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Title: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: happenstance on July 21, 2016, 10:14:00 PM
I am going to Osaka and Tokyo with my girlfriend. Not going to do too much skating but wouldn't mind info you all want to pass on. Skating or otherwise.

I do have one, very specific, skate nerd request if anyone has anything to share. I really want to skate one of those concrete playground spots that look like they belong in a skatepark. Example:

https://www.instagram.com/p/lop2oRtcvt/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/lop2oRtcvt/)

I am told they are all over the place, but if anyone has any suggestions of neighborhoods, it would be much appreciated. With what little skating I will do, this is definitely a goal to skate one!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on July 21, 2016, 10:42:31 PM
*pages Jive*
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on July 22, 2016, 01:06:16 AM
I am going to Osaka and Tokyo with my girlfriend. Not going to do too much skating but wouldn't mind info you all want to pass on. Skating or otherwise.

I do have one, very specific, skate nerd request if anyone has anything to share. I really want to skate one of those concrete playground spots that look like they belong in a skatepark. Example:

https://www.instagram.com/p/lop2oRtcvt/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/lop2oRtcvt/)

I am told they are all over the place, but if anyone has any suggestions of neighborhoods, it would be much appreciated. With what little skating I will do, this is definitely a goal to skate one!
That playground is in Tokyo. I'll need to spend a little time on google maps to find out exactly where it is again.
There are a lot of playgrounds like that but 90% of them are almost spots. There always seems to be like one small thing that makes it unskateable.

I live in Tokyo now and lived in Osaka for 13 years so I can probably hook you up with whatever you are looking for.
Feel free to hit me up if you want any help.

EDIT: Thar she blows
https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/8+Chome-11-7+%C5%8Cjima,+K%C5%8Dt%C5%8D-ku,+T%C5%8Dky%C5%8D-to+136-0072/@35.6876856,139.8385688,146m/data= (https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/8+Chome-11-7+%C5%8Cjima,+K%C5%8Dt%C5%8D-ku,+T%C5%8Dky%C5%8D-to+136-0072/@35.6876856,139.8385688,146m/data=)!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018889200a15ff9:0x5bc9f3846b2276f5!8m2!3d35.6876856!4d139.839116?hl=en
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: chockfullofthat on July 22, 2016, 07:59:04 AM
Any reason you picked Osaka over Kyoto? 
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: happenstance on July 22, 2016, 09:25:57 AM
Chock - I am actually going to Kyoto and a few other cities. I won't have much time in them so I wanted to focus whatever skate time I can get in Tokyo and Osaka.

Jive - Wow, you delivered. I will definitely be going there. I'll send you a PM.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Abyss1 on July 22, 2016, 09:35:17 AM
Osaka really reminds me of SF
Skated Osaka late night with some locals... they had a case of beer and knew english.  I was skating back to my hotel drunk and ran into them, ended up skating for a bit, was told its better to skate at night because of the crowds. 
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: art hellman on July 22, 2016, 12:35:25 PM
Lived in Tokyo for a year.  I'll PM you some stuff/spots I remember.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: chockfullofthat on July 22, 2016, 01:50:03 PM
PM me too,  I"m going in November.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: happenstance on July 23, 2016, 03:37:44 PM
Did you ever pm me art?

I'm here now and having a blast! In Osaka and also found one of those spots and I'll be trying it in the next day or two.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on July 24, 2016, 06:32:58 PM
If you're in Osaka now you should definitely go to the Tenjin Matsuri tonight.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Main on July 24, 2016, 07:03:37 PM
Skate with those Osaka Daggers dudes...they rip.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: doyle on August 04, 2016, 02:59:46 PM
going to Tokyo on the 24th for two weeks. hoping to skate but don't have any plans yet - any suggestions?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on August 09, 2016, 06:40:38 PM
going to Tokyo on the 24th for two weeks. hoping to skate but don't have any plans yet - any suggestions?
Bring a lot of tshirts and underwear, because it's hot as fuck right now.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on August 10, 2016, 12:25:46 AM
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going to Tokyo on the 24th for two weeks. hoping to skate but don't have any plans yet - any suggestions?
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Bring a lot of tshirts and underwear, because it's hot as fuck right now.
This! Just went for a 30 min sesh and am DRENCHED :'(
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Matze on August 18, 2016, 06:19:11 AM
PM me too,  I"m going in November.

let's meet up. I'll be in Tokyo from the 11/24 on.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: art hellman on August 18, 2016, 06:36:18 AM
Did you ever pm me art?

I'm here now and having a blast! In Osaka and also found one of those spots and I'll be trying it in the next day or two.

no, I blew it.  sorry.

i'll make it up for chockfull
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Hands down Hass out on August 18, 2016, 09:08:56 AM
Yo,


Any good spots in Osaka besides the Daggers plaza?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: happenstance on August 18, 2016, 10:44:54 AM
Really had a blast in Japan. For skating, Osaka and Tokyo were obviously the best. Kyoto looked like it had a lot of potential. But as a tourist I really enjoyed some of the more quiet environments. Miyajima and Nara are highly recommended.

Met up with Jive, hurt my knee so we just drank beers while I limped. It was awesome. Thanks again Jive!

Yo,


Any good spots in Osaka besides the Daggers plaza?
Go to the Shred skateshop (the TBPR shop), buy a Japanese skate product to support the scene, and then start pushing around from there. It was the highest concentration of spots I found for sure.

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going to Tokyo on the 24th for two weeks. hoping to skate but don't have any plans yet - any suggestions?
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Bring a lot of tshirts and underwear, because it's hot as fuck right now.
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This! Just went for a 30 min sesh and am DRENCHED :'(
Probably the second hottest environment I have ever skated in. The second I start rolling, I start sweating. Was always fun getting on a subway and seeing people try their best to keep distance from the sweaty gaijin.

going to Tokyo on the 24th for two weeks. hoping to skate but don't have any plans yet - any suggestions?
Push around Nishishinjuku at night or on a Sunday. It's a total bust, but you can just hit one spot and move on to the next.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: chockfullofthat on August 19, 2016, 06:50:56 AM
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PM me too,�  I"m going in November.
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let's meet up. I'll be in Tokyo from the 11/24 on.

Hell ya!  I'll arrive 11/25. Will be in Tokyo for a few days. 

Where does Jive live again?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on August 21, 2016, 04:43:28 AM
Good meeting you happenstance!

I'm in Tokyo. I'm down to meet up if you want to skate or whatever.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: L.S on August 30, 2016, 04:13:32 AM
PM me too,  I"m going in November.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: chockfullofthat on August 31, 2016, 05:34:45 AM
Good meeting you happenstance!

