Travel Tips: Manga Cafes

Manga Cafes are just what they sound like. They are cafes where you can go and read manga. You pay for the time that you stay there (usually about ¥400 per hour), but you are free to read all the manga you want. Most manga cafes also offer internet access, like the popular internet cafes across Japan. And many internet cafes in Japan also offer manga for reading, making the two mostly interchangeable. Like most of the other types of cafes in Japan, smoking is usually permitted.

Some cafes also offer overnight accommodations at a low price (between ¥2,000 and ¥3,000). Manga (and internet) cafes will give you a cubicle complete with seating, an internet connection, and all the manga you would ever want to read throughout the night. It is kind of neat sleeping in a manga library, but be aware the place will also be full of people who are probably hung over (cafes are a good option for those who have missed their last train, and people who are drunk tend to miss trains). And food is limited to what is available at the vending machines. If you want to check one out, there are many cafes around the country, and your best bet for finding one would be near a train station.

Typical Manga Cafe (image from keikakudoori.wordpress.com)

 

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3 thoughts on “Travel Tips: Manga Cafes

  1. How update manga collection in manga cafe compare to bookshop?
    Are they sell second hand books when old collection remove from shelf?

    • Hi Tri, thanks for your question. Since Manga Cafes are places where people “rent manga” they do not buy them like bookstores. Bookstores tend to buy dozens to thousands of copies of books at a wholesale price (usually half of what people usually pay) and resell them. While at a manga cafe, they only need one to two copies of each manga for people to read through. I do not know exactly where owners of manga cafes purchase new manga, but most likely they purchase them from bookstores or used copies from used books dealers. For purchasing new books, they may be able to get a wholesale price if they purchase several different titles at the same time, but this is not always the case. As for what they do with books they want to get rid of, they either sell them at a heavily discounted price to consumers, used bookstores or to other manga cafes that might be interested in the older titles (and the discounted prices).

      • Thanks for your info. I have been looking a way to buy used manga in large numbers through my cousin who living in Japan and I can pick them up when I visit him later. You can called it as investment.

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