Free Wi-Fi Cafes in Tokyo

Andres Zuleta
A rare sight in Tokyo
A rare sight in Tokyo.

Free Wi-Fi in Tokyo is notoriously hard to find. Most first time visitors to the city are shocked at how scarce it is. After all, Tokyo is one of the world’s most modern cities, right?

If you’re just looking to find a laptop friendly spot quick, check the map at the end of the post

Tokyo has no shortage of great cafes, but many don’t offer Wi-Fi (particularly chain stores) – and it’s still rare to see Japanese people working from their laptops at cafes.

As a tourist, your hotel will probably have Internet, whether via Wi-Fi or a LAN cable in your room. We’ve already covered some of the cheap/free internet options for Tokyo, but finding free Wi-Fi whilst out exploring Tokyo can be a trying experience. (Some neighborhoods and train stations do offer Wi-Fi, but you can’t exactly pull out your laptop on the street!)

Not something to depend on
Not something to depend on.

So if you’re looking for a comfy place to grab a coffee and get some work done, check out our list below.


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Things to keep in mind before you set out:

  • Charge before you go: Not all cafes have outlets, and some frown upon charging your laptop – so try to charge before you go.
  • Smoking happens: Smoking is still big in Japan, so be forewarned that you may encounter it in some of these cafes.
  • Avoid peak hours: It goes without saying that Tokyo is crowded, which means that coffee shops can fill up on weekends and during lunch/dinner times. Try and avoid these times for a more relaxed experience. Mornings are the best time.
  • Lone nomad: “Nomad worker” culture is still fairly rare here, so don’t be surprised if you’re the only one breaking out your laptop.
  • Fake” Wi-Fi: Many coffee shops (e.g., Doutor, Mos Burger) offer Wi-Fi that will only work if you have a contract with a certain domestic mobile carrier.

Useful phrases:

  • Wi-Fi arimasu ka? (Do you have Wi-Fi?)
  • Pasokon o tsukatte mo ii desu ka? (Is it OK to use a laptop/computer?)
  • Konsento arimasu ka? (Do you have outlets?)

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List of Free Wi-Fi Cafes in Tokyo

(Cheapo hint: scroll down to the end for a handy map with all these cafes marked.)

Downstairs Coffee – Mercedes Benz Connection

A reasonably priced cafe – surprisingly located on the ground floor of a Mercedes Benz dealership. Located on Gaien Higashi Dori on the left if walking from Midtown towards Nogizaka Station.
Address:7-3-10 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
Tel: 03-5413-0101
Website: http://www.mercedes-benz-connection.com/access/index.html
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Timeout Cafe

Located in the same building as Liquidroom, this is a good alternative to the many Starbucks locations in Ebisu.
Address: 3 Chome-16-6 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (リキッドルーム2F)
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 11:30-23:30 (Sat. 13:00-23:30/Sunday & Holiday 13:00-22:00)
TEL: 03-5774-0440
Website (Japanese): http:///www.timeoutcafe.jp

Yoyogi Uehara Cafe

Yoyogi Uehara is located near Shinjuku, and has some great neighborhood restaurants and izakayas for after you finish working.
Address: 1 Chome-17-7 Uehara, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan (FRENITY HOUSE 2F)
Hours: 11:30-16:00 & 18:00-23:00
TEL: 03-5790-9322
Website (Japanese): http://www.yoyogiueharacafe.com

Tokyo's fake food industry is still more advanced than its Wi-Fi
Tokyo’s fake food industry is more advanced than its Wi-Fi.

Shimokitazawa Tag Cafe

Shimokitazawa (“Shimo”) is full of great little bars, cafes and restaurants. If you look around, you will find other places to enjoy a nice coffee in addition to the two shops listed here.
Address: 2 Chome-12-10 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan (サウスサイドⅡ-2B)
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 12:00-24:00 (Sundays/Holidays close 20:00)
TEL: 03-6450-7253
Website (Japanese): http://joypop-st.com/tagcafe



Cafe Stay Happy

Run by a super-friendly couple, this is a great place to get some work done in a relaxed and – yes – happy environment.
Address: 2 Chome-29-14 Daizawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan -2F
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 13:00-24:00 (Closed Tuesday & 2nd Monday of the month)
TEL: 03-3410-5959
Website (Japanese): http://cafestayhappy.com/

Honohono Cafe

You can take the JR line to Koenji and walk down the central arcade to reach this cafe, or better yet take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line to Shin-Koenji for a slightly shorter walk.
Address: 3 Chome-21-19 Koenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Drinks: from 350yen
Hours: 11:30-23:00 (Closed Tuesdays)
TEL: 03-3318-5100
Website (Japanese): http://honohonocafe.com/index.html