I'm in Tokyo. I'm down to meet up if you want to skate or whatever.

For sure, might not be bringing my board but I'm down to get some drinks.  I'll be staying near Ueno.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: doyle on September 16, 2016, 12:26:49 PM
ended up having the best time ever in tokyo. skating during the day was pretty tough but skating through the night into the morning was amazing. 10/10 would definitely go back.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Abyss1 on September 16, 2016, 04:08:00 PM
ended up having the best time ever in tokyo. skating during the day was pretty tough but skating through the night into the morning was amazing. 10/10 would definitely go back.

For real I had a session at 3am with some locals in Osaka that was pretty fun, they had beer and everything, even the cops didnt give a fuck
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: doyle on September 16, 2016, 05:44:22 PM
only thing i'd suggest to others would be to stay out of the touristy areas when it's busy, even at night. 11 of us got driven to our airbnb from the classic white tile hubba in roppongi by 3 cop vans at 1am just because we didn't have our passports on us.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: foureyedjim on October 09, 2016, 02:49:02 PM
Okay, so I'm going to tokyo alone for two weeks in January right after new years and I have a few questions...
What's the weather like around that time?  I lived there a loooooong time ago and don't remember much. 
Also, how much Japanese is sufficient for survival?  I'm considering contacting an english speaking homestay or is a hostel better?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on October 09, 2016, 06:26:58 PM
gunna be COLD son!!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: foureyedjim on October 09, 2016, 06:43:41 PM
gunna be COLD son!!

haha oh snap! I figured as much, all my memories are during the summer so I'm pretty excited. 
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 10, 2016, 06:12:00 PM
Okay, so I'm going to tokyo alone for two weeks in January right after new years and I have a few questions...
What's the weather like around that time?  I lived there a loooooong time ago and don't remember much. 
Also, how much Japanese is sufficient for survival?  I'm considering contacting an english speaking homestay or is a hostel better?
It'll be cold, like jacket and hat weather, but cold is a relative term depending on where you are coming from. If you're coming some place like Chicago or NYC you'll probably be stoked.
You will be fine with English only. Japanese are really accommodating.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: foureyedjim on October 11, 2016, 12:38:36 AM
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Okay, so I'm going to tokyo alone for two weeks in January right after new years and I have a few questions...
What's the weather like around that time?  I lived there a loooooong time ago and don't remember much. 
Also, how much Japanese is sufficient for survival?  I'm considering contacting an english speaking homestay or is a hostel better?
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It'll be cold, like jacket and hat weather, but cold is a relative term depending on where you are coming from. If you're coming some place like Chicago or NYC you'll probably be stoked.
You will be fine with English only. Japanese are really accommodating.

I'm from sunny California...haha!  But it's not like I've never been in the snow before. 
I know you live there so it'd be hard to say, but what are your thoughts on homestay vs hostels in tokyo?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 11, 2016, 02:35:15 AM
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Okay, so I'm going to tokyo alone for two weeks in January right after new years and I have a few questions...
What's the weather like around that time?  I lived there a loooooong time ago and don't remember much. 
Also, how much Japanese is sufficient for survival?  I'm considering contacting an english speaking homestay or is a hostel better?
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It'll be cold, like jacket and hat weather, but cold is a relative term depending on where you are coming from. If you're coming some place like Chicago or NYC you'll probably be stoked.
You will be fine with English only. Japanese are really accommodating.
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I'm from sunny California...haha!  But it's not like I've never been in the snow before. 
I know you live there so it'd be hard to say, but what are your thoughts on homestay vs hostels in tokyo?
Thanks!
You'd certainly have more freedom at a hostel but if you're looking to learn something culturally, home stay would obviously be the better choice. Personally I'd go with hostel.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on October 15, 2016, 10:49:32 PM
what he said, unless it was part of academic program or whatever I wouldn't go anywhere near homestay if I was on holidays.

***
Any SLAP posters arrive in Narita this thurs. and get interviewed by a Japanese TV station? I walked out the gate and they immediately started stalking me but they soon realized I was pretty boring because a) I speak Japanese b) I live in Japan.
"So why did you come here?"
"Ugh, cuz I'm on my way back home"
"Oh you live in Tokyo?"
"No, I live in random rural area but I'm flying back from a business trip and thus need to transfer here"
Anyway, after me they found this other white dude carrying a board (you were wearing ripped up vans old skools) and I'm sure he provided them with much more entertainment than I did.
"Wow, you are going to ride that in Japan? So cool"
"Hey viewers at home, this wacky gaijin came all the way to Japan to ride his skateboard, so wacky yeah?"
Hope it was a fellow SLAP pal

Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: doyle on October 16, 2016, 10:26:46 AM
is that a common thing? it happened to my friends when we went a few months ago: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/)
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: foureyedjim on October 16, 2016, 10:38:54 AM
Hostel it is then.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on October 16, 2016, 11:18:09 PM
is that a common thing? it happened to my friends when we went a few months ago: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/)
yeah, they hang out at the airport (mainly Narita, Kansai and Fukuoka) and stalk incoming foreigners white people. I've done a few over the years, but it just get really annoying once you know the formula.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Matze on November 08, 2016, 12:30:19 AM
so, who is japan between the 24.11 and 9.12? I'll have my board and my liver with me.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: The Drew on November 08, 2016, 12:56:14 AM
so, who is japan between the 24.11 and 9.12? I'll have my board and my liver with me.

If you have your board I am going to Tamachi on the 25th (Have to get my passport renewed.. and  if the weather is good I am going to spend my afternoon sucking at skateboarding at the Tamachi park).

I'd be keen to skate with someone.

No can Drink.. gave it up a few years ago.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Matze on November 11, 2016, 05:42:49 AM
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so, who is japan between the 24.11 and 9.12? I'll have my board and my liver with me.
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If you have your board I am going to Tamachi on the 25th (Have to get my passport renewed.. and?  if the weather is good I am going to spend my afternoon sucking at skateboarding at the Tamachi park).

I'd be keen to skate with someone.

No can Drink.. gave it up a few years ago.

Sounds very fine to me! wrote you a pm.

Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: DirtyCheddarKids on November 11, 2016, 05:47:14 PM
Hey Matze & The Drew, I'm currently in Tokyo, will be staying there til the end of the month. I don't really know my way around here too well yet, but feel free to hit me up if you're around and wanna cruise the streets or get a couple of drinks. Bring a jacket though, it's still around 18-20?C in the afternoon, but it gets cold at night.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: FakieFlipCG on November 12, 2016, 07:54:49 PM
I don't have much to add here except that I'm going to Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto in early March of next year with my girlfriend for a little over a week (and I'm beyond excited as I've never been on a vacation before let alone been out of the country).  

