This year, hot temperatures only finished about 4 days ago in Tokyo, more than a month later than last year. It's also been very wet and humid, and we've had a lot of typoons. However, by my reckoning, the coming season is likely to return to normal, after poor snow in central Japan last season.(and a very late start in Hokkaido) So it's time for the annual thread Buying Ski/Snowboard gear in Tokyo for Season 2016/2017. The big stores in the Tokyo ski shop area have moved their gear down to the ground floor. I was there yesterday, and there while some smaller shops have not yet opened their door, and the huge chain store, Victoria, seem to be taking over more shop space in the area. For example, the well known store "Alpen" has close it's doors for good, and Victoria has opened a ball sports store in tis place. Alpen was one of the only stores to have a good stock of ID One mogul skis, and it look to me like Victoria may have taken the snow gear from Alpen, as they now have a big ID One section in the Victoria main store, about 70m to the SE. (see maps) The AUD has fallen since around April and has around 76-80 yen/AUD, so the gear in Japan is not as attractive pricewise, when compared to last year. (when it was around 85-88) London Sports outlet is the cheapest place in the whole area. They usually have budget, but quality brand skis, snowboards, boots downstairs, and clothes, goggles, hats, gloves upstairs. They also have brand name sports shoes and clothes. I'll be posting some ski/snowboard/clothes etc, prices that I've seen. Here's the map to the ski shop area of Tokyo: The two best boot fitting shops are the Fuso ski boot shop ( One of 3 Fuso shops almost all in a row, starting about 20m west of London Sports), and the ICI Race shop. The cluster of Sakaiya stores northwest of Jimbocho Station: Showing Vail & London sports. Exit B5 from Shin-Ochanomizu & Ogawamachi Metro Subway stations: (I will update the photo, as London Sports now has a proper sign!!) A good place to try for some bargains on goggles & gloves is Kandahar. Not marked on my map, but they have 3-4 shops along the street between ICI main store and ICI hiking & climbing store. The stores are located in a row, along the street where the "&" is on my map (starting from about the "g" in "hiking") K Village is still running..... it's located about 30-40m west of ICI hiking & climbing store. You can often find good deals on gloves & helmets. One thing to note, there is also a big ICI Ishi sports store opposite Harajuku station. This has been there for a couple of years, but it's worthwhile having a look for clothes. (####EDIT as of December 2016, this ICI shop is having a closing down sale) Also, if you take a walk down Meiji Dori (street) SE from Harajuku Station about 250m, then take a right down Takeshita St (main crossing, & main road south between there and Shibuya station), you will see a number of ski/snowboard clothes shops. Go about 500m until the road bends left (as you see the JR railway line), then turn left, then left and double back on the parallel street. There are more shops along there, including a Burton shop.