Traveling on a budget can be a lot of fun – and it can also be a necessity for many of us. Sometimes, when and how you travel to a country can be determined by how much money you have to spend on the trip. Everybody likes a good deal on travel, especially once you factor in the price of airfare, accommodations, food and in-country transportation.
For many budget travelers, a trip to Japan is the trip of a lifetime. And despite what many people believe, you can actually have an amazing trip to (and within) Japan without spending a bundle. One of the best ways to keep costs down for your Japanese journey is to find the cheapest times to travel to and from Japan. In travel as in life, sometimes timing is everything.
If you want to know the cheapest times to travel to Japan, here are 5 tips for timing your Japan trip in the most budget-friendly ways:
1. Visit in late fall or early winter:
One of the best ways to keep your Japan trip costs down is to plan to travel during the times of the year when very few Japanese are traveling, either domestically or internationally. One of these times is during the period from September through November. There are few holidays of note going on during this time period, and Japanese children are in school.
2. Visit in late winter or early spring:
Another low season for Japanese travel is from later winter to early spring (February and March). Like the September through November time period, airports and ground transportation systems are not particularly crowded during this time of the year.
3. Avoid New Year and Golden Week:
On the other hand, if you want to save money you will want to avoid traveling during the New Year (last week in December/first week in January). Also, avoid Golden Week, a series of holidays that take place at the end of April and during the first week of May. During these two major Japanese holiday periods, the Japanese are out and about, which drives up travel rates and making things more congested in general.
4. Try traveling midweek:
Another money-saving tip: book your tickets for mid-week travel. Doing so can help you cut your travel costs way down.
5. Check prices with different air carriers:
Finally, check with different air carriers: you may be surprised at how much different the cost of your ticket will be when you shop around a little bit for the best rate.
Consider these 5 tips for saving money on your trip to Japan through proper timing and savvy shopping. Traveling on a budget can be a lot of fun – and it can also be a necessity for many of us. Sometimes, when and how you travel to a country can be determined by how much money you have to spend on the trip. If you are planning a trip to Japan and want to do so as cheaply as possible, here are 5 tips for timing your Japan trip to make it as cheap as possible.