Begin your Japanese adventure with SAS. We fly to Tokyo from New York. Book early using our low fare calendar to lock in the cheapest prices on flight tickets in plenty of time before your trip. Flying with children? Enjoy a discount of up to 90%. Upgrade your ticket for access to our premium lounges.
Flights to Tokyo Narita International Airport from New York
We offer daily flights to Tokyo from Newark Liberty International Airport, conveniently located just outside of New York. Flights will have a short layover in Copenhagen, Oslo or Stockholm depending on route.
Plan ahead of time – book early
Book early and use our low-price calendar to save on your flight to Tokyo. Simply select when you want to fly and then search through our easy-to-use low price calendar. Ticket prices are shown on a daily or monthly basis – so you can find exactly the cheapest day to book. We update price and availability with each new search – price variations may occur when you proceed to booking.
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Always included with SAS
With SAS, your trip to Tokyo will be a breeze. We offer passengers a number of amenities before, during and after the flight:
• 50 lb. of baggage (SAS Go)
• 24-hour return policy
• Online check-in
• Seat selection
• Music, movies and games on personalized screens
• Meal, snacks and beverages
• Newspapers in our App
• Child discount up to 90%
Download our App –book your next flight to Tokyo right from your smartphone or tablet. In addition, we still always offer great deals on flysas.com/us-en/.
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Child discounts of up to 90%
Make your trip to Tokyo a family adventure. When you fly with children under the age of 2 (0 to 23 months) enjoy up to a 90% discount on the flight ticket when they sit on their parent’s lap. Children under the age of 12 (2 to 11 years old) can enjoy a discount of up to 25% with their own seat aboard the flight.
Special offers and discounts with EuroBonus
Earn points each time you fly with SAS. EuroBonus members can redeem accumulated points for a number of discounts and special benefits – including access to our premium lounges. It’s free to join. Members can also accumulate points on hotel stays, car rentals and even daily purchases. The more you fly, the more benefits you receive – redeem your points at either SAS or one of our many partners.
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Upgrade your flight ticket for access to our premium lounges
Start your trip off right. Passengers who upgrade their flight ticket gain access to our premium lounges. Once inside, you can enjoy a free buffet, including fresh and delicious foods as well as refreshments such as coffee, tea, wine and beer. There are quiet spaces to work or take a restful nap before the flight, too. EuroBonus members can also redeem points to upgrade.
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Tokyo Narita International Airport – Tokyo
Narita Airport is located approximately 35 miles outside of Tokyo, in the city of Narita. The airport consists of three terminal buildings: Terminal 1, 2, and 3. Passengers can move between terminals using the free shuttle buses. Inside the airport, you can find a number of restaurants and cafes serving up both Japanese and international food and drink as well as shops and duty-free points. In addition, visitors can enjoy free WiFi in Terminals 1 and 2.
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Transportation to and from Narita Airport
Travelers can choose between a number of transport options to and from Narita Airport including rail, bus and taxis. The most comfortable is the JR Narita Express (NEX), which offers departures every 30 to 60 minutes and arrives at Tokyo Station in approximately 60 minutes. You can also take the JR Sobu Line (Rapid Service), which is slower, but less expensive than the Narita Express. Other rail options include: the Keisei Skyliner and the Keisei Limited Express. The most economical option is the Access Narita bus, running roughly three times per hour. It is also possible to hire a private car service or take a taxi.
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Car rental at Narita International Airport
If you plan on exploring rural Japan, you may want to rent a car for the trip. There are five car rental service providers located at Narita Airport in either Terminal 1 or 2. However, if you’re planning to stay within Tokyo or another of Japan’s large cities, it’s not recommended to rent a private vehicle. Traffic tends to be very congested and parking expensive and inconvenient. Public transportation is a better option for these densely populated metropolitan areas.
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Narita International Airport
1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 282-0004, Japan
Telephone number: +81 0476 34 8000
Transportation within Tokyo
Public transport in Tokyo is quick and effective. There are two principle companies that operate Tokyo’s public transport system: Toei Subways and Tokyo Metro. Both systems interlink with each other, but passengers should pay attention to tickets purchased, as an individual ticket won’t be valid for both systems. Instead, opt for a combination pass or a prepaid card – either a Pasmo or Suica card. With either of these, just swipe the card over the turnstile reader when entering and leaving the subway system and the fare will automatically be deducted. It’s also possible to take a city bus, though it may be very complicated if you are not familiar with Japanese. Another option for visitors is to take a taxi, which is quick and convenient but tends to be expensive. In addition, many drivers do not speak English so it’s recommended to have your destination written down in Japanese.
