Flight Deal: Cheap Tickets from D.C., $481 + tax

Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. Image courtesy blog.mobissimo.com Golden Week, one of the three peak travel times for Japan, is almost upon us.  But that hasn't stopped a few enterprising travel agencies from offering super-cheap tickets, like this one out of Washington, D.C.

If you can hop on a plane next week, you'll pay just $481 and tax.  That figure does include the fuel surcharge, which for most airlines has just recently gone way down.

Once you get into the real Golden Week holidays, that fare goes up a bit, but it's never more than $606 plus tax – still a steal, given the season.

The catch is that the name of the airline isn't published, but it's probably American, given the route and their recent tendency to slash prices on East Coast flights to Tokyo.  They're not renowned for their service, but that's how I honed the art of Airplane Yoga.

The cherry blossoms have already faded from central Japan, but the weather is absolutely beautiful.

Get the details from H.I.S. New York, or call them directly at 1-800-275-4447 to make a reservation.  If they answer the phone in Japanese, don't panic: they speak English.