There are four different stations at Asakusa operated by Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, Tobu Railway, and Tsukuba Express. All the stations at Asakusa have some lockers, but they are quite few in number and likely to be full. We recommend either storing your luggage at your hotel, or using the baggage storage services either at the nearby Sagawa Service Center or at the Yamato Transport Service Counter inside the Ekimise department store. This article is a complete guide to finding lockers at each station and to local baggage storage services.
Types of Locker
You will find two types of locker in Asakusa: the old style key lockers, and automatic lockers that are operated by a touch screen. Both types are easy to use.
To use key lockers you simply put your luggage in the locker, then close the door, insert the required number of 100 yen coins, then turn the key to lock it. You should of course remember to take your key with you.
Automatic lockers have on-screen instructions in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese. Simply choose your language and then follow the on-screen instruction. You can use either cash or an IC card such as PASMO, SUICA, or other major IC cards to use automatic lockers, but remember to keep your receipt.
Lockers generally come in three sizes priced at 300 yen for small lockers, 500 yen for medium sized lockers, and 700 yen for large lockers. However, there are some small lockers that are priced at 400 yen.
Standard Locker Sizes at Asakusa Stations
|Large||868 mm||355 mm||645 mm|
|Medium||505 or 567 mm||355 mm||645 mm|
|Small||326 mm||355 mm||645 mm|
Lockers at Tokyo Metro’s Asakusa Station
You can find lockers by the elevator at Exit 1 of Tokyo Metro’s Asakusa Station. These are key lockers and come in three sizes costing 300 yen, 500 yen, and 700 yen.
Lockers at Toei Asakusa Station
Toei Asakusa Station has two sets of ticket gates: the Kaminari-mon District Gate and the Komagata-bashi District Gate. There are a small number of lockers by both gates. These lockers are automatic and operated by a touch screen with multilingual instructions. They also come in three sizes costing 300 yen, 500 yen, and 700 yen.
Lockers at Tobu Asakusa Station
Tobu Asakusa Station has the greatest number of lockers. These are located on the 2nd floor behind the main stairwell. There are both old style key lockers here, and automatic lockers which are operated with a touch screen. As well as the standard range of 300 yen, 500 yen, and 700 yen lockers there are also some key lockers that cost 400 yen to use.
Lockers at Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station
At the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station you can find lockers on the B1 basement level close by the A1 entrance. There are both key lockers and automatic lockers here, but they come in just two sizes priced at 400 and 500 yen.
Baggage Storage at Ekimise Department Store
Yamato Transport operate a luggage storage service on the 1st floor of the Ekimise department store. This store is in the same building as Tobu Asakusa Station. The luggage storage counter is open from 10.00 till 19.00 and it costs 500 yen to store one item of luggage for one day.
You can also ask Yamato Transport to deliver your luggage directly to your hotel, but prices will vary according to the weight and size of your luggage. See the official Yamato Transport website for details.
Sagawa Express Asakusa Kaminarimon Service Center
There is also a Sagawa Service Center near Sensoji Temple which offers luggage storage and delivery services. This center is open from 9.00 to 19.00 and will store one item of luggage for 800 yen per day.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.