How's the experience in Japan? "Hello Kitty is everywhere huh? lol
dont buy chinese made guitars.
japanese or american dude.
Coming from Germany via London, I even took my bass-guitar as hand-carry luggage.
Especially the Asian airlines are even much more relaxed about the handcarry stuff. Don't take another bag with you on the plane; just the guitar case and you"ll be fine!
Sounds like you guys are professional musician.. c'mon... just buy a cheap one in China.. lol...
"dont buy chinese made guitars. japanese or american dude."
I think that's why he said this: "I could buy a cheap one in China but ideally I think I'd rather buy it here." - "here" being Japan, where he currently is.
@Clint: just take it on the damn plane with you as a carry-on. Asian airlines, Western airlines...doesn't matter. ALL of them will beat the shit out of your guitar if you check it.
They won't give a shit if you bring it as your carry-on - actually, if you're super-polite and ask them when you first get on the plane, they might even stow it somewhere up front for you so you don't have to cram it into one of those overhead bins.