Strange summer, wet October, typhoons. I went to the Tokyo ski shop area today, and they are having the pre-season opening fair, on what I consider to be, maybe, a week earlier than usual. Kiosks line the street. They hand out resort info, along with some discount coupons. This means it's time for the annual thread Buying Ski/Snowboard gear in Tokyo for Season 2017/2018. All of the stores in the Tokyo ski shop area have moved their gear down to the ground floor. Alpen(a store which is not gone) was one of the only stores to have a good stock of ID One mogul skis, but there's a big range of ID One ski in the Victoria main store The AUD has been going up and sits since around April and has around 87 yen/AUD, so the gear in Japan is more attractive price wise, when compared to last year. 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. The problem this years is that the old store lease is up, and they've moved two door down in to the tiny location. However, I've gotten whispers from the shop staff that they "may" be opening a new store "nearby", not in the main street, but "around the corner". I will update the status when I have more info. Currently, they said the new store "may open on December 1st" Here are the maps 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: 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. Also, if you take a walk down Meiji Dori (street) SE from Harajuku Station about 250m, then take a right down Takeshita St Meiji Dori (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 (Cat Street). There are more shops along there, including a Burton shop. Have a look in London Sports first. It can be very cheap. Make sure you pick up the discount card first: Usually, you buy something, and they give you a card, but if you're quick, grab a card from the stack at the cashier, then plan your strategy. It gives you 10% off the already discounted prices. For around every 3000yen you spend, you get a stamp When you have 6 stamps, you can get a one off 20%. So best thing to do is to spend enough to fill 6 stamps in one or more purchases, then make one big purchase with your 20% off. ### See edit in bold.