Hot, hot summer, record high months for Tokyo in March, April, July and October, huge typhoons. I went to the Tokyo ski shop area last weekend at the pre-season opening fair, on what I have considered to be a week earlier than usual, but they also did that last year. 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 2018/2019. All of the stores in the Tokyo ski shop area have moved their gear down to the ground floor. Alpen is gone. The AUD has been sitting pretty stable all year at around 80 yen/AUD, so the gear in Japan is a touch more expensive 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. Last year the old store lease was up, and they moved two doors down in to the tiny location, but they opened a new store around Christmas last year, just down the lane (see map) 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. There's also a new one one the corner to the SE of ICI main store 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 actually another Kandahar store..... it's located about 30-40m west of ICI hiking & climbing store. You can often find good deals on gloves & helmets. If you're after goggles, it's worthwhile looking in ICI race, as they have old season goggles there. Also, if you take a walk down Meiji Dori (street) SE from Harajuku Station about 250m, then take a right down 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. However, last weekend, there were not many skis or snowboards yet You can get an additional discount with their card, or buy subscribing to their Line link. 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.