This week we are flying to Japan.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Israel to Japan.
There are basically two options:
- Flight to Europe (4 to 5 hours) , hopefully a short connection (2 hours) and then a flight to Japan (~11).
- Flight with El-Al to Hong Kong/Thailand (~11 hours), connection (2), flight to Japan (5).
El-Al cannot fly over Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan…), therefore the flights to Hong Kong and back are a bit longer than what you should expect.
Price: Cheapest flight (return) is about 1250$. Assuming you are only staying for about a week or two. If you stay more than a month, the price jumps to around 1400-1500$.
Having spent time explaining about the technicalities, I can now write what we are doing: Mika and Roi will fly through Hong Kong (El-Al JAL), and I will with Air France (Via Paris). Complicated, isn’t it? But, that’s the best combination we could find. (price/timing wise).