Two Way Radio Use In Niseko & Japan

Two Way Radios BannedWith a lot of people getting excited about ripping it up on holiday in Niseko over the coming winter, we want to make sure you aware of the Two Way Radio Rules in Niseko and Japan so you don’t end up with a nasty fine or maybe even some jail time!

It has been a problem in the past with people coming to Niseko with their family, friends or in a group and using devices such as UHF-CBs and PRS radios. For those of you that do not know, the use of these are highly illegal in Japan if they do not adherence to Japan’s technical standards. Look for this mark:

In the past most people have thought that they are above the laws and ignored the notices that have been placed at airports and around Niseko and Kutchan in English to make sure you aware of the laws.  Now the issue is gaining more attention from authorities as the level of incidents with foreigners increases from being stupid and disrespecting the local community and Japanese laws.

As a guest to Japan it should be pretty simple to respecting the local laws regarding these devices in Japan. Please do  NOT bring them fools!  If your bags are inspected at the airport you could be facing a fine, refused entry into Japan or jail time up to 5 years.

Official press release from the Hokkaido Bureau of Telecommunications here

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Kash December 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Hey thanks for the heads up on the two ways. We were just about to buy some in AU for our trip to Niseko when we read this. Can you recommend a place to get them in Japan? We will be in Tokyo for a few days and Sapporo for a day before making our way to Niseko, would appreciate any advice.

Ashok Arasu December 10, 2009 at 10:47 am

There’s a large electronics shop (Bic Camera) in the Sapporo JR station complex. You should be able to find Japanese hand-held radios there.

Brad - Niseko Webzine December 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Hey Kash, Ashok has delivered the hot spot in Sapporo for electronics shopping. Be careful, the jingle they play over the speakers is pretty catchy and you will yourself singing it for days.

Also check out some of the adventure/outdoor stores and the sporting mecca, XEBIO DOME! =)

In Tokyo, just check out the Akihabara district, it is electronics heaven! While in the area go to Kanda Ogawamachi Sporting Goods District for ski, board and all the other sporting equipment you may ever need.

neil December 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

sorry dont know if i am in the rite place but if any one can help me out going to niseko in feb can any one recomend a ski hire shop also i have k2 explorers 170 i ama intermedant ski level would there be a better ski . thanks neil

Brad - Niseko Webzine January 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Hey Neil,

Just sent you an email re your question!

Thanks for reading Niseko Webzine!


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