An umbrella sharing service – iKASA.

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The weather forecast was wrong and it rained unexpectedly. I tried to use “iKASA” which is useful in such a case. It was very comfortable, so I’ll introduce it to you.

One day when the weather forecast was off and it started raining, we didn’t have an umbrella.
We had to walk about 10 minutes from the station and needed to shelter from the rain.
But it was supposed to clear up in a few hours, so we didn’t want to buy a plastic umbrella.
That’s when I knew the umbrella sharing service “Aikasa”. It was so comfortable that I personally considered a subscriber plan.

Here’s an overview of iKASA service:

  1. Use the app to search for Aikasa spots and rent umbrellas
  2. Basic plan: 110 yen for 24 hours
    (Maximum 550 yen within the same month even if you keep borrowing all the time.
  3. Subscription plan: 280 yen per month 
  4. You can borrow and return at any Aikasa spot.
  5. If you lose it, you can pay a penalty of 864 yen.

(Source: official website)
There are quite a few locations in Tokyo, enough to be perfect.

The procedure to use

The usage procedure is super simple and smooth. The only thing to keep in mind is that you need to set your phone’s settings to Bluetooth connection OK.

  1. Download the app and search for an iKASA spot.
  2. Tap the borrow button on the app and read the QR code.
  3. Use it.
  4. Tap Return on the app, read the QR code, and return it.

The umbrella is larger and sturdier than a plastic umbrella.

We had safely arrived at our destination without getting wet from the rain.
Three hours later, I scanned the QR code from the app and was able to return it safely.

According to the official website, there are currently over 300,000 registered users in the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as in Kansai, Aichi, Okayama, Fukuoka, Saga, and other regions, with approximately 950 locations mainly along train lines.
One rental of an aikasa contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 692 grams,
so why not make a contribution with “Aikasa” to the SDGs?