I was fortunate the first time I went to Japan in that my university booked our flights, meaning I just had to pack and show up. Since then, I’ve had to book my own, and it’s not a task I enjoy. If you want to save any money, you have to go through one of the many “deals” sites out there — about one in three of which are just deal-site aggregators that suggest other places via popup — many of which offer the exact same flight package (no joke, it’s the same flight numbers and times) but with different prices. However, in searching about eight different places tonight, I’ve managed to find deals that’ll cost just over a hundred less than the first few sites I checked.
Either way, my wallet is crying right now.