Travel Made Simple in Japan with Luggage Storage and Yamato Transport

Written by Katherine

December 28, 2016
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

Our recent trip to Japan had us staying in Airbnb, and this came with a huge disadvantage: the ability to store your luggage after checking out. In order to make our life easier, we started looking around for solutions such as using luggage or locker storage and Yamato Transport. Yamato Transport was the complicated one, so read on if you want to make your travel life easier in Japan~! (*・ω・)ノ

Why Do You Need Luggage Storage?

Typically if you stay in a hotel, they would allow you to store your luggage with them after you check out. This allows us to continue exploring the city hands-free. Another situation is when you are travelling to another part of Japan but only want to bring a subset of your luggage. If you are checking back into the same hotel, they would usually let you leave your luggage with them until your next check-in date.

However, this convenience is not available when you are staying at an Airbnb. This is usually the biggest reason we are hesitant to book a stay with Airbnb. Unless you have everything planned and timed perfectly, there would usually be quite some time before your next destination. I don’t know about other countries but that is when Japan’s available luggage and locker storage as well as Yamato Transport’s service come into good use. \(★ω★)/

Luggage or Baggage Storage at Major Train Stations

Luggage storage is typically found at major train stations in Japan, such as Tokyo and Kyoto stations. These stations usually might have more than one luggage storage vendor and each comes with a different fee. But this convenience made it so much easier for us to just deposit our luggage with them and continue exploring the area with ease. The only thing you have to remember is to collect your luggage from them before their closing hours! Else it is really sayonara~! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Image Credit: Yamato Transport & Crosta Kyoto website

Since we arrived in Tokyo way before the check-in time for our Airbnb, we were able to store our luggage at a luggage deposit service room located at Tokyo station. We did the same thing at Kyoto station, leaving our luggage with them while we had a lot of time to spare before heading to the airport. being able to roam around hands-free was so good. Everything was also quite simple as the staff are well-versed in English. ( ´ ω ` )

Here are two options at Tokyo station for your reference:

  • Marunochi North Exit: Link HERE
  • Nihonbashi-gushi Exit: Link HERE

Crosta Kyoto is the one situated in Kyoto station. You can find out more information HERE.

Locker Storage lining the Train Station

With a piece of hand luggage with us, we reached Kyoto from Tokyo. Since it was still too early to check into our Airbnb, we wanted to look for a locker to put our stuff away before exploring Nishiki Market. Not sure if it was a weekend or peak season thing but with hundreds of lockers at Kyoto station, it was so hard to find an empty one that fits our piece of hand luggage! (´-ω-`)

We probably walked for quite a long while before finding a suitable locker for our piece of hand luggage. The next part is important, and that is remembering the location of the locker. Kyoto station is HUGE so you better take note of some landmarks and what-nots. Else your luggage is going to be gone forever. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

If you are visiting Kyoto during the peak season and need to use a locker, it would be a good idea to be there early so that you can find a locker easily! For more information about luggage and locker storage at Kyoto station, do visit this website to know more.

Trying Yamato Transport (Takkyubin) for our Luggage Delivery

We Tried, and We Failed Once

On our first trip to Japan, we wanted to try the luggage delivery service with Yamato Transport since it was highly recommended. The convenience of not having to carry your luggage around was also so appealing. So we attempted this by trying to arrange for our luggage to be delivered to the airport from Shinjuku. The experience was so memorable that I remember it to this day. (*/ω\)

We approached a Yamato Transport branch in Shinjuku and tried to communicate with the staff there about our intention. Unfortunately, the staff do not have a very strong command of English. There was no other way to translate our intent, and eventually, all the staff came out to help with our request. Pen and paper were involved in the communication as drawings were made. We can feel that they wanted to help us so much but at the same time also very stressed as communication could not be made. Even though we did not manage to deliver our luggage, we were still very thankful for all the help given that day. (´ ω `♡)

Coming Back Strong with a 2nd Attempt

Using luggage delivery with Yamato Transport was the only way to ensure we had a fuss-free journey from Tokyo to Kyoto. So this time, we made sure we did enough homework to make this work! There is a Yamato Transport branch at Tokyo station, the same one we used to store our luggage. And the best thing is, the staff there speaks really good English so we would be in good hands. And then we realised there was a branch just opposite our apartment! Not wanting to drag our luggage all the way to Tokyo station, we decided to try our luck with the Yamato Transport branch near our apartment.

Feng went into the branch to ask if the staff understands a bit of English and she did! Yay for that! From our research, we found out which is the nearest Yamato Transport branch to our apartment in Kyoto and pass on that information to the staff to make the necessary arrangement. We felt a great sense of achievement when we received the collection slip from the staff. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

When we arrived in Kyoto, we just needed to head over to the Yamato Transport branch with our collection slip. Since this was our first time doing this, we were praying that we had the correct address. (・・;)ゞ Honestly, I felt a huge sense of relief when we walked into the branch and saw our luggage there. Woot woot! The collection was really simple. We just needed to hand over the collection slip to them, and they would pass us our luggage. Woohoo~! We just can’t help feeling proud of what we did. Haha! (@´ー`)ノ゙

Overall Experience

Yamato Transport is really a convenient option for tourists, especially if you want to travel hands-free on public transport. But you DEFINITELY have to do your homework before heading down Yamato Transport. More specifically, you need to find out which branch to make the arrangement and which branch to have your luggage delivered to. If you are delivering to the airport, you would also need to know which terminal and airport you are departing from.

Besides the above information, you would also need to take note of when you need to bring the luggage to them so that it will be delivered to you within the time frame that you want. Not everything can be delivered on the same day, so if you do this wrongly, you might end up not having your luggage for a few days. To avoid miscommunication, it would be ideal to make the arrangement at a tourist-friendly branch such as Tokyo station. So armed with all this information, you should more or less be ready to tackle this luggage delivery thing with Yamato Transport and have a hands-free trip! You can check out Yamato Transport’s website HERE to find out more.

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