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10 Wi-Fi and Electricity Cafes within 10 Minutes from Shibuya Station

10 Wi-Fi and Electricity Cafes within 10 Minutes from Shibuya Station

Tokyo 2014.10.30

Translated by Satomi Ohba

Written by Misaki Tachibana

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Shibuya, the everyday changing city in the center of Tokyo. A stimulating city of pop culture and trends also has many hills and narrow alleys that cross with one another. When you’re tired of walking around or getting lost, the place to go is a Wi-Fi cafe.

Within the cafes in Shibuya, I will introduce stylish but comfortable cafes that have Wi-Fi and electricity faucets.

(1) cafe LAX

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Go up Dogen-zaka on the side 109 is, up until you are at Dogen-zaka police box crossing, turn right, and you’ll find the sign “Cafe LAX” in an area crammed with fancy shops and love hotels.

When you open the heavy door, several low sofas, wooden tables and chairs welcome you.

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Picture: Cafe LAX official Facebook page

Mangas on the wall! You can read all the mangas you want. When I went in the afternoon of a weekday, most of the customers were concentrating on mangas.

(2) FREEMAN CAFE

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Get out of the station from Miyamasu-zaka exit, turn left and go straight. It is on the second floor of “Tokyu Metro Plaza”, and you can see the logo “FREEMAN CAFE” in white from outside.

Go up by the elevator and you will see the shop sign painting

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There are travel magazines, fashion magazines and photo collections. The window is in a letter “L” shape letting plenty of bright sunshine in the shop. Electricity is available at the window seats and big table. Sofa seats can be for mothers with children or people who want to enjoy chatting.

This is a cafe that you can stay for a long time. Some people were using it for business negotiations. They also have English speaking and French speaking staff.

(3) beez

“beez” is a co-working space. It is a cafe in the building next to “Hikarie” on the Miyamasu-zaka side.

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Picture from beez official HP

You can drink as many drinks you want and all seats have electricity faucets. Many people use it for business, and if you want to come many times becoming a member is cheaper. But even if you’re not a member, prices are charged per hour so it’s pretty flexible.

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Picture from beez official Facebook page

It sometimes becomes the venue for an event.

(4) art cafe & dining muse

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Past Tokyu Hands and up the narrow sloping road, you will find a blue sign on your right. It’s a bit secluded so may be hard to find, but “art cafe & dining muse” is another Wi-Fi and electricity cafe.

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At the entrance there are small boxes that artists or creators display their artwork.

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Faithful to its name, there are pop and colorful paintings all over the cafe. The wall art changes in six months up to a year, artists that work inside and outside Japan can use the shop as a place to publish their art.

You can use electricity at the seat by the window shaped like a swing. People that work in the art industry come often, and I meet a new piece of art every time I come.

(5) JELLY JELLY CAFE

Not so far from “art cafe & dining muse” there is the “JELLY JELLY CAFE” near the midst of the hill. Actually, this cafe is said to be the first co-working space cafe in Shibuya.

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You have to go through narrow areas inside the building, which might feel a little uneasy on your first visit. But there is a sign on the door so don’t worry. Inside the cafe, you will find colorful boxes in various sizes. They are all board games that the shop owner has collected!

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Picture fromJelly Jelly Cafe official Facebook page

At “JELLY JELLY CAFE”, many people bring their PCs and work in daytime, while people gather round to enjoy board games at night. If you only know board games such as Othello or The Game of Life, go visit “JELLY JELLY CAFE”! Even if you don’t know anybody, you’ll get along fine by the time you finished a drink or two while playing one round.

(6) Shibuya City Lounge

”Shibuya City Lounge” is inside LOFT. You can drop by when you get tired after shopping.

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The shop has over 500 magazines and books about outdoor activities or travelling which you can take and read inside. The lunch set is plentiful with good coffee, homemade sweets, and chef’s special dish for just 1000 yen.

