Hidden Costs of Traveling 5 Tips to Keep in Mind

How to Avoid Hidden Costs While TravelingGetting Cheap Tickets is Nice But Are They Really Cheap?

If you’re thinking of moving to Japan (or anywhere across the globe) for school or work or even just to travel then there is somethings you should know. If you are traveling to go to school or for work you’re most likely going to try to pack everything you can think of when moving and for the most part it’s a good idea. But you might want to know some secrets of cheap flights to places like Japan.

My wife and I recently just made it to Japan and we flew from Colorado DIA to LAX (Los Angeles) and then LAX to TIA Taipei (Taiwan) then Taipei to FUK Fukuoka, Japan. Thing is we started off with a cheapo flight by Frontier Airlines in the states to travel to LAX we then had to recheck our baggage before getting back on the plane because of a 13 hour layover. Then we traveled to Taiwan by China Airlines and then again took China Airlines to Fukuoka.

So here is where the first step comes in:


Why? Well we quickly found out, yes they did note that bags shouldn’t be over 50 pounds and we’ll get to that a bit more here in a second, but you need to CALL your airline you are using to make sure how many bags you can check on and how many personal and carry on items are allowed before fees. We used a service called Kiwi and they were totally wrong! We could only have 1 single carry on, the e-ticket from Kiwi and information they gave us said we could have a checked bag, 1 personal item and a carry on. Well needless to say that $200 ticket for both of us was jacked up to $290 for our carry on bags and checked bags.

It would have only been $215 but we were over 7 pounds on one bag… So that bumped us up $75 just for that bag. So here comes tip number 2.

2. Make sure you have an accurate scale at your home so you can weigh your bags before getting to the airport. So you may be stuck with a $100-$200 fee to check bags, but at least you can stay under the radar of the $75 over weight bag fee!

So as you can guess, you do NEED things going half way across the world and the airlines take advantage of that, so don’t be fooled by cheap prices. For those going to Japan, A LOT of things can be repurchased for peanuts at local 100 yen shops.

Tricks to Saving Money While Flying to Japan3. Take note of tip 1 again, because once we got to LAX and had to recheck our bags we would have had to pay for 4 different bags, even carry on.

4. Make sure you take carry on baggage into mind because the weight for each carry on can change from airlines to airlines even if you just carried on that baggage from another airlines.

This happened when getting checked in to China Airlines. Each carry on turned into a checked bag, and thankfully the man we checked out with on China Airlines was nice enough to give us a pass on all of them, otherwise it would have been another $300 for all our bags even though a few of them were carry on bags from before.

So we paid around $1,300 for both tickets when we initially purchased it. It would have quickly been pushed up to $2000 for our tickets after baggage fees if we were to have to pay all the fees.

5. The best bet sometimes is to calculate if it could be cheaper to pay for less flights and checking of baggage. Not only will you save money or maybe just break even, but you’ll have to worry less about rechecking bags in other airports, which makes flying a lot less stressful.

-Nihon Scope


Bonus tip #6: Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pack. Having to pack to travel across the world is stressful no matter when you do it, but it’s worse if you do it the night before you’re leaving.

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This was actually a pamphlet given to us from FFLC. Funny stuff like this is everywhere in Japan. Totally not politically correct for many tender footed Americans sadly, but that’s what makes it epic, this would be cry baby central for the bleeding hearts of America. It’s nice to see some straight up answers to things you know?

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Nihon Scope In An Infograph

A Quick Overview of Nihon Scope in Infographic Form:

For more information visit our home page for our latest update/blog posts about Japan.

Take a look at a bit of what we write about on the blog, what our favorite activities are in Japan. Where we are living and how we are getting around while in Fukuoka. This is really a super simple infograph about Nihon Scope mostly as I’m learning to use them so I can better represent the information we gather while in Japan.

It’s taken us a long while to compile a lot of the information on this site so far, mostly because it has to come from hard research across videos and other website. I’m looking forward to writing about Japan from first hand experience moving into the future. So I hope to do that and be able to offer visually stunning infographics as well as first hand video experiences and possibly at times interviews.

-Nihon Scope

PS: Click on the graphic to zoom in.


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