Since I'll mostly be doing touristy stuff, I would greatly appreciate any recommendations for food, site-seeings, and shopping--specifically, I'm trying to find unique skate-related souvenirs to bring back for the homies.

And if anyone wants to get food, drinks, or hang out with some southerners let me know.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on November 13, 2016, 05:27:30 PM
I don't have much to add here except that I'm going to Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto in early March of next year with my girlfriend for a little over a week (and I'm beyond excited as I've never been on a vacation before let alone been out of the country).  

Since I'll mostly be doing touristy stuff, I would greatly appreciate any recommendations for food, site-seeings, and shopping--specifically, I'm trying to find unique skate-related souvenirs to bring back for the homies.

And if anyone wants to get food, drinks, or hang out with some southerners let me know.

Kyoto: I recommend walking from Yasaka shrine in Maruyama park through the Higashiyama area and ending at Kiyomizu temple. Pretty standard tourist rout but it's quite lovely. Koudaiji which is located right about in the center of that rout is probably my favorite temple/ garden.
Arashiyama is pretty boss. Opposite side of Kyoto but there is plenty of tourist stuff out there. Also going to the temple at the top of Mt. Hiezan is very nice. Lamp skate shop in Termachi is pretty rad. http://www.lamp-kyc.com/ (http://www.lamp-kyc.com/)

Osaka: The Namba/ Shinsaibashi/ Horie area (different bordering neighborhoods) is pretty much where everything is at. All the bars clubs restaurants shopping you need. I'd recommend going to Chopper's place. http://whev.com/whatever-shop/shop/shop.html (http://whev.com/whatever-shop/shop/shop.html) He's really hospitable and always stoked on visitors. I also quite like the Tennoji/ Shinsekai area. It's grimy old school Osaka.

I live in one of the most touristy areas of Tokyo now.
If our schedules match up I'm always happy to play tour guide and grab a drink, so feel free to hit me up.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: chockfullofthat on November 14, 2016, 11:43:44 AM
I can chill 11/25 at night...assuming I sleep alright on the plane.  I don't think I'll be taking my board, I want to travel light and won't have much time for skating.  I was thinking about going to that anime area that night to look at some weird Japanese stores, drink some Asahi, and play some arcade games.  I will have Whatsapp while I'm out there so shoot me a PM if that sounds like a good time  :-*.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: L.S on November 23, 2016, 01:08:09 PM
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is that a common thing? it happened to my friends when we went a few months ago: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/)
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yeah, they hang out at the airport (mainly Narita, Kansai and Fukuoka) and stalk incoming foreigners white people. I've done a few over the years, but it just get really annoying once you know the formula.

We also got interviewed at the airport. They asked if they could come and follow us when we go skating but we politely declined.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on November 23, 2016, 04:46:39 PM
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is that a common thing? it happened to my friends when we went a few months ago: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BJjWsOkAms9/)
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yeah, they hang out at the airport (mainly Narita, Kansai and Fukuoka) and stalk incoming foreigners white people. I've done a few over the years, but it just get really annoying once you know the formula.
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We also got interviewed at the airport. They asked if they could come and follow us when we go skating but we politely declined.
LOL, they're so desperate to interview the whiteys :D
Cold snap just hit big time and apparently it's snowing in Tokyo today. I went for a bit of roll yesterday and got by with a hoodie/ beanie combo  but I don't know how much longer that'll last...
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: DirtyCheddarKids on November 23, 2016, 08:53:44 PM
Yeah, it's fucking snowing in Tokyo today, confirmed. But I was out skating the day before yesterday and it was like super sunny and 15?C / 59?F - and it will get nicer again over the weekend.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: The Drew on November 23, 2016, 09:16:39 PM
as long as it dries up enough to skate tomorrow ill be stoked.

Any other PALS want to hit up Tamachi with me and Matze?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Matze on November 23, 2016, 09:36:52 PM
If someone wants to have a beer today, let me know.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on November 23, 2016, 09:42:15 PM
Went from sunny 19 degrees to 2 degrees and wet snow. This sucks.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on November 24, 2016, 04:09:24 PM
sunny AF in kyushu today boys. Enjoy your roll at tamachi!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Matze on November 25, 2016, 03:08:15 AM
We had a fun session, drew killed it.

https://youtu.be/gzEpIQMz7wc
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: The Drew on November 25, 2016, 05:40:23 PM
Shin still kills it
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: tkp on December 10, 2016, 07:21:16 AM
Heading to Osaka in March if anyone happens to be out there. Rolling with 1 or 2 other homies right now.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: doyle on December 15, 2016, 01:44:38 PM
FAR-EAST FORTNIGHT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwdeJoTHzfE#)

Here's a video I made from my trip to Tokyo this summer if anyone wants to check it out!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: foureyedjim on December 28, 2016, 10:16:21 PM
I'll be in Tokyo in a week in Asakusa, if anyone wants to meet up I'm down!

Anyone got tips for interesting back streets in Tokyo?  I want to hit up all the big spots like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Harajuku, but also wanna get some photos in less touristy areas.  Also wanna check out good book / skate shops if y'all got recommendations.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on December 29, 2016, 10:47:07 PM
I'll be in Tokyo in a week in Asakusa, if anyone wants to meet up I'm down!

Anyone got tips for interesting back streets in Tokyo?  I want to hit up all the big spots like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Harajuku, but also wanna get some photos in less touristy areas.  Also wanna check out good book / skate shops if y'all got recommendations.
I live walking distance from Asakusa. Feel free to hit me up.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: foureyedjim on December 29, 2016, 11:46:01 PM
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I'll be in Tokyo in a week in Asakusa, if anyone wants to meet up I'm down!

Anyone got tips for interesting back streets in Tokyo?  I want to hit up all the big spots like Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Harajuku, but also wanna get some photos in less touristy areas.  Also wanna check out good book / skate shops if y'all got recommendations.
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I live walking distance from Asakusa. Feel free to hit me up.

Word, PM'd you.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on December 30, 2016, 10:39:40 PM
Sure some other people will give you Tokyo tips as I'm out/ down in the boonies BUT we are having a hot winter this year. Got my final roll in for the year at it was a good 15 degrees out
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: JumpManShorty on January 16, 2017, 06:04:57 AM
I'm currently doing a season in Hakuba and hopefully heading to Tokyo when spring rolls around. Any tips you guys can give me for skating in Tokyo?
Any Slap'rs lurking around Hakuba for the winter season?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: QUIT SINNIN on February 16, 2017, 11:34:49 PM
Hey Japan Pals-

I will be in Japan for the next 10 days, 5 in Tokyo, a few in Kyoto, and a couple days around Mt. Fuji. Wondering what the best core Tokyo shop is, and if there is a central "plaza" spot to meetup with skaters?  I won't have much time to skate, but have always been fascinated by the Tokyo scene. Any general tips for exploring the scene not already mentioned would be very helpful.

