You should have no problem finding lockers in Ueno. JR Ueno Station, Keisei Ueno Station, and Tokyo Metro Ueno Station all have plenty of lockers. None of the stations have a dedicated baggage storage room, however there is a private baggage storage service near Keisei Ueno Station. In this article we will show you where to find these facilities.
How to Use Lockers in Ueno Stations
There are two basic kinds of lockers in the Ueno stations: old style key operated lockers and automatic lockers operated by a touch screen. Both types are easy to use. With key lockers you first put your baggage in the locker, close the door, pay the required number of 100 yen coins, and then turn the key. Of course you should remember to take your key with you!
Sometimes you can find a change machine near key lockers, but not always, so it is a good idea to have some 100 yen coins ready.
The touch screens on automatic lockers are multilingual with Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean options. Simply choose your language and then follow the instructions on the screen. You can pay with cash or a prepaid IC card such as SUICA or PASMO, but remember to keep your receipt.
Lockers generally come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. These are priced variously according to the locker type and location but prices range between 300 and 900 yen.
Standard Locker Sizes in Ueno Station
|Large||868 mm||355 mm||645 mm|
|Medium||505 or 567 mm||355 mm||645 mm|
|Small||326 mm||355 mm||645 mm|
Lockers in JR Ueno Station
The largest number of lockers in JR Ueno Station are in a coin locker room just outside the Asakusa Entrance. These are automatic lockers operated by a multilingual touch screen and are priced at 400 yen, 500 yen, and 600 yen. Be aware that the shutters are closed on this locker room at 24.00 so you should retrieve your baggage before that time.
There are key lockers and automatic lockers outside the Shinobazu Ticket Gate priced at 400 yen, 500 yen, and 600 yen.
There are automatic lockers outside the Park Entrance Ticket Gates priced at 400 yen and 500 yen.
There are a small number of key lockers just inside the Iriya Entrance which cost 400 yen and 600 yen.
There is a larger bank of key lockers in the passage that runs between the Iriya Entrance and the Iriya Ticket Gates also priced at 400 yen and 600 yen.
There are also a small number of touch screen lockers priced at 400 yen and 600 yen at the Panda Bridge Entrance.
You can also find lockers at various locations inside the ticket gates at Ueno Station. Probably the easiest to find are those just inside the Shinobazu Ticket Gates and the Park Ticket Gates. You can find both key and automatic lockers in these areas.
Lockers in Keisei Ueno Station
In Keisei Ueno Station you can find a large number of lockers in the passageway that leads to the taxi rank. The entrance to this passageway is on the north side of the station between the ticket office and ticket gates. Here there are a large number of both automatic and old style key operated lockers. Automatic lockers come in three sizes priced at 300 yen, 500 yen, and 700 yen. Key lockers are priced at 500 yen, 700 yen, and 900 yen. There are also more 300 yen key lockers closer to the taxi rank.
Lockers in Tokyo Metro Ueno Station
You can find a bank of lockers outside the Hibiya Line South Gate. These are automatic lockers priced at 300 yen, 500 yen, and 700 yen.
You can also find a bank of key lockers closer to the Ginza Line JR Ueno Station District Gate. These lockers are near Exit 9 and the escalators that lead up to JR Ueno Station. They come in two sizes priced at 400 and 600 yen.
Luggage Storage near Keisei Ueno Station
There is a private baggage storage service near Keisei Ueno Station. To find it, go out the Ikenohata Exit at the rear of the station. Cross the street and walk to the left until you find Studio Pasela. The baggage storage service here is available from 10.00 till 20.00 and the charge is 1,000 yen per item of baggage per day.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.