The cheapest times to fly from LAX to KIJ are

  • January 8th to May 13th (except the weeks of March 19th, March 26th, April 16th, and April 30th)
  • September 10th to December 2nd

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from LAX to KIJ is early October. Prices can be as high as $2017 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $926 for Thursday flights around early October.


When to Fly to Niigata

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Niigata (KIJ) will usually cost between $938 to $1454 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early October with an average ticket price of $978. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1561. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $583 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1063 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to KIJ flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the LAX to KIJ route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

LAX to KIJ Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to KIJ flight is priced close to the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to fly to KIJ, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into LAX. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $206 (14%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1064. Return trip prices are from the KIJ to LAX flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from LAX to KIJ can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 43 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from LAX to KIJ while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sendai Airport (SDJ) in Sendai

  • 99 miles (159 km) away from KIJ
  • Usually 14.59% less expensive than KIJ
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to SDJ flights

Destination alternative #2: Toyama Airport (TOY) in Toyama

  • 139 miles (224 km) away from KIJ
  • Usually 3.25% less expensive than KIJ
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to TOY flights

Destination alternative #3: Yamagata Airport (GAJ) in Yamagata

  • 75 miles (121 km) away from KIJ
  • Usually 1.65% less expensive than KIJ
  • 1-layover flights available

See LAX to GAJ flights


Flight Hacking LAX to KIJ

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from LAX to KIJ — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Osaka (LAX > KIX > KIJ)

  • Price for both tickets: $868
  • Average savings: $195 (18.31%)

See LAX to KIX flights

Hack #2: Tokyo (LAX > NRT > KIJ)

  • Price for both tickets: $932
  • Average savings: $131 (12.33%)

See LAX to NRT flights

Hack #3: Shanghai (LAX > PVG > KIJ)

  • Price for both tickets: $1038
  • Average savings: $25 (2.35%)

See LAX to PVG flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from LAX to KIJ? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: American, ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Hawaiian, JAL, Korean Air, THAI, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Niigata Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5411 miles or 8708 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from LAX to KIJ?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to KIJ flight is about 10 hour 43 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Niigata?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from LAX to KIJ.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

Destination code KIJ
Destination airport name Niigata Airport
City Niigata
Country Japan
Latitude 38
Longitude 139.1


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