Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

There are loads of internet cafes in Japan. But it seems there's only one that looks like a traditional Japanese inn. Welcome to Nagomi Style Cafe.

Advertisement

Located in Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara, this internet cafe is designed after a Kyoto inn. The Japanese word "nagomi" (和み) mean to soothe or calm. That's exactly what this net cafe aims to do!

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement

So, this could also be the most relaxing and peaceful internet cafe you've ever visited.

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement

The staff is decked out in traditional garb.

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement

Each booth is also done up in Japanese style with tatami mats. The booths are singles or doubles.

Advertisement

[via Nagomi Tsubaki]

But traditional doesn't mean analog! Nagomi Cafe says all its computers are "high spec."

Advertisement

If you get bored of surfing the net, you can also read any of the twenty-five thousand manga volumes the cafe has.

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement

That's a lot of manga—many of the volumes are new, too.

Advertisement

[via Nagomi Tsubaki]

Just don't read them all at once.

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement

You can also order food and drinks.

There's even a place to shower in case you're planning on an extended stay or just need to freshen up.

Advertisement

[via Nagomi Tsubaki]

But don't shower in your clothes! You'll be happy to know that soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a towel are included in the shower fee, which is only a couple bucks for those using a booth.

Advertisement

But how much does it cost to get a booth? First, visitors need to register for 200 yen (US$1.68). Then after that, you can reserve blocks of time. For example, three hours during a weekday is 1,280 yen ($10.75), while thirty minutes is only 300 yen ($2.52). Weekends and holidays are slightly more expensive.

Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Japan's Most Traditional Internet Cafe

For those interested in visiting, check out the cafe's official site or Akihabara Online for directions.

Advertisement

Top photo: Akihabara Online

All other photos: Nagomi Style Cafe | Facebook/Twitter

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

Advertisement

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

DISCUSSION

romark14
Romark

The fact that this is in Akihabara is the least surprising thing about it. It looks amazing! I really need to get over there.