Where to buy a sea kayak in Japan

Posted on May 10, 2023
Posted on May 10, 2023
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There are a few domestic sea kayak manufacturers in Japan, as well as a number of dealers in Japan selling foreign brands of sea kayaks. Here, we outline a few of those dealers and manufacturers, for those seeking to pick up their own sea kayak in Japan. We also outline a few second hand outlets worth keeping an eye on for second hand sea kayaks in Japan.

Secondhand Sea Kayaks in Japan

If you live in Okinawa or Tokyo, you’re in luck. These two areas of Japan always seem to be the most flush with second-hand sea kayaks. Even then though, the second-hand market for sea kayaks here in Japan is very sparse compared with other developed countries. For foreign brands, expect to find mostly very old (up to 20yrs old) models, with only a few newer models here and there. Domestic brands of sea kayaks are generally very well made, but designs lag behind developments overseas – two hatches, fibreglass seats, relatively low volume, and notoriously short cockpits that seldom fit longer-legged foreign paddlers.

That said, there can be some bargains to be found. We picked up a fantastic high-volume Aquarius Sea Lion (made in Poland) for 100,000yen in great condition (fits even a lanky 2m tall American), and got a domestic Vogue Evo Expedition for a smaller paddler also for 100,000yen. We did, however, have to take a ferry down to Honshu from Hokkaido to collect them – the market for second-hand sea kayaks in Hokkaido is extremely sparse.

  • IMPORTANT: Overland shipping of sea kayaks (over 5m in length) in Japan (new or used) is best considered impossible. Shipping from Tokyo to Hokkaido, for example, would cost upwards of 250,000yen (US$2,000). If you don’t live in the vicinity of the seller, you’ll need to consider travelling there yourself to pick the kayak up.
  • TOP TIP: If you’ve got a sea kayak guiding outfit near you, try contacting them to see if they have any second-hand kayaks they want to sell. 


  • Yahoo Auctions
    Yahoo Auctions is the eBay of Japan, essentially. Below are some search terms that will get you started.
  • Mercari (メルカリ)
    Mercari is sort of like Craigs List, but a sort of an eBay-esque Craigs List. Here’s some search terms to start.
  • Jmty (ジモティー)
    This is about as close as you’ll get to Craigs List. Search terms below.
  • Facebook
    Try the Kayak Buy and Sell Group, here.

  • Koa Outfitters
    This watersports store in Kanagawa Prefecture sometimes has some good deals on second-hand sea kayaks – see the page here.

Buying New Sea Kayaks in Japan

There are a couple of options for buying new sea kayaks in Japan – domestic brands or foreign brands. Note that ordering a single kayak from overseas will carry a fairly hefty shipping charge – to save on costs, dealers may suggest waiting until they have a large enough order to share shipping costs.



There are bound to be more than just these dealers below in Japan…these are just some we have come across. If you know of any others, please let us know!

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