can lend you mine if you like. You'll have to pay the handling fees to get it sent down there. Rental fee is ￥2,000 to any charity you choose. It is pretty big though. Will take your bike and some spare gear, just watch the weight nazis at the airport though.
I used to not be charged. Then a few years ago, a bit of a charge (50 bucks or so) then last year about 200 bucks. Ouch. I figured at that rate I'll either have to invest in a Bike Friday or use couplers on my old Raleigh so I can get the bike in a regular sized case. This was Delta.... Which airline do you use that doesn't charge for oversized luggage.
Unless they are any of the NA airlines... Most of the US / Canada carriers now have surcharge and strict size limits. BTW - if anyone is serious about couplers - I know a thing or 2 about them, and can get (at least Ti frames) refitted at a reasonable cost. The key is to get your entire kit into a 66x66x10 'box'. That falls just inside the limit of a standard baggage. A wheel w/ mounted tire just makes it as long as you deflate.
I have an old (89) Panasonic steel frame that I've saved from oblivion with the idea in mind that I might add couplers to it and make it my travel bike. Curious what the cost might be to have that done. Do you know a good shop?
I live in Yokosuka too, I bought one about 7 years ago at Hirako bicycle shop in Zushi. It is on route 311, close to the train station(s). Not much English spoken in this store, so I just printed a picture of one, took it there and they ordered it for me.
If you need more info, PM me and I can give you detailed directions or other assistance as needed.
It was a good box, but got crushed on my last flight. The box has an 18 inch crack in it, otherwise I would be happy to loan it to you. Bike got scratched, but no real damage. At $200.00 a flight, I am almost at the point of boxing and mailing it ahead. Baggage handlers don't give a damn and get pissed having to load and unload a large 60lb bike box.