About Motomachi

Motomachi—The Green Shopping Street Motomachi—The Green Shopping Street

Motomachi—The Green Shopping Street Motomachi is the first independent shopping street in Japan to implement a shared delivery and shipping system as part of its efforts to be an environmentally friendly green shopping street. Motomachi is the first independent shopping street in Japan to implement a shared delivery and shipping system as part of its efforts to be an environmentally friendly green shopping street. The Motomachi area, which includes Motomachi Shopping Street, introduced field tests of its shared delivery system on June 1, 2004 in collaboration with various shipping companies and the relevant government offices (Traffic Regulation Division, Kanagawa Prefectural Police Headquarters; Kagacho Police Station; Yokohama City Environmental Preservation Office; Yokohama City Naka Ward Office of Engineering). This initiative was formulated to significantly decrease the number of delivery trucks driving the streets in order to address exhaust, noise and other environmental issues, as well as to prevent traffic accidents by reducing incidents of illegal parking and providing pedestrians with plenty of walking space. Shared deliveries organized by an independent shopping street are extremely rare if not unprecedented in Japan.

The system revolves around a shared delivery collection center established just outside the Motomachi area. Packages shipped to the Motomachi area using a number of different independent shipping companies are delivered first to the shared delivery center, where they are sorted and loaded onto shared delivery trucks (environmentally friendly trucks bearing the Motomachi logo) to be delivered to neighborhoods within the community. The reverse is also true. Packages shipped from the Motomachi area are first delivered by these Motomachi trucks to the shared delivery center, where they are redistributed to the relevant shipping companies to be delivered to their destinations. The system is designed to significantly reduce the number of large-capacity trucks driving in the Motomachi area and contribute effectively to environmental solutions and traffic congestion.

The environmentally friendly Motomachi delivery trucks are loaded and unloaded at a dedicated parking space (the Eco Cargo Station) along the Horikawa River. This procedure helps to ensure traffic safety for delivery trucks throughout the entire Motomachi area. Motomachi is committed to continuing efforts for community planning that is both environmentally and people friendly.

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Shipping Companies Involved with Motomachi Shared Delivery System

* Current as of November 10, 2005 (in no particular order)

  • Fujiki Kogyo Co., Ltd.
  • Nippon Express Co., Ltd.
  • Seino Super Express Co., Ltd.
  • Kurume Transportation Co., Ltd.
  • Oji Transportation Co., Ltd.
  • Toll Express Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Chuo Sogo Service Co., Ltd.
  • Sagawa Express Co., Ltd.
  • TONAMI Transportation Co., Ltd.
  • Niigata Unyu Co., Ltd.
  • Meitetsu Unyu Co., Ltd.
  • S-Line Gifu Co., Ltd.
  • Logitec Co., Ltd.
  • Wakaba Unyu Co., Ltd.
  • Seino Transportation Co., Ltd.
  • Fukuyama Transporting Co., Ltd.
  • Daiichi Freight System, Inc.
  • Kanto Sokuhan Kanagawa
  • Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.
  • Plus Logistics Corporation