The Best Auctions
While Japan has more than 70 auctions each week, in reality most vehicles are sourced from a smaller number of major auctions.
Several small auctions are held on Monday but most are online only such as AUCNET and NPS Tokyo Nyusatsu which don't enable physical inspections as there is no centralised auction location.
Other auctions are so small that it is not viable to have an agent there to inspect vehicles.
For the best selection of vehicles, condition and prices our favourite auctions are in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe and Fukuoka:
USS Yokohama, JU Saitama, CAA Tokyo, CAA Gifu
JAA, CAA Chubu, BAYAUC
USS Tokyo, Hanaten Osaka, KCAA Fukuoka
USS Nagoya, USS Osaka
HAA Kobe, JU Gifu, USS Fukuoka
Auctions We Avoid
We specifically avoid all Sapporo auctions due to rust issues.
Sapporo is on the island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan very near Russia, they have about 7 months of snow each year and salt the roads. That means nearly all vehicles there are affected by rust.
We also avoid auctions in Gunma on Thursday and Saturday, as like Sapporo this is a heavy snow area.
BCN Saitama auction on Wednesdays has been renamed 'MiRIVE' and is located in Fukuya City, Saitama prefecture. It is only a small 'outback' style auction.
Fukuoka in the south of Japan has a couple of good auctions each week and can offer some good deals. Allow for additional inland transport of about 40,000 Yen to Osaka for shipping if required, as vessels do not always call into nearby Moji Port.