Shibuya Loft is a prime spot for all things souvenirs, accessories, stationery, living goods...pretty much anything, actually! Among the colorful and diverse selection of goodies, Loft has a surprisingly rich selection of high-quality suitcases from both Japanese and international brands. We’ve asked the staff to show us the absolute must-have suitcases and travel bags of 6 Japanese brands!
Estimated size (by Loft)
30-40L: 1-3 nights (carry-on size)
45-60L: 3-4 nights
60-74L: about 5 days
75-84L: about 1 week
85-95L: 1 week to 10 days
Over 95L: long trips, such as studying abroad etc.
The Lojel Cubo: Sturdy, Classy, and Mega-Convenient Flat-Top Open Suitcase
37-42L: 26,000 yen / 70-77L: 30,000 yen / 100-110L: 34,000 yen
The Lojel Cubo currently dominates the lineup of hardshell suitcases because it is incredibly sturdy but lightweight at the same time, made out of polycarbonate. Its biggest characteristic is the “flat-top opening,” meaning it opens from the top as a flap instead of becoming two halves. That means it takes up much less space while being open and makes the packing process so much easier and more convenient! It also features an expansion system that adds even more space if needed. That can be done simply by using the zipper in the center of the suitcase, increasing its capacity by 10%. For those who love buying a lot of souvenirs as they travel, this suitcase is a lifesaver! On top of that, the Lojel Cubo has a TSA lock, a dual wheels system and comes in seven different colors.
Endo Luggage’s “Frequenter Clam Advance:” High Performance with Amazingly Quiet Wheels
23l: 23,000 yen / 34l: 26,000 yen
The Frequenter Clam Advance is a high-performance suitcase by a long-established Japanese bag manufacturer. It comes in two carry-on sizes of 23L and 34L – both are light and sturdy because they’re made out of polycarbonate. It opens from the front as well so packing and unpacking is extra convenient, but its most impressive feature is the wheels. They’re specially developed to absorb shock from whatever surface you’re rolling them over. The manufacturer says that about 70% of the vibration is reduced in comparison to regular tires. This smooth rolling experience is because of the high-precision ball bearings and we promise you’ll be surprised by just how quiet this suitcase is! On top of that, you can buy a kit that lets you exchange the tires easily by yourself once you feel like they’re starting to get worn. Another convenient function of this product is the stopper, keeping the suitcase from rolling all over the place on a bus or train. Rather than blocking the wheels, it uses an extendable rubber foot at the bottom, boasting outstanding stability. It’s a great choice for short trips of about one to three days.
Solo-Tourist’s A-Broad Carry: a Backpacker’s Best Friend
43L: 19,000 yen / 57L: 20,000 yen / 70L: 23,000 yen
Solo-Tourist is a Japanese brand that offers a diverse selection of travel goods fit for all types of trips. We’d like to show you one that is especially great for backpacking purposes – while it rolls smoothly on wheels via the handle, it also features shoulder straps. Made to be carried around on one’s back, it is wonderfully padded, sturdy, and comfortable. While you can simply let the bag roll along on paved streets, the backpack function is a lifesaver in more rural areas with cobblestone paths or when hiking. The shoulder straps can be stowed in the back pocket when not in use, so they won’t get in the way. This model is an excellent choice for long trips through various countries!
There’s a cloth partition in the bag to prevent all your luggage from sagging down, and an extra belt helps to secure it firmly to your back. It can be extended for an extra 5cm by opening a zipper. With an extra handle at the bottom, this suitcase-bag boasts excellent usability for various situations.
Siffler’s Trident: a Classic and Elegant Aluminum Look
33L: 27,000 yen / 66L: 34,000 yen / 92L: 37,000
What looks like fancy aluminum is actually a light, sturdy polycarbonate case. The Trident suitcase does not have a zipper but clasps instead, committing to sturdiness entirely. The elegant silver (or gold) exterior is shaped in a vertical column pattern that seems to change depending on at which angle you look at it, and the vertical slit protects the luggage inside. Of course, the suitcase’s interior boasts the same kind of elegant design. The partition has the Trident comes with a hanger and letter stickers to personalize your suitcase if desired. It also has two-wheel casters and is thus wonderfully easy to use.
HaNT Mine: a Cute Suitcase that Pops!
HaNT is a brand that focuses entirely on making suitcases for women. It was founded by a female employee of the travel company Ace. It is committed to paying great attention to every aspect of a great suitcase, such as design and usability. For example, the body is covered with a matte finish on which scratches are barely noticeable. The caster stopper is a convenient turn switch that keeps your suitcase in place. Each color comes with its own original print on the inside, so people who enjoy a great design will love the Mine. The inside also features partitions with small pockets to organize your luggage as you like.
Because sometimes you have to open a suitcase at the airport, the interior partitions aren’t see-through. One side can be closed off by zipper, so it’s perfect for smaller items that might tumble around. The three suitcase types come in four colors and some people even have all three sizes in different designs. The “Mio” series opens from the front, making it particularly convenient for quick access and easy packing. It is recommended for business or weekend trips.
CARGO Airtrans: Simple and Reasonably Priced!
35L: 15,800 yen / 55L: 17,800 yen / 84L: 19,800 yen / front-open 35L: 18,800 yen
This suitcase combines sturdiness with elegance, protecting your luggage reliably while still looking good. That’s why the Airtrans is a popular choice for business trips. Compared to other brands, it also boasts a lower price. It has a three-layer polycarbonate shell, making it lightweight, sturdy, and friction-fast. The corners are reinforced as well, so it will withstand even rough treatment. The casters are jointly developed by a caster maker and material company, reducing the noise by half compared to other suitcases. The interior has mesh partitions, opened and closed with zippers – the Airtrans is all about usability. The front-open type allows you to quickly grab important items without taking up much space and it also has an easy-to-organize front pocket for laptops and other devices. That’s why this suitcase is perfect for short business trips of about one or two days.
Shibuya Loft has a wonderful selection of stylish goods of pretty much every category. It’s just a 5-minute walk away from Shibuya Station, making it a popular spot for shoppers from all over the world. The shop boasts seven floors in total and has a wide range of items, from cosmetics to travel goods. The suitcase selection is made up of six Japanese brands and several international brands. Loft carefully selects the most popular models of each company to make your choice easier!
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed: open daily
Access: Shibuya Station (JR Lines, Ginza Line, Fukutoshin Line, Hanzomon Line, Den-en-toshi Line), 3 minutes from Subway Station Exit 3, 5 minutes from JR Station Hachiko Exit
- Address 21-1, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042, Japan
*All prices exclude tax.
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