Manga Cafes are some of the most unique accommodations every traveler should try while in Tokyo other than capsule hotels.
On the night of day 353 of my vagabonding journey, I was roaming the streets of Tokyo with a fellow traveler after the metro stopped running. The only way to get to my local friend’s place of which we were staying. All hotels, hostels and even capsules were booked.
There was one option left, Manga Cafés.
Also known as mangakissas, manga cafés are like paid libraries for mangas – Japanese comic books. But it’s actually quite interesting and while not unique to Japan, they do it best here.
So it’s not exactly an accommodation but it can be effectively used as one while having a good time, even if you have absolutely have no interest in mangas.
Not all manga cafés are created equal, however.
Some are just full of mangas and seats to get your read on. The awesome ones have private cubicles with a clean padded floor (good for sleeping), a computer station, power outlets and more all to yourself.
Amenities include WIFI, drinks, do-it-yourself food, lounge areas and some other things depending on the manga cafe.
Overnight / Extended Hours Pricing :
700 Yen ($7) to 1,500 Yen ($15) for 4 to 8 hours
You won’t get the most comfortable sleep, but it sure beats trying to get some rest on the street or paying a small fortune for the only available hotel room.
A great choice for overnight emergency shelter, cheaper than #hostel pricing or looking to experience a new type of accommodation.
[The featured photo was taken at my private booth / cubicle at a manga cafe I stayed at in Tokyo on day 353.]