Th­ese com­pa­nies will do the heavy lift­ing on your next trip to Ja­pan.

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As ski sea­son ap­proaches, many will be be­gin­ning the trek to Hokkaido's frosted moun­tain slopes. But if the thought of lug­ging your heavy equip­ment through crowded sta­tions adds to your chills, there are eas­ier ways to reach the pow­der.

This year, the Ja­pan Tourism Board launched Lug­gage Free Travel (lug­gage-free-travel.com; large bags from ¥2,000), where users can book on­line to re­ceive a QR code, drop bags off at the air­port when they land, and be­gin ex­plor­ing the city right away know­ing their lug­gage is headed straight for their ho­tel room. With the web­site al­ready avail­able in eight lan­guages, in­clud­ing the re­cent ad­di­tion of Thai, more of the re­gion can travel lighter in Ja­pan.

An­other big name de­liv­ery ser­vice is Yam­ato Trans­port Co. (www.global-yam­ato. com/en/hands-free-travel; large bags from ¥2,138), run by Ja­pan Tourism Agency and rec­og­niz­able by their black-cat logo. Cel­e­brat­ing their 100th an­niver­sary next year, Yam­ato has coun­ters at most Ja­panese air­ports and pop­u­lar train sta­tions, and of­fers op­tions to send all sorts of lug­gage, from small bags and boxes to heavy golf equip­ment and bulky snow­boards.

Both com­pa­nies can also de­liver your lug­gage from ho­tel to ho­tel, be­tween pre­fec­tures and back to the air­port, so you can en­joy your en­tire trip with­out hav­ing to lift a fin­ger.

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