Kanazawa Station has lockers at several locations which come in a range of sizes. There are maps dotted around the station building which show you where all the lockers are located. Though the maps are in Japanese, it is easy enough to recognize the coin locker symbols.
If your luggage is too bulky for a locker then you can leave it at the baggage room which is located close by the main ticket office. In this article we will show you how to use lockers in Kanazawa Station, show you where to find them, and give you more details about the baggage room.
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How to Use Kanazawa Station Lockers
Kanazawa Station lockers come in two types: automated keyless lockers operated by a touch screen and old style lockers with keys. The automated lockers come in three sizes priced at 300, 500, and 600 yen.
The old style key lockers have these sizes plus some larger lockers priced at 700 yen.
These charges are for one use and for one day. A new day starts at midnight, so if you haven’t retrieved your property before this time, you will need to pay an additional fee. You can leave your luggage in a locker for a maximum of 3 days before it will be taken away.
Key lockers are very easy to use. Simply put your coins into the coin slot on your locker, turn the key, and remember to keep the key with you. But just in case, there are printed instructions on the lockers in three languages: Chinese, Korean, and English.
Because key lockers only take 100 yen coins there is usually a change machine nearby.
The automated lockers are also quite easy to use as you can select your language on the control panel’s touch screen and then read a series of step-by-step instructions.
First put your luggage into a free locker and pull down the locker tab until a light comes on.
You then select your locker on the touch screen and choose whether to pay with cash or an IC card.
You can pay with coins or a 1000 yen note in which case the machine will give you change. The machine will also give you a receipt which you should keep and look after carefully.
If you pay with cash the machine will give you a Baggage Removal Ticket which will act as your key when you return to collect your luggage. If you pay with an IC card, you can use the card as a key to open your locker.
Where to Find Lockers in Kanazawa Station
Lockers are located at several locations in the station building, but some lockers in the station’s shopping areas are not available 24 hours a day. Check below for the hours of availability.
These lockers are located on a corridor that leads from the station’s central concourse to the main entrance of the Anto souvenir market. The location is marked A on the map above. There are 88 lockers here, both automated and key lockers, which are available 24 hours a day. The station Baggage Room is right beside these lockers.
These lockers are located close by the Kutsurogikan food mall, near the station’s west exit and just past the station’s toilets. The location is marked B on the map above. There are 396 lockers here, both automated and key lockers, which are available 24 hours a day.
These lockers are located in the Rinto shopping mall on the north side of the station. They are directly behind the Nippon Travel Agency. The location is marked F on the map above. There are 55 lockers here both automated and key lockers, which are available from 5.30 to 22.00.
There are 89 lockers, both automated and key lockers, by the east exit of the Anto souvenir market. The location is marked E on the map above. These lockers are available from 7.00 to 22.00.
There are also 36 automated lockers by Anto’s south exit. The location is marked D on the map above. These lockers are available from 8.30 to 22.00.
South Side Lockers
Just outside the south side of the station building there is a long bank of 361 key lockers which are available 24 hours a day. The location is marked C on the map above.
Luggage Storage at Kanazawa Station’s Baggage Room
If your luggage is too bulky for a locker, or if you can’t find an empty locker, you can leave it at the Baggage Room. This is located on a corridor on the south side of the main station concourse between the shinkansen ticket gates and the gates for the regular trains. The station ticket office is located on the same corridor. The Baggage Room opens at 10.00 am and closes at 20.00. The charge for one piece of luggage per day is 500 yen.
Hotel Luggage Delivery
It is also possible to have your luggage delivered directly to your hotel in Kanazawa or to other locations in Ishikawa Prefecture. The fee for same day delivery to a hotel in Kanazawa is 600 yen, and to other cities in Ishikawa the fee is 800 yen. This service is available from the Tourist Information Center by the station’s East Exit between 8.30 and 15.00.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.