Translated by Eri Sasaki
Need To Get Online? Visit Akihabara's Kyoto Style Internet Cafe
Enjoy surfing the web in a Kyoto-Style Internet cafe in Akihabara.
Written by Kazuyuki Sato
A big part of Japanese online culture involves heading out and spending time at an Internet cafe; Net cafes offer private computer booths with internet access, DVDs, manga, and other materials, as well as full cafe and sometimes even meal services. In Akihabara, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to net cafes, but today we'd like to introduce a rather unusual place: a Kyoto-inspired net cafe called Nagomi Style.Cafe (和 Style.Cafe).
Located slightly away from the scramble of Akihabara station, Nagomi Style.Cafe is a bare 30 second walk from Suehirochō station, or a 7 minute walk from Akihabara station.
The character "和" means Japanese-ness so the design of the cafe is based on traditional Japanese styles from the entrance onward.
The cafe is located underground. Let's go down the stone stairs to enter.
Here it is. You can hardly believe that you are actually in a Net cafe... that has the atmosphere of a traditional Kyoto-style inn.
All You Need!
You can not only surf the Internet at the booth seats or individual rooms but also enjoy reading any of the many manga and books here (they are all in Japanese). As Akihabara is famous for anime and otaku, this cafe boasts more than 20 thousand manga.
New editions of monthly manga are located in a special corner.
Manga magazines such as "Jump (ジャンプ)" and "Sunday (サンデー)" are of course in stock. Apart from such major magazines, you can encounter magazines of other genres such as "Akiba-kei (アキバ系)."
A special corner is used for recent popular magazines.
There is a drink bar, and soft drinks are free here! You can check out the wide variety of the drinks available.
Kyotostyle is strongly emphasized in this cafe, so many of the rooms have quite the old Japan feel to them. You can even enjoy a tatami room here.
The individual rooms (luxury rooms) are spacious like this; in order to get this room you must be in a group of 2-4 people, so sharing it with your friends is our recommendation.
Of course individual booths are also Japanese style. Taking off your shoes and enjoy surfing the Internet and reading manga.
Tips for Enjoying the Cafe
Shop staff wearing Japanese clothes are actually members of an idol group "Nagomi chaya musume (和茶屋娘)." Their CDs and goods are sold at the entrance so if you like the concept of the cafe, why not check them out?
Japanese traditional casual snacks known as dagashi are also sold at the entrance. You might find something you really like there, so please take a look.
There is also a shower room and storage service available at Nagomi Style.Cafe; you can pay to have your luggage temporarily stored there, making it very convenient for those who want to go shopping or take a stroll in the area. Or if you are right off the plane and want to dive on in, you can have a quick shower, put your things away and start sightseeing in Akihabara. Doesn't that sound like fun?
If you would like to experience an overlap of Kyoto-style with modern Japanese culture, look no further than Nagomi Style.Cafe - a must visit Net cafe in Akihabara.
Address: Sakai Suehiro Building B1F, 6-14-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Hours: 24 hours 365 days
Credit Cards: OK
Price: 500 yen per hour
Nearest Station: Suehirochō Station (末広町駅) Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, JR Akihabara Station (秋葉原駅)
Access: 30 seconds walk from Suehirochō station, 7 minute walk from JR Akihabara station
Phone Number: 03-5812-9753
Website: Nagomi Style Cafe