Top luggage tips for traveling in Japan

There are many ways to save on luggage costs, and some essential tips that should be followed to make sure you don’t spend too much money. Some travelers and backpackers come to Japan without knowing much at all about how different Japan can be, and therefore make a few silly mistakes! Here are our top tips:

Bring a backpack

Don’t bring a heavy suitcase! Get all your stuff in a big backpack. Along as it is small enough to use as hand luggage, you can save a load of money by using budget airlines and not adding the cost of a suitcase.


Use coin lockers

There are coin lockers everywhere, from train stations to supermarkets. They are a reasonable way to store your luggage, for example when you want to do a day trip away and don’t want to bring everything with you. Small (small bags), medium (backpacks) and large (suitcase) sizes are available, usually from 300 to 600 yen a day. Large sizes are not always available, but there will be some at most train stations.

If you use coin lockers, you can also be fore flexible at night with your accommodation, for example staying in internet cafes.


Luggage delivery services

Need to move a load of luggage long distances, and don’t want to lug it around yourself? Use a ‘takuhaibin’ service. These are door-to-door delivery services that allow people to very cheaply send packages across Japan. It can be done from airports, convenience stores, post offices and hotels.  Delivery is usually on the next day.

Luggage storage counters

At many department stores, all major airports and some tourist spots, it’s possible to leave your luggage for a small fee, of usually around 500 yen.

Although, if it is convenient, it’s better to drop your luggage at you next hotel. Hostels and hotels are OK with you doing this, but you can’t drop off your stuff at internet cafes or love hotels.

Bring the right adapters!

Make sure you have the right electricity adapters! It depends on which country you are coming from. More info

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict