Overnight Travel from Japan

During your stay in Japan, you may wish to leave Japan in order to visit the neighboring Asian countries, such as South Korea or China.  I will try and give some advice about how to go about making this process as cheap as possible.  This advice only comes from my own experience (I went to Korea for a week during my winter break), so perhaps you can find some other ways to improve upon what I have found!

1. Use Japanese airline websites, and avoid the traditional English websites like travelocity and orbitz.  (usually)

This cannot be stressed enough.  Most likely you cannot find a better deal anywhere else than through Japanese travel agencies.  There’s one of these in the Conbini on the Kansai Gaidai campus in addition to online agencies.  These agencies can help not only with providing flights but also with hotels, meal packages, etc.  The Japanese people like to travel in groups, and there are a variety of tour packages aimed at this that you can take advantage of if you know how to.

Personally, I like to use this website for flight packages.  It can be rough to navigate, but I will try to explain it as best as I can.  Also, Google Chrome helps out here occasionally to translate.

The site offers both international and local flights to nearly anywhere in the world.  In addition, the site tends to offer packages that are for a set number of days and are designed as round trip tour packages.  Some come with guided tours and others do not.  Some might even allow you to choose either way.  You need to be able to read everything thoroughly (or have a friend help) to make sure that you understand everything correctly.  I think that a guided video of the site would be best instead of trying to write everything out, so I will post a link to the video I made below.

2. Use hostelworld.com to find cheap places to stay.

Do this.  If you are on a budget, there’s really no alternative.  Hostels in Seoul are nice, especially the I went to!

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