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Tokyo’s Secret Coin Locker Spots: Big Enough for Suitcases!

Tokyo’s Secret Coin Locker Spots: Big Enough for Suitcases!

Update: 20 August 2018

Coin lockers can be found all around Tokyo. It’s not the number of lockers that tends to pose a problem for travelers – it’s the size. Small coin lockers are the most abundant, while medium- and large-size lockers are less numerous and thus also less vacant. This is especially true for coin lockers in busy places, but you still don’t want to drag around your suitcase all over Tokyo, do you?
Let’s take a closer look at the coin lockers of Tokyo’s stations, their sizes, and the many secret storage spots that are just perfect for tourists!

Different Sizes: the Coin Locker Number Ranking

Different Sizes: the Coin Locker Number Ranking
The West Exit Underground Plaza at Shinjuku Station: coin lockers near the entrance of a parking lot.

We researched the total number of coin lockers at Tokyo’s main stations, based on the information of the website “Coin Locker Search.”
◎ means “outstandingly many coin lockers”
○ means “a lot of coin lockers”
△ means “few coin lockers”
▲ means “almost no coin lockers”
× means “no coin lockers”

Secret and Recommended Coin Locker Spots: Always Vacant!

Tokyo’s major stations and downtown areas have a lot of coin locker spots to offer, bust most of them are always crowded. Especially the large and extra-large lockers tend to be taken nonstop. Coin-operated lockers, as opposed to their touchscreen-type counterparts, are usually much less busy. We’ll show you our coin locker recommendations and secret spots at Tokyo’s major stations, to guarantee that you’ll always find a vacant locker!
※In the following text, the payment method called “IC card” will mainly refer to the fare cards Suica and PASMO. Other fare cards used outside of Tokyo, such as ICOCA, Kitaca, nimoca, SUGOCA, and TOICA, may be accepted in some cases.

Ueno Station & Surroundings

Ueno Station & Surroundings
Around 120 large coin lockers not far from the ticket gates. In total, Ueno Station offers over 300 coin lockers on its premises.

1) JR Ueno Station – Main Ticket Gates – Asakusa Exit

■ Directions
Exit Ueno Station via the central ticket gates and turn left immediately. Proceed towards “Asakusa Exit.” You’ll find the coin lockers to the left of a soba shop on the left-hand side.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Keisei Ueno Station – Outside the Ticket Gates

Over 200 coin lockers, with about 70 large-sized options.

■ Directions
Leave Keisei Ueno Station via the ticket gates and head in the direction of Ueno Zoo, Benten Gate, and the taxi stand. Coin lockers line both sides of the passage.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 300 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 700 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Shinjuku Station & Surroundings

Shinjuku Station & Surroundings
About 50 large lockers with very convenient access from the JR ticket gates.

1) Shinjuku Station – West Exit Underground Plaza – Parking Lot Entrance

■ Directions
Take the JR West Exit ticket gates on the first basement floor. Ignore the coin lockers on the right-hand side and instead descend to the second underground floor via the stairs behind them, labeled “Shinjuku West Exit Parking Lot Entrance.” At the end of the stairs, turn left towards a passage with a café called “Doutor Coffee.”

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 300 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 800 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Seibu Shinjuku Station – Shinjuku Pepe – First Underground Floor

A total of 200 coin lockers, with 12 large ones. 6 hours cost 200 yen.

■ Directions
Take the Seibu Shinjuku Station ticket gates and continue straight ahead. Then, go down the stairs and go outside. Look for the sign that says “Party Space BRICK” on the second underground floor of Shinjuku Prince Hotel, and take the stairs to the first underground floor.

■ Fee for 6 Hours
Small – 100 yen
Large – 200 yen

・ Payment Method: cash
・ Lock Mechanism: key
・ Availability: 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Tokyo Station & Surroundings

Tokyo Station & Surroundings
A secret coin locker spot with about 1,300 lockers – lots of them are not in use.

1) JR Tokyo Station – Marunouchi Underground Ticket Gates Exit – B2F

■ Directions
Enter the station via the ticket gates of the Marunouchi Underground Exit. If you come from within the ticket gates, take the central underground passage and head towards the Marunouchi Exit. Take the descending escalator to the Narita Express Arrival and Departure Area, then make a U-turn to the left and go straight ahead. The coin lockers are right in front.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen

・ Payment Method: cash
・ Lock Mechanism: key
・ Availability: from the first train to the last
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Ikebukuro Station & Surroundings

Ikebukuro Station & Surroundings
Coin lockers on the first floor of the Metropolitan Plaza, south of Ikebukuro Station’s West Exit.

1) Metropolitan Plaza Building – Floor 1 & 2

■ Directions
Proceed to the ground level via Ikebukuro Station’s West Exit. Turn to the left and walk along the station, towards the South Exit. You’ll eventually arrive at the Tokyo Metropolitan Plaza Building – it houses both Lumine Ikebukuro and Tobu Department Store. There are coin lockers around the escalators (A & B), next to Family Mart on the passage on the first floor (C), and along the passage on the second floor (D & E). Especially C, D, and E are secret hot spots.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 300 yen
Medium – 400 yen
Large – 500 yen

・ Payment Method: cash
・ Lock Mechanism: key
・ Availability: 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Ikebukuro Station – Northern Passage – Behind the Stairs near Ikefukuro Statue

The coin locker space at the backside of the stairs, just behind the East Exit.

■ Directions
Follow Ikebukuro Station’s North Passage towards the East Exit and pass the owl statue called Ikefukuro. Pass the stairs on the left and continue straight until you see the coin locker space.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Shinjuku Station & Surroundings

Shinjuku Station & Surroundings
Coin locker spaces can be found close to the Dogenzaka ticket gates of Tokyu and Tokyo Metro: two on the first underground floor, four on the second.