Office

This office-themed cafe is only open at night.
Area: Gaienmae
Address: Japan, 〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato, Kitaaoyama, 2 Chome7−18 青山山崎ビル (5F)
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 19:00ー27:00
TEL: 03-5786-1052
Website (Japanese): http://www.transit-web.com/shop/office/

Sign Gaienmae

The “Sign” brand of coffee shops has several locations in Tokyo. It’s a chain but it still has more local flavor than Starbucks, so is a good alternative.
Area: Gaienmae
Address: 2 Chome-7-18 Kitaaoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan 山崎ビル1.2F
Drinks: from 400yen
Hours: 11:00ー27:00
TEL: 03-5474-5040
Website (Japanese): http://www.transit-web.com/shop/sign-gaienmae/



In search of an Internet cafe
In search of an Internet cafe.

Bookshelf Cafe

Hamacho is an infrequently-visited area of Tokyo east of Nihonbashi. There are some good old shops around here for those who like getting off the beaten track.
Address: 2 Chome-35-4 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan 日本橋浜町パークビル1F
Drinks: from 450yen
Hours: 8:30 – 22:00 (Weekends 10:00 – 18:00, closed holidays)
TEL: 03-5614-0241
Website (Japanese): http://www.bookshelfcafe.jp/

Cafest

Ningyocho – “doll town” – is also a great old part of Tokyo with some excellent old shops for perusing pre- or post-work.
Address: 1 Chome-5-10 Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan 日庄第2ビル 1階
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 08:00-19:00 (Saturdays 11:00-17:00, closed Sundays/Holidays)
Website (Japanese): http://www.cafest.net

Onedrop Cafe

Onedrop is an event space and cafe. Depending on the day you visit, it may not be terribly conducive to work, but will probably be interesting.
Area: Iwamotocho
Address: 2 Chome-9-11 Iwamotocho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 11:30-26:00 (Closed Sundays/Holidays)
TEL: 03-5829-6822
Website (Japanese): http://www.onedrop-cafe.com

Paper Back Cafe

Jimbocho is Tokyo’s old book town. This cafe is located inside a book shop. A great place to get distracted with coffee and books.
There’s also a branch in Higashi Nakano, just above the JR station.

Jimbocho
Address: 1 Chome-17 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Drinks: from 280yen
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Sundays/Holidays close 20:00)
TEL: 03-3291-5181
Website (Japanese): http://www.tokyodoshoten.co.jp/cafe/

Higashi Nakano
Address: 3F 4-4-26 Higashi-Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Drinks: from 280yen
Hours: 10:00-22:00
TEL: 03-5937-2590
Website (Japanese): http://www.tokyodoshoten.co.jp/floor/higashinakano/

Cafe Asan

Okachimachi is not far from Ueno, making this one of the only cafes on this list located in this key part of town.
Address: 5 Chome-9-9 Higashiueno, Taito, Tokyo, Japan 2k540
Drinks: from 500yen
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed Wednesdays)
TEL: 03-6803-0502
Website (Japanese): http://www.cafeasan.jp

Ommbla

Our final two cafes are located in the Komazawa Daigaku area, not far from Shibuya – and just one station away from the fun and lively Sangenjaya area.
Address: 2 Chome-8-17 Tsurumaki, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Drinks: from 300yen
Hours: 18:00-26:00 (Weekends/Holidays 12:00-25:00)
Sundays/Holidays close 20:00)
TEL: 03-5426-1728
Website (Japanese): http://www.cafe-ommbla.com/

Tokyo People’s Cafe

The concept here is a space where you can relax and take it slow. This is a great place to work during the day, and like many of these cafes, can get lively in the evenings.
Address: 3 Chome-18-11 Kamiuma, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan (B1F)
Drinks: from 580yen
Hours: 10:00-23:00
TEL: 03-5779-8564
Website (Japanese): http://www.cafecompany.co.jp/brands/tokyopeoples/index.html

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This strangely named cafe on Meiji Dori between Meijijingu-mae and Shibuya Stations has free wi-fi (no sign-ups required) and various espresso based coffees for 400yen. It’s also smoke-free and there are power outlets everywhere.
Address: 6-12-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Drinks: From 380yen (blend coffee)
Hours: 11am to 8pm
Tel: 03-5778-3304
Website: http://magazine.nikoand.jp/tokyo/en/

Streamer Coffee

Go to Streamer first for the coffee and second for the wifi. Not that there’s anything wrong with the wifi, just the coffee is excellent! There’s three locations, but only two make for laptopable locations (Harajuku is tiny).
A word of warning though, the owners seem to think it’s a good idea to occasionally let out the space for a photo shoot, whilst still attempting to operate as a cafe – I’d recommended you don’t go in on these occassions, unless you like extremely bright flash photography and a team of runners milling around you.

