|Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 2):|
Also is it normal for domestic japanese return flight to be in excess of USD500??
Just came back from Japan a few weeks ago. It does seem to be very expensive for domestic and even short-hop flights out there. Considering you are only there for a little over a month I would recommend getting to know Japan rather than going elsewhere. That way you'll leave in April with a firm understanding of what Japan stands for.
When I was out there for our short 10 days we flew into Osaka from San Francisco, took the train to Nara, train to Kyoto, and Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo. Flew home from Tokyo.
There was so much more to see, but no time. Definitely make it out to Nara, what a beautiful city - I was blown away. Osaka was cool, but just like any other big metropolis - a few sites here and there, but generally just people going about their busy lives. Kyoto has wonderful temples and sites throughout the city.
I wish I had time to go out east to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and even north to Sapporo.
Basically... you have a lot to see out there, use the time wisely (I assume you'll be working there too).