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Tips from Japan Trip Experts!! How to use coin lockers in Japan and their locations

Tips from Japan Trip Experts!! How to use coin lockers in Japan and their locations

You might find yourself carrying too much items you bought while you still want to go around the town sightseeing. What comes handy then is the coin lockers you find at various places. Let me explain here where you can find those coin lockers and how to use them. 

【Where to find】

Most of major stations and places nearby stations have several coin locker units. The quickest way to find the nearest coin locker is to ask a station staff or information desk. Those stations listed below have coin lockers inside their buildings. 

Tokyo: Tokyo, Yurakucho, Shinbashi, Hamamatsucho, Tamachi, Shinagawa, Ebisu, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno, Akihabara, Akita, Ikebukuro and many more 

Osaka: Shin-Osaka, Namba, Shinsaibashi, Cosmos Square, Osaka Port, Kyobashi, Universal city, Osaka Castle Park and many more 

【How to use】

It used to be just coins that you could use, but nowadays, you can use IC cards such as SUICA or ICO at some of major stations. What you need to be carful is that depending on the size of the locker, how much you need to pay will be different. 

Most of coin lockers take coins only. 

1. Have 100-yen coins ready. 

A lot of coin lockers only take 100-yen coins. There is probably a change machine nearby, so if you do not have 100-yen coins, use the machine to have at least several. 

2. Find an available locker 

If a locker has a key on its door, that means it’s available. 

3. Place your luggage into the locker. 

4. Put coins to the money slit and lock the door. 

For taking your luggage out, just check the number you find on your key and open the locker of the same number. You have to be careful not to lose the key. 

It’s a great way because you don’t need to worry if you have enough coins and you do not need to worry about losing the key. But if you are using a locker located inside a train station, you have access to it only during trains are running. 

1. On the digital screen, touch the tub saying “Placing my luggage (荷物を入れる)” 

2. Find an empty locker.

3. Place your luggage into the locker and close the door. 

4. Check the digital screen. 

 Your locker number should be on the screen, and it’s correct, proceed. 

5. Select your payment method. 

 Choose “Pay with IC card (ICカードで支払う)”. 

6. Complete the payment

You just need to place your IC card close to the reader after confirming the price you will be charged on the

screen. You will be asked which # your locker is in taking your luggage out, so make sure you remember it.

Jasmine zhao

Female office worker in her 20s working for major Japanese trading company. She has business trip to Japan once a month and is taking that opportunity to spend her off-duty weekends to go around Japan sightseeing. She is an expert of travelling Japan and her strong interest is in experiencing Japan's traditional cultures at first hand. Her major at her University in China was Japanese. She became strongly interested in Japanese culture by being exposed to Japanese TV dramas while she was small. "Tokyo Love Story" was one of them and she has an extensive knowledge of Japanese anime and TV dramas.

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