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Bringing training weapons through the airport
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Greetings Everyone,

The purpose of this post is actually for my own means because I could not find the information browsing around any sites. But the information shared here could help other travelers who buy training weapons in Japan and want to get them home.

I am aware that you cannot bring Iaido, Katana or any actual weapon (sharp or not) through certain airports as carry-on items. In fact, live blades require a license to own and they are mailed to you from Japan even if you pay for it here, as the Japan Sword Co. informed me in person when I stopped by.

I did buy a pair of bokken for training back in the US, thinking I could mail them easily, however the post office does not carry cardboard boxes that fit the bokken. I asked a few shop keepers but that size of a long narrow cardboard box suitable to be shipped is very hard to find.

So, I am hoping someone on here can tell me where I could buy a shinai bag to put the bokken in and make it a checked piece of luggage. I am thinking the store near the Ayase Budokan which is so popular among travelers here, however I dont know exactly where that store is. My last ditch effort to get these home is to buy a fishing pole bag and use that, but I don't know where to buy one of those either.

I am currently in Noda-Chiba and will be flying out this Tuesday night, any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Posted on: 2010/10/30 22:25
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That little Budo shop near the Budokan is the best thing I can think of. If you're walking directly from Ayase Station to the Budokan it's on a corner, about 2/3 of the way toward the Budokan, on your left.

Posted on: 2010/10/31 2:48
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On your way to the budokan look for the corner where buyu are gathered like flies on food.

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If the Budoya by Ayase does not work out, there are two in Suidobashi that sell weapons bags.

They are fairly easy to find, but I am hesitant to try and write out directions if you have never been in that area. As you are still in country, maybe ask one of the resident foreigners or a more experienced visitor for directions/help.


Another thought... try to find a UPS/FedEX/DHL outlet. Doubt there is one in Noda-shi, but maybe Kashiwa?

Good luck.

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If you can use google maps with streetview, here is a link to the main Suidobashi budo shop:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=tokyo ... r=Tokyo+Dome&ll=35.703372,139.754966&spn=0.003982,0.009141&z=17&layer=c&cbll=35.703461,139.755223&panoid=ydiYbNgYV65R62BY5E6qHA&cbp=12,49.38,,0,0.23

(It's the shop with the little truck parked outside)
It's just a few minutes north of Suidobashi station, with the Tokyo Dome being the main point of reference if you're stuck.

There is a harder to find budo store near kudanshita station (also central Tokyo). There is a map in the information section of the english website if you need it:
http://www.sakuraya.org/

I like this shop a lot. They have english pricelists online too - and stock bokken bags as well as some very good bokken, shinai etc. Look out for the cool weapons they have too inside:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid ... l=744a825bb4&id=666136756

Also, there are loads of great fishing tackle shops in Tokyo.
I bought several fishing rod bags from a store in Kanda called Tackleberry.
They are excellent quality, better than any bokken/shinai bags I've had and what's even better is that you don't look like some guy carrying weapons - you like like a peaceful fisherman.
The bags start at around 1000Y each - cheap!

There are links and directions here:
http://www.fishingjapan.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=256&start=0

Steve

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You can check your training weapons, there is a counter you have to take them to at the airport. It is a bit of a hastle but you can do it.

They will inspect them first then they well check them.
Kind of painless, the only problem is if you have a nihonto. You need a permit and other papers to get them out of the country. If it is an iaito you should have no problems because they aren't sharp and secondly rarely steel.


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Thanks everyone, only I asked for help too late to make it back to Tokyo to check out those spots. A friend took me to a department store in Kashiwa and I picked up what I think is a golf club bag for 1980 yen, perfect size, zippers, shoulder strap. Should be able to check it no problem, fits probably 6 shinai/bokken.

Appreciate all your prompt responses. I'm outta here tomorrow night, back to A-Stan, look forward to returning next year hopefully.

Posted on: 2010/11/1 0:20
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When flying out of Narita airport, I was told I needed to check my shinai at the counter, yet people were allowed to board with tennis rackets, baseball bats, etc...

Posted on: 2010/11/3 12:11
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I checked the bokken in a golf club bag with no issues.

Posted on: 2010/11/4 1:59
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