Also- would anyone be willing to "rent" me a complete to use for a day or so? I've been backpacking and couldn't bring my board along. Anyone willing to help I will gladly pay. Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on February 16, 2017, 11:51:40 PM
I 'll let others field the spots part (although there isn't really a plaza type community from my understanding but that nike park in shibuya is always a good start). There's a bit of an Ikebukuro crew these days no? Correct me if I'm wrong because I'm in the wrong part of Japan.
Also, people will tell you that street skating during business hours isn't really going to happen. Shop wise, I've always been partial to:
Stormy (for their selection alone) http://www.stormy.co.jp/ (http://www.stormy.co.jp/)
Arktz http://www.arktz.com/ (http://www.arktz.com/)
and Hesh Dawg which are all in the same general vicinity http://heshdawgz.com/ (http://heshdawgz.com/)
(with the first two being very close to said park in Shibuya)
California Street is also great if you're going to be in Daikanyama anyway http://www.californiastreet.net/ (http://www.californiastreet.net/)
Went to a shop I've never been to the other day but they were super snobby https://prime-skateboard.com (https://prime-skateboard.com)
personally I wouldn't give them my money...
Jive Turkey is probably the guy to contact about all this though
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 17, 2017, 01:30:44 AM
Hey Japan Pals-

I will be in Japan for the next 10 days, 5 in Tokyo, a few in Kyoto, and a couple days around Mt. Fuji. Wondering what the best core Tokyo shop is, and if there is a central "plaza" spot to meetup with skaters?  I won't have much time to skate, but have always been fascinated by the Tokyo scene. Any general tips for exploring the scene not already mentioned would be very helpful.

Also- would anyone be willing to "rent" me a complete to use for a day or so? I've been backpacking and couldn't bring my board along. Anyone willing to help I will gladly pay. Thanks in advance!
There are always skaters here:
https://goo.gl/maps/6mhmkJBzVs92
This spot is garbage but people are always there (after 8pm).

Also here along the river:
https://goo.gl/maps/eqkvMZKcjrJ2
Most of the cheap hostels are in this area so if you're staying around there, I'd recommend that over Shibuya (after 8pm).

I'm not really down with renting out my ax but if you're going to buy one this is cheapest place in Tokyo:
https://goo.gl/maps/M57HNbEZBT32
Cash only, no credit cards.

I'll add Mortar to GISM's list:
https://goo.gl/maps/T9pA4DrqYeq
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: FakieFlipCG on April 13, 2017, 06:27:23 PM
FAR-EAST FORTNIGHT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwdeJoTHzfE#)

Here's a video I made from my trip to Tokyo this summer if anyone wants to check it out!

UH. Not sure how I missed it, but this video ruled. You guys rip!

I didn't get to skate at all when I was there in March, but I'm hoping to skate a lot the next time I visit.  Would you be able/willing to find pins/addresses for any of these spots?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Huell Howser on April 25, 2017, 09:55:21 AM
Not necessarily about Tokyo or Osaka but this seems like the most poppin' thread about Japan on the board

I am graduating from school over here in Long Beach in about two months and have been heavily looking into moving to Japan to teach English for a bit.  I currently have a buddy living/teaching over at a private school in Toyohashi and he said that he could potentially set me up with a job at his school, place to live, etc. over there(at least get me situated). Toyohashi definitely seems like a smaller less "happening" city but my friend seems to have a great setup over there right now and with him being able to help me get a job etc. -  makes everything about moving to a foreign country a lot less stressful rather than move to a city on my own and trying to get setup.


My friend doesn't skate at all - So I guess i'm curious if there is a small skate scene going on around or in Toyohashi(or Nagoya or any neighboring cities/areas)? I definitely plan on skating over there in my free time(even if that just means flat ground in a shitty parking lot!) and possibly picking up surfing again because I am seeing that Toyohashi gets waves...

calling the delegates of Slap Japan GIMP or Jive! any insights(skating, the city in general, location etc.) on Toyohashi/Nagoya/Surrounding areas? Thank yaaaa!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on April 25, 2017, 05:58:24 PM
I actually have some friends in Toyohashi. There is a tight little scene there and a couple of DIY parks. Nagoya is also close and they have a good scene as well. And if you surf the beaches near you are great.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on April 27, 2017, 10:34:29 PM
habby> just do it mate, seriously! I first moved here when I was 20 and I loved it so much I'm still here 18 years later. Don't worry about the small city thang, I live in bumfuck nowhere and there's still lots of skaters here (especially when compared to 15+ years ago). As you said you've got access to Nagoya and Aichi, as a prefecture, is pretty central in the scheme of things so once you find a crew you can travel to other parts of Japan for the weekend or whatever. The other thing is that there are literally spots EVERYWHERE in Japan and most of them are untouched. Don't believe me? Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts)
Lots of those spots are in my general vicinity (1 I can see from my balcony) and again I'm not even on the mainland :o
The other great thing is that once you get your work visa/ are in Japan, you can look for new jobs/ locations if you don't end up liking Toyohashi. Hit me if you need anything else!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Huell Howser on April 28, 2017, 03:29:22 PM
habby> just do it mate, seriously! I first moved here when I was 20 and I loved it so much I'm still here 18 years later. Don't worry about the small city thang, I live in bumfuck nowhere and there's still lots of skaters here (especially when compared to 15+ years ago). As you said you've got access to Nagoya and Aichi, as a prefecture, is pretty central in the scheme of things so once you find a crew you can travel to other parts of Japan for the weekend or whatever. The other thing is that there are literally spots EVERYWHERE in Japan and most of them are untouched. Don't believe me? Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts)
Lots of those spots are in my general vicinity (1 I can see from my balcony) and again I'm not even on the mainland :o
The other great thing is that once you get your work visa/ are in Japan, you can look for new jobs/ locations if you don't end up liking Toyohashi. Hit me if you need anything else!

Damn that is awesome you like it there so much! and hellzzzz yes that busenitz and silas vid. was so awesome. Thanks for all the info, nice to hear that skating is popular over there. I am currently in correspondence with the lady who does the hiring at the school and so far its looking good. I will definitely keep ya posted and will probably be contacting you with more questions haha. Thanks gimp! 



