One of the best ways to save money while traveling is to take advantage of off season pricing. Most airfare & hotel fees are much lower during the slow or off season for a destination. Here are our general tips for low-season travel to Japan.
Winter / Nov - Feb
Weather: Cold, Snow.
Activities: Ski & Winter Sports, Snow Festivals, Illuminations, Winter Food
Late Spring / May - Jun
Weather: Warm, Rainy
Activities: Museum Visits, Visit the Locals, Shopping, Traditional Crafts
Early Fall / Sep - Oct
Weather: Hot to warm, occasional rain storms
Activities: Onsen, Outdoor Activities, Go for a Drive, Wine Grape Harvest
Daily Differences - Like with travel elsewhere, traveling during the weekdays is usually cheaper than on the weekend. With this in mind try to schedule your flights for Tuesday through Thursday for the best prices, as a bonus hotels are usually cheaper during the weekdays too! On Airfare search sights use the flex-fare options to check out the daily differences.
Deals - Keep an eye out on travel websites and agent websites for flash and daily deals.