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Oct 10, 2017

How much does it cost to travel from the Philippines to Japan?

The most common route for travel from the Philippines to Japan is that served by flights between Manila and the international airports in Tokyo. Flight times for direct flights plying this route are typically over four hours, sometimes going up to six. The distance between Manila and Tokyo is almost 3,000 km on the nose. With daily departures from the Philippine capital to Tokyo, as well as departures to other destinations within Japan, getting from the Philippines to Japan by air shouldn’t pose too many logistical problems, and at this kind of distance, will be reasonably priced compared to those journeys expats arriving from the West and other parts of the globe might have to pay for.  In attempting to answer the question, "How much does it cost to travel from the Philippines to Japan?", we break down the flight options, starting with direct flight from Manila to Tokyo, before going on to look at indirect flights and alternative air hubs in both countries. 


NB* - All fares and costs displayed in U.S dollars



Direct flights from Manila to Tokyo


At the time of writing, the following carriers were offering direct flights from Manila (Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport - NAIA) to Tokyo (Narita NRT and / or Haneda HND airports) … 



AirlineArrivesNo. flights / day
Philippine AirlinesNarita / Haneda4-6
ANANarita / Haneda4-6
JALNarita2
DeltaNarita1
JetstarNarita1-2
Cebu Pacific AirNarita1

(The Philippine Airlines / ANA flights listed in the table are a code share)






How much are direct flights from Manila to Tokyo?


The following fares are based on booking direct with the airline one month in advance.  Taxes included.  Fares displayed in US dollars.



Philippine Airlines

Seat typeReturnOne way
Budget economy326N/A
Regular economy456279
Premium economy861548
Business class promo1,168835
Premium business class1,8141,165



ANA (All Nippon Airways)

Seat typeReturnOne way
Economy basic$420N/A
Economy basic plus$750$462
Business basic plus$1,336$982
Business flex plus$1,796$1,071
Business full flex plus$2,186$1,302



JAL (Japan Airlines)

Seat typeReturnOne way
Economy special saver$400N/A
Economy standard$460N/A
Economy standard upgradable$790$602
Business standard$1,340$1,034



Delta (U.S.)

Seat typeReturnOne way
Main Cabin$725$470
Delta Comfort+®$804$509
Delta One®$856$808



Jetstar

Bundle typeReturnOne way
Economy$250$111
Plus$330$151
Max$575$286

(Jetstar fares were gather through the Australian page of the booking platform in order to have fares listed in US$)


Cebu Pacific Air

Seat typeReturnOne way
Flight only$285$103
Flight + Baggage$327$119
Flight + Baggage + Meal$331$126

(Fares were originally displayed in Philippine Peso and have been converted to USD)



Of the main flag carriers, JAL and Delta look to be offering the cheapest flights from Manila to Tokyo.  While there is little difference in cost between Philippine Airlines and ANA, the former comes in just a shade cheaper.  With flight times around the 4 - 5 hours mark, hardier travellers might be perfectly capable of flying with an LCC, in which case both Jetstar and Cebu Pacific Air will be significantly cheaper options of getting from the Philippines to Japan.  


(Manila)



High season air fares from Manila to Tokyo


Japan has three peak travel seasons; Christmas/New Year (New Year being the main rush period), Golden Week (end of April to the end of the first week in May), and Obon / Summer (difficult to pin down but around the middle of August). Travel around the rush period could see cost increase significantly if timed incorrectly, particularly for a country like the Philippines which is a popular destination for Japanese travellers. Given that most Japanese workers will be looking to depart / arrive Japan on pretty much the same day, spikes in costs tend to be quite specific, centering around just two or three days. Certainly, those coming to Japan for the long term should make use of the implied flexibility to avoid such days and thus make significant savings.


At the time of writing the next peak season for travel from the point of view of Japan is winter which tends to fall on two departure periods - on or just after December 23 (a national holiday in honor of a former Emperor’s birthday - Tenno no Hi) and somewhere around December 29 when the New Year holidays begin for most. Return dates are not fixed but most travellers will be looking to return around January 3 in order to be back to start work on Jan 4 - 5.


