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Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015
JAL (Japan Airlines) launched their new discounted domestic flight fare for overseas travellers – meaning it’s time to break free of the traditional tourist routes and check out unexplored Japan for just 10,800 yen (£58)!
This new “Japan Explorer Pass” is a way for tourists to explore Japan’s vast and diverse regions – from tropical Okinawa in the south, right up to the snowy streets of Hokkaido in the north, and offers them the chance to see something beyond the traditional tourist routes. Japan has 47 prefectures in total, each with their own mascot, regional foods and treasured cultural sights which showcase the area, and add something special to any Japan-bound holiday.
This new fare can be used to fly to over 30 cities in JAL’s extended domestic network. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
1. Cannot be a resident in Japan
2. Non-Japanese passport holders only
3. Must have proof of return flights to home/other country
4. Reservation and purchase must be completed through JAL’s website
If you’re thinking of city-hopping during your stay in Japan, JAL’s Explore Pass is the cheapest way to get around. Take a look at the example price list below:
Number of Flight Sector(s) Fare (Japan Consumption Tax Included)
One Tokyo → Sapporo JPY 10,800
Two Tokyo → Osaka → Fukuoka JPY 21,600
Three Tokyo → Osaka → Fukuoka → Naha JPY 32,400
Four Tokyo → Osaka → Fukuoka → Naha → Ishigaki JPY 43,200
Five Tokyo → Osaka → Fukuoka → Naha → Ishigaki → Tokyo JPY 54,000
*Fare is valid for Economy Class travel only. (Class J, First Class may be purchased at the time of check-in on a standby basis.)
Where to go in Japan?
Depending on the time of year, Japan offers a kaleidoscope of changing scenery. In winter, you might want to take advantage of these favourable flight prices to fly to New Chitose airport in Sapporo, Hokkaido, from which you can visit the popular ski resorts of Niseko and Furano. Or if you’re travelling in November, take a flight down to Fukuoka to see the Kyushu Sumo Basho take place as the majestic wrestlers throw salt and stamp around proudly to an onslaught of cheering fans. Diving or beach fans will enjoy a trip to Okinawa – particularly during the colder spring months where the subtropical climate, clear waters and laid-back atmosphere bring to life a whole different side of Japan. Alternatively, take a trip off the beaten bath and visit Kagoshima in autumn to see Sakurajima – an active volcano, or take a ferry ride across to Yakushima – a designated UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its forests and flora. In the summer, head down to Osaka for some street food feasting, or to see the wild Kishiwada Danjiri festival in action – as locals run around the city with enormous floats, hurtling around corners at terrifying speeds!