Combination tickets for public transport in Tokyo
There are two combination ticket options for using the Tokyo Subway system. The first is the common one-day ticket,
which allows for unlimited use of both the Toei and Tokyo Metro subway systems, but cannot be used on the JR Trains and Toei buses. The other is a Tokyo Combination Ticket, valid for one-day unlimited use of the Toei and Tokyo Metro subways as well as the JR trains and Toei buses – essentially any public transport you would use while exploring Tokyo. You can purchase either of these passes at any Tokyo Metro or Toei ticket office or machine.
Tokyo – a city of great contrast
The Japanese capital is the world’s largest city, home to more than 37 million residents in the entire metropolitan area. For first-time visitors, it’s a dizzying whirl of contrasts – from neon lit skyscrapers on one hand to historic and serene temples on the other. The city pulses with life and each individual section and neighborhood has a unique vibe all its own – almost making visitors feel that they are visiting ten different cities at once. The pockets of greenery and calm are tucked between jam-packed streets shadowed by towering skyscrapers. And while you can taste some traditional foods at a local noodle house, just next door is an international, western-style chain.
Tokyo is famous as one of the fashion capitals of the world, with a seemingly unlimited amount of shops to explore. Entertainment and culture are available through a number of channels: from a late night karaoke bar to one of the many excellent museums. Luckily, while it all may be overwhelming at first, the locals are known to be some of the friendliest in the world, always happy to offer some helpful advice.
History of Tokyo
Tokyo’s humble beginnings as a fishing village are a far cry from the bustling supercity as it stands today. Compared to many of the world’s other major cities, Tokyo is relatively young, with its story truly beginning in 1590. The shoguns (Japan’s hereditary military dictators) moved their base from the city of Kyoto to Edo (the former name of Tokyo). For the next two centuries, the city remained sealed off from the rest of the world. This was the period of samurai, tea ceremonies and calligraphy. This lasted for nearly 260 years, until the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was then renamed Tokyo, meaning “Eastern Capital”.
Westernization in the Meiji Era and the Taisho era (1868 – 1926)
Once in power, the Emperor Meiji began a massive era of westernization in 1868. The country’s borders were thrown open and outside influences, specifically western ones, were welcomed with open arms. Buildings made of stone and brick were constructed, roads paved, the first telecommunications line was opened up between Tokyo and Tokohama while the first steam locomotive began to run from Shimbashi to Yokohama. Tokyo warmly embraced the 20th century; people flocked to the cosmopolitan capital from the surrounding countryside, the standards of education greatly developed and creative ventures such as art and theater flourished.
The great Kantō earthquake
In 1923, the thriving capital city was hit hard with a massive earthquake. More than 300 000 homes were destroyed and fires caused by the earthquake burned the city to the ground in many sections. More than 140 000 people were reported dead and missing, and nearly two million were homeless. A reconstruction plan was immediately put into place, but the projected costs exceeded the city budget and thus only a small portion was completed.
The Pacific War
In 1941, as the city was still in the midst of recovering from the earthquake war broke out, having a great impact on Tokyo and its residents. Though the city managed to escape the atomic bombs that hit Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Tokyo was blasted with 102 allied bombs – the heaviest being the air raid on March 10, 1945. By the time the Japanese government had surrendered on September 2, 1945, much of Tokyo had been destroyed, and the population was approximately 3.5 million, half of the level in 1940.
Tokyo: from the 1950s to today
Following the war, Tokyo began a period of slow recovery. Entering the 1960s, aided by technological innovations and introduction of new industries and technologies, Tokyo entered a period of massive growth. Production of goods, especially electrical appliances, skyrocketed, improving the lives greatly of the residents. In the 1980s, Tokyo entered the world stage as a cutting edge location for technology, innovation, fashion and culture. From this time on, the city faced fluctuations of growth and recession, but still managed to enter the 21st century as one of the world’s most powerful and advanced cities.
Sights and attractions in Tokyo
Tokyo’s massive size means that visitors will never suffer a shortage of sights and attractions to explore. It was largely rebuilt following the earthquake in 1923 and the destruction of World War II. The architecture is exceptionally modern and impressive, though visitors can still find hidden gems from the past if you look hard enough – such as the Meiji-jingu (Meiji Shrine), one of the finest examples of Shinto architecture in Japan. Tokyo boasts the world’s second tallest building – the Sky Tree – in which visitors can climb to the top, and take in the expansive mega metropolis below.
Rise with the sun to get a glimpse of the legendary Tsukiji Market, find yourself immersed in the reminders of the shoguns – from the kabuki stage to the sumo tournaments to the picturesque cherry blossoms in Ueno Kōen, Tokyo’s largest park. Fast forward into the bright lights and constant pulse of energy in Shibuya or Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho or take a short day trip for a number of outdoor adventures from skiing to hiking in Nikko and Kamakura, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Meiji Shrines
Dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken following their death in 1912 and 1914, respectively, the Meiji Shrine is one of the most popular sights to visit in Tokyo. Tucked away from the bustle of the city, the Shrine is located in the center of a serene forest. Visitors can enter through a large wooden tori gate – a traditional Japanese gate common in shrines – and follow the gravel path into the Yoyogi Park, home to more than 245 species of trees from around the world. The Japanese widely credit Emperor Meiji for modernizing Japan following the fall of the shogun empire.
Located right in the center of Tokyo is the Tsukiji Market – handling more than 2 000 tons of fish per day. Fishing ships arrive as the wee morning hours with the day’s catch and by 5:30 a.m. the infamous tuna auctions begins, with bidders putting in their offer on the best looking specimens. Get there early if you want to get a glimpse of the action – visitors start lining up around 3:30 and there’s only 120 slots open on a first come, first serve basis. Not to fear if you show up a bit later, the wholesale area is open until 9 a.m. – legend has it that if swims in the sea, you can find it at the Tsukiji Market —and there are a number of little restaurants serving up some of the freshest sushi on the planet that work into the afternoon hours.
Shopping in Tokyo
Tokyo is a shopper’s dream. The amount of choices is unlimited – from fashion so trendy it may go out of style before you even take off the tags, to obscure electronics, traditional crafts, colorful anime and all that’s in between. Anything you could ever want to buy, you can probably find at a shop somewhere in Tokyo.
Head to the main tourist area Shinjuku, as well as the location of the busiest train station in the world. The neighborhood boasts about a dozen department stores, electronic outlets and a number of other shops and boutiques. Ginza is the place to be for luxury department stores and designer brands – both Japanese and international. Shibuya and Takeshita Dori in the Harajuku district are popular spots to find all the latest youth fashions, counter culture and kitsch, while you’ll find outlet prices on electronics in the Akihabara area.
Art and culture in Tokyo
Tokyo’s art and cultural scene is as eclectic as one would expect. Traditional arts such as origami (making objects from folded paper) and ikebana (flower arranging) are intertwined with Japanese pop culture – from the high fashion rising from the backstreets of Harajuku to the newest anime and manga in Akihabara. Age-old sports such as Sumo Wrestling still regularly draw crowds comparable to the professional soccer and baseball teams in Tokyo. The city is home to a number of world-class museums, many of which are conveniently located in Tokyo’s largest park, Ueno Kōen. In addition, the city is also rich in music and theater, there are numerous venues showcasing both Japanese and international performances.
Ueno kōen (Ueno Park)
Tokyo’s largest park was originally part of the Kaneiji Temple, historically one of the city’s largest and wealthiest, owned by the ruling Tokugawa clan during the Edo period. Following the Meiji Restoration, the temple suffered nearly complete destruction and the grounds were converted into a modern, western style park. Today, it’s most famous for two reasons: the famous cherry blossoms and its many museums. Inside of the grounds, visitors will find the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the National Science Museum and the Ueno Zoo, Japan’s first zoological garden.
Dining and nightlife in Tokyo
With tens of thousands of restaurant in Tokyo, visitors can be sure to find something that suits their taste buds and budgets. No matter what you pay, you can be sure that the same meticulous care will be put into making your dish – from cheap noodle bars to Michelin star establishments (Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any other city worldwide). If you are on a budget, the best time to eat a big meal is at lunch, when prices tend to be much lower than dinner.
Just as the neon lights never stop glowing, Tokyo is a city that certainly doesn’t slow down at night. Whether you are looking for a party, a casual place to relax with friends, or to continue your sightseeing after dark, you can find it here. In addition to countless bars and clubs, there are a number of observation decks that stay open until 10 p.m. or later, providing incomparable views of the illuminated city.
From sushi to cheeseburgers and beyond
The city boasts a wide range of Japanese and regional dishes, such as Nigiri-zushi (a type of sushi with a piece of seafood placed onto a small ball of rice, rather than rolled), Tempura (deep fried seafood or vegetables) or Soba noodles (buckwheat noodles). In addition, nearly ever culture from around the world is represented on Tokyo’s international dining scene, and you can find a number of interestingly themed dining establishments – such as pet cafes or Robot Restaurants. When it comes to dining and experiences, stick by this: you can find anything in Tokyo.
Nightlife districts in Tokyo
In such a massive city, it isn’t hard to find the best nightlife districts. The most famous are Shinuku, Shibuya, Ginza and Roppongi. Shibuya attracts a younger crowd, with many bars, dance clubs, and restaurants, while Ginza is known for upscale establishments including modern and sleek cocktail bars and exclusive nightclubs. Roppongi is the most accessible nightlife area for visitors, especially those who aren’t familiar with the Japanese language. For the authentic experience, don’t forget to check out a karaoke bar – and with thousands throughout the city, they certainly aren’t hard to track down.
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