What Is LUGGAGE-FREE TRAVEL?
Sponsored by JTB Corp., Panasonic Corp. and Yamato Transport Co., Ltd
Have you ever found carrying bulky luggage around on a trip overseas to be a chore? Perhaps the physical effort of carrying your luggage fatigued you, or ended up wasting time you wanted to devote to your trip. Many people have let their luggage dictate their trip, rather than vice versa.
Japan offers the Luggage-Free Travel service, a solution to all of your luggage needs. Here we interview JTB and Panasonic representatives, who have developed and operate the service.
Luggage-Free Travel In Brief
Luggage-Free Travel offers an online process that lets you ship your luggage from a Yamato Transport Ta-Q-Bin (*3) service counter at major airports, hotels, large duty-free shops, and train station buildings throughout Japan. Traveling light and with ease is now a reality thanks to this service. You simply present staff with a QR code issued when you apply, with payment automatically charged to your credit card. Nine languages are supported: English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese.
*3: Offered at eleven airports (Narita, Haneda, Chubu Centrair, Kansai, New Chitose, Sendai, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kagoshima and Oita), eight Laox locations (Shinjuku, Akihabara, Ginza EXITMELSA, Kyoto Gion, Osaka Nipponbashi, Osaka Dotonbori, Shinsaibashisuji, and Daimaru Shinsaibashi), and five Yamato Transport Ta-Q-Bin counters adjacent to train stations (Sendai Station, Nagano Station, Toyama Station, Iseshi Station, and Nagasaki Station). More service locations are being added every day. Please see the web site for details.
Featuring multilingual chat tools and a dedicated call center, as well as additional service guarantees: a full range of support offers peace of mind.
Begin by clicking “Get a Quote” and selecting your desired shipment route. Then select the luggage size and quantity. All you have to do is follow the easy onscreen instructions and select from dropdown menus. You will then get an estimate to check.
You can also drill down to select more details like airport, hotel, or date.
Lastly, tap “Book” to confirm your booking.
After signing in, the booking process is complete!
If you already have an account, you can sign in directly. Otherwise, you will be prompted to register. Enter your name, e-mail address, desired password, and country of residence.
*Password must be alphanumeric characters only. Symbols cannot be used.
Delivering your luggage
After registration, you will receive a booking confirmation number and QR code. When picking up your luggage, simply show the QR code to the staff at your destination to confirm your booking!
Select “Search sites” to select where to drop off and pick up your luggage, then confirm their location on the map that appears.
This is all it takes to use. Now travelers can enjoy luggage-free travel with ease.
The origins of the idea: “People and luggage should move at different speeds”
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