According to The Asahi Shimbun, foreign tourists may soon be able to step off the plane and not see their heavy luggage again until they get to their hotel.
And they won't have to fill in a bothersome delivery slip either if a feasibility study for the Luggage-Free Travel service runs smoothly.
Prospective users would simply need to register all the basic information such as their name and where they are staying in advance of their arrival in Japan.
Once in Japan, overseas travelers will be able to print out a delivery slip in Japanese by using a multilingual tablet at computer terminals installed at airports, hotels and other facilities.
If users hand in their delivery slip to service staff, the travelers will be able to depart with their hands free, and then receive their heavy luggage at their desired locations, such as hotels, ryokan inns and airports.
Luggage-Free Travel is a joint enterprise involving Japan’s leading travel agency JTB Corp., major electric appliance maker Panasonic Corp. and logistics company Yamato Holdings Co.
The plan was announced Aug. 31 with the aim of commercializing the service during fiscal 2016.
The feasibility study will take place at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and hotels in the center of Tokyo for two months from September under the slogan of “Let’s enjoy hands-free Japan!”
Delivery charges will be the same as a normal door-to-door delivery but the aim is to cut out the hassle.
Panasonic and JTB plan to install multilingual tablet computers linked to the service at about 5,000 accommodation facilities throughout Japan by 2020.
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