Enjoy your travel by making the best use of baggage storage service
How to carry a big baggage while traveling is one of the troubling problems. Actually, currently in Japan, as a nationwide initiative, there is a movement to let tourists do sightseeing hands-free. "Hands-free travel counters" are set up in the place with the following sign, and you can deposit luggage or ask for delivery by guidance in English, so consider using the service when you come upon it.
Besides the above, what comes to mind first as a baggage storage service may be the airport. In airports of Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and etc., there are airline companies-operated baggage storage facilities. For example, one of the method would be to leave things that would be unnecessary for the rest of your trip such as a coat, or a golf set to be used at the next destination. Also, if your destination is close to the airport, you can leave your suitcase at the airport and go sightseeing immediately without worrying about check-in time.
Besides that, a conventional way of storage in Japan is to use coin lockers. Rates vary from 300 yen to 700 yen depending on size, and can be used safely for one day (depending on lockers, the term for “one day” differs). Numerous lockers are installed in Japan, and in major stations, you will definitely find them somewhere. There are lockers in the station premises and those outside the ticket gate, so if you do not have to take the subway again, we recommend using the ones outside the ticket gate. Aside from putting away your baggage, lockers are convenient in temporarily storing souvenirs you’ve purchased on your way. However, coin lockers that can store the largest type of suitcase are almost nonexistent, so be careful.
Also, since 2018, post offices have started baggage storage service. As of April 2018, the service is limited to the Tokyo City and some other areas, but it is planned to be spread to the whole country in the future. In addition, Yamato Transport, a private courier, also has begun similar initiative in the center of Tokyo. Also, there is a sharing service called "ecbo cloak" that connects "people who want to leave their luggage" and "shops with luggage storage space" via smartphone app.
Finally, as a substitute for luggage storage, there is a method of leaving only the necessary items with you and sending the suitcase to the next destination. The courier service in Japan is very precise and can deliver accurately at the designated time. Therefore, after you enjoy sightseeing hands-free you can receive your baggage at another place by sending the baggage to the next hotel, airport, etc. Luggage shipping can be done from most hotels. Plan deliberately your pickup and delivery time, and make use of the courier service.