While traveling through a city in Japan it is very important to keep in mind that sightseeing with some large and / or heavy luggage can be very uncomfortable and inconvenient, therefore it is advisable to use a “Coin Locker” or coin locker , where you can save for a full day and even more.
In the stations there are several sizes of Coin Locker, but, we must bear in mind that there are only a few of large capacity. For example: Coin Lockers size at Tokyo station:
- Height 55 cm × Width 34 cm × Depth 57 cm: 400 yen / day
- Height 84 cm × Width 34 cm × Depth 57cm: 500 yen / day
- Height 103 cm × Width 34 cm × Depth 57cm: 600 yen / day
Prices are generally between 200 yen / 600 yen / day, depending on size. The rent is paid only with 100 yen coins. Some lockers also work with IC cards or PIN codes. All lockers are closed. But, the gaps have a key that should not be taken immediately. Right next to the key hole, is the coin slot.
The amount needed to open the locker must be prepared. Normally you can only use 100 yen coins, so make sure you have the exact amount. There will probably be a machine to change money, from banknotes to coins, near the lockers in the larger stations or you can also go to the nearest convenience store or supermarket to get change. Once the coins have been inserted into the slot, you can open the locker with the key, store the luggage, close it and carry the key.
When using IC cards (Pasmo, Suica, etc.) to pay for Coin Locker, you must press the "Deposit" button on the touch panel. The screen indicates which of the boxes are empty. The bags are deposited, the locker is closed and paid with the card. To pick them up, the "Retrieval" button is pressed, the card is shown to the reader and the locker will open automatically.
There are Coin Lockers in all the main stations. Sometimes inside the entrance door to the train, sometimes outside. For example, in Akihabara, there is an entire floor of the station that is dedicated to lockers. At the Kyoto station, they are on the second floor, in front of the Kyoto tourist office, outside the Hachijoguchi exit, near the taxi station and at the main Chuo exit.
The Coin Locker price is based on a midnight to midnight rate, not a 24 hour rate. Therefore, if luggage is placed at 10 a.m. One day, it must be picked up before midnight that night or else, a higher rate will be charged. Sometimes, the limit is up to 2 am, so it must be checked on the locker signs. If the belongings are left in the locker after this time, more money must be inserted before the luggage can be accessed. Similarly, almost all Coin Lockers that have a touch screen have been informing the client of the steps to follow to use the locker.
Lockers are a much more comfortable and lightweight way to travel around Japan.