Enjoy Hands-Free Travel in Takayama and Matsumoto
Ditch your heavy luggage and travel light by using Shoryudo Hands Free Travel, a same-day baggage delivery service between Takayama and Matsumoto.
Have you ever felt sweaty, tired or annoyed from lugging your heavy suitcase (or shopping bags - we know we’ve been guilty of this one!) around while on holiday? Luckily, Japan, the “land of convenience”, has just the solution for you: hands-free travel.
What is Hands-Free Travel?
Hands-free travel means travelling without the encumbrance of bulky or heavy luggage such as suitcases, large rucksacks, and overnight bags. In Japan, you can use hands-free travel services (baggage forwarding services) to make your trip more enjoyable and hassle-free by ditching your heavy luggage and travelling light.
Hands-free travel services are paid delivery services that transport your luggage from one destination to another, freeing you of the burden of dragging your heavy luggage around all day while sightseeing or when travelling between different hotels, towns or regions.
So don’t let armfuls of suitcases, rucksacks, and souvenirs load you down on your travels and sightseeing tours while in Japan - use a hands-free delivery service and travel light. JNTO keeps a list of hands-free travel services based at airports and hotels across the country: www.jnto.go.jp/hands-free-travel/
In the Shoryudo region of central Japan, you can enjoy stress-free travel with Shoryudo Hands Free, a same-day baggage delivery service covering the Takayama and Matsumoto area of Gifu prefecture in central Japan.
About Shoryudo Hands Free
Usually, baggage delivery services only offer next-day delivery, however with the Shoryudo service same-day delivery is made possible by cleverly using spare trunk space in highway buses to transport the luggage, rather than designated delivery service vehicles.
How to Use Shoryudo Hands Free
That’s it! Now you are free to go out, have fun, and spend dawn to dusk roaming and sightseeing the best of what Japan has to offer, all without carrying around heavy bags. When you’re done, head to your next hotel and show your copy of the delivery slip to the hotel reception counter at your new hotel to get your luggage back.
The new service is on trial from 28th August until 15th November this year and costs 3,000 yen / £20.30 per item. Pay the fee directly at the hotel reception upon drop-off (check with the hotel regarding accepted payment methods but if in doubt it’s best to prepare cash).
So now that you’ve divested yourself of your heavy goods, what can you do to while away the daylight hours while your luggage is wending its way to your next hotel?
Where To Visit While Using Shoryudo Hands Free
The first thing you’ll probably notice about Shinhotaka Ropeway is its distinctive double-decker gondola cars, which were the first of their kind in Japan. The second thing you’ll notice (if you ride it!) is how high it is - it has one of the largest elevation gains of any of Japan’s ropeways, ascending over 1000 metres up the flank of the Hotaka mountain range.
Mt Norikura (Norikura-dake) is the southernmost peak in the northern Japan Alps. Due to its high elevation, it’s one of the first places in Japan to see the start of autumn colours each year in mid to late September to mid October. The Norikura Kogen Highlands at the foot of the mountain are crammed with lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and splendid mountain vistas.
Other attractions in Matsumoto include the Former Kaichi School, the oldest elementary school in Japan, and Matsumoto City Museum of Art, whose permanent exhibits include those by the artist Yayoi Kusama, who was born and raised in the town. Further afield there is Japan Ukiyoe Museum, housing a vast collection of Japanese woodblock prints, and the picturesque and interesting Daio Wasabi Farm, with plenty of novelty wasabi-flavoured treats for you to try if you dare
Check out one British traveller’s experience of using the Shoryudo Hands Free service here: Hands-Free Travel: Takayama to Matsumoto. Find out more about using the service on the Shoryudo Hands Free Travel website.