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The cafe has black interior, but sometimes the layout changes due to company events or promotion. Electricity faucets are available at the counter seats, and many people use this cafe not just for eating.

(7) CAFE MAME-HICO Ko-en Street Shop

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Go up Inokashira Ko-en Street to find a blue sign that says “造園会館 (Zo-en Kaikan)” on your right. “CAFE MAME-HICO” is in the 2nd floor of that building.

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Coffee and food price changes depending on the time at this cafe. The wooden interior is very relaxing with a big flower vase with seasonal flowers that gently gazes over the customers. Electricity is available at all the seats and the comfortable atmosphere enable you to stay for a long time. No wonder there are many fans that love this cafe!

(8) CAFE MAME-HICO Udagawa-machi Shop

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There is another “CAFE MAME-HICO” in the Udagawa area, other than the one in Zo-en Kaikan 2F.

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Warm light and the quietness make a gentle atmosphere. There is a small space like a stage at the end of the cafe, which is sometimes used for events such as reading books aloud or plays.

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This cafe also has electricity at all seats. It has it’s own original menu, and has a different yet still calm atmosphere compared to the other shop.

(9) hiki cafe

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There is another relaxing cafe near “CAFE MAME-HICO Udagawa-cho shop”. “hiki cafe” is surrounded by greenery and serves great meals using fresh ingredients bought directly from farms in Kanagawa.

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The interior is generally woody with ethnic cushions as an accent. There are many items with the illustration of the Cubic revolutionary, Che Guevara.

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I asked the meaning of “hiki” to the cafe owner. “Hiki” is the name of a dragon child that comes of myths around Okinawa and Southeast Asia. It is also said to be the origin of the word “Favor (“Gohiiki” in Japanese)”, so was chosen by the owner as the name. This dragon is somewhere in the shop, so try to find it if you drop by.

(10) Pillar Cafe

From the new south exit of JR Shibuya station, turn right and go straight, turn left at the east police station, and right again at Seven-Eleven convenience store. You’ll find the “Pillar Cafe” with stylish concrete walls.

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All the seats are different sofas or chairs. The antique furniture meets the concept of “American culture” and shows the cafe owner’s preferences.

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This cafe also has rental bicycle service for free, and you are asked to eat and drink at the cafe depending on the usage time. For 3000 yen worth eating and drinking, you can use the bicycle for one whole day. One free-lancer has a cup of coffee at a business meeting and borrows the bicycle, another tourist borrows the bicycle to go sightseeing in Shibuya, and comes back to have dinner. Many people make good use of this service in various ways.

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There is a bar counter, which means you can also enjoy adult air after the sun goes down.

Finally

All the cafes are a several minutes walk from the station, but it’s true that some cafes are hard to find. One shop staff was saying that even people that come to Shibuya frequently will not be able to find the shop and rely on Google maps.

Shibuya is an area crammed with shops and residences. All cafes are used by many people, both tourists and local residents. Electricity and Wi-Fi is very useful, but if it gets too crowded, show some consideration for others and give up your seat if possible. With that in mind, enjoy!

Information

(1) Cafe LAX

Address: Umekita bldg. 2F, Maruyama-cho 7-11, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12:00 - 1:00, Weekends and holidays 15:00 - 1:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (certain seats only)
Other Languages: English menu
Access: 10 minute walk from Shibuya station Hachi-kou exit
Reference Price: Lunch set from 900 yen -
Phone: 03-3462-2443
Official HP: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-LAX/336498783122136

(2) FREEMAN CAFE

Address: Metro Plaza 2F, Shibuya 1-16-14, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 - 23:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (certain seats only)
Credit Cards: Available (VISA、MASTER、JCB、AMEX)
Other Languages: English
Access: 4 minute walk from Miyamasu-zaka exit, Shibuya station
/ Near exit 13 Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line Shibuya station
Reference price: lunch set from 890 yen
Phone: 03-5766-9111

