Safe and reliable delivery, drawing on years of experience in transporting priceless cultural properties and artworks for exhibitions worldwide.

Experience and techniques built up over the course of half a century.
Nippon Express has transported a wide variety of cultural properties and the world's greatest treasures over the course of many years.
We carefully and faithfully provided the people of the world with moving experiences by transporting such items as ancient Japanese artworks, the greatest treasures from globally-recognized art museums/galleries, Cambodian cultural heritage items, the Apollo command module, and artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamen. We have accumulated a full understanding of the knowhow required to transport irreplaceable cultural properties and fine artworks.

Our Keyword is "Quality"

Transportation Services for Exhibitions

The quality we offer is the product of our employee's work. In addition to traditional handling techniques, our internal training programs also include basic training, practical application training and instructor training, all of which are implemented in stages and involve the mindset required for handling such articles. We also provide intermodal services utilizing ground, ocean and air transportation to ensure high-quality services that prioritize safety. Our experienced experts also help with setting up and dismantling exhibits.

Providing of Packaging Services and Wooden Crates for Export

The artwork we handle covers everything from small handcrafted items through to large and heavy pieces, all of which are very delicate, fragile and extremely valuable. In order to meet the needs of our customers, not only do we produce museum quality crates for export, we also use the latest equipment and materials and constantly continue to improve our packaging and transportation techniques.

Providing Safe Transportation

We use trucks especially designed for transporting artworks and equipped with air-suspension and air-conditioning functions. We are also fully equipped to enable organizers and curators to accompany the artifacts during transportation. We adopt the shortest routes to provide safe door-to-door services in order to hedge risks. When artifacts need to be exported from Japan, we use air freight to deliver them directly to the main gateways of major cities. We are also capable of ocean freight services to satisfy customer requirements.

Providing Storage Services

We operate a special fine arts warehouse in our main base of Tokyo. We are also able to provide temporary storage during transportation in addition to storing valuable artifacts for long and/or short periods of time, and our customs bonding functions allow us to perform all customs formalities for imports and exports so that they can be transported directly to (and from) the airport.

Our Art Transportation Services includes

  • Installation and de-installation of exhibits at the museums and galleries.
  • Pcking services from archeological artifacts and ancient artworks through to contemporary artworks
  • Transportation in special vehicles equipped with air suspension and air-conditioners
  • Storage at temperatue and humidity-controlled warehouses appropriate for artworks
  • Customs formalities at the fine arts warehouse equipped with customs bonding functions
  • Arrangement of comprehensive exhibition insurance (nail to nail and all risks basis)


In addition to our main branches in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto, we have also created a network involving all major cities in Japan staffed by specialists in handling artwork and equipped with vehicles especially designed for transporting artwork.
We also provide solutions for diversified transportation requirements from our customers by offering international transportation services in conjunction with overseas agencies, including ARTIM members.
We employ an ever fuller complement of qualified personnel provided by certified external institutions, including especially skilled arthandlers (certified by the Japan Association of Museums) and cultural properties IPM (Integrated Pest Management) coordinators registered by the Research Institute for Insect and Bacterial Damage to Cultural Property.

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