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Bullet train luggage restrictions

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Bullet train luggage restrictions

How many pieces can each person take and is there a size or weight limit per piece for the bullet train ?

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1. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

No limit. It's on a space available basis. However, there's a limited amount of space on the train. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2274.html

If you have a considerable amount of luggage, consider sending it ahead via luggage forwarding service. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2278.html

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2. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

westjr.co.jp/english/travel/ticket/info3.html

"Two pieces of carryable baggage each with a maximum combined height, width, and depth of 250 cm (maximum allowable length: 2 m) and a maximum weight of 30 kg each may be taken on board. (Personal items such as umbrellas, canes, and handbags are not counted as one of these items.)"

http://www.jr-odekake.net/guide/info_4.html#4

"携帯できる荷物で、タテ・ヨコ・高さの合計が250センチメートル(長さは2メートルまで)以内、重さが30キログラム以内のものを2個まで持ち込むことができます。"

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3. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

Also note those are JR West regulations. JR East, JR Central etc might be operating under different rules.

However generally speaking, something that is the size of a standard airline carry on can fit into the overhead shelf on the train. If the luggage was too big to fit into the overhead bin of an airplane it might be too big to fit into the overhead shelf of the train. There is sometimes additional luggage space behind some chairs (but this isn't always the case and that space technically is not meant for luggage).

If you have anything much larger then looking into luggage delivery service might not be a bad idea.

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4. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

JR East: http://www.jreast.co.jp/kippu/20.html

"携帯できる荷物で、タテ・ヨコ・高さの合計が 250センチ(長さは2メートルまで)以内で、重さが30キロ以内のものを2個まで持ち込むことができます。"

JR Central …jr-central.co.jp/ticket-rule/rule47.html

"携帯できる荷物で、タテ・ヨコ・高さの合計が250センチ(長さは2メートルまで)以内、重さが30キロ以内のものを2個まで持ち込むことができます。(ただし、傘、つえ、ハンドバックなど身の回り品は個数に数えません。)"

Hmmmmm...... 4 different companies listed so far. Is there a pattern? or perhaps, it's a *system-wide rule*.

Edited: 27 October 2010, 19:26
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5. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

Keep in mind that there are no baggage carts in stations and the walks are often long. Escalators go up but less often down. Elevators are often tough to find. You are 50 people with two bags rach, right? honestly sounds like too much for the train.

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6. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

Like I said "it might be" different. I have never seen anything like that ever enforced. Japanese people never tend to travel heavy to begin with.

JR West, JR East and any JR company can make up their own rules and have it not be applicable to any other JR companies. For example ALL JR East trains are non-smoking by policy. JR West and JR Central do not follow the same regulations.

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7. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

At least we now have the official rule posted by the relevant rail companies forOP to consider.

Imagine 50 people with 100 pieces of full size luggage trying to get on at Shinyokohama station without delaying the train.

Edited: 27 October 2010, 21:57
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8. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

So, I guess this means we can not bring our luggage on the train?

how much is it too hire a truck to take luggage from Tokyo to Fukuoka?

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9. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

It doesn't mean you can not bring your luggage on the train....but it means you will be more comfortable and so will all of the other passengers if you do not. It will be infinitely easier to ship the luggage.

Hiring a truck, no idea. No one does this, even if they move. There are companies whose specialty is moving things from one city to another, and from the airport to homes and hotels. Kuroneko Yamato, Nittsu, Pelican, for example, all do this. It usually takes an overnight. Cost varies according to the size of the item. Usually costs us about 2000 yen to have our suitcase delivered from the airport in Nagoya to Kanazawa. With 100 bags, you should arrange in advance and ask for a discount.

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10. Re: Bullet train luggage restrictions

Sorry to confuse the whole situation but what happens when Japanese high school students on a school trip take the bullet train to Tokyo from Osaka and they all have one piece of luggage with them? I've seen large groups traveling together but don't know what they did to get on the train with their bags. I didn't think about it at the time. Is it because the train stopped longer at Shin Osaka for the cleaning staff to get on and do a quick trash bin change so then they had more time for a hundred people to get on? Or do you think their schools had special arrangements made ahead of time with the train company? This seems similar to what the OP is asking so I thought I would bring this up and then the other people here could add to it.