So you want to carry skis on your rental car on your Hokkaido ski trip. But you’ve got your rental from a cheapie-rental place that doesn’t offer ski racks. Or, the rental company offers racks, but you can’t stomach the extra 1,500yen or more a day you’ll be charged for them.
Step 1: Buy a cheap and dirty set of foam racks from Amazon before you travel to Hokkaido/Japan. They’re bulky, but weigh next to nothing. Stuff ’em in your ski bag.
Step 2: Get a handful of 18-inch (45cm) Voile or similar straps. You’ll need two per ski set.
Step 3: Fly to Hokkaido, pick up rental car, put skis inside car.
Step 4: To avoid consternation, we recommend attaching your foam rack and skis to the car away from car rental location.