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/.