Can’t Check-in Early? Don’t Sweat It
Things don’t always go according to plan.
You can spend hours and hours planning your next trip, but nothing is guaranteed to run as smoothly as you had hoped. Timing and scheduling can be a real hassle and sometimes having the luxury to check-in early or check-out late can really help. But often with Airbnb, this isn’t possible.
You’ve arrived at your destination. It’s 9:00 am but your check-in time isn’t until 3:00 pm! What are you going to do for the next six hours?
Being able to check-in early can be a huge stress relief. Unfortunately with most Airbnb hosts, this can sometimes be impossible as they are running on a very tight schedule and may have a very high guest turnover. The same can be said with trying to check-out late. Often professional cleaning services come in as soon as you leave to prepare for the next guest.
What ever will you do?
First, contact your Airbnb host.
See if there is any possible way you can check-in early or check-out late depending on your situation. If you’re lucky, it might not be a problem. Explain the situation and perhaps you can at least drop off or leave your luggage there. If you have not mastered the art of packing light, you may want to try before coming to Japan.
The trains, subways, and buses can be very crowded, especially during rush hour, and often don’t have space for the kind of oversized-luggage international travelers may have. Do yourself a favor and pack as light as you can.
What if it doesn’t work?
If there is no possible way to leave your bags, virtually every train station in Tokyo has coin lockers that you can store your belongings in for the day. There are always small lockers available for 300 yen ($2.42 USD) and will fit a small bag or purse. Medium lockers are available for 400 yen ($3.23 USD) and large lockers are available for 500 yen ($4.04 USD), however medium and large lockers cannot be found at every station cannot be found at every station. It may be best to pick an area to spend the extra time and leave your bags at the closest station. We have a whole post about coin lockers.
Go grab a bite.
You can easily spend the extra time exploring the city or grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby sushi or ramen joint. There are literally endless ways to kill the time if you’re unable to check-in early or check-out late. If you’re into thrift store hopping, or need to use the time to get some work done, Tokyo can accommodate.