Travelling from Scotland to Japan
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 30, 2012 4:52 AM Last Post By: mickyfinn
Nov 29, 2012 7:01 AM
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about the cheapest way to get to Japan from Edinburgh (or Glasgow) in March. Are there any odd connecting flights that would work out cheaper than a direct flight? I've seen the ones to Tokyo through KLM via Amsterdam and AirFrance via Paris, just wondered if anyone knew of other less common transfers? Doesn't need to be straight to Tokyo either. Thanks in advance!
Edited by: natface
Nov 29, 2012 9:20 AM
Welcome to TT!
Take a look at Turkish Airways from Edinburgh to Osaka changing planes in Istambul (not daily). BTW, take a look also at the fares of Air France and KLM to Osaka. I assume you've already looked for the fares of Bristish Airways to Tokyo changing planes in London. You could also take a look at the fares of Emirates out of Glasgow (changing planes in Dubai) to either Tokyo or Osaka.
Nov 29, 2012 10:58 AM
2What anillos_de_saturno says.
Do you want to visit the Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto...) too? You can do an open jaw flight, fly to Osaka (Kansai International Airport) from for instance Amsterdam with KLM and fly from Tokyo Narita to Paris on the way back home with Air France or vice versa. KLM and Air France are together one airline. Other airlines will probably offer something similar.
Flying open jaw can save you money and time in Japan when you want to visit the Kansai area too.
Flying home on sunday is often much cheaper than flying home on saterday.
Nov 29, 2012 12:47 PM
3Just talk to a travel agent or do a search on something like Expedia. That will give you lots of options. If you are doing a non-direct flight then you can get more experience value for your carbon emissions and money cost by making multi-night stops in your transfer points to experience those locations without making a special trip (emitting even more carbon). e.g. I've made 2 visits to Hong Kong and seen most of the major sights without any extra travel by stopping over on the way Down Under with Cathay Pacific. Last summer I went to Korea and Japan on the way to and from the Philippines for very little more than a direct flight. You might be surprised at the opportunities a search pulls up.
If you can make time in your trip to Japan I highly recommend visiting the Pacific coast of Touhoku. The area needs tourism to help economic recovery. Check with Habitat for Humanity Japan and for volunteer opportunities to help with the rebuilding effort. March will be the second anniversary of the tsunami and you will see that recovery is far from complete. It will give you a sense of how long the recovery from Hurricane Sandy in the US will take and how important it is to prepare for whatever unnatural weather disasters are likely to hit your region of Scotland.
Enjoy your trip to the fullest. Tread lightly. Live gratefully.
Nov 29, 2012 3:35 PM
Nov 29, 2012 4:40 PM
Nov 30, 2012 4:52 AM
6I have been to Japan several times and always taken different airlines. It often depends on whether you are looking to book close to departure or well in advance of your trip. There are quite a few different routes you can take. One of the cheapest I did was Transat to Vancouver and Air Canada onward to Tokyo. The Air Canada fare was quite expensive, but the Transat flight was very cheap and I spent a few days travelling in Canada before flying onward. British Airways has direct flights from Heathrow to Tokyo for around £650 return. Sometimes it uses alliance JAL flights which are nicer planes and better food.
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