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Trav­el­ling in Ja­pan but don’t fancy haul­ing your lug­gage through crowded train sta­tions, on es­ca­la­tors and along busy streets? Fol­low the lead of the lo­cals and send it ahead. Door-to-door par­cel de­liv­ery is pop­u­lar and re­li­able in a coun­try that prides it­self on ef­fi­ciency. Tourists, too, can take ad­van­tage of the Yam­ato Trans­port ser­vice with next-day lug­gage de­liv­ery to al­most any­where in the coun­try en­sur­ing your bags will prob­a­bly be wait­ing in­side your new gue­stroom by the time you check in. Sim­ply pre­ar­range with ho­tel re­cep­tion to leave your gear ready to dis­patch and it will be at your new ad­dress the next day. It’s par­tic­u­larly handy in win­ter when icy foot­paths can make walk­ing even a short dis­tance treach­er­ous and there are air­port pick-ups and de­liv­er­ies if you want to go ex­plor­ing be­fore ho­tel check-in or af­ter check-out times. Rates vary by lug­gage size and dis­tance. On my re­cent trip, an av­er­age-sized suit­case sent from a ho­tel in Kanazawa at 3pm was in my room in Tokyo, al­most 500km away, the fol­low­ing morn­ing. The cost was just Y1404 ($16.50) and the con­ve­nience price­less. More: kuronekoyam­ato.co.jp/en/tourist/ho­tel/.

FIONA HARARI

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