There's an easy way to save big money on flights to Japan.
Every major flight deal site from Thrifty Traveler to Scott’s Cheap Fares and The Airfare Spot seem to have honed in on a secret: you can fly to Japan for half the price by booking a ticket to Nagoya, rather than Tokyo or Kyoto.
Back in May, Scott’s Cheap Flights called out fares to Nagoya for as little as $369 round-trip from Los Angeles, with flights costing only $386 from Las Vegas, Portland, and San Diego.
And in late June, Thrifty Traveler found flights to Nagoya for $393 from Los Angeles and San Francisco, with solid deals from San Jose, California, too.
These cheap fares aren’t going anywhere, apparently. There are still cheap flights from Los Angeles to Nagoya for only $392, according to the Airfare Spot. We also found $466 round-trip flights from San Diego and $493 flights from San Jose and Las Vegas in September.
While Nagoya may not be a sought-after destination, it is located quite conveniently between Tokyo and Kyoto. As Refinery29 pointed out, a three-hour train ride brings you directly to Tokyo, while Kyoto is only an hour and a half away.
There’s plenty to see in and around Nagoya, too. One of the world’s most-visited castles, the 17th-century Nagoya Castle, is located here. During the rainy season, between June and July, visitors can watch the city’s forests fill with golden light from local fireflies.
Nearby, the open-air architecture museum, Meiji Mura in Inuyama, is filled with more than 60 Meiji buildings from all over the country.