Our tours primarily use public transportation, so you might be wondering how baggage is handled. We use a system of baggage transfer commonly used by the Japanese and overnight bags to solve the problem of having to handle large suitcases any more than is necessary.
The baggage transfer or “takkyubin” is a door-to-door service for shipping packages and luggage all over Japan. There are a large number of people using public transportation, and with the limited space on trains, the baggage transfer system allows you to send your main luggage ahead and travel comfortably. The service is amazingly reliable and will mean you don’t have to carry large bags on trains and through busy stations.
You will take an overnight bag with you from city to city. The overnight bag can consist of a backback or roller bag depending on your preference, but should be no bigger than a normal airplane carry-on (9 inches X 14 inches X 22 inches or 22 cm X 35 cm X 56 cm). You will be carrying only what you will need for the next day or two until you meet up with your main luggage when you can trade dirty clothes for clean, and transfer any souvenirs you have purchased to your main luggage. To use this service, all you have to do is to make sure you take your luggage to the pre-defined place at the pre-defined time, and we will take care of the rest. Your itinerary and guides will instruct you on when you will be sending luggage ahead and where you will pick it back up.