Baggage drop-offs, delivery free up tourists

posted on June 16, 2016

A growing number of service centers support "hands-free tourism," accepting baggage such as suitcases and souvenirs and delivering them to accommodation facilities and airports on the same day.

Although the service is geared toward foreign tourists visiting Japan, it is also available for use by Japanese people.Why not give it a try if you're planning to travel domestically?

In the spring of 2014, Sagawa Express Co. opened its Tokyo Service Center in Tokyo Station. From early in the morning, tourists hauling large suitcases visit the center one after another. In addition to storing baggage at a daily rate of ¥800, they also deliver baggage to Haneda Airport or any ryokan or hotel within Tokyo's 23 wards on the same day if it is brought in by 11 a.m.

Assistance is available in English, Chinese or Korean, so foreigners can use the service without having to worry about language barriers. There are also many Japanese tourists visiting Tokyo from all over the country who make use of the service. For those concerned with safety, all baggage is checked using the same explosives detection devices used at airports.

For baggage measuring a total of 140 centimeters on three sides (height, width and depth), delivery fees are ¥1,566 to a hotel and ¥2,214 to Haneda Airport. If delivered to a hotel the following day or later, the price is the same as ordinary home-delivery services. Sagawa Express has six service centers set up throughout Japan.




source by the-japan-news
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