Japanese Low Cost Airlines

Do you know the various Easyjet, Ryanair, Wizz Air? In addition to the national airline Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), which often offer advantageous packages for domestic flights, there are also low-cost airlines in Japan that connect the various Japanese cities with each other but also with Korea, China, Taiwan and Australia.
These companies are suitable for longer journeys, in case you want to reach Okinawa or Sapporo, but can be an alternative to the train for the Osaka-Tokyo route.

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Peach Aviation

Peach Aviation is based in Osaka and connects the following cities:
Tokyo, Sendai, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Osaka-Kansai, Matsuyama, Naha-Okinawa, Ishigaki (Japan), Seoul-Incheon, Busan (Korea), Hong Kong (China), Taipei, Kaohsiung (Taiwan).
The minimum price for an Osaka-Tokyo flight is approximately 4,000 yen.

The airline is part of the All Nippon Airways (ANA) group and in 2019 incorporated the low-cost carrier Vanilla Air.

Official website

Peach Aviation, A320-200, JA810P (24549183532)

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JetStar Airways

This Australian company has a Japanese division and connects Narita Airport with the following Japanese cities:
Osaka, Sapporo, Naha-Okinawa, Kagoshima, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Oita, Matsuyama, Takamatsu.
In addition, Hong Kong, Manila and Australia can be reached from Tokyo.
The minimum price for a Tokyo-Osaka flight is about 4000 Yen.

Official website

JA04JJ (10493571764)

Spring Airlines

Spring Airlines is a Chinese airline with a Japanese division and based at Narita International Airport.

The company started flying in 2014 and the destinations served are Hiroshima, Osaka, Saga and Sapporo to Japan plus some Chinese cities such as Wuhan, Harbin, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing.

Official website

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Air Do

AIRDO is a Japanese regional airline based in Sapporo. It operates a scheduled service between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in cooperation with All Nippon Airways, from its hubs at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Official website

AirDo B767-300ER (JA98AD) (25977609581)


Skymark Airlines is a Japanese low-cost airline based at Haneda Airport. It operates scheduled services with a main base at Haneda Airport, but is also the main carrier at Kobe Airport, and the only Japanese airline offering scheduled services at Ibaraki Airport north of Tokyo.

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JA767C B767-3Q8ER Skymark Airlines HND 23MAY03 (8472312161)


StarFlyer is a Japanese airline based at Kitakyushu Airport in Fukuoka prefecture. It connects major Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Naha, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

Official website

JA23MC (29890762650)

Solaseed Air

Solaseed Air is a Japanese regional airline based at Miyazaki Airport in Kyushu. It mainly operates between Tokyo and destinations on the island of Kyushu.

Official website


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