(3) beez

Address: 2-22-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 7:00 - 23:00, Saturdays 9:00 - 23:00, Sunday and holidays 9:00 - 22:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (all seats)
Other Languages: English
Access: 3 minute walk from east exit JR Shibuya station
/ 1 minute walk from Hikarie main entrance
Reference price: members 400 yen per hour (charged every 5 minutes), visitors 450 yen per hour (first 30 minutes fixed on 225 yen, charged every 5 minutes after 30 minutes)
Phone: 03-6805-1090
Official HP: http://beez.co/shibuya

(4) art cafe & dining muse

Address Ryu-kou bldg. Bekkan 2F, Udagawa-cho 11-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12:00 - 24:00
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (certain seats only)
Credit Cards: Available (Visa、AMEX、Mastercard)
Other Languages: English menu
Access: 10 minute walk from Hachi-kou exit, Shibuya station
Reference price: Gorgonzola cream gnocchi 950 yen
Phone: 03-6427-8174
Official HP: http://muse-tokyo.com/

(5) JELLY JELLY CAFE

Address: 202 New Tokyo Building, 10-2 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Weekdays 10:00 - 24:00, Saturdays and Sundays 13:00 - 24:00, bar time from 19:00
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (all seats)
Other Languages: English
Access: 8 minute walk from Hachi-kou exit Shibuya station
Reference price: Entrance fee 1000 yen *Going out for a while is OK
*Bring in food permitted, only drinks are served
Phone: 03-6809-0574
Official HP: http://jellyjellycafe.com/

(6) Shibuya City Lounge

Address: Shibuya LOFT 2F, Udagawa-cho 21-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (certain seats only)
Credit Cards: Available (Visa、AMEX、Mastercard)
Other Languages: English
Access: JR Shibuya station
Reference price: lunch set from 1000 yen
Phone: 03-3780-1616
Official HP: http://www.ei-publishing.co.jp/scl/

(7) CAFE MAME-HICO Ko-en street shop

Address: Zoen-kaikan 2F, Jinnan 1-20-11, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 8:00 - 23:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (all seats)
Other Languages: Japanese only
Access: 10 minute walk from Hachi-kou exit, Shibuya station
/ 5 minute walk from exit 13, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line Shibuya station
Reference price: lunch plate from 750 yen
Phone: 03-6455-1475
Official HP: http://www.mamehico.com

(8) CAFE MAME-HICO Udagawa-cho shop

Address: Udagawa-cho 37-11, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 - 23:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (all seats)
Credit Cards: Available (VISA、Master Card)
Other Languages: Japanese only
Access: 10 minute walk from Hachi-kou exit, Shibuya station
Reference price: lunch set from 1100 yen
*The price of meal and drinks differs according to 3 patterns in the time schedule
Phone: 03-6427-0745
Official HP: http://www.mamehico.com

(9) hiki cafe

Address: Nabata bldg. 2F, Udagawa-cho 36-19, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30 - 24:00, Weekends and holidays 11:30 - 1:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: None
Credit Cards: Available (VISA、Master Card、JCB、AMEX)
Other Languages: Japanese only
Access: 7 minute walk from Hachi-kou exit, Shibuya station
Reference price: Baked vegetable sandwich 1150 yen
Phone: 03-3770-1345
Official HP: http://www.hikicafe.jp/

(10) Pillar Cafe

Address: East Plaza 1F, Higashi 2-22-3, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12:00 - 24:00, Saturdays 11:00 - 24:00, Sundays 11:00 - 22:00
No particular holiday
Wi-Fi: Available
Electricity: Available (all seats)
Credit Cards: Available (VISA、MasterCard、AMEX)
Other Languages: English
Access: 5 minute walk from new south exit, Shibuya station
Reference price: lunch set from 1000 yen
Phone: 03-6450-5406
Official HP: http://pillar-cafe.net/

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