The postal service in Japan is operated by Japan Post Co., Ltd.
A delivery service for packages is also provided by Takuhaibin Companies.
Takuhaibin is a convenient service for sending parcels from door to door nationwide and the delivery is usually on the next day.
Yamato Transport, commonly known as Kuroneko "Black Cat" in Japan due to its logo of a mother cat carrying her kitten in her mouth, is the largest door-to-door delivery service company in Japan.
The company was founded in 1919 and basically started Takkyubin "TA-Q-BIN", service in 1976 as a home delivery system for small parcels.
Takkyubin commonly refers to Takuhaibin services in general.
Over the years, Yamato developed new services for handling different types of packages including regular parcels, oversized boxes, not to be wrinkled clothes, cooled or frozen foods, travel bags and suitcases as well as ski and golf equipment.
Yamato Transport's main competitor is Sagawa Express "Sagawa Kyubin"- and they both are competing closely with Nippon Express and other major logistic companies.
Available 365 days a year, Japanese Takkyubin services are particularly easy to use, even for those who do not understand Japanese.
When it comes to Yamato transport, there are few ways to send a package: drop it at one of the sales offices, at one of the dedicated branches, at convenience stores that display a Yamato sign or have a driver who picks it up directly at your place.
Travelers to Japan should know that it’s also possible to get their luggage delivered from the airport to the hotel and from hotel back to airport or other places.
Goods can be sent from hotel by inquiring at the hotel reception. Note that not all hotels accept deliveries due to lack of storage space. Make sure to contact the hotel before sending your luggage.
You can find the counters of several takuhaibin delivery companies in the arrival lobbies of airports.
TA-Q-BIN is a next day delivery service; however for short distances same-day deliveries may be possible, and for distant locations such as Okinawa or Hokkaido delivery can take two days.
The cost depends on the type, size and weight of the package as well as the destination. Here you can check out the Yamato TA-Q-BIN Rates Table for the whole country.
Desired drop-off dates and times can be specified. On request, TA-Q-BIN companies allow deliveries to be delayed for a few days "typically up to one week".