I am browsing the Internet right now from an Internet Cafe in Japan and I have to say that the way they do Net Cafes over here is excellent.
I have sampled about 5 different Net Cafes, but the one I am in now is far and away the best: Manboo.
Despite its unfortunate name, for 200 Yen an hour you get a private cubicle, a nice leather chair, headphones, a high speed internet connection, and a big screen TV. You can check out mangas and DVDs to browse in your cubicle just like in a library.
The best part? Drinks are on the house. Hot coffee, hot tea, cold coffee, sodas, slurpees-- all for free.ã€€Considering that in a Japanese cafe a drink often costs between 200-400 yen, this is quite a deal!
While the setup for Japanese Internet Cafes is quite similar no matter where you go, the rates are often more expensive, ranging from 200 Yen for 15 minutes to more!
If you want to shell out more money at a Manboo, you can get a more spacious cubicle for couples with a PS2 or X-Box. The DVD selection ranges from anime to live-action Japanese films to Japanese porn (this is Tokyo, after all).
Does ManBoo mean anything or is it just a made-up name? That's quite a setup over there and it sounds like you couldn't ask for more from an internet cafe!!! The private cubicle is something I wish they'd adopt here in the U.S. The standard cafe where everybody is at a table in the open isn't much fun, even if all you're doing is checking email....
Actually, my price estimate was a bit low-- it depends when you go to Manboo. Typically, it runs 400 Yen for an hour or 1000 Yen for 3 hours (need a reservation for the last one). To stay from 11 PM -- 5 AM, it is only 1200 Yen.
The leather chairs are sooo comfortable. I tend to fire up my Yahoo Radio stream and zone out for a bit. :)
=- Mat Tschirgi =- Armchair Arcade Editor
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