Wednesday, 21st September 2016
In General Japan News,
Shoppers to get left-luggage service on Tokyo Metro
Visitors to Tokyo may find it easier to go shopping with a new service being offered by the city’s Metro system.
Instead of carrying purchases around all the shops, tourists will be able to leave their bags at a left-luggage office being set up at Ginza Station.
The operation has been set up by Tokyo Metro Co on a trial basis to see how popular it is and whether the practicalities work, reports the Japan Times.
As of today (September 21st), shoppers can leave a bag at the counter for 500 yen (£3.80) while they take a lot around other shops.
The initial trial period will last for just ten days, coming to an end on October 1st, but could be reintroduced if it proves successful.
It is thought that mainly overseas visitors will use the service, but anyone with something that can’t go into the coin lockers will be able to make use of it.
With 179 stations across nine different lines, Tokyo’s Metro network is extensive and there could be potential to add left-luggage offices in more locations.
Shopping is a big draw for Tokyo and can cater to all tastes, from those wishing to take home a traditional handicraft souvenir to the next must-have gadget at a competitive price.
Ginza is the most popular shopping district of the city, with its upmarket boutiques and department stores, although the narrow alleys of Asakusa are also alluring for lovers of vintage and quirky pieces.
The left-luggage office at Ginza Station isn’t the only such service in the city, however, Laox Co, which operates a number of duty free shops also helps to carry the burden.
It has a place to leave bags at its flagship shop in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, where visitors can pick up their purchases later.