I actually have some friends in Toyohashi. There is a tight little scene there and a couple of DIY parks. Nagoya is also close and they have a good scene as well. And if you surf the beaches near you are great.

Hellllz yea to the DIY parks. I randomly started following some skaters on IG the other day that I think live in Nagoya and they're always posting clips from around the city. It looks sweet! and yes if I end up moving and live that close to the beach I will most def be picking surfing back up. thanks for the response mane!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: JumpManShorty on May 10, 2017, 09:15:36 PM
Hey pals. I'm staying in Tokyo for awhile. Staying near Akihabara in a hostel then may move hostel depending on the vibe and location. Does anyone want to meet up and skate some shit or have a beer? Hope you guys see this message
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: The Drew on May 10, 2017, 09:32:15 PM
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habby> just do it mate, seriously! I first moved here when I was 20 and I loved it so much I'm still here 18 years later. Don't worry about the small city thang, I live in bumfuck nowhere and there's still lots of skaters here (especially when compared to 15+ years ago). As you said you've got access to Nagoya and Aichi, as a prefecture, is pretty central in the scheme of things so once you find a crew you can travel to other parts of Japan for the weekend or whatever. The other thing is that there are literally spots EVERYWHERE in Japan and most of them are untouched. Don't believe me? Remember this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ximtDZ3o7Ts)
Lots of those spots are in my general vicinity (1 I can see from my balcony) and again I'm not even on the mainland :o
The other great thing is that once you get your work visa/ are in Japan, you can look for new jobs/ locations if you don't end up liking Toyohashi. Hit me if you need anything else!
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Damn that is awesome you like it there so much! and hellzzzz yes that busenitz and silas vid. was so awesome. Thanks for all the info, nice to hear that skating is popular over there. I am currently in correspondence with the lady who does the hiring at the school and so far its looking good. I will definitely keep ya posted and will probably be contacting you with more questions haha. Thanks gimp! 



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I actually have some friends in Toyohashi. There is a tight little scene there and a couple of DIY parks. Nagoya is also close and they have a good scene as well. And if you surf the beaches near you are great.
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Hellllz yea to the DIY parks. I randomly started following some skaters on IG the other day that I think live in Nagoya and they're always posting clips from around the city. It looks sweet! and yes if I end up moving and live that close to the beach I will most def be picking surfing back up. thanks for the response mane!

Toyohashi has a great little scene.

The local shop is Watercolour http://watercolorskateshop.com (http://watercolorskateshop.com)
The local park is kamome park
There is also a little DIY at the chillout surfshop

If you go to Nagoya, you meet everyone at wakamiya and go from there
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Huell Howser on May 11, 2017, 09:28:15 AM
thanks for the info man, sounds sweet! makes me stoked and also puts me at ease knowing there is a skate scene going on in Toyohashi. Would love to see pics of that DIY spot. are you in Japan as well?

I have an interview in a few days with the school I could potentially be teaching at so things are looking good for me  ;D
 
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on May 11, 2017, 05:46:17 PM
Would love to see pics of that DIY spot. 
This is the Chillout park
https://www.instagram.com/p/mIMYRriFtc/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/mIMYRriFtc/)

And this is Real Tahara
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMokunLAkHn/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BMokunLAkHn/)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTQNP4AAuqd/?tagged=realtahara (https://www.instagram.com/p/BTQNP4AAuqd/?tagged=realtahara)
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: The Drew on May 14, 2017, 06:37:50 PM
thanks for the info man, sounds sweet! makes me stoked and also puts me at ease knowing there is a skate scene going on in Toyohashi. Would love to see pics of that DIY spot. are you in Japan as well?

I have an interview in a few days with the school I could potentially be teaching at so things are looking good for me  ;D
 

Yeah dude, I live in Fujieda (in Shizuoka prefecture) about 2hours drive from Toyohashi.

Don't get to go skating much these days.. what with being sucky (I really do suck), a salary man (salve) and a having 2yr old (with another one on the way)...

But am always keen to sneak out of dad duties when my wife has a day off... if you end up in Toyohashi i wouldn't mind going down there for a shred ... once summer is over that is.







Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Huell Howser on May 19, 2017, 11:10:52 AM
^sounds good man! I'll definitely keep ya posted
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: lexington on August 09, 2017, 09:03:29 PM
Can anyone tell me where in Tokyo? this spot is?

https://youtu.be/2IGdE2e7kxo?t=1135

Also - How much do decks cost in Japan these days?

Thanks in advance for any information
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on August 09, 2017, 10:24:53 PM
Can anyone tell me where in Tokyo? this spot is?

https://youtu.be/2IGdE2e7kxo?t=1135 (https://youtu.be/2IGdE2e7kxo?t=1135)

Also - How much do decks cost in Japan these days?

Thanks in advance for any information
from memory, it's Osaka no? Decks are still around 10,800 full price but you can pick them up cheaper in bargain bins etc.
This guy: http://s3store.com/product/product_top.cgi?cid=c009 (http://s3store.com/product/product_top.cgi?cid=c009) always has decks for a lot cheaper than that!
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on August 10, 2017, 02:30:48 AM
That's Herbis in Osaka. The bubble is gone and the pillars have bars around them now, but you can still weave in between the bars and hit it. I think it make it's more fun honestly. Other than that it's all the same.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: SLAPASONIC on February 04, 2018, 09:17:26 AM
Hey guys, I've lived in Tokyo nearly for a year, I usually skate in Ueno or Asakusa but they've been cracking down more frequently on skaters, my sessions don't even last 15 mins at spots anymore. So I'm wondering if you guys know any good spots near those areas that I can just work on my flatground, hell even a single curb is better than nothing.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 04, 2018, 06:34:17 PM
Hey guys, I've lived in Tokyo nearly for a year, I usually skate in Ueno or Asakusa but they've been cracking down more frequently on skaters, my sessions don't even last 15 mins at spots anymore. So I'm wondering if you guys know any good spots near those areas that I can just work on my flatground, hell even a single curb is better than nothing.
Where do you usually skate? Down along Sumida river?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: sexualhelon on February 06, 2018, 12:21:43 AM
Maybe a little off topic, and a good few many months out, but I'll be spending a month or so in Japan at some point this year. Curious if it's possible to find apt's there that would rent for only a month? Idea is to get a better price than what's on airbnb if I stay in any one city that long. Not sure though, might just post up in cities for only a week at a time.

What're you guys top recommendations on cities to visit/skate? I've only been to Fukuoka & Tokyo. Also, I'm curious if it would be easy enough to look around & find a job teaching English while I'm there?

