Japan is hardly considered close to the U.S.—it takes about 11 hours to fly from the West Coast to Tokyo—so it’s often overlooked as a travel destination for anyone on a budget. Despite the distance, Travel+Leisure points out that there’s a surprisingly smart and simple way to score insanely cheap flights to Japan, without waiting for a flash sale.
The key, they suggest, is searching for flights to Nagoya, rather than Kyoto or Tokyo. The major city in central Honshu is just an hour and a half from Kyoto and a three-hour train ride from Tokyo. What’s more, flights to Nagoya are surprisingly affordable year-round. According to Airfare Spot, there are flights from Los Angeles to Nagoya for $392 return via Air Canada, while Travel+Leisure found a deal for $466 round-trip flights from San Diego. Yes, by using this simple booking hack, you can jet to Japan for the same price as a domestic vacation. Not bad, right?
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