Japan is gearing up for visitors to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in summer 2020. As well as new sports facilities and transport upgrades in Tokyo, both government and business are using the Olympics to raise Japan’s tourism profile. Various special deals and promotions are starting to pop up. Two that are really worth looking at are from All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL). These offer visitors the opportunity to discover regional Japan at low or no cost.
The ANA ¥2,020 fare
ANA has announced cheap tickets costing just ¥2,020 to destinations in Tohoku, which is Honshu north of Tokyo. The flights are to and from Aomori, Odate Noshiro, Akita, Shonai, Sendai and Fukushima from July to September 2020. Tohoku is a beautiful region with hot springs, national parks, historic places, coastal landscapes, and great agricultural produce. Summer is festival time too, with the most famous one being the spectacular Aomori Nebuta Matsuri.
Not only is there a lot to see and do in the Tohoku region, it would be a great break from Tokyo’s hot and humid summer. I was in Aomori and Hirosaki in July last year, and found the weather very pleasant and ideal for sightseeing.
The fares are only available to foreign visitors who have international flights to and from Japan. They can be booked from spring onwards. The price is extremely good value compared with the train. In comparison, a JR East Pass (Tohoku area) costs ¥20,360.
Win a trip with JAL
JAL’s approach is somewhat different – they are offering a chance to win a trip. There are 50,000 free round trips to regional destinations to be won. Departure airports are Tokyo Haneda and Osaka Itami.
Applications open in late February and further details are here.
Both the ANA and JAL offers are worth looking at if you are travelling in Japan at that time. If you are coming for the Olympics, getting outside of Tokyo will show you another side of Japan.
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