Everything you need to know about chartering a private jet to Japan
Japan is one of the most popular travel locations in the world, and with good reason: it offers a great blend of history, architecture, nature and culture, with iconic sites like Mount Fuji, Kinkaku-ji and the Shibuya Crossing enticing visitors from around the world. Here's our guide to chartering a private jet to Japan.
Why charter a private jet to Japan?
Japan boasts some of the world’s most scenic landscapes. At Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano, you can see wild Snow Monkeys find relief from the ice-capped cliffs in the famous hot spring; while the iconic cone-shaped Mount Fuji can be hiked to the summit and back within a day.
History buffs will find many pristinely preserved sites. Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple near Easter Kyoto has a history dating back to the year 798, and Todai-ji Temple in Nara was first opened in 752. One of Japan’s most popular buildings, Kinjaku-ji, dates back to 1397 and features an iconic gold-leaf covered pavilion.
Japan is also a hub for culture and technology. Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo is known to draw the most fashionable youth in Japan, while the city’s technology district, Akihabara, is a sensory overload of colours and sounds.
Top private jet airports in Japan
- Narita International Airport puts you 60km from the lights and sounds of Tokyo. A free shuttle bus service runs between 05:00 - 22:30.
- Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) should be your choice for Kyoto. The Osaka Monorail is a great way to travel from the airport.
- Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya is the main gateway to Japan’s central region. Relax at the Fu No Yu bathhouse while taking in the sunset over the Ise Bay.
Top events in Japan
Along with its beauty and history, Japan has an active and vibrant culture. From July to August you can enjoy the festivals of Northern Honshu, which take place in the Tohoku, the northern region of Japan. The festivals include gigantic float parades, taiko drums, dancers and musicians. Nebuta Matsuri is the largest and most popular, taking place at the height of summer from August 2-7.
From August to October, make your way to the festivals of the southern island of Kyushu, including breathtaking lantern and fire festivals. The Yamaga Lantern Festival takes place from August 15-16 and features the famous One Thousand Lantern Dance, which sees hundreds of women dance in formation with lanterns on their heads.
Japan is also the proud host of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which runs from 20 September to 2 November and showcases some of Japan's great stadiums and cities.
What determines the cost of chartering a private jet?
The cost of a private jet charter is ultimately dependent on the type of aircraft you charter and the route you’d like to take.
Traveling as a group is a great way to cut costs. For example, if your extended family is joining on a trip to Japan, rather than booking separate flights you could charter a high-capacity heavy jet like the Gulfstream G550, which comfortably seats 16 passengers.
Booking flights in advance is more cost-effective. If you and your friends are traveling to Japan for a popular festival or sporting event, book far in advance for a greater chance of securing smaller, lighter aircraft: the Hawker Beechcraft Premier I IA, for example, is one of the most popular jets in its class and can comfortably seat you and five others.
If you do leave it to the last minute, ask whether there’s an empty leg flight available. This is when a private jet booked for a one-way flight then returns empty to its base. As the jet needs to make the return journey regardless, clients are often offered highly discounted rates to fill the seats, with savings of up to 75%.
How much does it cost to charter a private jet to Japan?
As mentioned above, the exact price of your private jet charter comes down to a number of factors, including your departure and arrival airports and the type of private jet you require. Light jets, for example, tend to have a lower cost per hour of flight than midsize or heavy jets; however, since larger jets have capacity for more passengers, you’d have more people on board to share the cost. Some pricing examples for private jet charters to Japan are listed below:
- A flight from John F Kennedy Airport in New York to Osaka International in a light jet like a Hawker Beechcraft Premier I IA, which seats six, costs in the region of $40,000 and requires some stops for refueling.
- If you depart from Los Angeles International Airport in a midsize jet like the eight-seater Embraer Legacy 500 and land at Narita Airport in New Tokyo, you can also expect a fare in the region of $40,000.
- Getting from Miami Executive Airport in Florida to Fukushima Airport in a heavy jet, such as the Dassault Falcon 7X, sets you back around $94,000. The flight takes nearly 17 hours uninterrupted, so traveling in comfort and luxury is a great bonus.
- A trip from Reno Tahoe International Airport to Miyazaki Airport in an executive airliner, such as the Airbus A318 Elite, which seats 19, will cost around $105,000 for the 13-hour flight.
If you’re looking for a precise quote for your charter flight, speak to our team online or call us on +1 416 628 9412. You'll be assigned a dedicated account manager who will take care of all the arrangements, so all you have to do is sit back and look forward to your trip.