In addition to the three main stations at Kobe-Sannomiya (which are run by JR, Hankyu, and Hanshin railways) there are also two subway stations and a Port Liner station. All of these stations have lockers but you will find the greatest number of lockers in JR Sannomiya Station. Unfortunately none of the stations at Kobe-Sannomiya have a dedicated baggage room. However, there is a baggage storage service in the Sogo department store which is directly above Hanshin Kobe-Sannomiya Station. In this article we will show you where to find lockers in the Kobe-Sannomiya area and also introduce the baggage storage service in Sogo department store.
How to Use Station Lockers
Most of the lockers at Kobe-Sannomiya are key lockers and are very easy to use. You simply put your baggage into the locker, shut the door, pay the required number of 100 yen coins, and then turn the key. Of course you should remember to take the key with you.
You may also find more modern automatic lockers which are operated by multilingual touch screens. These are also easy to use and have Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean options. Simply choose your language and then follow the instructions on the screen.
With some automatic lockers you can pay with either cash or a prepaid IC card such as ICOCA or other regional cards and with some other lockers you can only use an IC card. You should remember to keep your receipt if you use a automatic locker. However, at present these more modern lockers are quite rare in Kobe-Sannomiya.
Locker Sizes and Prices
Lockers generally come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. These are priced variously according to the locker type and location but prices usually range between 300 and 900 yen.
Lockers at JR Sannomiya Station
There is a coin locker room across from the East Ticket Gates with a variety of key lockers priced at 300, 500, 600, 700, and 900 yen.
The coin locker room has a change machine. Simply put a 500 yen coin or 1,000 yen note into the machine and it will change it into the correct amount of 100 yen coins.
There is a bank of key lockers priced at 300 yen, 500 yen and 700 yen by the side of the escalators that are opposite the Central Ticket Gates.
Go down the stairs across from the West Ticket Gates and you will find some key lockers priced at 300 yen and 700 yen.
You will also find several banks of lockers at intervals in the passage that runs along the south side of JR Sannomiya Station. There are key lockers in this passage that are close to the East Ticket Gates and these are priced at 300, 500, and 700 yen.
Further along this passage on the other side of the escalators that lead up to the Port Liner station, you can find a much larger bank of key lockers priced at 300, 500, and 700 yen. There are also some automatic lockers here priced at 500 yen which can only be used with an IC card.
Walk a little further along this passage, past the Central Concourse and you will find another bank of key lockers priced at 500 yen and 700 yen.
Lockers at Hankyu Kobe-Sannomiya Station
Hankyu Kobe-Sannomiya Station has key lockers on the 1st floor at both its East Entrance and West Entrance. At both locations the lockers are priced at 300, 500 and 700 yen.
At the West Entrance look for the lockers behind and at the side of the stairs.
Lockers at Hanshin Kobe-Sannomiya Station
Hanshin Kobe-Sannomiya Station doesn’t have many lockers and they are all located inside the ticket gates. You can find a small number of key lockers inside the East Ticket Gates priced at 300, 600, and 700 yen.
Lockers at Port Liner Sannomiya Station
At Port Liner Sannomiya Station you can find a small number of key lockers just inside the ticket gates. These are priced at 300, 500, and 700 yen.
Lockers at Sannomiya Subway Station (Seishin-Yamate Line)
At Sannomiya Subway Station you can find key lockers outside the ticket gates. These are priced at 300 and 500 yen.
Lockers at Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae Subway Station (Kaigan Line)
At Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae Subway Station you can find key lockers outside the ticket gates. These are priced at 300 and 500 yen. There are also some refrigerated lockers here priced at 300 yen which you can use to store food.
Baggage Storage at Sogo Department Store
There is a cloak room at the Service Station on the 1st floor of the Sogo department store’s main building. This building stands directly above Hanshin Kobe-Sannomiya Station. The cloak room service is available during the store’s opening hours from 10.00 till 20.00. There is no limit to the size of the baggage you can leave at this cloak room, and there is no fee. Strictly speaking this service is available to customers of the Sogo store so that they can freely enjoy shopping without having to carry lots of baggage around. However, you are not obligated to buy anything if you use this service.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.