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American Airlines Launches First Nonstop Flight To Tokyo From This Major U.S. City 

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Japan is having a moment.

One of the biggest trending destinations for 2024 travelers are attracted to is Japan, and particularly Tokyo for its culture, impressive temples and monuments, futuristic skyscrapers, and springtime cherry blossom.  

Over 25 million international travelers visited Japan in 2023!

Tokyo skyline

There’s nowhere better to travel to right now. And booking your flights just got easier too.  

American Airlines is launching its first nonstop flight to Tokyo from this major U.S. city:

NYC To Tokyo 

It will now be easier than ever before for New Yorkers to escape to Tokyo.  

Starting on June 28, American Airlines will be the only U.S. airline to provide a nonstop service between New York’s JFK airport and Tokyo’s Haneda airport.  

The exterior of Haneda airport

This flight is a marathon not a sprint, with a flight time of 14 hours and 35 minutes. American Airlines will be using a Boeing 777-200 for the route.  

The flight times available are incredibly convenient too. Passengers will depart from New York JFK at 11.25am and then land in Tokyo at 2.30pm the next day.  

For the return leg of your journey you will leave Tokyo Haneda at 4.30pm and land in JFK at 4.35pm on the same day.  

Tickets for this new route went on sale on 26 Feb.  

TOKYO, JAPAN - Tokyo Station on a sunny day

There are 2 international airports in Tokyo: Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita.

While both have their benefits, Haneda is considered the more convenient of the 2 because it is much closer to Tokyo’s city center. You can take a train ride from Haneda Airport to Tokyo Station (the city’s main rail hub) in just 30 minutes.  

Why Visit Tokyo?  

Japan is a country packed full of exciting and innovative cities, but there’s no place quite like Tokyo. Tokyo's culture is a unique blend of tradition and modernity, working together in harmony.  

You’ll find historical sites and pop culture spots sitting side by side, which means this really is a city that offers something for everyone.  

 The interior of Sanrio Puroland Tokyo Japan

History buffs will be fascinated by the Sensoji Temple, and the Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum provide valuable insights into the history of the city.  

You can immerse yourself in Kawaii culture and release your inner child by visiting the Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea parks. Alternatively, true kawaii enthusiasts will love Sanrio Puroland, which is a mecca for Sanrio and Hello Kitty lovers.  

Manga fans should visit Akihabara, which is a buzzing shopping hub known as the electric town. Venues specializing in manga, anime, and video games are abundant here.  

colorful signs in Akihabara Tokyo Japan.

And whether you’re looking for Michelin-starred dining experiences or budget street ramen that you can eat on narrow benches cozied up to the locals, the food here is delicious, plentiful, and aesthetically pleasing.  

Top Tips For Visiting Tokyo 

  • English isn’t spoken extensively in the city so consider learning a few words of conversational Japanese before you fly. You should also download a translation app to your phone which will translate signs and menus for you, and can also come in handy if you get lost.
lanterns and signs light up a dark street in Tokyo
  • If you need assistance then head to the nearest koban. These are small police stations on local street corners and you’ll see them everywhere. Crime levels are incredibly low in Tokyo but you can report crimes here. You can also report any lost items or even just ask for directions.   
  • Buy a Pasmo or Suica card to pay for your journeys as you navigate Tokyo’s public transport system. This might seem like a small trip, but it really will save you a fortune particularly over longer stays. 
a diner sits at an outdoor stool at a restaurant bar in Tokyo
  • If you walk past a store or restaurant with a long queue then don’t be deterred: join the line! Japanese people are known for their perseverance and are happy to wait in line for a good thing. The longer the queue, the better the food will be when you get to the front.  

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