1) Shibuya Chikamichi B1F & B2F – Under Exit 3a (near SHIBUYA109 Underground Exit)

■ Directions
Exit JR Shibuya Station via the Hachiko ticket gates and cross Shibuya Scramble towards SHIBUYA109. Once there, head down the stairs under the sign saying “Tokyu & Tokyo Metro Shibuya Station” to the first and second underground floors. To get there from Shibuya Chikamichi, head for Exit 3a.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last (Tokyo Metro)
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Shibuya Chikamichi B2F – Tokyo & Tokyo Metro Shibuya Station Tourist Information Desk

Coin lockers line the wall behind the Tourist Information Desk.

■ Directions
Exit via the Miyamasuzaka East ticket gates of Hanzomon Line’s concourse (a Mitsui Sumitomo ATM is there), head right and to the backside of the Tourist Information Desk.
If you come from above ground, take the stairs near Exit 7a (at 109MEN’S) or Exit 8 (near Hachiko). Once you see the Tourist Information Desk, head to its backside.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 300 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 700 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: key, PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last (Tokyo Metro)
・ Storage Time: 4 days at max (including the initial day)

Shinagawa Station & Surroundings

Shinagawa Station & Surroundings
Coin lockers neatly line up on the side of the wide connection passage. Large-sized lockers are abundantly available.

1) JR Shinagawa Station – Within the North Ticket Gates – Connecting Passage 1F

■ Directions
Enter Shinagawa Station via the north ticket gates. Go straight until the very end, where you’ll find coin lockers lined up under the windows of the connecting passage.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: key, PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

2) JR Shinagawa Station – Within the South Ticket Gates – 1F

Coin lockers facing the taxi stand.

■ Directions
Exit JR Shinagawa Station either via the central or north ticket gates and take the wide passage towards Konan Exit. Pass the Shinkansen terminal and go down the escalator next to the entrance of “atre,” a department store. Continue towards the taxi stand on the right.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: key, PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: 24h
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Akihabara Station & Surroundings

Akihabara Station & Surroundings
Coin lockers in a wide connecting passage.

1) JR Akihabara Station – Central Ticket Gates Exit - Within the Central Ticket Gates – 2F

■ Directions
Enter Akihabara Station via the Central Exit ticket gates. Go up the escalators to the left of platforms 5 and 6. Coin lockers are lined up along the walls.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 600 yen
Extra-Large: 700 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: key, PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Inside New Akihabara Center “Janpara”

A surprisingly cheap secret coin locker spot with 10 large and 15 medium lockers.

■ Directions
Leave Akihabara Station via its Electric Town Exit and go to the left. After 100 meters, you’ll arrive at the main street in front of “Akihabara Station South.” New Akihabara Center Janpara is a home appliance store under the elevated JR line tracks. Enter the store, the coin lockers are on the right side.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 100 yen
Medium – 300 yen
Large – 500 yen

・ Payment Method: cash
・ Lock Mechanism: key
・ Availability: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Asakusa Station & Surroundings

Asakusa Station & Surroundings
The arrival and departure area of Toby Skytree Line on the 2nd floor of Asakusa Station.

1) Tobu Railway – Asakusa Station – Outside of the Ticket Gates, 2F

■ Directions
Exit the ticket gates of Tobu Railway and proceed to the back of the stairs right in front.
If you come from outside the station, enter Asakusa Station via the Central Exit and ascend the stairs in front of you. If you turn away from the ticket gates and head in the opposite direction, you’ll find yourself at the coin lockers.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 400 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 700 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: key, PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last (Tokyo Metro)
・ Storage Time: 4 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Asakusa Town Hotel 4F

This locker spot inside a hotel doesn’t have many lockers, but is a very secret tip.

■ Directions
Leave Asakusa Station either via Exit 1 or Exit 3. Go in the direction of Kaminarimon and Senso-ji Temple - Asakusa Town Hotel is next to a Family Mart convenience store. Take the elevator to the 4th floor and you’ll find yourself right in front of the coin lockers.

■ Fee for One Day
Medium – 300 yen
Large – 500 yen

・ Payment Method: cash
・ Lock Mechanism: key
・ Availability: 24h
・ Storage Time: 3 days at max (including the initial day)

Harajuku and Omotesando Area

Harajuku and Omotesando Area
Harajuku’s secret locker space offers 12 large lockers.

1) Tokyo Metro Meijijingumae Station (Harajuku) – Outside the Chiyoda Line Ticket Gates - Passage

■ Directions
Pass Chiyoda Line’s ticket gates via Exit 1 ~ 3, go straight ahead and continue towards the passage.
If you come from above ground, look for Exit 3 of Meijijingumae Station and descend the stairs. The coin lockers are on the left.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 300 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 700 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: key, PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: from the first train to the last (Tokyo Metro)
・ Storage Time: 4 days at max (including the initial day)

2) Takeshita Street Coin Lockers

Takeshita Street offers coin lockers and currency exchange in one place.

■ Directions
Leave Harajuku Station via the Takeshita Street ticket gates. Cross the street and go straight ahead into Takeshita Street. The coin locker space is to the right, after a short 1-minute walk.

■ Fee for One Day
Small – 300 yen
Medium – 500 yen
Large – 700 yen
Extra-Large – 800 yen

・ Payment Method: cash, IC card
・ Lock Mechanism: PIN code, IC card
・ Availability: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
・ Storage Time: 4 days at max (including the initial day)

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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