Its soon time to set off for our annual pilgrimage.
Today we read in the papers that Japan, along with Malaysia is one of the top destinations for travellers leaving Singapore. In 2014, there was close to 250,000 visitors to Japan according to the Japan National tourism organization in Singapore. I’ll bet that that number has since grown even more since the yen has actually fallen over the last few years making it more accessible and economical!
So, what are the ways to travel to Japan?
Well you can always take the direct flight with Singapore Air, ANA, JAL or even American airlines making that transpacific trip stopping over in Osaka or Tokyo. But it would not be such a bad thing to transit via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Taipei. A quick search shows there are 14 direct flights to Tokyo from Singapore and 15 that connects via other major cities across Asia (need to verify that). That’s possibly a total of 29 flights per day!
Actually come to think of it, assuming each direct flight can carry 200 people (and assume they fly every day) – the capacity will be in excess of a million seats available every year…so there is still a lot of potential there for this market. Well I could be wrong here with the numbers (obviously not all the flights are daily), but the point is that there is a lot of options out there.
Perhaps not when everyone wants to get there at the same time!
Well, we are turning in now and tomorrow will be a long day. Suan’s having “butterflies in her stomach”, which usually happens on the eve of an anticipated trip such as this. I shall be carrying the shopping the next 10 days.