Shibuya
Address: 1-20-28, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Drinks: from 350yen
Hours: 08:00-18:00, weekends 11:00-18:00
TEL: 03-6427-3705
Website: http://streamercoffee.com/

Gohongi
Address: 2-36, Chuuouchou, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Drinks: from 350yen
Hours: 9am to 9pm
TEL: 03-6452-3145
Website: http://streamercoffee.com/

Lattest Omotesando

Lattest (sister cafe to Streamer) is a great place to get some work done. Standing desks, awesome coffee (try the ‘lattest’ espresso) and almost no one there in the mornings, so you get the entire wifi connection to yourself. Again, with the same owners as streamer, this place is also subject to impromptu fashion shoots and pop up shops – best avoided on these days!
Address: 3-5-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Drinks: from 350yen
Hours: 10:00-19:00, weekends 12:00-19:00
TEL: 03-3478-6276
Website (Japanese): http://www.lattest.jp

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Fuglen Tokyo

Really good coffee by day, and cocktails by night! Fuglen Tokyo is (rightfully so) a popular coffee spot in central Tokyo, located in the quieter backstreets about 15mins walk from Shibuya station. It’s actually closest to the station Yoyogi Koen, and is a short walk from Yoyogi park if you want to combine a visit with a trip to the park.

Address: 1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Drinks: from 350yen
Hours: 08:00-19:00 mon & tues, wed – sun 10:00-01:00, fri & sat till 02:00
TEL: 03-3481-0884
Website: http://www.fuglen.com/

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Starbucks
While not our favorite option, this article would not be complete without a mention of Starbucks (or “Staba,” as it’s known here). Starbucks is ubiquitous in Tokyo, and it’s a great backup option in case you’re in need of a quick Wi-Fi fix.

There’s one catch: you need to sign up before you go. You can’t just show up and log on. To sign up, you’ll need Internet. You can register here. After signing up you’ll get an email with a confirmation link. Click to confirm and make sure you write down your username and password – you’ll need these to log on the next time you visit Starbucks.

Starbucks is everywhere, and almost all of them offer free Wi-Fi. To find a Starbucks in your Tokyo Area, you can use the store locator here.

While Starbucks is often the easiest solution, it’s a lot more interesting to explore Tokyo’s burgeoning Wi-Fi cafe scene!

Note: Shop details (hours, prices, and the availability of Wi-Fi) are subject to change. If you discover a discrepancy, please let us know!

This post was first published in January 2014 and updated in February 2015.

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9 Responses to “Free Wi-Fi Cafes in Tokyo”

  1. Great post!! So helpful and desperately needed. I’m looking forward to checking some of these places out next time I’m in Tokyo.

  2. Amazing post Andres! As someone who relies on the Internet to run my business, having information like this at my fingertips is priceless. And, I love to travel, so knowing what I’m getting into in places like Tokyo is a major plus: it will save me the time and the headache once I arrive. Thank you providing such amazing value in this post. Now, all I need to do is book my plane ticket 🙂

    • Kate, I am with you!

      I rely on having Wi-Fi every day, so navigating Tokyo’s Wi-Fi “scene” has always been a huge priority.

      Amazingly, despite how poor Tokyo’s Wi-Fi is, it’s a lot better than in most other cities in Japan! Fortunately for people like you, who would be traveling here as a “tourist”/visitor, you *would* have Wi-Fi in your hotels, so you’d be fine 😉

  3. Very informative and interesting! I am surprise to find out wifi is not so available in Japan as it is in other countries like Colombia and Peru!

  4. Hank in Edo

    Andres, a fun and useful article. Did you know that Denny’s and 7-11 “conbini” also offers free Wi-Fi? Yeah, its along the same line as going to a starbucks but in a pinch its good to have them available. Numerous times, just dashing out of the Tokyo rain and standing under an 7-11 awning with free Wi-Fi has been a great time and money saver. Similarly, on non busy mornings, I have never been buried out of a Denny’s (or similar chain restaurants) while using my laptop to catch up on work.

    • Hank, yes that is a great point!

      I also make use of the free Wi-Fi in some JR stations and some Tokyo Metro stations when I need to check something quickly on my smartphone.

      Though when it comes to regular working, even though Staba and Denny’s are good options, I always find it more pleasant over the long term to visit cafes with local flavor!

  5. uberkelly

    So helpful! I wish I had seen this before my trip!!

  6. very informative post! I wonder how long you can stay there before it’s frowned upon

    • CheapoGreg

      You need to use your judgement. Japanese staff will rarely be direct enough to ask you to leave, but they might start cleaning very vigorously around where you are sitting and asking if they can take away your cup/get you a refill. If it’s a large cafe, the staff will rarely bother you.


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