Nagano Luggage Storage

May 18th, 2012 by
Category: Information


A locker size for every bag

The Nagano train station has recently installed some large lockers so you can now store your skis and snowboard bags securely whilst you go and explore the city center before heading out to Hakuba or one of the many other ski resorts. The lockers are located on the upper concourse just opposite and left as you come out of the shinkansen (bullet train) ticket check. There are also some smaller lockers at the bottom of the stairs on the street level of the west (Zenkoji) exit. The largest ones cost 600 yen for the day.  6 x 100 yen coins.

Coin Locker Updates (April 2015 onward)

A map of Nagano station with the Coin Lockers areas highlighted in red. One is near the east exit and the other is located on the first floor near the Hotel Metropolitan.

Nagano Station's new layout with coin lockers highlighted red.

Nagano’s locker situation has changed since the station had its full face lift. You can now find coin lockers in two areas of the station, one on the second and another on the first floor. They’re all decorated with Nagano-inspired characters like Arukuma and anthropomorphic vegetables, so they’re hard to miss. Read below for more information!

East Exit Lockers

On the second floor near the Shinkansen ticket gate and Newsday convenience store.

Locker Type Price Number
Small 300 yen* 82
Medium 500 yen 52
Large 600 yen 23
Extra Large 800 yen 13
Ski/Snowboard 700 yen 7

*The price for small lockers will increase to 400 yen beginning April 1st, 2016.

Zenkoji Exit Lockers

On the first floor of Nagano station between it and the Hotel Metropolitan. Heading towards Zenkoji, take the escalator downstairs.

Locker Type Price Number
Small 300-500 yen 101
Large 600 yen 7
Extra Large 800 yen 7
Ski/Snowboard 700 yen 6

59 Responses to “Nagano Luggage Storage

  1. Wow — great news! So many of our guests have asked about ski / snowboard storage at Nagano Station. This is perfect for storing luggage for a day trip to tne snow monkeys, too.

  2. YES! They are very convenient for travelers with large luggage.
    Those jumbo size lockers were temporally for the ski season, and put away a few days ago.
    Now, smaller lockers are available in three places in JR Nagano station : in the waiting room on the upper concourse, and near the bottom of the stairs of both the west and east exits.
    Nagano Dentetsu Nagano station also provides some.

  3. Just wondering if those large lockers have been put back into the Nagano rail station. We are passing through in January and would like to use them if they are, otherwise will have to keep going. Would love to stay for a look around

  4. Yes Sandy they are there right outside the ticket check stalls for the bullet train. Just near the information center. Have fun in Nagano. It is a great little city and Zenkoji temple is amazing and well worth a visit.

  5. Thanks Tony. We look forward to visiting. I have another question though. I have been looking at Hyperdia and notice that 2 Nagano rail stations show on the list to select. One is simply Nagano and the other is Naganoharakusatsuguchi.

    Are they 2 different locations? If we are planning on travelling Shinkansen do I simply select Nagano?

    Thanks in advance for your help in trying to understand these trains

  6. Yes just choose Nagano on Hyperdia. The train system in Japan is one of the best in the world and the Shinkansen is a great way to travel. Don’t forget to buy a bento box before you get on, to enjoy the full experience.

  7. Just thought I’d let you know we have passed through Nagano, used the lockers and had a great day looking around. Loved the whole place! Zenjoki Temple was just beautiful. My favorite place so far
    Thanks for your help

  8. Hi, we’re going to stay overnight at Jigokudani Onsen Korakukan up near the Monkey park, and were wondering if it is possible to use these lockers for 24-48 hours? Or do they automatically unlock at a particular time?

  9. Hi Ellen. You would be better off using the baggage delivery service to send your luggage from your hotel to the next stop. That way you don’t have to worry about lockers or even carrying around all your luggage. It could also be sent directly to the airport for you to pick up prior to check in at your airline gate. It’s a fantastic service and cheap and your hotel should be able to organise it all for you.

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  12. We are doing a day trip from Tokyo to see the monkeys and want to head on to Nozawa the same day. Will the storage lockers be around on December 7? Trying to find a place to keep our luggage while visiting the monkeys. Any advice would be appreciated.

  13. Hi Howard.
    The Nagano Station is a bit of a mess at the moment with a huge redevelopment going on. The lockers will be outside the ticket check to the left hand side. My suggestion though, would be to get in touch with Chuo Taxi. They may be able to organise a shuttle to the monkeys and then take you directly to your accommodation in Nozawa later. That way you can take your luggage with you. It will also save you a lot of time. Contact them through their website here
    Let me know how you go,

  14. Thank you Tony. Are there any other options? Chuo Taxi seems to be rather expensive for the two of us. We don’t mind taking the trains or buses. The only issue is luggage storage as we are heading to Nozawa.

  15. You can certainly use the lockers as you mentioned in your original plan. Another option is to forward your large items to the hotel with the takkyubin baggage delivery service the day before and then you can travel lightly. Makes life very easy.

  16. Tony. Your help and answers are appreciated. Does anyone provide a group tour from the Nagano station that my wife and I can join. Also, if the storage lockers happen to be full, are there other options? Luggage desk?

    First time to Japan… so we have a ton of questions.

