Parcel delivery companies have begun offering baggage delivery services at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, freeing sightseers and businesspeople from toting cumbersome luggage around with them.
The service allows suitcases, trunks and other items to be delivered to designated airports and hotels on the same day.
One of the busiest travel hubs in Japan, Shinjuku Station is home to Keio Nekonote Baggage Service. The service, which is available from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., is located near the ticket gate for Keio Corp.’s Keio New Line.
Keio Nekonote Baggage Service is a collaboration between the Keio Group and Yamato Transport Co., a leading delivery company.
Customers who check in their bags at the counter by 11 a.m. can have them delivered to Haneda Aiport in time for departures that are scheduled for 6 p.m. or later.
“Travelers can make good use of their time during the day if they drop off their baggage when they fly to regional areas or overseas from Tokyo,” said a representative of Keio’s public relations department.
Customers who check in their bags by 2:30 p.m. can also have them delivered to some hotels in the west Shinjuku area.
The fee for delivery to Haneda is 2,000 yen ($18.25) per bag, with deliveries to local hotels costing 1,000 yen per bag.
The sum of the height, width and length of each bag must be 160 centimeters or less, and each bag must weigh 25 kilograms or less.
Delivery firm Sagawa Express Co. also began offering a similar service at Busta Shinjuku, a new expressway bus terminal that began operations near Shinjuku Station on April 4.
The service counter is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. It provides same-day delivery service to Haneda and Narita airports for baggage items checked in at the counter by 11 a.m.
Both counters were certified by the transport ministry as service centers for the “Hands-Free Travel” initiative after meeting conditions, such as offering communications with customers in English at contact points and providing baggage storage services.