I just flew to Tokyo on Spring Airlines from Shanghai. From Shanghai, they also fly to places such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. A round-trip ticket from Bangkok to Shanghai can set you back less than $180 if you catch a promotion and around $207 - $250 if you do not. Like elsewhere, it depends on the dates. A round-trip ticket from Shanghai to Ibaraki (Tokyo) set me back exactly $102 because I was on deck and caught the promotion. I was ready to click when the first moment came (I had already created an account and I had entered my info). Check their website to catch their promotions. Cheap flights, airline tickets, find and book cheap flight online-Spring Airlines It is no wonder that the Chinese tourists spend so little money in Thailand. They spent little to get there, and they would not have come if it were expensive. So it is easy to get to China on Spring Airlines, and once you are here (China now has a 24 hour transit visa so you can leave the airport and check things out) you can continue to Japan or South Korea very cheaply. Ibaraki airport is one hour and forty minutes outside of Tokyo (by bus). Ibaraki's website makes it easy to reserve a bus ride to and from the airport (only $5). The airport is tiny, clean, and efficient. The bus drops you off at Tokyo station. Be aware that the place the bus drops you off is not the same place the bus will pick you up at for the return trip. Flights inside China can be dirt cheap. I am headed up to the far north of China: round-trip less than $50 (promotion). One-hour flights can go for $15 (similar to a promotion on Nok or Air Asia). Spring Airlines has good service and a solid safety record.