What three weeks in Japan do to a gamer’s wallet

One user shares their experience of spending over 500 € on gaming-related purchases during their trip to Japan and explains what they plan to do with the items.

What three weeks in Japan do to a gamer’s wallet
Published by Ethan @ PC Game Spotlight 8 months ago


One user shares their experience of spending over 500 € on gaming-related purchases during their trip to Japan and explains what they plan to do with the items.

One user spent at least 500 € on gaming-related purchases while they were in Japan, and they share what they plan to do with their haul. The traveler explains that they plan to ship some items back and hope to get the rest through the airport, while other users discuss their own experiences with shipping items from Japan. The user also shares their itinerary and recommends Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, and Okinawa as must-visit places.

The user, who goes by the handle “Writing on the Wall,” shares photos of their shopping items, including a Nintendo Switch Deck, a Steam Deck, and a PlayStation 5 controller. They also bought an Eiffel Tower statue, which one user remarks is “so you.” The user explains that the items they bought were relatively cheap in Japan, and they plan to send packages home and pack the rest in their suitcases.

“I’m going to have to jam things into my pockets,” they quip. Other users discuss their own experiences with shipping items from Japan, including the high cost of shipping and the presence of import tariffs and VAT.

“Surface mail is the best choice,” one user advises, “but if you’re sending a big package, it’s better to buy an extra bag.” Other users discuss strategies for packing and bringing back items, such as buying an extra bag or using surface mail.

The user also shares their itinerary and recommends Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone, and Okinawa as must-visit places. They caution about the hot and rainy season in Japan and express excitement about the user’s purchases.

“I want to be this guy when I go to Japan,” one user comments, while others remark about their own desire to visit the country. “I’m jealous,” one user writes. “I really want to go to Japan too.”

“You should have been playing Starfield instead,” another user jokingly remarks, referencing Bethesda’s highly anticipated space game.

“These are all cheap things,” the user responds. “But they’re expensive where I live.” They explain that they plan to send packages home and pack the rest in their suitcases.

“Where do you find boxes?” one user asks. “And post offices that take credit card payments?” The user shares their experience of finding boxes and notes that post offices accept credit card payments.

“You’re going to have to stuff things into your pockets,” one user jokes. “Are you a fan of Nintendo and Pokemon?” they ask, noting the presence of a Steam Deck and a PS5 controller in the photos. “I’m a gamer,” the user responds, “but I love Nintendo.”

“I’m jealous,” one user writes. “I’d love to do this.” Others express envy about the user’s gaming-related spending spree in Japan.

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