West.
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