Ecbo Cloak administers a network of retail shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars which will store your luggage on their premises at prices comparable to what you’d pay for a coin locker at the station.
As shown in the company’s promotional video recorded in Kyoto, the city’s cobblestone streets and temple staircases are much easier to navigate without having to pull a suitcase behind you. The same would hold true for the crowded sidewalks of Tokyo and other urban centers of Japan.
Above are available spaces near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.
Since Ecbo Cloak’s partners simply store your bags on their excess floor space, any size of luggage, including large suitcases and baby strollers, can be accommodated. Another advantage over the first-come-first-served nature of lockers is that you can reserve storage space in advance. That way you’ll be assured of having a place to leave your bags, instead of having to roam from one bank of lockers to the next throughout the city until you finally find an opening.
Users can search for available spaces and make reservations online through Ecbo Cloak’s website, which can be viewed in English, Chinese, simplified Chinese, and Korean, in addition to Japanese. Payment is also handled online through your credit card.
Ecbo Cloak originally launched in Tokyo and Kyoto, has recently expanded to Osaka, and is currently in beta testing in Fukuoka. The company is planning to bring its service to Nagoya and Sapporo in the near future, and by the end of the year hopes to have 10,000 affiliated storage spaces.
The extremely simple pricing plan has just two tiers: ¥300 (US$2.70) per item under 45 centimeters (17.7 inches) in length, and ¥600 per day for items longer than 45 centimeters. Complete listing of available spaces can be found on the Ecbo Cloak website here.
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