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    What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    I need to make hotel reservations soon for our April trip to Japan (yay!). We're staying in Shinagawa for its combination of plentiful and cheap hotel rooms plus great transportation. However, we think we can squeeze enough money out of our budget to finish the trip with three nights at the Mira Costa.

    However, the part about getting the luggage from our hotel in Shinagawa befuddles me. It's a pretty long haul, so I suspect the cost of a taxi will be very high. Am I correct or is this doable?

    We'll have rail passes, so theoretically, we could just take our luggage on the train and transfer at Tokyo Station after truddling down all those escalators to the seventh basement or wherever they keep the Keio line, but I've never SEEN anyone with luggage on the trains. Is this just something that's not done?

    Also, a couple of the hotels in Shinagawa seem to be some kind of official Disney partner hotels and offer a shuttle service to the Disney Resort. Think there's any chance they'll be willing to transport us AND our luggage?

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Queenie, it's been a while since I've taken a taxi in Tokyo, but compared to
    other major cities (like New York or San Francisco), taxi's were pretty reasonable.

    Anyway, I'm sure there are others here who can answer this directly.

    As to what people do about luggage, my parents usually ship/send it separately
    when in Japan. But I've lugged luggage on the trains in Japan!

    As for the hotel's and their shuttle service, I'm pretty sure that they'll be willing to
    transport you and luggage (maybe for a fee during non-peak).

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    The best way to get luggage anywhere is to carry it.
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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie View Post
    The best way to get luggage anywhere is to carry it.
    EXCELLENT!

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    If you stay at a hotel that offers the Disney shuttle, then you can bring your luggage with you. Generally speaking, you can have your luggage sent home from the hotel. However, few hotels will accept luggage sent to them unless there is a special arrangement.

    There are plenty of travellers with luggage on trains. Just watch when you get on the train at Narita going into the city. Many folks are lugging their things around.

    Remember it is KEIYO LINE, not KEIO, which is a different line starting in Shinjuku.

    Another route you can take:
    - Shinagawa to Yurakucho St. (North exit)
    - Go across the street to the Tokyo International Forum (TIF)
    - Keiyo Line is located two floors under the TIF

    Good luck!

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    A taxi will run you at least $150!

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Oh--forgot, here's a cheap way to do it. Take the limosine bus to Narita airport from your hotel, then turn around and take another limosine bus from Narita to Tokyo Disneyland. It's slightly inconvenient, but cheap, and a lot easier than the lugging your suitcases on the train.

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeInJpn View Post
    If you stay at a hotel that offers the Disney shuttle, then you can bring your luggage with you. Generally speaking, you can have your luggage sent home from the hotel. However, few hotels will accept luggage sent to them unless there is a special arrangement.

    There are plenty of travellers with luggage on trains. Just watch when you get on the train at Narita going into the city. Many folks are lugging their things around.

    Remember it is KEIYO LINE, not KEIO, which is a different line starting in Shinjuku.

    Another route you can take:
    - Shinagawa to Yurakucho St. (North exit)
    - Go across the street to the Tokyo International Forum (TIF)
    - Keiyo Line is located two floors under the TIF

    Good luck!

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    Thanks, Joe! I would never have guessed you could get off right before Tokyo Station and then go downstairs right to the Keiyo (not Keio) line. I think that will be our backup plan, if the hotel shuttle won't take luggage. I'm calling Mira Costa tonight for April 16-19.


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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Make sure you have good suitcases with sturdy wheels! We took our luggage from the Westin (in Ebisu) to the TDR and it was not bad. We also saved Disney for the end of the trip so we'd have plenty of room for souvenirs!

    Good luck on getting the hotel and be sure to post pictures of your trip when you return!


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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Goddess Mara View Post
    Oh--forgot, here's a cheap way to do it. Take the limosine bus to Narita airport from your hotel, then turn around and take another limosine bus from Narita to Tokyo Disneyland. It's slightly inconvenient, but cheap, and a lot easier than the lugging your suitcases on the train.
    I agree with using the limosine bus to Narita and then to the park. My wife and I used the service and they actually stop at a number of hotels and will drop you right in front of the Mira Costa as I recall.

    The only issue would be that this would probably take a bit more time than a direct cab. However, time is money as they say.

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Goddess Mara View Post
    Oh--forgot, here's a cheap way to do it. Take the limosine bus to Narita airport from your hotel, then turn around and take another limosine bus from Narita to Tokyo Disneyland. It's slightly inconvenient, but cheap, and a lot easier than the lugging your suitcases on the train.
    The sad thing about this is that the bus from Tokyo to Narita passes right by the TDR. I'm sure there has to be a better way than having to go back to Narita. It's a VERY long trip.


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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Yes, that's true, it is a long trip ... but it's cheap. That's the point.
    You have to do the same thing in Los Angeles. There's no way to get to Disneyland from Los Angeles except by Taxi, and it's expensive, but you can take a Super Shuttle to LAX from the LA area for $14, then take another Super Shuttle from LAX to Disneyland for $14 (or so). It takes longer and is a pain in the behind, but it works.

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirikiUtunduHA! View Post
    Yes, that's true, it is a long trip ... but it's cheap. That's the point.
    You have to do the same thing in Los Angeles. There's no way to get to Disneyland from Los Angeles except by Taxi, and it's expensive, but you can take a Super Shuttle to LAX from the LA area for $14, then take another Super Shuttle from LAX to Disneyland for $14 (or so). It takes longer and is a pain in the behind, but it works.
    You are forgetting the Disneyland Resort Express Coach (Magical Express type arrangement between Disney and a bus line, except without the greeters and luggage transfer).

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    Quote Originally Posted by drnilescrane View Post
    You are forgetting the Disneyland Resort Express Coach (Magical Express type arrangement between Disney and a bus line, except without the greeters and luggage transfer).
    Tell me about the Disneyland Resort Express Coach--I've never heard of it.

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    Re: What's the best way to get luggage across Tokyo?

    There are 2 'good neighbor hotels' in Shinagawa area.
    It's called 'good neighbor hotel shuttle'
    You need to make reservations in advance.
    (These phone numbers are for shuttle reservation only)

    --- Time tables for shuttles---

    Shinagawa Prince Hotel (+81-3-3442-1054)

    http://www.princehotels.co.jp/takana...time_table.pdf

    http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/t...nh_prince.html


    Hotel Pacific Tokyo (+81-3-3445-7616)

    http://www.pacific-tokyo.com/access/access_002.html

    http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/t...h_pacific.html

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