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What are the largest sized taxi options in Tokyo and how to order them? We'll need to travel with 4 people, each with a mid-to-large sized suitcase. The last time we did, we got one of the newer style S.RIDE taxis, but the suitcases had to be tied up in the trunk as it wouldn’t close, and we still had to take one into the passenger cabin. It wasn’t a very comfortable ride.

So for the next time, is there any bigger option? Uber offers a “Black van” option, but it’s not quite clear to me how roomy that is exactly. I’d prefer to not have to try to get two taxis.

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    Note: this’ll be mostly to get to the airport, and I’m aware of the option of sending the suitcases there in advance. But I’d prefer to just get a bigger taxi, if possible.
    – deceze
    Nov 30, 2023 at 9:46
  • If I was you, I would just not bother with that, just send your suitcases there and take the train, especially seeing the taxi price for Narita (and even Haneda in a way smaller measure) Nov 30, 2023 at 10:55
  • I won't be going all the way to the airport by taxi; just Shinjuku, and hop on the N'EX from there. It's the getting to Shinjuku part that would be a huge hassle without taxi.
    – deceze
    Nov 30, 2023 at 13:14
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    Is taking two taxis an option?
    – JonathanReez
    Nov 30, 2023 at 17:48
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    @FreeMan I’m not exactly “working with” any taxi company. I’m just hailing them. ;)
    – deceze
    Nov 30, 2023 at 21:58

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Uber offers "Black Van" in Japan, it should be enough to accommodate your needs.

A quick google search showed "Toyota Alphard" as the common option for this ride, it's a big car!

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    An Alphard would indeed work very well. Thank you.
    – deceze
    Nov 30, 2023 at 21:56
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    Can confirm that when we ordered a Uber Black Van in Japan, it was always an Alphrad that showed up. Plenty of room for 4 and 4 large suitcases
    – pboss3010
    Dec 1, 2023 at 19:55
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Doing some more research, a number of taxi companies in Tokyo do offer large size taxis, usually Toyota Alphards or comparable cars, and/or even mini buses. Some only offer this as quite pricy premium services, whereas others offer it as regular taxis with a certain surcharge (around +¥2,000).

The GO taxi app may offer a "GO Premium" option, if you enter both your pickup and destination. Skipping the destination, the premium option won't appear, since it's limited to certain areas.

GO app showing premium option

It's unlikely you'll find these taxis randomly driving around, as they don't typically sport the usual taxi signage. GO Premium taxis only have a small "GO Premium" sticker near the door, but no indicator whether they're available or occupied; so random hailing on the street will be tricky. If anything, you may get lucky at some larger taxi stands.

Googling for "<area name> wagon taxi" or 「〇〇大型タクシー」, 「〇〇ワゴンタクシー」 should bring up results in your area, which you can either reserve online or call directly.

Of course, as Nean answered, Uber is also a convenient way to book these.

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