If you need to store your luggage at Osaka Station, you should have no problem. There are lockers at many locations, but mostly they are located close by the ticket gates. They come in a range of sizes at fees of 300, 500 and 700 yen, and most of the lockers will give you change for a 1000 yen note. If your luggage is too bulky for a locker then you can leave it at the baggage room which is close by the 1st Floor Central Concourse.
In this article we will show you where to find lockers in Osaka Station, show you how to use them, and give you more details about the baggage room.
Where to Find Lockers in Osaka Station
Lockers are located on the 1st and 3rd floors of the Osaka Station building. Please refer to the Osaka Station Map page to follow these directions.
Lockers by the Central Concourse
The greatest number of lockers are located close by the Central Concourse. If you walk directly across from the Central Ticket Gates, you should see a big green sign for the ticket office and a passage that runs alongside it. Go straight ahead through that passage. The lockers are located directly across from the ticket gates and behind the ticket office.
Lockers by Hotel Granvia
These lockers are located just outside Hotel Granvia’s Café Ripple on the southern end of the Central Concourse.
Lockers by the Sakurabashi Gate
On the map this gate is located in the bottom left hand corner of the building. The lockers here are super easy to find as they are directly across from the gates.
There are also a lot of lockers by the exit from the building here.
Lockers by the South Gate
On the map this is located in the bottom right hand corner of the building. The lockers here are just across from the gate.
Lockers by the Midosuji Gate
These lockers are located by the Midosuji North Gate which on the map is located in the top right corner of the building.
Lockers by the JR Bus Terminal
You can find the JR Bus Terminal by exiting the north side of the Central Concourse. Turn left and you will find a small number of lockers on the left hand side.
Lockers by the Bridge Gate
The Bridge Gate is located on the 3rd floor of Osaka Station. The lockers here are a little harder to find but there are signs. Walk towards the north side of the building and you will see the Osaka Station City Information Center. Go past it and turn right. The lockers are around a corner just across from the Lucua shopping center.
Lockers in a Secret Location
These lockers are quite hard to find, their location is rather inconvenient, and they are not on any map. Because of this, there are always a lot of empty lockers here. They are located across from the JR Bus Terminal directly underneath the walkway that leads to the Grand Front Osaka shopping complex.
How to Use Osaka Station Lockers
Lockers come in three sizes and are priced accordingly.
These charges are for one use and for one day. A new day starts at 2:00 am (at midnight for lockers on the south side of the station), so if you haven’t retrieved your property before this time, you will need to pay an additional fee.
Almost all the lockers in Osaka Station use a fully automated keyless system with a central control panel for each bank of lockers. These are actually 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 so that it shows red.
The touch panel will then ask you to select your locker with free lockers highlighted in green. In this case only one locker was free.
After selecting your locker you can pay either with an IC card or with cash.
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.
The lockers at the JR Bus Terminal and the lockers under the Grand Front Osaka walkway, do not have this system. These lockers use old fashioned keys. Simply put your coins into the coin slot on your locker, turn the key and remember to keep the key with you.
Luggage Storage at the Osaka Station Baggage Room
If your luggage is too bulky for a locker or you can’t find an empty locker, you can leave it at the Baggage Room. This is located close by the north side of the Central Concourse. If you turn right at the top of the concourse and go past the TiS Osaka and Nippon Travel Agency, you will find the Baggage Room tucked away between Nippon Travel Agency and the 7-Eleven/Heart-in convenience store.
The Baggage Room opens at 10.00 am and closes promptly at 19.00. The charge for one piece of luggage per day is 700 yen. Be aware that the Baggage Room closes at exactly 19.00. If you are a minute late, you won’t be able to pick up your luggage till the following day, and you will have to pay an extra day’s fee.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.