Perhaps the best way to point out any spike would be to look at one way fares on these popular dates.



Philippine Airlines


Fares jump from ~ $375 (Dec 22) - $642 (Dec 23) for flights from Tokyo to Manila.


Fares jump from ~ $215 (Jan 01) - ~ $413 (Jan 02) / ~ $353 (Jan 03) as Japanese travellers return from the Philippines to Tokyo ready to start work / school


Not that there is always consistency. In the case of JAL we can see fares jumping from around $588 (Jan 01 - 05) to around $1,020 (Jan 06 - 07) on flights from Manila to Tokyo.  


In the case of ANA as far as our ability to navigate the booking platform goes, there are already no available one way flights from Manila to Tokyo on Jan 03 and 04. However, fares for other days around this period seem to be consistent, starting from ~ $460.  


With Delta fares jump from around $366 on Jan 01 to around $655 on Jan 02 - 04 for flights from Manila to Tokyo.


In terms of those flights around the peak Golden Week and Summer periods in Japan spikes in fares are not in evidence most likely down to the fact that booking for these periods is still very early.



(Tokyo)



Transfers / layovers on flights from Manila to Tokyo


Once we get into indirect flights from Manila to Tokyo, options become myriad.


AirlineTransfer (time)Travel timeReturn fares from
China EasternShanghai (2 hr 40 min)~ 9 hr$420
Asiana AirlinesIncheon (1hr 35 min) ~ 7 hr 30 min$450
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong (1hr 30 min)~ 7hr 45 min$485
China AirlinesTaipei (1hr 45 min)~ 6 hr 55 min$498
Korean AirIncheon (2hr 10m in)~ 7 hr 25 min$635


These indirect fares don't seem to compare well to the lower-end fares of direct carriers and LCCs however, for those who leave bookings to the last minute such indirect flights could become a good option to keep costs down while maintaining manageable journey times. 



Alternative flights for travel from the Philippines to Japan


Manila to Kansai International Airport


Kansai International Airport (KIX) the main international travel hub for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe handles some direct (and indirect) flights from Manila.  How much does it cost to fly between the two?


AirlineReturnOne way
Jetstar$246 $110
Philippine Airlines$337$348
ANA$460$460



Flights from Cebu to Tokyo


Cebu is one of the more popular beach holiday destination for Japanese travellers.  Most direct flights between Cebu and Tokyo are likely to be charter flights organized by travel agencies.  A little sifting around though can turn up direct flights between the two hubs for the independent traveller.  Compared to flights between Manila and Tokyo however, schedules are far more Spartan.  Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines seem to be the most frequent carries, although flights with connections in Manila are far more prevalent than direct options.  The table below looks at how much it costs to fly directly from Cebu to Tokyo (Narita).  


AirlineReturns fromOne way from
Philippine Airlines$470$369
Cebu Pacific Airlines$330$168
ANA$897$570

(Fares for Cebu Pacific Airlines were originally displayed in Philippine Peso and have been converted to USD)


Cebu Island is served by Mactan-Cebu International Airport.



In looking at how much it costs to travel from the Philippines to Japan it's become clear that the most popular air carrier operating between the two destinations is Philippine Airlines.  That country's flag carrier also seems to offer the greatest variety of fares.  While Tokyo's Narita Airport handles the majority of flights arriving from the Philippines, given that Haneda Airport provides much easier access to the Japan capital it might pay for travellers to keep an eye out for arrivals there, too.  We can see that the cost of travel from the Philippines to Japan has the potential double around peak travel seasons so this is something that should be factored into any travel planning.  




For information on how much it costs to get from Narita Airport into central Tokyo:

How much does it cost to travel from Narita Airport to Tokyo?


For information regarding access to Kansai International Airport:

Getting To and From Kansai International Airport: Costs to / from Osaka, Kyoto, Nara





Have you ever travelled between the Philippines and Japan?  How much did it cost?  Let us know your travel tips in the comments.







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2 Comments

  • Ooray2775

    on Oct 12

    So many flights they must be making a lot of money.

  • Bella

    on Nov 2

    I mostly just use ANA since I don't need a credit card to purchase the tickets.