Japan may seem really, really far away. Mainly because it's really, really far away. But, right now you can go the distance for less than $500.
OK, so here's the deal: For select dates in February - May you can fly with China Eastern Airlines and go round-trip from San Francisco to Tokyo for just $484. Put in sample dates like February 8 - February 16, 2015 to find the deal. Comparable flights are going for almost $1,000 on these dates. So, like, this is literally half of what you would normally pay.
Here's a a snapshot of the available dates taken from Google Flights:
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Priceline, Kayak, and WebJet are also among the booking sites showing this deal. The only real catch here is the long layover in Shanghai. But, it gives you enough time to briefly explore Shanghai, so that could be a plus, if you're a glass-half-full kind of person.
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