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Japanese company offers working space for just ¥100 per hour in downtown Tokyo

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By Shannon McNaught, SoraNews24

Maybe you’ve heard of the capsule offices offered near stations in Tokyo where you can take advantage of free Wi-Fi, a monitor, and guaranteed personal space for up to 30 minutes at a time. Sometimes 30 minutes just isn’t enough, though.

That’s where Spacee comes in. Spacee, a meeting room sharing service, is now also offering individual offering working space in locations throughout Tokyo for just 100 yen per hour. For that price, you’ll get your own guaranteed working space and a place to charge your devices in a peaceful, library-like environment.

This service is currently offered near the following train and subway stations in Tokyo: Tokyo, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shimbashi, Shinagawa, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Iidabashi, Ueno, Roppongi, Kanda, Yurakucho, Hamamatsucho, Takadanobaba, Aoyama-itchome, Jimbocho, and Nihombashi. There’s also one by Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture, as well as one near Yokohama Station in Kanagawa Prefecture.

One of the cool things about these charging stations is that you can reserve a seat from your smartphone. That means you won’t have to waste time waiting around for a spot to open like you would at, say, a cafe. The catch is that you can only reserve a spot the day of; no reserving more than a day in advance.

Using Spacee’s working space service is a three-step process. First, you create an account and search for a working space nearby using their website. Then, you reserve a place and pay using online payment. When you’ve finished all of that, you’ll receive an e-mail including confirmation of your reservation and a map to your working space. Easy, right?

Spacee aims to open about 100 of these places in Tokyo’s bustling business areas, so create an account and get started (pro tip: you can get three hours of free service by adding them as a friend on Line).

From Charge Spot to Spacee, Tokyo just keeps getting more and more convenient for smartphone users.

Related: Spacee

Sources: Tech Crunch, Spacee

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Ok, you get a place to sit down and plug in your chargers. No mention if there's wifi available.

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Oops. My bad - mentioned in the first paragraph that there's free wifi.

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I'm going to just shut up - my first comment was correct. No mention of free wifi at Spacee.

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Seems like a great idea. I think I prefer my internet cafe, however, which also offers me privacy, the chance to take a power nap and even a shower.

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Sorry but if all they need is a table to work at, why are you not working from home?

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There seem to be less internet cafes these days since more people are using smart phones.

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Starbucks beat them to it! Every time I try to take a coffee break from my office I see where the rest of the world works. 350 yen for a coffee and you have a nice environment for 6-7 hours.

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There seem to be less internet cafes these days since more people are using smart phones.

almost every combini is an internet cafe, I park my car out the front get a coffee and its free wifi for 1hr at a time up to 5hrs, for 7/11 and Lawson, Familymart only allow 20minutes before you have to login again, pain in the butt.

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wtfjapan

There seem to be less internet cafes these days since more people are using smart phones.

almost every combini is an internet cafe, I park my car out the front get a coffee and its free wifi for 1hr at a time up to 5hrs, for 7/11 and Lawson, Familymart only allow 20minutes before you have to login again, pain in the butt.

Why are you doing that. I can sit in the comfort of my computer room with a 1000Mbps connection, large screens, surround sounds, fresh coffee/tea. A load of hassle if you are only trying to save a few thousand yen a month? Sounds like you should just get a DATA plan.

There were more internet cafes with everything you need and even crash there for the night. Less of them these days.

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@zichi

Less of them these days.

The prime attraction of "internet cafes" is not the "internet" part, especially as so many people now have tethering. For working people, the attraction is having a private, comfortable and quiet booth in central Tokyo or other big cities, along with free drinks, showers, etc. at a cheap price. Great for getting work done or resting between appointments.

As for less of them, I don't know, but the chain I'm a member of seems to have added branches.

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@Reckless That's straight up loitering. Could never wrap my head around the concept of allowing customers to do/abuse that here.

All locations should have time limits unless you're continually purchasing stuff to allow your stay.

Of course, there are exceptions but for an overpopulated area like Tokyo it should just be the norm to have time limits.

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So does McDonald's...

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JeffLee

I'm well aware of what Japanese internet cafes are since I used them extensively from 1994-2002, but after that used my own setup more. I was suggesting because of the use of smart phones there are now less of the cafes than previously.

Give me numbers then?

There are also other types of all night cafes, like manga.

Nearest internet cafe to where I live is one hour travel away.

As for being a business owner like say a cafe and someone was sitting at a table for hours with a single coffee while working on a laptop or iPad, I would ask them to leave because the table are for customers only.

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@zichi Wholeheartedly agree about paying customers.

Grab your coffee, relax, read a little, work a little then get out all within a 2 hour time window. NOT crash out napping or taking a day's work there and occupy space that otherwise a paying customer would like to use but can't because you're loitering.

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I think a single coffee buys you 30 minutes of occupation time. Cake set, maybe 60 minutes max. I think it's rude to other customers to pull out a laptop and start working on it. Personally I don't want to see that or be disturbed by that.

I accept people on their smart phones but no calls.

I'm visiting to relax and enjoy coffee/cake/meal so why do I have to accept someone who wants to turn it into a working environment.

You can go and visit a large public library and do the laptop work there.

If it was my business I would suggest you put the laptop back in your bag, and if there isn't anything else, here's the bill.

Even after a major dinner we might remain a further one or two hours but we are still buying more drinks or coffee and when leaving we are paying a large amount. The owner/workers are always happy inviting us to return soon.

Recently we were so impressed at a lunch time place I did a Google review and it got more than 50,000 views.

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So it's just a seat in an open area? Why pay for that? I was picturing an actual quiet suite with a lobby and 3-5 small rooms with desks.

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When I worked in Tokyo and needed to get away from the office for my mental health - I used cemeteries in good weather or coffee shops. But often I really wanted to take a nap, and would have been willing to pay for that. 100 yen for an hour sounds cheap to me, and better still if one could just put their head down.

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