If you have to take public transport
, finding room for your luggage is not always easy.
Although coaches have large boots (in Japan, luggage is never put on the roof and is always handled with great care), on trains
, the space at the entrance of the coaches to store suitcases may seem very limited. If you take the Shinkansen
during the week, you will find room as many passengers are people going to work and have no luggage.
But be careful, however, if:
- You are travelling on a weekend or a bank holiday. Transportation is sometimes so crowded, that you might not find enough space, not only for your luggage, but also for yourself.
- You are taking a taxi. These are standard cars and the boot can contain 2 or 3 suitcases at the most. Large minivan type taxis are rare; if you are laded down, take several taxis.
- You are taking a bus or subway during rush hour (between 8 am and 9 am or between 6 pm and 8pm). As there is no space specifically designed for luggage, it may be a bit stressful for you and bothersome for others.
Moreover, even though they exist, it is not always easy to find lifts in the stations
. If you are in Tokyo for example, the crowd and the stairs can be obstacles, you have to remain alert and look for the signs. Small rural stations are not always equipped with escalators.
When travelling between cities, car rental
could be a practical option, to avoid worries about luggage.