As far as lures are concerned, I'd probably forget about it. From what I've seen, the selection isn't that great here, and I've never seen anything that I would bother with. Plus, there's not really any freshwater gamefishing here, so you can pretty much forget about those kinds of lures. As for pier fishing and jetty fishing, the floats and rigs they use for suspending a bait or lure with a long leader are kind of cool. I only bottomfished off of piers in the states, so I can't remember if you could get the same stuff for floating rigs.
What's really great is the large number of collapsible fishing rods. Unlike in the US where a lot of rods are one or two piece models, many rods here are highly collapsible, telescoping models. You can find domestic and Japanese models. The Japanese models are not cheap.You can go fiberglass on the cheap end, or carbon fibre for the lightest, strongest, most expensive ones. There are a lot of light to medium-heavy rods that people use for casting off of piers, rocks and jetties. Many are suitable for casting a couple ounces of lead. There are also the super light action models people use for fishing in creeks or ponds. Rods are available in lengths of up to 10-12 feet. What is very interesting is that a lot of those longer rods are pretty light action, but suitable for casting bait or lures. At high tide in the Dan Shui estuary, you can see guys along the biking trails around Guan Du Bridge fishing with these types of rods. You know all those guys you see scootering around with nets and pool cue cases? Those aren't pool cues. Those are collapsible rods. Housing and transport being what it is, you can see why collapsible rods would be very popular here and in Japan.
You might want to check the prices for the better Japanese reels. Are they cheaper here or in America? As for myself, I'd be interested in casting reels with high tech mag. control spool braking systems.
Hope you find this useful.