Ueno hidden coin locker hacks

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Name: Ueno

Kind: Coin Lockers

Location: Approx. 35°42’36.64″ N 139°46’24.46″ E

If you’re in Ueno and you’re looking for cheap coin lockers, there are 2 outside the station, but close to the station. The first is just south of the small concrete park at the south end of Ueno Park near the Keisei Ueno Station.

Go south on the street on the west side the park, about a block, and look right (west) for a small alley. There’s a small bank of lockers with a red awning. These are $2-$3 each and are almost all always empty:

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This bank is located around 35°42’36.64″ N 139°46’24.46″ E

It’s just across the street in the tiny alley on the left here behind this parking garage entrance:

The second one is in a covered shopping arcade between Ameyokocho St. and Okachimachi Station. Unfortunately we’re not sure of it’s exact location, but it’s not hard to find.

Head south on Ueno’s main commercial street, turn left at the PARCO building, go one block to reach Okachimachi Station. Turn left again at the station and you’ll be on a long winding backstreet in Okachimachi. The entrance to this street is just to the right of the JR tracks overhead north of Okachimachi Station shown here:

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Walk down this street, and be on the lookout to your left for a small covered shopping arcade. It has a white ceiling. The coin locker bank is inside:

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They are almost always empty.

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Okamura Chair Museum Akasaka

Name: Okamura Chair Museum

Kind: Museum

Location: 35°40’30.53″ N 139°44’19.80″ E

In Akasaka – just behind Japan’s central gov’t area, along Sotobori-Dori is a chair museum by the company Okamura. This company has made office chairs in Japan for decades as well as some of the car seats for early Honda and Toyota cars.

To get there turn south at the intersections of Aoyama-Dori and Sotobori-Dori in Akasaka, head past the large Bic Camera, then about 2.5 blocks south, and it will be on your left.

It’s shown here with a reverse view looking north – it’s on the right with the red sign, and Bic Camera is up on the left with the red sign on top.

To get there by Metro subway, exit at Tameike-Sanno station (Ginza Line 06 and Namboku Line 06), turn left, head one block south, turn right (north) onto Sotobori-Dori, then head north 2 blocks. It will be on your right. It’s only 3 blocks from the station.

It closes early though 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM most days. There’s a helpful information desk on the 2nd floor. Enter through the automatic sliding glass doors, and head up the stairs.

There’s a fair amount of other things to do in the area – across the street are the TBS HQ, a nice shopping arcade called Akasaka Sacas, and to the south Akasaka Intercity Air, as well as Toranomon Hills futher south on Sotobori Dori. If you go far enough south on Sotobori Dori, you will end up in Shimbashi near the Shimbashi JR station. Tokyo Metro Ginza Line 08 also stops there.

There is also a very cool small backstreet lined with shopping, restaurants, and hotels one street west of the Bic Camera building which you can enter at 35°40’39.74″N 139°44’10.63″E. Well worth a look.

Roppongi Hills and Ark Hills are just a few miles further west.

A massive Family Mart at 35°40’24.39″N, 139°44’19.62″E, and a Japan Post office right across the street from that.

First Cabin Akasaka is also close by (35°40’22.56″N, 139°44’15.66″E).

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Sotobori-Dori west of central gov’t buildings shown above, to the south of the museum.

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