Japan: Luggage forwarding via TaQBin
I was surprised this luggage forwarding service in Japan hasn’t been blogged extensively as I had expected it to be.
So here’s a scenario: You touched down at Osaka Itami Airport and want to visit the nearby attractions (e.g. Ando Momofuku Instant Ramen museum) and maybe a mall before heading to check in your accommodation that night.
Your options are:
- A: Lug your luggage everywhere and pray that there are available coin lockers in the train stations you are heading to.
- B: Drop your luggage at your accommodation and skip the attractions or do a detour to head back to the attractions
- C: Have your luggage forwarded to your accommodation and back an overnight bag.
DING DING DING: You have chosen option C!
At first, I was wrought with all sorts of hesitation and questions: Is there insurance, what if they lost my luggage, what if my luggage is delayed? From what I gleaned online, there seems to be a natural reassurance in Japanese efficiency that your luggage forwarded will be secure and safe.
The process is really simple: Fill up a form (you can do it in English), pay your fee and wait for your luggage to arrive the next day.
There are multiple service providers. I used TaQBin on two occasions. Once, at the airport and second, at a convenience store. The only issue is probably, staff at convenience stores don’t speak much of English but you don’t need much of Japanese to forward a luggage too!
I had forwarded luggage of different sizes and the biggest sized luggage (probably 30-32 inch) cost 1340 Yen.
This is the form that you will fill in and I have labelled accordingly.
Things to take note of
- Most convenience stores and airports offer luggage forwarding services and will have multiple vendor options. I used TaQBin on both occasions.
- Luggage will only arrive next day and you can select stipulated delivery time slots (AM and PM). Remember to pack an overnight bag of essentials!
- There is a tracking number that you can track via TaQBin’s website.