If you are coming to Japan, or are heading home after your holiday in Japan, you can have your luggage or suitcases delivered straight from the airport to your hotel, or from your hotel to the airport for a reasonable price (depends on the distance, baggage weight and size). There are various delivery companies in Japan, but one of my favorites is Yamato Kureneko delivery service.
Takkyubin (TA-Q-BIN) is the term used for the Yamato delivery service. Using this service, we can send suitcases and heavy parcels from the airport to our hotel, or from hotel to the airport. In case of sending your things from the airport, reservations are not necessary, and they can also deliver them on the same day to some chosen areas. Yamato delivery service is available in Narita International Airport, Haneda Airport, and Kansai Airport. After you are done with the customs, just look for Yamato stall in the terminal you’re arriving at.
When you want to send your suitcases to the airport, the latest day to send them is 2 days before your departure date (3 days for certain areas). You can simply call Yamato before the shipping deadline, and they will need your information such as name, address, phone number, and the most convenient time slot you want your luggage to be picked up. You can also talk to an English speaking operator when you make a reservation call. (Hint: You can ask first, “Eigo ii desu ka?” or “Eigo o hanasu hito imasen ka?”, or something similar when they answer in Japanese).
When they arrive on the requested day and time, they will give you some forms to fill. It is all written in Japanese, but they are very helpful in guiding you trough the form. Don’t forget to prepare your flight information because they need to know which terminal you will be depart from and around what time you will pick your luggage up. You can pay the delivery fee at the time you pick the luggage up. For a 23 kg luggage, the cost will normally be around 2,000-3,000 each. For smaller or bigger luggage or parcels, you can check the fees on their website.
Sending your luggage using this delivery service can be very helpful if you want to spend your first day strolling around Japan without carrying a bulky luggage, or when you want to travel home but your luggage is too heavy to carry from your hotel to the nearest station. Other options are also available, for example, you can drop off our luggage at the nearest convenience store and in addition, you can get 100-Yen discount from the delivery company!