I've had the English teaching job fall into my lap in a couple of countries. If I'm up for it, I think doing it in South Korea or Japan would be my preference over China. My lady wanted to do a working holiday visa in New Zealand but I'd rather go for something like this if I'm trying to not work remote.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 06, 2018, 01:27:52 AM
Maybe a little off topic, and a good few many months out, but I'll be spending a month or so in Japan at some point this year. Curious if it's possible to find apt's there that would rent for only a month? Idea is to get a better price than what's on airbnb if I stay in any one city that long. Not sure though, might just post up in cities for only a week at a time.

What're you guys top recommendations on cities to visit/skate? I've only been to Fukuoka & Tokyo. Also, I'm curious if it would be easy enough to look around & find a job teaching English while I'm there?

I've had the English teaching job fall into my lap in a couple of countries. If I'm up for it, I think doing it in South Korea or Japan would be my preference over China. My lady wanted to do a working holiday visa in New Zealand but I'd rather go for something like this if I'm trying to not work remote.
Getting a job will be damn near impossible without a working visa.
Doing private lessons on the low (cash only) is your best bet.

I'd recommend Osaka (Kansai area).

Monthly/ weekly mansions can be pretty expensive. Perhaps finding a room share on craigslist or something of the sort would be a better option. Or maybe a hostel that'll let you stay long term.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: sexualhelon on February 06, 2018, 08:55:49 AM
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Maybe a little off topic, and a good few many months out, but I'll be spending a month or so in Japan at some point this year. Curious if it's possible to find apt's there that would rent for only a month? Idea is to get a better price than what's on airbnb if I stay in any one city that long. Not sure though, might just post up in cities for only a week at a time.

What're you guys top recommendations on cities to visit/skate? I've only been to Fukuoka & Tokyo. Also, I'm curious if it would be easy enough to look around & find a job teaching English while I'm there?

I've had the English teaching job fall into my lap in a couple of countries. If I'm up for it, I think doing it in South Korea or Japan would be my preference over China. My lady wanted to do a working holiday visa in New Zealand but I'd rather go for something like this if I'm trying to not work remote.
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Getting a job will be damn near impossible without a working visa.
Doing private lessons on the low (cash only) is your best bet.

I'd recommend Osaka (Kansai area).

Monthly/ weekly mansions can be pretty expensive. Perhaps finding a room share on craigslist or something of the sort would be a better option. Or maybe a hostel that'll let you stay long term.

Jah, jah, I figured such but I'd try to do it legally and get the working visa if a school would sponsor me. Not sure if being able to say, "hey, I'm in Japan now and can stop by to meet you" makes it easier to land a job teaching English in Japan or SK. Seems to be that way in China. Not that it's really hard to set things up before you arrive in China though.

I entertained the idea of teaching in China at one point and landed a few job offers there with pretty low effort. Basically sent in an application, created a sample lesson plan, and had a Skype interview then got a job offer. Potentially picking up an English teaching job for a bit in the middle of this trip was just an idea I had in the back of my head.

When I was in Fukuoka, there were plentiful nice apartments for around $30 a night which is more or less the daily average I'm going for each month. Tokyo looks mostly absurd but there are a few in that price range & plenty of private rooms for half. Actually, I'm seeing an apt in Tokyo now for around $800 for the month.

The key is finding apt's that offer weekly/monthly discounts. Airbnb makes it kind of a pain because you can't filter by discount - it only shows you the normal price - meaning you have to raise it to more than what you'd want to really pay per night to find these sometimes. 

Anyway, definitely looking forward to skating in Japan either way. I'll for sure make a post when my tickets are booked to see what's good and link up with whoever's around.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 06, 2018, 05:30:30 PM
Yeah, it's just going to be hard to find a place to sponsor you for only a month. They're going to want at least a year out of you.

Tokyo is pretty pricey but you can probably find something. Osaka, Fukuoka, etc. is going to be considerably cheaper.

Avoid mid June to mid July. That's the rainy season and you won't be able to skate much. September we get hit by a lot of typhoons.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: sexualhelon on February 08, 2018, 01:09:17 AM
Yeah, it's just going to be hard to find a place to sponsor you for only a month. They're going to want at least a year out of you.

Tokyo is pretty pricey but you can probably find something. Osaka, Fukuoka, etc. is going to be considerably cheaper.

Avoid mid June to mid July. That's the rainy season and you won't be able to skate much. September we get hit by a lot of typhoons.

Yeah, I figured this was probably the case for Japan. I've done the one month apartment rentals mostly in Eastern Europe/SE Asia but those parts of the world work quite differently.

I'm leaning towards Osaka. Seems to be about half the price of renting a place in Tokyo and a nice base for visiting other cities. Jah, private lessons on the low could be an option. I've found the trick to that is usually just figuring out the local sites and being somewhere long enough to get referrals. Usually not worth the hassle unless you're really strapped for cash or bored haha.

Also curious, how much would you is a good weekly grocery budget in Japan? Or is street food cheaper?

Thanks for the weather tip - that could have very well been when I ended up there. Might have to push getting there out to avoid the rainy season then. Debating whether to to South Korea or Japan first after SE Asia, guess I'll base that off the weather.

You still in Tokyo, Jive?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 08, 2018, 10:18:33 PM
Yup, still in Tokyo.

Grocery budget really depends on your diet I suppose but $50 will do you.
If you end up in Osaka, Tamade (grocery store name) will keep you fed on the cheap.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: sexualhelon on February 10, 2018, 01:01:40 PM
That place looks sick. I think Osaka it is then.

I'll also be stoked to not get my flights mixed up and have more time to skate Tokyo this time around. Will definitely end up there for a week or two. I'll hit you up closer to then and see what's good.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: SLAPASONIC on February 12, 2018, 12:36:29 AM
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Hey guys, I've lived in Tokyo nearly for a year, I usually skate in Ueno or Asakusa but they've been cracking down more frequently on skaters, my sessions don't even last 15 mins at spots anymore. So I'm wondering if you guys know any good spots near those areas that I can just work on my flatground, hell even a single curb is better than nothing.
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Where do you usually skate? Down along Sumida river?

Yeah, around Sumida River, the one ledge spot near the police box I probably skate the most often, aside from that I skate around Ueno park a lot. Probably gonna start skating more once it gets warmer.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on February 12, 2018, 06:10:08 PM
Yeah, around Sumida River, the one ledge spot near the police box I probably skate the most often, aside from that I skate around Ueno park a lot. Probably gonna start skating more once it gets warmer.
I'm surprised to hear that. The only place I've ever been kicked out of is the little QPs behind the Asahi building.

