Rent, Buy or Ship: A Guide to Getting Ski and Snowboard Gear in Japan

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Powder perfect snow. Healing hot springs. Fast and accessible transport. Excellent-quality ski gear. It’s no mystery why Japan has become one of the world’s most increasingly popular ski destinations.
Skiing or snowboarding in Japan is also incredibly affordable—there are plenty of packages available, and lift tickets and accommodation are a fraction of the price compared to Europe. Renting or buying ski gear in Japan, however, isn’t always cheap. But if you’re willing to do a bit of research, you can find a bargain.
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As an overview, we’ve put together this little guide. Here you’ll find all you need to know about:

where to buy ski gear in Tokyo,
where to rent on the two major resorts (in Niseko and Hakuba),
the

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