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

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.

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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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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@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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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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