  17. Chuo taxi would be the best option. Once you take out your travel fares to get there and the cost of luggage storage and then the fares to get to Nozawa it won’t be a huge difference and you will have peace of mind with your luggage being with you for the ride. Enjoy the monkeys. It is a great experience.

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  21. Just wondering, if I leave my luggage in the locker at 9pm on Monday and collect at 6pm on Tuesday, will the fees be charged doubled, once on Monday and again on Tuesday?

  22. Hi Nancy,

    That’s right. The price for the locker is per day, so you’ll pay for the first day when you leave your luggage, and you’ll pay for the subsequent days when you pick it up. At Nagano station, three consecutive days seems to be the limit for coin locker use. Hope that answers your question!

    -Blair Guardia

  23. Hi All,

    My partner and I are wanting to visit Snow monkeys on around 20th April 2016 on our way to a small Ryokan in Yamanouchi with Japanese-only speaking hosts. Will the large suitcase lockers be at the Nagano station at this time? I am not confident enough in my Japanese to request the Ryokan hosts to organise the takkyubin delivery service for us and I have looked at it online and it’s a bit overwhelming since this is my first trip to Japan.

    All suggestions are appreciated.



  24. Your hosts will be well versed in the takkyubin service and I am sure they will be able to assist you. It is always a good idea to have the forwarding address in Japanese if you can get it. If it is the airport then you will require the flight details and the bags need to be sent at least 2 days prior to flying out. Alternatively the lookers at the Nagano Station are quite large and should be able to hold your bags.

  25. Hi. Is it possible to prebook the locker? I am heading to Nagano and was wondering what if the large locker is unavailable? There seem to be just a few.

  26. Good morning!

    As of now there are 74 large lockers and 27 extra-large lockers in Nagano station. You cannot book lockers in advance, but you should have no problem finding one when you arrive. If there are none available, the Tourism Information Center can help store your luggage for the day.

    – Blair

  27. Hi,

    Are these large lockers that can store a 20kg luggage available all year round? I’m a bit confused after reading the messages. I’ll be doing the Snow Monkey trip on 2 April 2017 and then heading to Kanazawa. Thanks heaps!

  28. Thanks Blair, great information. We have a three hour change at Nagano today and using the locker will be brilliant.

  29. Will we be able to store our Luggage, 4 suitcases, in the Nagano station, whilst we are en route to Kanazawa from Tokyo and want to take the opportunity to go and see the Snow Monkey’s, (around January 13th). How much time should we allow from Nagano to the Snow Monkeys return ? Are there shinkansen running late in the afternoon to Kanazawa ?
    Any help will be GREATly Appreciated. John & Christine. 1st time ‘Novices’ for Japan Visit !! 🙂

  30. Hi there,

    As you can see, there are plenty of lockers around Nagano station to store your luggage. The large or extra large lockers should be able to fit your suitcases, and if not, the Tourist Information Center in Nagano Station may be able to hold your luggage for you.

    As for the Snow Monkey Park, you can take the Shigakogen line bus from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park stop (42 min.), then it is a 30 minute walk to the park. I would give yourselves at least an hour there, so you should expect to spend at least 3.5 hours to visit the park and return to Nagano station. You may want to purchase the Snow Monkey 1-Day Pass for your journey, which costs 3,200 yen and covers your travel fare and the entrance fee for the park. It will save you 400 yen each if you take the bus. (Ask at the Tourist Information Center when you arrive about where to buy the tickets.)

    Shinkansen trains run regularly throughout the day and the last one to Kanazawa leaves from Nagano Station at 22:28. (The last train is the Kagayaki Shinkansen which is by reservation only, so if you plan to take it please make a reservation in advance of boarding.)

    I hope that answers your question, let me know if I can help with anything else!


  31. Is there a Max time limit for bags to be stored? I just used this service while we were exploring another region and think it is great but I noticed that there was a 6 day limit.
    We want to store the bags for 5 nights and collect them the 6th day… Do you know if this will be possible?

  32. Hi Steph,

    I believe that they usually ask that you store your bags there for a maximum of 3 days. If you won’t need your bags for so long you could forward your baggage to your next accommodation and have them keep it for you until you arrive.

    There is a delivery service on the 2nd floor of Nagano station that you can use to forward them. To find it, walk towards the Zenkoji exit and turn left into the Midori shopping mall, then walk down to the end of the hall. It is on your right before the Hotel Metropolitan entrance.

    I hope that answers your question!


  33. Hi!
    One question, how can I pay this coin lockers? only with cash? also with credit card?

  34. Hi Judith,

    Coin lockers can be paid for with either cash or a Suica card, a rechargeable train pass used frequently around Tokyo.


  35. Hi,

    I’m planning to head out to the snow monkeys on Tuesday and just wanted to make sure that my snowboard will definitely fit in one of the lockers. Thanks in advance

  36. yep they will fit into the lockers. Remember also the luggage delivery service is a great option to forward your bags rather than carrying them around with you.

  37. Hi, will the lockers be available?

    In the event where the lockers are not available (ie fully booked), will the station staff be able to assist me and my partner on the snowboard and luggage storage.

    *trying to get to snow monkey park on 30th morning and back to retrieve the luggage and head to Tokyo on the same day.

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