Traveling with Musical Instruments JAL offers special services for passengers traveling with a musical instrument for a more enjoyable flight.

There are different ways to transport your musical instruments depending on the size of the instrument case.

For instrument cases whose total dimensions do not exceed 115 cm for large aircraft and 100 cm for smaller aircraft seating less than 100.

Instruments may be taken aboard for no charge. They should be stored securely in an overhead storage compartment.
If each dimensions exceed 55cm wide/40cm high/25cm deep(45cm/35cm/20cm for small aircrafts), we need to check the size so please contact our staff.

About carry-on items

For instrument cases whose total dimensions exceed 115 cm for large aircraft and 100 cm for smaller aircraft seating less than 100.

Checking in a musical instrument

Check in your musical instrument at the baggage counter.
Special cases are available for musical instruments.

Small instrument case - reservation not required

Large instrument case - reservation required

Rental Guitar Case - reservation not required

Carrying oversized instruments aboard

Purchase a seat for an extra seat charge.
Instrument cases are available for on-board use.

Extra seat charges

Carry-on violin cases at no charge

Checking in a musical instrument

Small instrument case - reservation not required

JAL has transportation cases (Inner dimension: length 90cm × width 40cm × depth 30cm) made with cushioning especially for musical instruments.
Please request upon check-in.
However, please note that the numbers are limited, and may not be able to correspond to your request.

Large instrument case - reservation required

JAL has large cases for musical instruments such as double basses and bass fiddles available for passenger use. Reservations are required 48 hours before scheduled departure. Contact us for assistance in reserving a large musical instrument case.
However, please note that the numbers are limited, and may not be able to correspond to your request.

Rental Guitar Case - reservation not required

JAL has rental guitar case (Inner dimension: length 137cm × width 44cm × depth 21cm) at all domestic airports.
Please request upon check-in.
However, please note that the numbers are limited, and may not be able to correspond to your request.

To Page top

Carrying oversized instruments aboard

Can be carried onboard for a charge

For an extra seat charge, a seat can be purchased for a musical instrument. This must be mentioned when the ticket is booked. Once aboard, the instrument is strapped to securely to the seat. One seat can be used to accommodate more than one instrument, though some instruments may require more than one seat. Two violins each 43 cm wide, for example, will typically fit on a single seat.

Extra seat charges

When traveling with musical instruments exceeding the carry-on restrictions, and more than one seat is required for a passenger, a seat must be purchased for an extra seat charge.

Extra seat charges
Charge: 11,300 yen*
  • *Note that the amount may differ for certain flights. Click here for further details.
  • *First Class and Class J passengers are required to pay the First Class / Class J Surcharge as well as the Extra Seat Charge for your additional seat.
  • * Available for passengers purchasing Japan domestic fares.

To reserve extra seats, please contactJAL Domestic Reservationsas online reservation is not available.

Carry-on violin cases at no charge

We offer carry-on violin cases for passengers on domestic flights use at certain airports for aircraft with at least 100 seats. These cases hold even violin cases that are over the regulation carry-on size. They are built to accommodate full-size (4/4) violins. The outer dimensions are 76 cm wide, 25 cm deep and 13.5 cm high. Passengers are responsible for the placement of violins in cases as JAL staff members are not permitted to assist with this procedure.
Please note that while JAL attempts to have an adequate number of these cases on-hand, numbers are limited. We do not accept reservations for these cases.

Airports with violin cases: Fukuoka, Haneda, Itami, Kansai, Narita, Nagoya (Chubu), Okinawa (Naha), Sapporo (Chitose)

To Page top