Aight, we bash this place which is an easy target for westerns for their seemingly unchanging politics and xenophobia. However, long term gaijin are here for a reason: there is some good.
I'm going to Hokkaido to snowboard for the New Year. As it completely sucks to lug a 2 meter board, boots, wear, and all types of other shit everywhere else, I of course used the Takkyuubin. Round trip there and back: 3360 yen. It's about half that if you keep it on honshu. There's nothing close to that in the stats, and I would assume Europe as well. Awesomeness!