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How to Send Packages at Convenience Stores

Japan is home to several ultra convenient parcel and luggage shipping options. The most visible are Yamato Transport, Japan Post and Sagawa Expres Yamato Transport and its cute logo of a mother cat carrying a kitten by the scruff of its neck have the edge, though: apart from airport and transit hub locations, they cooperate with the major convenience store chains.

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  • Send your bags ahead of you.

  • Ask for assistance.

  • Send parcels around the country or even back home.

  • Do the paperwork.

  • Make it stick.

  • Send your bags ahead of you.

    Send your bags ahead of you.

    Send your bags ahead of you.

    A great travel hack for those arriving by plane is to send your luggage ahead. The black cats of Yamato Transport beckon at all major transit hubs in the country. If you choose to lug your bags onto an airport train or bus, you can still send them ahead to your hotel or accomodations from most major train stations.

  • Ask for assistance.

    Ask for assistance.

    Ask for assistance.

    The array of services offered by firms like Yamato and Sagawa can dizzying. Although the language barrier can be an issue at convenience store locations, the staff at airport baggage service businesses are usually able to assist with sorting out sticky details, like getting the address down correctly. When buying items at shops, ask if they offer shipping service. In larger centers, international shipping is often an option simply fill in your home address and pay the transport fee.

  • Send parcels around the country or even back home.

    Send parcels around the country or even back home.

    Send parcels around the country or even back home.

    Bought an unwieldy souvenir or picked up some unexpected treasure? Transport companies in Japan can assist with sending it back to your accommodations, to the airport where you will be leaving, or even directly back home. There’s no reason to lug around heavy boxes while trying to enjoy the sights. If shopping is on your itinerary in Japan, don’t worry about dragging an empty suitcase simply look for the black cat.

  • Do the paperwork.

    Do the paperwork.

    Do the paperwork.

    The motobarai denpyo (or hatsubarai denpyo) is the first step in the process: fill out the address that the package is going to. The form has English labels, although it’s best to ask for assistance to make the information is correct. The motobarai denpyo is for payment ahead of time, but there is also the option of atobarai denpyo (or chakubarai denpyo), payment on delivery. This is the option if, for example, you are shipping a product purchased on a day trip in Hakone back to your AirBnB in Tokyo.

  • Make it stick.

    Make it stick.

    Make it stick.

    Once the denpyo is filled out, affix it to the package and return to a Yamato Transport location or convenience store. Give the item to the attendant, and then pay the transport fee. Your copy of the denpyo will include a tracking number. Yamato Transport’s tracking number system is the most convenient and reliable and makes changing the delivery time simple, even before the package has arrived. Making changes with Sagawa Express and Japan Post is slightly more difficult.

    With the number and location of Japan’s convenience store chains, you will never be far away from a quick and painless shipping option. Leave your hands free while experiencing the wonders of Japan. The process can seem daunting the first time, especially if you are not a fan of filling in forms paperwork, but once you get the hang of it, you will be sending luggage and packages all over the country.

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