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ski/snowboard luggage

Ski/snowboard luggage

There are going to be four of us traveling and we will all have our ski gear with us. What are some issues we may face along the way? Is there any helpful information you can give us if we are using the JRpass.\


Hi there,

If you're travelling to and from ski areas, there will be space inside each Shinkansen bullet train carriage for large ski/snowboard bags - please let the conductors know when you board that you'd like to stow them. In addition to this there is the standard area for luggage inside each shinkansen carriage: overhead storage and behind the last seats in the carriage, though these can get crowded.

Station concourses can get busy, especially during rush hour, so you should try and keep your gear as tightly packed and as easy to move as possible. Ski/snowboard bags with wheels are a good purchase.

If you really have a lot of things, consider using the Takyuubin delivery service, which is incredibly efficient at getting your items to the right place. You should be able to send your skis and other equipment direct to your hotel from the airport with a next day service, and is highly recommended. You can use the same service to send your equipment back to the airport.

Finally, if you need to do some more travelling once you are away from the slopes, you can store luggage at the left luggage counter available in most stations. The left luggage counter in Tokyo station, for example, can hold onto items for up to 15 days.

Hope this helps!

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