The spot across the river from Kuramae station under the highway is fun, even with the banks bricked up.
https://goo.gl/maps/PKh8C8ZbKVs
Pushing around the Kuramae business district there are all kinds of little ledge spots.

There are fun double sided curbs along the tracks in Asakusabashi.
https://goo.gl/maps/X8NkE9Lk56P2
It may be out of the way for you, I don't know where you live.
The only place I actually run into other skaters is the ledge spot on the river near the police box in Asakusa at night, or the kojiki banks during the during.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: SLAPASONIC on February 25, 2018, 09:14:20 PM
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Yeah, around Sumida River, the one ledge spot near the police box I probably skate the most often, aside from that I skate around Ueno park a lot. Probably gonna start skating more once it gets warmer.
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I'm surprised to hear that. The only place I've ever been kicked out of is the little QPs behind the Asahi building.

The spot across the river from Kuramae station under the highway is fun, even with the banks bricked up.
https://goo.gl/maps/PKh8C8ZbKVs
Pushing around the Kuramae business district there are all kinds of little ledge spots.

There are fun double sided curbs along the tracks in Asakusabashi.
https://goo.gl/maps/X8NkE9Lk56P2
It may be out of the way for you, I don't know where you live.
The only place I actually run into other skaters is the ledge spot on the river near the police box in Asakusa at night, or the kojiki banks during the during.

Thanks for the spot recommendations man. I used to work in Ryogoku a bit and would pass by that bricked up bank, probably a really hard spot to skate but I'm sure they're fun. Was skating near the riverside at Kuramae this morning, there's a few good ledges (unwaxed though) and this awesome manual pad spot, was stoked to find that. I skate pretty poor now (not that I was ever good), so probably going to hit up more of those local spots during this spring and summer.

I live in west Asakusa.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: JumpManShorty on March 03, 2018, 05:33:18 AM
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Yeah, around Sumida River, the one ledge spot near the police box I probably skate the most often, aside from that I skate around Ueno park a lot. Probably gonna start skating more once it gets warmer.
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I'm surprised to hear that. The only place I've ever been kicked out of is the little QPs behind the Asahi building.

The spot across the river from Kuramae station under the highway is fun, even with the banks bricked up.
https://goo.gl/maps/PKh8C8ZbKVs
Pushing around the Kuramae business district there are all kinds of little ledge spots.

There are fun double sided curbs along the tracks in Asakusabashi.
https://goo.gl/maps/X8NkE9Lk56P2
It may be out of the way for you, I don't know where you live.
The only place I actually run into other skaters is the ledge spot on the river near the police box in Asakusa at night, or the kojiki banks during the during.

Can you drop a pin for the ledge spot by the police box? Heading out to Tokyo on the 10th
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: JumpManShorty on March 03, 2018, 10:31:22 PM
Double post sorry but does anyone got any daytime spots in Tokyo?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on March 04, 2018, 08:05:52 PM
Double post sorry but does anyone got any daytime spots in Tokyo?
This is the ledge spot. It's down along the river. I'd wait until at least 9pm:
https://goo.gl/maps/SxwTQFFFQd32

I always recommend the Kojiki banks for daytime skating. There's a lot of pushing involved but it's easily one of the best collection of spots in Tokyo and completely hassle free.
Get off at Keisei Sekiya station or Tobu Ushida station:
https://goo.gl/maps/beyfAumm6fw

Push to here:
https://goo.gl/maps/NWC8Qzjr3Qs
The red path that runs along the river under the highway to the west of the building I linked above is where you want to go. Just follow that all the way back down to Asakusa. There is so much shit to skate.
Just be sure to grab water, beer, whatever when you are near the station before heading out because there aren't any stores between there and Asukusa other than this one:
https://goo.gl/maps/KgQ3GiKSuaQ2

Other than that this park is the probably the best daytime spot as far as location and linking up with other skaters:
https://goo.gl/maps/w26sUuaxhtq
It's basically just flat ground and a box. Nothing special but all other parks are pretty out of the way.

*EDIT: Forgot about this park. It's pretty fun and not that far out
https://goo.gl/maps/SkpkGkpLuXC2
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Huell Howser on March 08, 2018, 06:19:01 AM
Jive - Gimp - The Drew

update:

Haven't been posting on Slap for a few months because I have been super busy but I moved to Toyohashi about 3 months ago! Been loving it out here in Japan. I have been to watercolor a few times just to say whats up and nerd out over some skating with the owner, he is a super cool dude. I fucked up my knee last year and ended up having to get surgery so haven't been skating since I have been here. Plan to get a board within the next few months though - would be down to meet up for some skating/beers/food/hanging out with some fellow slappers if we can make it happen!

also have definitely passed that Tahara DIY park a few times on my way to work haha. looks awesome
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: fulfillthedream on September 26, 2018, 09:20:08 AM
any pals living there now? im gonna be out there around october 3rd. Got a homie in tokyo who used to live there so i kinda have an idea of what i wanna skate but would be cool to meet up with some people living out there to skate or hang out. thanks in advance
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Tail Devil on July 14, 2019, 08:41:21 PM
I'm in Tokyo until Friday, any recommendations?
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: doyle on July 15, 2019, 10:13:11 AM
I'm in Tokyo until Friday, any recommendations?

(https://www.suntory.com/brands/img/horoyoi2_181204.jpg)
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on July 16, 2019, 12:02:30 AM
Party like it's 1999 (or even 89 cuz she was blowing up during the bubble era). If you were travelling (way) south, I 'd probably be able to show you around but lots more slap heads on here know Tokyo a lot better than I do.
https://mortartokyo.stores.jp/ is my fav shop in Tokyo but other than that all my recommendations would have very little to do with skating ...
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: benboardbreaker on October 15, 2021, 11:37:42 AM
Hi guys. first time posting on travels guide. I just booked a trip to Tokyo in the easter holiday. Hopefully the covid restrictions have been lifted by then.

My question to the pals on here. What neighbourhoods are preferable to book a hotel in with good bars, food and night life?

second question. What skate shops are worth visiting. I know they have nerdy scenes of the different genres of skating like hesh or east coast skating etc. I know they have FTC and supreme but what else are worth checking out? sneaker shops?

what is the hang out/meet up spot, where skaters come and skate and drink a beer?

Any thing I need to try or see while there that is outside of skating that people on here recommend?

Best regards from Copenhagen, Denmark!

Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 20, 2021, 08:51:01 PM
Already heaps of info in the Japan thread
https://www.slapmagazine.com/index.php?topic=108817.0

Couple of quick answers:

Pager is a new shop in Jinbocho. Haven't been yet but looks pretty dope.
https://goo.gl/maps/718HVxqwtwSpsu627

FTC and Supreme essentially boutiques.

