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Coin lockers

Coin lockers (コインロッカー, koinrokkā) are simple lockers, of different sizes, where you can temporarily store your luggage or other personal effects, paying a certain amount. This is nothing out of the ordinary, in fact this type of locker exists all over the world. The peculiarity, however, is that coin lockers in Japan are found practically everywhere, cost little and are easily usable at any time. They are therefore a great convenience for anyone traveling to Japan.
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Where to find coin lockers in Japan

They are found practically everywhere, particularly in train stations, but also in airports, shopping centers, at the entrance to many tourist attractions (such as museums and theme parks) and even in some public parks or on the street.

How to use a coin locker

Coin lockers are very simple to use. You will find two types:

How the rates work, how much does a coin locker cost

The price of a coin locker varies depending on the size. Generally it takes 300-400¥ for small coin lockers, 500-600¥ for medium coin lockers, and 700-800¥ for large coin lockers. The required amount must be paid in order to close the locker. The amount paid will allow you to keep the locker closed with your personal items inside until you return to open the coin locker. Once opened, even after just one minute, it will be necessary to pay the requested amount again in order to close the door. In any case, however, the rate expires at midnight on the same day.
To better understand the concept, let's take a concrete example: let's assume that at 5 pm you put a bag inside a small coin locker, inserting 300¥. If you have forgotten something important in your bag and go back to pick it up, after you open the door, to close it again you will necessarily have to pay the 300¥ required again. If you come to collect your backpack before midnight you can easily open the door, take your stuff and leave. If, on the other hand, you return after midnight, since it's a new day you will not be able to reopen the door until after paying the requested rate again.

Some things to watch out for about coin lockers

coin lockers in japan
coin lockers in japan

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Rakuten Travel Experiences.

How to use Rakuten Travel Experiences

Rakuten Travel is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Rakuten Travel you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Rakuten Travel you can also buy tickets for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

Take a look at Rakuten Travel Experiences

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