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Tokyo/Osaka Return for Free Sale (May/June 2019 Return Flight $0) @ Jetstar

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Return flights between 13 May and 26 June 2019. (Please check as exact travel periods differ between destinations).

This was the Jetstar sale you were waiting for.

Flights: 🚫 S’all Goneman

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  • +2 votes

    No love for Sydney????

  • +1 vote

    No $0 return fares show up to Gold Coast for the entire period

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    I'm not seeing any for Melbourne when I go through the booking process (with correct dates).

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    Sorry for jumping the gun - $0 return fares are now appearing

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      lETS HOPE i am so keen to go back

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      What's $0 fare?

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        Zero fare:
        Fly to Japan.
        Return for FREE.

        Simple.

  • +5 votes

    Don’t forget 20% of Melbourne Car Parking
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/406370

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      I'm leaving at 12:45am on Jan 7th. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can still get the 20% off? (promotion is only from 7th Jan).

      If I book from the 7th and arrive 2 hours before my booking, does it invalidate my entire booking or just charge me for those 2 extra hours?

  • +2 votes

    this or singapore for 600 melb to japan…

    • +3 votes

      If you're asking whether you should travel to Japan or Singapore, hands down Japan. I've been to both, Singapore is nice but in no way compares.

      • +2 votes

        I think he is asking about Singapore Airlines flight from Melbourne to Japan.

        • +10 votes

          That makes more sense now that I read it haha. I would choose Singapore airlines any day for such a small price difference. If you're wanting luggage then it's going to cost almost $500 with no extras, $100 more for better service, food, entertainment and more weight limit is a no brainer to me.

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        If you have a stop over, read up about changi airport. You could have a holiday at that airport. Free tours of city, model aircraft museum, indoor gardens, free movie at the cinema etc.
        Jetstar vs SIA: It's like comparing a Daewoo to an actual car. Singapore has top notch service, I find there professional and need to please greater and the flight attendant always look and smell good. Food is about the same as jetstar, jetstar is normally more cramped for me (alot more people) and entertainment isn't nearly as good. Pay the small difference and treat yourself. If you get a stopover in Changi you'll enjoy it. #1 food

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          Can always visit Geylang on the stopover. Jalan Molek House 14. Thank me later.

    • +3 votes

      Singapore Airlines recommended. Food not great but lots of movie choices and includes luggage. Also Jetstar will most like be fully booked. Singapore flights sometimes have empty seats. Plus Singapore airport so over pretty good.

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      go singapore airlines for 600…

      adding extras for a jetstar fare makes it a no brainer… :)

  • +1 vote

    What’s nicer to fly into. Osaka or Tokyo?

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      I find narita to be abit of a pain but ive never done osaka

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        40 minutes on the Skyliner to Tokyo is not too bad and it's pretty comfortable. You do have to do the walk from Terminal 3 to 2 though which is about 500m (or jump on the free shuttle bus).

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          Do you remember the cost of the train?

        • +1 vote

          the Access Narita bus 1000yen- from bus stop 2 outside Terminal 3. drops you at tokyo station. takes 40 minutes (in good traffic) . no booking required, just pay the bus driver. buses leave every 20 minutes.

          I would never use anything else.

    • +6 votes

      Can't compare airports but I flew into Tokyo, took the train to Osaka/kyoto and flew to South korea from there. Kyoto was probably my favourite place to visit in terms of scenery, food and culture combined. Osaka is a lot of fun too, there's probably more to do in the Osaka/Kyoto areas then there in in Tokyo if you can only go to one place, but I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 areas and would gladly visit them again. I didn't find the experience of getting from the airport to the hotel too bad, however the public transport system can be quite confusing.

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        Yeah everyone I speak to say they wanted more time in Kyoto. Thanks mate!

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          No probs! definitely take a trip out to Nara as well, beautiful scenery and lots of deer :D

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            @Elision: A bit of hack for deers. To avoid an expenses buy all the cookies in the grocery shops on the way to the Nara park with deers. This way you can avoid paying too much for the cookies that are on sale next to deer camp. All savings can go to a couple cans of Sapporo beer which you can sip while enjoying the pond view next to the park with deers.

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          You can do a daytrip to Hiroshima from Kyoto if you are short of time.

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        Absolutely agree. Kyoto was amazing.

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        Wouldn't really say there is more to do in Osaka/Kyoto compared to Tokyo. Definitely different types of activities and I understand that some people are more inclined to one city over the other, but you're definitely not going to be struggling for things to do in Tokyo.

