New service in Japan helps tourists lose the luggage

Tie-up frees up foreign travelers to enjoy the sights — and the spending..

Foreign travelers trailing large suitcases at tourist spots are a familiar sight in Japan, but they could ease up if a planned joint new service by JTB, Panasonic and Yamato Holdings takes off.

The January launch of the Luggage-Free Travel service, which brings together leading players in Japan’s travel, electronics and transport industries, was announced Sept. 21st.

The service, which can be reserved through a simple operation from a smartphone or a PC, allows foreign tourists to travel light by sending large pieces of luggage to their next destinations in the country, such as from an airport to a hotel, and between hotels.

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