Friends, Wheelers, Countrydudes, lend me your fenders.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a go-pro rig, and the few videos I have are only walking vids.
I had a great time in Japan. Represented cities in the pictures are Akihabara (Tokyo), The Big Ass Gundam (Tokyo), Dotonbori River (Osaka), and Osaka Castle (a large compound with walls upon walls of skating areas), Shibuya Crossing (Tokyo, as in the place where the dude goes drifting through a crowd and doesn't get hit.), Shinjuku
I spent about 1 week in Japan, and rode the OW in every opportunity for a good ride. I've ridden through extremely dense crowds, and have carefully kept balance. Zero spills during that trip.
unfortunately I didn't have a GO Pro rig and my own smartphones camera sucks ass.
Anyway, it was an absolute blast.
Would anyone be interested in a OneWheel Riders Tour of Japan in 2018? I'll share the relevant base costs I had for it :
$1700 : round trip ticket from SFO to Tokyo, nonstop. (I chose a nonstop flight, with the shortest travel time, so I wouldn't waste vacation hours on transport. The flights to connecting regions suck ass, upwards of 36+ hours to travel from SF)
$50-$150 a day for lodging, depending on how large of a space you reserve at a cybercafe with showers, or one of those capsule things in Shinjuku, so it was about $350-$1050 depending on how much you wanna spend.
$400 : JR Green Railroad Pass for 1 week. This was probably the best bargain. I took a roundtrip ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto riding the bullettrains, in the "first class" car, which was extremely comfortable (and you'll need all the space you can get in Japan, its super crowded here). The pass also let me go through Tokyo rail stations, without having to do Advanced Quantum Dynamic Japanese Moonrune Maths to calculate train ticket costs......
$10-$30 a day for storage rentals and other incidentals. The storage places all over Tokyo subway stations were a good place to keep the OW when going to other tour areas, or just to keep it safe somewhere without constantly lugging it around.
Don't worry about meals or drinks, lol, there are places to eat and those vending machines are everywhere. I'm sure we can all bicker about restaurant choices on the trip. But, generally speaking, yen prices for food match whatever's in the USA. Except for fruit. Fruit prices in Tokyo are fucking insane.
As for being able to skate. My opinion, most busy Tokyo streets are butter-smooth, or enough to skate comfortably. However, it takes a bit of skill, paying attention, and discipline to ensure you don't run smack into someone. I practiced a lot of "stop and go" motions before the trip. I also learned to quietly and calmly stand on the board for long periods, which happens when its extremely crowded, and you get gridlocked in this sea of Asians.
Shinjuku, Shibuya, Kabukicho, Akihabara, and the Divers City mall with the Giant Fucking Gundam Robot all had excellent skating areas.
Though, most of the time on my trip was spent on touring, relaxing, and hanging out, I'd say about 20% of the time, I was out skating.
One thing that would have been more fun : was to have other riders on the OW, going through these superb skating locations.
Would anyone be interested in taking the trip? It would spectacular to have a "OW Gang" rolling through the neon glaze of Osaka.
I mean, we gotta keep up with Mario and Luigi yo.