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Monday, 14th November 2011
In Japan Travel News,

Japanese travel ?more affordable?

The cost of travelling through Japan is on track to drop as plans for three new low-cost airlines are unveiled.

Air Asia Japan, Jetstar Japan and Peach Aviation are all set to ease the financial expense of exploring the nation’s most exciting spots.

This October, the number of Britons visiting the country came to its normal figure, reflecting increased confidence in tourism in the wake of the March 11th disaster.

Kylie Clark, head of PR and marketing for the Japan National Tourism Organisation, believes the new airlines will further bolster the country’s appeal.

She said: “We think 2012 is going to be a much better year, and there are some really exciting developments happening.

“The bullet train network is fantastic, but Japan is an island nation, and for some places you do need flights.”

Tourists will have greater access to stunning sites in areas like Okinawa, which reflect the country’s rich and diverse culture.

Ms Clark added: “Also, Hokkaido in the north will have low-cost flights up there, so it’s going to open up Japan massively and it’ll be so much cheaper for people to explore the country.”

The move has meant the government has had to shift its policy on low-cost carriers, which has taken some time to come about.

Combined with ANA’s introduction of the 787 Dreamliner fromBoeing, travel both domestically and internationally in Japan is on course to explode.

Britons are therefore advised to go beyond their typical destinations in Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuji, to further afield, such as Hiroshima.

They might also take advantage of the Japan Rail Pass, which allows explorers to travel the length and breadth of much of the country at a fixed price.

Ms Clark concluded: “Getting down to Okinawa, the islands way down in the south, is quite difficult and prohibitive.

“Now with low-cost carriers, it’ll be much cheaper to get down to those islands.”

Posted by Susan Ballion