I'm in the market for a touring bike (or something similar to it) for a small trip around Japan sometime in the near future. I'd prefer to buy something second hand that's been taken care of and not too pricey. Any leads?
The question's twofold, of course: (i) Assuming that it's in good condition, is it a good deal? (ii) Is it in good condition, and so far as it isn't, what will this imply?
It was never an expensive bike. But it should have been pretty solid when new. However, it's not a tourer. Or if it is one, then it assumes that either (a) your itinerary is very mild or (b) you are very fit. Reason being that it has only two chainwheels and the smaller doesn't look small. (There may be other reasons, too, why it's not a tourer.)
Do you need to climb hills? (In Japan, almost certainly yes.) Do you want to carry camping gear and the like?
The condition now? Hard to say, from a few not-so-big jpegs. The seller prevents caveats that will get him out of trouble, but also shows signs of being scrupulous and conscientious. This may be very unwise of me, but I'd guess that you'd get what you'd expect, not something significantly worse.
Gearing is likely to be a problem. You might well be better off on a large example of something marketed as a mountain bike.
Yes, this Maruishi Emperor seems a good deal. It's a bit small for you, and might need a new and longer seat post (cheap and simple) and a new and longer stem (not so cheap, and an irritation), but it's got the gearing for the job.