The Luggage Storage Service, ecbo cloak, Has Begun Services in Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka!
When you're traveling, you want to be able to enjoy sightseeing without carrying around your large suitcases or bags, right? Ecbo Cloak, a service that tsunagu Japan introduced before, has now extended services outside of Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka! Want to learn more about this service and how to use it? Check out this information! *Special Promo Code for Readers Included!
Jul 07 2017 (Sep 09 2020)
*At the end of the article, there is a special promotion for tsunagu Japan readers only, so don't forget to check that out!
What is ecbo cloak?
Ecbo Cloak is a service that started in January 2017 as a sharing service that connects people who want to drop their luggage off and shops/restaurants that have space where people can safely store their luggage.
When tsunagu Japan first introduced this service in February 2017, the only area it was available in was Shibuya. Since then, however, the number of participating shops has risen, and in April they began services in Kyoto, followed by Osaka in May, and Fukuoka at the end of June. You can find and reserve space at shops where you can drop your luggage off all on your smartphone! It's a service that's quickly gaining attention.
What to do with your large luggage when you're sightseeing? What to know about coin lockers in each city
When you're traveling with large luggage, it's best to find somewhere to leave it so you can enjoy sightseeing without burden, but it can be difficult. For example, about 380,000 tourists visit Kyoto Station daily, but there are only around 200 coin lockers that can fit large suitcases. Other large cities are in a similar predicament. Even major areas like Shin-Osaka, Namba, and Shinsaibashi in Osaka only have 300 coin lockers for big suitcases each, and Hakata Station in Fukuoka only has around 180.
Even if you find the coin lockers, there's a high chance they won't be empty or your luggage is too big for it...
Some options other than coin lockers are finding a left luggage office, but those are few in number. Leaving them far from where you're planning on sightseeing or far away from your lodging means that you're wasting precious sightseeing time.
This is where ecbo cloak comes in.
You can make prior reservations with ecbo cloak. What kind of shops are available in Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka?
Some of the shops participating in Kyoto include Magasinn Kyoto, Time Dou Café, and Gion Komachi, the kimono shop. Ecbo Cloak is a service where you can not just leave your luggage but also enjoy a traditional Kyoto atmosphere.
*Here is the map of participating shops.
Osaka has many participating spots, especially in the famous spots of Dotonbori, Shin-Sekai, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. This is perfect for people that want to be enjoy a casual eating tour around Osaka.
There are about 30 participating shops, including LINE-UP INC. along Dotonbori that's also a tourism information center; Eean Information Cafe near Kuromon Market where you can experience making takoyaki; the Nakazaki branch of Tetsutaro Umeda, a restaurant famous for their tendon lunch that has as much tempura as you want; and Taiseikaku, a Chinese restaurant. They even include the maid cafe Magic Apple and game centers!
*Here is the map of participating businesses.
There are many participating businesses in the Tenjin and Hakata areas of Fukuoka, which are popular shopping and dining areas. These businesses include the Hakatamachiya Furusatokan Museum, where you can learn about Hakata lifestyle and culture; the hair salon OPShair; SUiTO FUKUOKA, where you can experience Japanese culture; and even Torikai Hachimangu Shrine, a shrine famous for luck in relationships.
*Here is the map of participating shops.
The best part about this service is that you can include the businesses that are part of this service in your itinerary, as you can enjoy their delicious meals, enjoy experiencing their maid cafe or Japanese culture activities, and more!
How much does it cost? What are the benefits? What about customer reviews?
If you use ecbo cloak, then you all you have to do is pick your favorite shop from the map before your trip, when you're traveling, or when you have free time. There are plenty of other benefits to using it as well.
- Reasonable prices. A carry-on bag is 300 yen per day, and a suitcase is 600 yen/day.
- You can make prior reservations, and payment is easy.
- You can get information about the area around the business and experience activities only offered by that business.
- The system is available in various languages.
Here is what ecbo cloak users had to say:
"Up until now, I had to hunt for a coin locker first thing in the morning, but thanks to ecbo cloak I can make reservations and leave all of my luggage in one spot!"
"Since I was able to learn about shops and businesses that weren't in guidebooks, I feel like I was able to discover a new Japan."
"Ecbo Cloak is a great service" I want to have it in my own country!"
If you're able to use ecbo cloak, you can have an even better time during your trip!
For those of you who haven't used ecbo cloak before, here's how to use it!
First, register as a user.
*There is coupon information for tsunagu Japan readers only at the end of this article, so don't forget to finish the article!
After you finish registering, all you have to do is pick a business that you like matched with your travel dates!
1. Search for the place where you want to leave your luggage.
Pick the place you want to leave your luggage from the search. You can also pick from a map.
2. Make an online reservation for the day you want to drop off your luggage.
You can make an online reservation, so you don't have to waste time searching for a coin locker.
3. Drop your luggage off on the reserved day.
Drop off your luggage with the staff at the business, and they'll hold it for you in a safe place.
*You must meet with the staff when you are dropping off your luggage. They will take a photo of your luggage's ID, and email the picture to your user account. When you pick up the luggage, you must show that email to the staff to retrieve your luggage so no mistakes are made.
4. Enjoy sightseeing empty-handed!
After you finish sightseeing, you just go back to the shop, and check out your luggage. Your credit card will be charged, and the transaction will be complete.
Here's a video on how to use it! These videos easily explain how to use ecbo cloak, so please check them out!
Learn About ecbo cloak in Just 1 Minute: Kyoto (1 minute and 10 seconds)
Learn About ecbo cloak in Just 1 Minute: Osaka (1 minute and 22 seconds)
Learn About ecbo cloak In Just One Minute: Fukuoka (1 minute and 29 seconds)
Rgister for ecbo cloak with this special promo code just for tsunagu Japan readers!
Here is a special code just for tsunagu Japan readers!
When you register, if you use the promo code ecbo-kansai, then you'll receive a 300 yen discount (valid until the end of April 2018).
If you use this code, you can leave your first carry-on for free or a suitcase for just 300 yen!
Please register for ecbo cloak and enjoy a very comfortable Japanese trip!
Ecbo Cloak is planning on expanding to other major areas like Nagoya, Kobe, and around Hokkaido. Please use it well and have a satisfying trip through Japan!
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.