Manga Café

Manga cafés are places where, for a nominal fee, you get access to a huge number (often thousands) of Japanese manga and can spend some quality leisure time with the manga of your choice. Many cafés offer private booths and complimentary internet access and refreshments, which can range from light snacks to more substantial meals depending on the establishment, and some cafés also have other forms of entertainment, such as darts or billiards. Many cafés also offer art supplies so customers can try their hand at drawing comics. Workshops may be offered, as well.

While some cafés are “library-like,” meaning that they put a premium on peace and quiet, some are more of a social gathering, or entertainment space to gather with friends and share your mutual love of manga!

An interesting type of 24/7 manga cafés have popped up recently. One of them is called Nagomi Style café in Akihabara, Tokyo. This café is designed in the style of a traditional Kyoto inn; staff members wear traditional Japanese clothing and shamisen (A three-stringed Japanese traditional musical instrument) music plays softly in the background!

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Whatever type of manga café you favor (there are over 1,000 located all over Japan), you are sure to find one that hits your fancy!

For more information on Manga Café, visit here.

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25 comments
Zhisan Cheow
Zhisan Cheow

秋本颖 Jia Wen Leong at Akihaibara owh...

Mikie Nishikaw
Mikie Nishikaw

I wonder which cafe is best suited of Akihabara if I go?

William Maxwell
William Maxwell

some of em are 20 dollars for ten hours with free drinks and snacks and showers with a ton of movies and music and video games. homeless people and serious gamers love em.

Joshua Stupakewicz
Joshua Stupakewicz

What if you just want to go enjoy it for the ambiance...but don't give two shits about the manga?

Krystal Ann Todd
Krystal Ann Todd

Or.. you could just go to Kyoto to see real Shamisen playing (^^) minus the manga!

Jamie Zan
Jamie Zan

need to check this place out when I down up to main land this winter. :)

Don Diggins
Don Diggins

Would love to hang out there with those beautiful Ladies.

Daniel Dabrowski
Daniel Dabrowski

Which is sadly why such cafés are rare in the western world (if any)..

Andrew Floyd
Andrew Floyd

"An interesting type of manga café _has_ popped up recently."

John C Meyer
John C Meyer

I was at a cafe based on 'Sakura Taisen', I don't think the cafe exists anymore.

Tashi Yoko
Tashi Yoko

I would go if it were out here. Definately going when I move to Tokyo!!

Vezito Humphrey
Vezito Humphrey

That would not work out here. Though there are a lot of people,myself included,that would love to see something like this here the plain fact that only a small fraction of the population in North America would go to cafes like this.

Joseph Varano
Joseph Varano

Have you ever thought of bringing this idea to the U.S.?