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Developer/entrepreneur friendly cafés


#1

Hello,

I’m here in Japan for a few months and am looking for cafés I can spend a few hours programming at. The cities I’d like to find a great cafe in include Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, and Osaka.

My requirements are:
Other people working/studying
Lots of electrical outlets
Windows
Great coffee
Light music

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you


#2

I only know about Tokyo but I am a big fan of The Terminal in Harajuku.
http://theterminal.jp/
Its more of a coworking space than a cafe I suppose, but its very nice and you can rent by the day.
Check the pricing, its about 1000¥ a day with unlimited access to the drink bar.


#3

In Japan, working in Cafes isn’t so common. However, Coworking Spaces (コワーキングスペース in Japanese) have boomed recently, and meet your requirements (except for maybe great coffee…).

I’ve listed up some co-working spaces that I think match your requirements. I’ve only been to the ones in Tokyo myself though. I’ve included the price for a day of working there, though some have an hourly rate (though it tends to be around ¥500 per hour, so if you’re working more than a couple of hours, you’ll be paying the day rate anyways).

Tokyo Coworking Spaces

co-working space kayabacho, co-edo - ¥1,000/day
Shimo-kitazawa Open Source Cafe - ¥1,000 / day
CASE Shinjuku - ¥1,920/day

Osaka Coworking Spaces

Co-labo - ¥1,000 / day
JUSO Coworking - ¥1,080/day

Hiroshima Coworking Spaces

Moving On - ¥1,388 / day
Shake Hands - ¥1,800 / day

Fukuoka Coworking spaces

Yoka-lab - ¥1,000 / day
Bases Fukuoka - ¥1,000 /day (9am - 5pm)


#4

A colleague from osaka built this: https://cafes.io/


#5

Thanks for the replies everyone!

Cafes.io has been really cool. I tried it in Osaka. It worked pretty well there.

The co-working spaces that I’ve come across have been pretty nice but seemed to lack the vibe that many cafes have. With that, I think the most reliable option has been to find a Starbucks. I’m so amazed at how Starbucks here are so much better than any that I’ve been to in the US. Almost any Starbucks here will do.

I do like that Fukuoka has a “Startup cafe” initiative. It had a nice vibe with a good mix of Japanese and foreigners.


#6

All of this is so interesting to me. I am planning on visiting Tokyo for about a week. I love to take my work with me on holiday and these co-working spaces are perfect to spend a whole day fiddling about on my visual studio while meeting some interesting new people to possibly share ideas with.

It’s all alot dreamier in my head though :blush: