I live in Tokyo and want to visit both Germany (I'm going to travel to different cities to visit friends, so airport doesn't matter much) and either LA or the bay area this August. Unfortunately for me, I only have 2-3 weeks for both, and it has to be August, even though I would have preferred to fly during a less expensive month.
Now that I spent hours on hipmunk and ita matrix trying to find the best routing for me, I think it's a good idea to ask for some advice :). Tickets for TYO - FRA, LAX - TYO and similar can be found for about $1400 (that's for both tickets), but it's absolutely impossible to find reasonably priced tickets for the Germany - West coast segment. It seems that my best bet is just to buy 2 round trip tickets from Tokyo. Do you see anything I don't? I absolutely wouldn't mind flying any crazy detours if it nets me cheaper tickets.