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          Yes I suppose that is true! there is a million things to do in japan, including Tokyo! I do feel that Osaka and Kyoto will give a better mix of activities though for a first timer, because you have all of the amazing scenic areas and temples as well as fantastic food and shopping. I loved Tokyo so much too though, so it's hard to imagine going to japan and not seeing all 3 areas! I know that people have different tastes though, and some people may be less into scenic tourist attractions like temples etc.

    • +1 vote

      With Jetstar,
      Kansai Airport Osaka less hastle. Wifi hire, JR pass all in one place. And you could use bus from the airport to Namba station.

      Flight to Tokyo, most likely Jetstar will arrive in new Narita Terminal 3, which has less facility. So you need to go to Terminal 2 to arrange things, such as i.e. JR pass.

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      Osaka 100% - Wonderful spot and so easy to get around. Narita is miles away. Still easy enough to do but I would go in and out of Osaka if it was up to me and then bullet train into Tokyo after spending some time in Osaka.

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      if Tokyo book to haneda - its quicker to get to by train then narita.

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        Jetstar only goes to Narita

  • +8 votes

    poor perth😭

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    Hmm I don't know if 490 after baggage and no meals is a good deal in the past I've done direct 445 include baggage but it is higher now due to connections

    • +4 votes

      Japan Airlines was $700 last week Mel-Tokyo return. Keep an eye out.

      • +4 votes

        $200 extra for the direct flight, food and not flying out of Tulla is the better deal for me.

    • +1 vote

      Also the Qantas deals c gone out just after jetstar, last year was ~$580 direct from Brisbane.

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    No Perth? We're closest and we get ripped :|

    • +10 votes

      Brisbane, Adelaide & Sydney are all closer.

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        I just checked, he's right.

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        Wow, TIL

    • +2 votes

      I'm super keen for the direct Perth/Japan flight (10hr) to be re-introduced, it's being considered atm :S

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        Wow i hope that happens, i go there once a year so that would be awesome

    • +1 vote

      I thought so too, but the approximate flight distance from Perth to Tokyo is 7,891 km and from Sydney to Tokyo it's 7,793 km. So it's just slightly closer.

      I'd guess the primary reason we don't get these deals is due to volume. There's probably way more people departing from Sydney than there is from Perth.

    • -1 vote

      fckn bali mate

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        Sorry mate, don't have my bogan passport yet.

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    Booked didnt like mixing afterpay and gift cards :( next time I will be ready with more gift cards I guess lol.

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    After the false positives was starting to lose hope…

    That $300 saved will be well spent on Sumo and Mario Kart!

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      You're gonna need all that $300 then, sumo is expensive! But book now, or you'll miss out

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        Any tips on booking for sumo?

        • +2 votes

          Sorry I don't have any, all I know is that I booked my flights around this time, and looked at sumo and the cheap seats($150) were already sold out for May!

          But I feel the good people of Ozbargain have been to Japan and will be able to help you out.

        • +4 votes

          If you risk it and line up for tickets on the day you can get tickets for around $20. This was in Tokyo, they keep 400 last minute tickets for the day. Got there 6am and was back of the queue, lined up around 2.5 hours. Well worth it.

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          If you're staying with Airbnb the host is usually happy to help you organise stuff like that. Ours went above and beyond for us to try and get us tickets to a baseball game (unfortunately it was playoffs, and the games were always in cities we weren't in) brought us over some power adapters, and was always happy to help.

  • +1 vote

    So cheap to go to Japan and to spend there to.

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      And spend there, can you share any day to day examples from experience?

      • +8 votes

        You can get a meal for under $10.lots of Sightseeing for free. Trains are cheap (bullet are not). It's kind of like Australia. You could spend a lot, or get by pretty cheap

        • +2 votes

          Assuming you're doing at least a few train trips, the JR Rail Pass makes travel on bullet trains affordable. Sometimes domestic air travel can be cheaper, but the bullet trains are far more convenient and when you take into account not having to pass through airport security and getting to the airport ahead of time, it's sometimes quicker too.

  • +2 votes

    Thanks for the post. Booked direct flight from gold coast. Didn't choose flying from Brisbane because of the stop over at cairns. Whilst driving to the airport takes longer, the flight time cuts down by 4 hours. Not to mention it costs less as well.

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      pair parking around GC is pain. I use reddy parking -they use to be cheaper but now the parking companies have worked together to charge the same amount approximately

  • +2 votes

    Flew direct from Gold Coast in 2016 sale - drove up from NSW and had a few days up there before going on to Tokyo (Narita). T3 was only 1 year old when I went and was very lacking in food but also really amazing how organised everything was (and the metro/subway system!!)
    $340 + 2 tanks of petrol return was amazing.

