Thank you all for your previous responses to my questions posted below. Now I have some follow up questions.
Wally recommended Black Cat luggage transfer within Japan. Can anyone recommend a luggage transfer service from the US to Tokyo? None of the responders had experience with Luggage Free.
Do the Tokyo subways work like London, where you swipe your card at the entrance and exit, or like New York City where you only pay a flat fee on the way in?
I'm planning my first trip to Tokyo, Japan and have tons of questions. You have all been helpful with my previous questions, and I'm asking for some more helpful advice.
I understand that signs in train stations are in Japanese and English. What about subway stations? Are they also in both languages?
I have read something about a subway IC card. Is that a stored value card for transit like a London Oyster card?
I will probably take a Japan Rail train from Narita Airport to Tokyo, spend several days in Tokyo, then take another Japan Rail train to the port at Yokohama to catch a cruise. On Japan Rail trains, I understand that all luggage must go in overhead racks. How large are those racks? I have one suitcase that measures about 31 inches long, by 21 inches wide, by 13 inches deep. Will that fit into the overhead luggage racks?
In Yokohama, I'll take a cab from the train station to the cruise ship. Will Port Yokohama allow the cab to drive right up to the cruise ship, or will I have to leave the cab at the port entrance and walk or take another port vehicle to the ship?
There is a service called Luggage Free that I could use to transport my large suitcase from my home to my Tokyo Hotel. Have any of you used that service? If so, what did you think of it?
Thank you all so much for your help. Someday when I am a more experienced traveler, I hope I can help others as you have helped me.