How Beneficial Are Japanese Internet Cafes These Days?

  • Many people nowadays have personal computers, laptops, and smartphones which can give them an easy access to the Internet anytime, anywhere. Despite this fact, Internet cafes still exist in several countries, including Japan. What makes them beneficial is the high-speed Internet access and the low price. Some people in Japan even consider Internet cafes as the best option for accommodation if ever they miss the last train. There are many other benefits of using Internet cafes in the country, two of which are below.

    1. Convenience

    Japanese Internet cafes are very convenient. They can be found in most places and operate 24 hours a day. They are also open even on weekends and holidays, which makes them accessible and convenient if you want to surf the Internet, game, or just check your email.

    If you cannot seem to find one in your place, head to a shopping area and look for 24-hour signs. On the other hand, if you’ve just arrived in a city via train, it is best to ask the tourist information office as they can direct you to the nearest Internet cafe.

    Most Internet cafes offer a variety of bottomless drinks to their customers, while some allow customers to browse a collection of books (comic books and magazines). Other cafes also have all-you-can-eat ice cream!

    Nowadays, the Internet cafe trend has been developing and some have started to expand their services. However, these kinds of cafes are somewhat more expensive and require membership.

    2. As a cheap accommodation

    Believe it or not, some people use Internet cafes as a form of accommodation whenever they miss the last train. This is possible because the space in the cubicle is just enough for a person to sleep.

    Spaces are divided into open and close boxes. Open boxes are cheaper as they have limited privacy. Close boxes are comfortable and most of the time include a television and/or a computer. Some cafes also provide chargers for your phones, as well as Blu-ray players and movies to watch. There are also larger boxes available for two people. Furthermore, there are smoking and non-smoking booths available.

    Even if you won’t be using the Internet, you may stay in the place if you’re just after the manga. There are manga-reading-only seats which are cheaper. Many travelers go to Internet cafes to spend the night rather than staying at an expensive hotel.

    Some cafes have good security so you don’t have to worry about leaving your things inside your cubicle. Some also have showers so you can freshen up if you want to. You can also opt to pay for other necessities such as toothbrush, towel, hair dryer, and the like.

    The hourly rate in Internet cafes is usually 200 yen for 30 minutes. If you plan to stay longer, like three hours or more, you have to pay around 750 yen (3 hours) or 1,480 yen (8 hours).

    Do check out Japanese Internet cafes when you visit the country. You’ll surely realize how comfortable they are for travelers. It is also an interesting experience if you want to know the culture of the country deeply.

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