    Oh and btw, the Dreamliners are super comfortable and nice for even night flights - just remember it's Jetstar, BYO food, entertainment, comfort/amenity pack (got an awesome one for $2 from the reject shop) etc or prepare to pay.

    You can also use the screen to do the progress report/flight map and stats which entertained me quite a bit :)

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      Updating for further advice: if you are driving around make sure you get a toll pass to prepay your tolls before hand.

      Can't remember how much the toll pass was, but we ended up paying over $500 in tolls (3 weeks).

      Also consider hiring out a camper - there are plenty of michi no ekis around (campervan stops) that are free to use and safe - toilets/general store/vending machines etc. Much cheaper than hiring a car + booking accommodation.

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    Not direct from Sydney? Damn. Not quite the deal i was hoping for.

    • +1 vote

      Never direct from Sydney/Melbourne. See my post above about how I just extended my holiday at the Gold Coast :)

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        no true, i flew direct from melb to narita 3 years ago.

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          Okay, there was a small happiness window where Jetstar was doing direct flights - but that didn't last long before Qantas picked it back up.
          Related link

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      I don't think Jestar ever fly direct from Sydney do they?

  • +2 votes

    Not school holiday time….

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      yea i was going to say the same thing. us families with kids always get ripped off.

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        We always go during school days

        Grade 2 and 4 only. They can handle it

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      Is this always the case? I don't see any Japan flight deals during school holidays.

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        it is almost always the case yea. once school holidays start, the fares go up by 20-30% generally. and with xmas/NY the fares almost double.

    • +1 vote

      Just take the kids out of school. My kids missed the last 2 weeks of last term going to Japan. Headmaster said "have an awesome time".

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        Do schools allow taking kids out of school on holidays for 2 weeks or so?

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          sure. it's not like they are missing school to do drugs, watch TV, commit crimes.

          travel is educational. never has a teacher or the school negatively commented about my kids travelling and missing school

          I've taken them out approximately 9 times in the last 3 years = ~3 months of missed school - twice this year (US + Japan), 4 times last year (India, Cambodia, China, Japan), 2015 (US + Japan + Darwin)

          I take some study material with them - print out maths worksheets. they do it on the plane. in spare moments.

          kids are learning about culture, geography, history, sociology, maths (currency conversions), language + linguistics (my kids always learn phrases in non-english speaking countries. please they study japanese at school -so travel to Japan is good)

  • +1 vote

    How is weather in May in Japan?

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      Generally very good. Late May is around the start of the rainy season for Japan so YMMV in that regard (this year wasn't very rainy in May itself) but temperature-wise it's about as good as you could ask for, mid 20s highs pretty much all the time.

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      I went there last year in early May and the weather was great. Low 20's which made it ideal walking weather without breaking a sweat :)

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      Just after Cherry Blossom season if you want to see them but weather's normally quite nice.

      Cold up in the mountains but ideal temperatures further down.

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    Which is better destination Osaka or Tokyo for family trip(with 3yr and 6yr old)?

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      Both..I spent 3 days in Tokyo and 3 in Osaka with 5 yr old..

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      We took our 1 and 3 year old to Tokyo Skytree and just stayed in the one AirBnB for 2 weeks. We all loved it. Heaps to do for all ages

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      Personally I'd choose Tokyo. I highly recommend Kobe as well :)

    • +1 vote

      Tokyo. You can take them to the science museum I think is around Ueno. Also to Ghibli museum if the kids like Japanese cartoon. I fyou have enough time definitely go to kyoto. ppl are a lot nicer. We were stopping on the road with our maps deciding where to go. There were like 3 ppl stopped and asked us if we need any help. Streets are less crowded as well.

    • +1 vote

      Both!!!!

      OSAKA: Universal Studios/Harry Potter, Kaiyukan (Japan 2nd biggest aquarium), anime manga stuff near namba station, umeda building, Hep 5

      TOKYO: Odaiba (Gundam Statue, Sega Joypolis, Miraikan Science Museum, Lab art, so on - all in one place,
      Disney, studio Gibli

  • +1 vote

    So i just bought the ticket for 9 days to Tokyo.

    …….

    Anyone got a link to a forum regarding "How to Travel around Japan, the OZBARGIN Way" lol!

  • +1 vote

    Darn, was hoping to buy a ticket that flew in the next month or so

    • +1 vote

      Same. Who knows what I'll be doing mid next year…

      • +1 vote

        releasing Pocophone F2?