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Cheap flights to Tokyo

What's Tokyo like?

Historic and futuristic, bustling yet orderly, Tokyo is a dazzling city that could easily fill your Japan trip all on its own. Whether you're visiting for the cherry blossoms, otaku culture or quirky cafes and restaurants, Tokyo is less about tourist sites and more about the unique experiences you'll chance across every day.

Which airlines fly to Tokyo?

Air New Zealand has direct flights from Auckland to Tokyo Narita Airport every day, and to Tokyo Haneda Airport a few times a week.

Several airlines have 1-stop flights changing in Sydney, Hong Kong or Osaka, including Cathay Pacific, Emirates and Qantas.

How long is the flight to Tokyo?

Tokyo Haneda Airport

Auckland to Haneda

10 hours 50 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Haneda

13 hours 25 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Haneda

14 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Haneda

13 hours 10 minutes (1 stop)

Tokyo Narita Airport

Auckland to Narita

10 hours 50 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Narita

13 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)

Queenstown to Narita

13 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Narita

13 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit Tokyo?

Tokyo's climate is similar to Auckland's, with slightly warmer summers and slightly colder winters. The notable difference is that it's in the northern hemisphere, so the seasons are opposite.

How expensive is Tokyo?

Prices aren't much different in Tokyo to New Zealand, with a meal out costing the equivalent of around NZ$13 (1000 yen) and coffee NZ$5 (400 yen).

Arriving in Tokyo

Flights to Tokyo may use either of the city's 2 airports: Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) or Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT). Both airports are modern and well-equipped with facilities, the main difference being that Haneda Airport is much closer to Tokyo and transport into the city is cheaper.

From Haneda Airport, you can take the Tokyo Monorail (500 yen) or Keikyu line (410 yen) to reach Tokyo Station in the city centre in 20 minutes or less. Public buses and taxis take longer, with taxis costing as much as 22,000 yen.

From Narita Airport, the Keisei bus is the most affordable way to get to Tokyo. This costs 900 yen and takes 90 minutes. Other options are trains (1,440-3,000 yen) and taxis (30,000 yen).

Useful tips about Tokyo

Japan is a cash-based society, so most businesses won't accept credit cards. ATMs are most commonly found in 7-Eleven stores.

Not everything in Tokyo is expensive. Read our tips for seeing Tokyo on a budget.

If you're travelling in cherry blossom season, find out the best places for sakura spotting in Tokyo.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.