Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Visitors to Japan can avail the Luggage-Free Travel and from January next year, a joint initiative to lessen the burden on public transport operators and accommodation facilities in 2020, during the Tokyo Olympics when 2.5 million visitors are expected to visit the country.
Three of Japan’s large corporations: JTB Corp, Panasonic Corp and Yamato Holdings some of the key players in travel related services, electronics technologies and solutions and door-to-door delivery services have come together to back the Luggage-Free Travel(LFT).
The services can be availed at Narita and other Japanese airports, where the visitors can get their luggage delivered from airport to hotel, from hotel to hotel and from hotel to airport by paying a fee.
The reservations can be made online from JTB’s overseas branches or sales agent by reserving online or through smartphone. While arriving at the airport QR code can be obtained at the time of reservation to the service counter staff and drop off the luggage.
It is said that the LTF reservation website will initially support five languages, basically Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean.
JTB says the luggage brought before 11 am will be delivered to the hotel from 6pm on the same day of check in at the airport. The delivery between hotels for luggage received before 3 pm will be delivered the following day post check-in.
While delivery from the hotel to the airport will be delivered in the morning on the day of departure incase it is received by 3 pm two days before. However the duration will be longer between cities.
Four main airports Narita and Haneda in Tokyo, Kansai in Osaka and Chubu on Nagoya will deliver seamless services across 10,000 hotels. The services are expected to expand by 2020.
For delivery between hotels and from hotel to airport, the luggage can be dropped by the visitors in some 100 LFT agents mainly in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Takayama.