If you can find a place to stay in the Sangenchaya area you'll be in an area with a ton of places to go at night.
Mostly young people, lots of skaters in that area. Also has parks nearby to meet up at.
https://goo.gl/maps/QTAYYHkX6pVo3ykG7
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: SaySo on October 21, 2021, 08:27:45 AM
If you wind up staying west of Shinjuku, in Nishi-Ogikubo, my friend opened up a shop called Riverbirch earlier this year:

https://riverbirchskateshop.com/ (https://riverbirchskateshop.com/)

Kichijoji is a good area to stay as well, a bit out of the center of Tokyo (roughly 15 minutes from Shinjuku by train) but there are a lot of skaters in that area. Bars as well. And a few parks too (but the parks are a bit of a pain to get to):

Musashino Park: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292)

Koganei Park:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711)

Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: SaySo on October 21, 2021, 08:32:23 AM
If you wind up staying west of Shinjuku, in Nishi-Ogikubo, my friend opened up a shop called Riverbirch earlier this year:

https://riverbirchskateshop.com/ (https://riverbirchskateshop.com/)

Kichijoji is a good area to stay as well, a bit out of the center of Tokyo (roughly 15 minutes from Shinjuku by train) but there are a lot of skaters in that area. Bars as well. And a few parks too (but the parks are a bit of a pain to get to):

Musashino Park: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292)

Koganei Park:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711)

I've heard of, but never been to, a park in Nakano Ward:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+4-ch%C5%8Dme-9-4+Nakano,+Nakano+City,+Tokyo+164-0001/@35.7062568,139.6614752,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f29105e7e813:0x2631c9d825f93e7a!8m2!3d35.7062525!4d139.6636639 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+4-ch%C5%8Dme-9-4+Nakano,+Nakano+City,+Tokyo+164-0001/@35.7062568,139.6614752,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f29105e7e813:0x2631c9d825f93e7a!8m2!3d35.7062525!4d139.6636639)

Maybe Jiveturkey has been there? IIRC, it's more in his neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: disclosed on October 21, 2021, 11:15:16 AM
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If you wind up staying west of Shinjuku, in Nishi-Ogikubo, my friend opened up a shop called Riverbirch earlier this year:

https://riverbirchskateshop.com/ (https://riverbirchskateshop.com/)

Kichijoji is a good area to stay as well, a bit out of the center of Tokyo (roughly 15 minutes from Shinjuku by train) but there are a lot of skaters in that area. Bars as well. And a few parks too (but the parks are a bit of a pain to get to):

Musashino Park: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292)

Koganei Park:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711)
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I've heard of, but never been to, a park in Nakano Ward:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+4-ch%C5%8Dme-9-4+Nakano,+Nakano+City,+Tokyo+164-0001/@35.7062568,139.6614752,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f29105e7e813:0x2631c9d825f93e7a!8m2!3d35.7062525!4d139.6636639 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+4-ch%C5%8Dme-9-4+Nakano,+Nakano+City,+Tokyo+164-0001/@35.7062568,139.6614752,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f29105e7e813:0x2631c9d825f93e7a!8m2!3d35.7062525!4d139.6636639)

Maybe Jiveturkey has been there? IIRC, it's more in his neck of the woods.

nakano skatepark closed in 2020. it was just a temporary park. they had premission to use some ground they where renovating for a certain time. it was organized by Fatbros skateshop that is located in Nakano. i loved their mini tho.



i allways stayed in Koenji. it's a nice and chill area with loads of vintage clothes and punk records. some spots underneat the train tracks between Koenji and Asagaya. and some alternative bars and DIY spaces.
also a short train ride to both Shinjuku/Harajuku/Shibuya one direction and Kichijoji/Koganei the other direction.
sadly the place i allways stayed at went under during the pandemic, so i don't know where i'll stay if i ever go back. but Nakano and Koenji feel like home for me.

theres a really small skateshop in Harajuku called Golden Age, owner speaks fluent english and sells mostly Scram, Heroin and Blast. i love that place. worth a visit if you like big boards and or skating bowls.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Jive Turkey on October 21, 2021, 07:01:05 PM
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If you wind up staying west of Shinjuku, in Nishi-Ogikubo, my friend opened up a shop called Riverbirch earlier this year:

https://riverbirchskateshop.com/ (https://riverbirchskateshop.com/)

Kichijoji is a good area to stay as well, a bit out of the center of Tokyo (roughly 15 minutes from Shinjuku by train) but there are a lot of skaters in that area. Bars as well. And a few parks too (but the parks are a bit of a pain to get to):

Musashino Park: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Musashino+Park/@35.6894911,139.5165405,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e57b2ab3fd2f:0x81e9d374c16603c9!8m2!3d35.6894868!4d139.5187292)

Koganei Park:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Koganei+Park/@35.7162815,139.5121957,14.88z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018e5f2ce0fb48f:0x26c80b3e809bb2!8m2!3d35.7165604!4d139.517711)
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I've heard of, but never been to, a park in Nakano Ward:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+4-ch%C5%8Dme-9-4+Nakano,+Nakano+City,+Tokyo+164-0001/@35.7062568,139.6614752,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f29105e7e813:0x2631c9d825f93e7a!8m2!3d35.7062525!4d139.6636639 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Parking+lot,+4-ch%C5%8Dme-9-4+Nakano,+Nakano+City,+Tokyo+164-0001/@35.7062568,139.6614752,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6018f29105e7e813:0x2631c9d825f93e7a!8m2!3d35.7062525!4d139.6636639)

Maybe Jiveturkey has been there? IIRC, it's more in his neck of the woods.
Sadly never got a chance. Covid hit and then it got shut down.

Riverbirch looks pretty cool. My brother-in-law lives in NishiOgikubo; I'll check it out next time we go visit his fam.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: Gray Imp Sausage Metal on October 21, 2021, 08:03:48 PM
Koenji was such a great neighborhood back in the day! Check out other shops like Mortar and Beacon, they stock lots of cool proddy
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: disclosed on October 22, 2021, 11:13:41 AM
never heard of Beacon i think. have heard of a hair salon/skateshop combination in tokyo but not that one.
Mortar i've been to but i dont really feel that place. a bit to trendy for my crusty ass, but i can see why people love it. do love how they build those concrete obstacles upstairs.
Title: Re: Osaka and Tokyo
Post by: benboardbreaker on October 27, 2021, 01:24:37 PM
Hey guys thank you for your advice. I will also take advice and read the Japan thread.

Arigato gozaimasu Pals!