Flights & Accommodation | Japan Trip 2018

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Booking the flights and accommodation for our trip to Japan didn't actually take much planning, as we managed to find good deals pretty quickly. The only thing that took a bit of effort was trying to get some dates off of my brother, so we knew when would be a good time to visit him. This is my first holiday where I haven't booked everything as a package and I found that quite daunting but my mom and dad helped me out a lot! When my twin brother moved to Japan I knew that I'd regret it if I didn't go over and visit him while he's there but panic set in and I was worried I wouldn't be able to afford it. A trip to Japan certainly isn't cheap and if you're anything like me then you're going to want to buy absolutely everything while you're over there. So I am now currently saving for all of the Disney merchandise I am no doubt going to want to buy...

We looked on Momondo for our flights, as I believe someone had told my mom that you can find cheaper flights to Japan on there. It is also extremely helpful that you are able to book multi-city flights! This meant we didn't have to go through the process of booking all of our flights separately and having to make sure we had the timings of all of our flights correct, so knew we would have enough time to get to our connecting flights. Momondo does that for you and it took a lot of the stress off of booking the flights for me, as this is something I was worrying about. On our way to Japan we're flying from Birmingham, to Tokyo Haneda and then from Tokyo we fly to Sapporo. This is going to be a long day of traveling as we do have a layover before we get to Tokyo but I knew I wanted to spend the first week of our trip in Sapporo. I'd rather do the longer journey on the way there, rather than on our way back home. After spending a week in Sapporo, we then fly back to Tokyo and spend a week there. On our way home we fly from Haneda, have a layover and then fly back to Birmingham. Overall, we have to board 3 planes on our journey to Sapporo. All of these flights collectively cost us a little over £800 each, which for Japan is relatively cheap as you can end up paying well over £1000 for flights. The prices can varying depending on when in the year you decide to visit.

After booking our flights it was time to start looking at accommodation! During my last trip we stayed in the Keio Plaza hotel in Tokyo, which is situated in Shinjuku. It is such an incredibly beautiful hotel and it has the most amazing view from the bar on the top floor. Unfortunately, mine and my boyfriend's budget meant that we wouldn't be able to stay in this hotel but we did manage to find a beautifully decorated apartment on Airbnb! We decided to find somewhere to stay in Shinjuku again, as it is an area I'm familiar with and the train station is near by. If you are looking to go to Japan I'd highly recommend looking for accommodation in Shinjuku! I'll do a post on our Airbnb and its location after our trip.We weren't in a rush to book our accommodation for Sapporo because we knew if we weren't able to find anywhere to stay we would still be able to stay with my brother. For the first 2 nights we are staying in my brothers apartment, then for the following 4 nights we are staying in Hotel MyStays Nakajima Park. We did look at Airbnb but while we are there the Snow Festival is taking place, so nearly all of the Airbnb accommodation had sold out. My mom found this hotel for us and it is within walking distance to where my brother lives, which is always useful. We were also able to use an NHS discount code, as we booked through Expedia. So if you work for the NHS, don't forget to use your discount code if you ever book anything through Expedia!

Overall, the flights and accommodation cost me and my boyfriend around £1,300 each. In my opinion that is pretty damn good for a trip to Japan, as I was expecting to pay a lot more. Obviously the prices of the flights will vary depending on when you are planning to go and how late you leave it to actually book them. As the price we are paying each for everything is what my mom and dad paid for their flights during the summer. I hope this gave you some insight into what a trip to Japan could cost and made some sense, as when I was writing this I felt like my words were all over the place. I'll be doing a separate blog post on how to book your tickets for The Ghibli Museum and places to visit in Tokyo soon! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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  1. How exciting; I always worry when I'm booking flights and such outside of package - I double and triple check everything before hitting 'buy now'.

    I think I'd be bankrupt after shopping in Japan - esp as Alice (my fave Disney character) is popular there.

    Victoria x

    1. I did exactly the same, I read everything over so many times to make sure all the details were correct!
      I'm definitely going to be saving a lot of money to spend!

      Victoria x

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