Given that award availability on Japan-bound flights in Business Class can be tight, getting a good deal in Economy Class is key. I think paying under $850 return for a nonstop flight to Japan on a full-service carrier, i.e. not Jetstar, is a good benchmark.

Apologies for the short notice. Until the end of 3 September, i.e. today, you can pick up flights with Star Alliance carrier ANA from:

Perth

  • To Tokyo for $794 return (with free or cheap connections to Osaka, Nagoya or Fukuoka)
  • To Sapporo for $1,015 (via Tokyo)

Sydney

  • To Tokyo for $838 (with free or cheap connections to Osaka, Nagoya or Fukuoka)
  • To Sapporo for $1,055 (via Tokyo)

ANA just started its service from Perth two days ago.

Kyoto river
Kyoto is a very popular tourist destination in Japan and is easily accessible from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

Of all the airlines flying nonstop between Australia and Japan, ANA’s Sydney service offers the most legroom (34 inches). Japan Airlines follows (33), then ANA’s Perth service (32) and Qantas (31).


Depart: Sydney or Perth

Arrive: Tokyo, with onward connections throughout Japan

Dates: November 2019 to April 2020 (these are my recommendations for the best times to visit Japan)

Airline: ANA

Cost: from $794 return


Example found:

Flight Deal ANA Perth to Tokyo Sep 2019

Where to credit points: Depending on where your existing points balances lie, your ANA flights are probably best credited to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Etihad Guest, United MileagePlus or Avianca LifeMiles.

The specific example above would earn you ~5,000 Etihad Guest miles, which are worth ~$80. That would bring the effective cost of your ticket down to $715, which is a great deal!

Read more in our guide on how to choose which program to credit your frequent flyer points to.

Lounge access: American Express Card Members get access to the Sydney and Melbourne Amex lounges; and Priority Pass members can use lounges/eateries in Sydney, Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

American Express Lounge Sydney table area
American Express Lounge Sydney

Best credit card to use for purchase: Credit cards that offer bonus points for booking travel


Booking link: My suggestion is to start your search on Google Flights and then click through to ANA to book. Alternatively, you can access the sale page here.

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. Fares may disappear quickly, so we suggest booking as soon as you are confident in your travel dates.

Flight Deal: fly ANA from Perth/Sydney to Tokyo nonstop from $794 return was last modified: January 21st, 2020 by Matt Moffitt