6 Places or Cafes to study with free WI-FI in Japan

There’s a plethora of lists already up and about for places with free wi-fi in Japan but, according to experience, the best spots might not be conducive to studying for reasons such as the place being too noisy, the wi-fi is too weak, the café too busy and staying for a long period is discouraged, and/or it is too far from you. Now, whatever your reasons are for getting out of school with unlimited wi-fi and sometimes cheap to free coffee, you may refer to my list down below (which I will populate from time to time) for places to study with free wi-fi in Japan. Remember your etiquette if you plan to study in cafés or not (sometimes desperation>>etiquette). Hope it helps! Hit me up below for a little chat and suggestions, too! 🙂

 

Chains

If you are not from Tokyo or don’t want to go to some touristy spots to study out of school, café and fast food chains are your best bet.

1. McDonald’s

Cheap coffee, food served, stores everywhere. Oh yeah. But, sometimes this place is teeming with bubbly high school students who are here for snacks and loud chats. This place can get busy too, but no one will tell you off if you stay for more than an hour. So if you can study with your headphone on, and do not mind fast food, this place is your best friend. I tell you, the coffee here is as delicious as other places (because I am no connoisseur and students have budgets). The toilets can be dirty sometimes.

Budget:

Baby Chino at 50 yen. Espresso at 290 and Lattes at 290 (as of writing). Click here for the latest.

How to go there:

Visit Google Map and find nearest McDonald’s near you.

How to connect:

Click here. 60 minutes per session. Number of max sessions unknown. Speed depends on number of users.

 

2. Café Restaurant Gusto (Café レストラン ガスト)

A member of the Skylark group that offers free wifi in all of their food chains. This is one of my favorites because I can easily transition to a budget lunch if I intend to stay here longer. PLUS this place is not too noisy, unless during the peak meal hours. Downsides: no outlet. Bring an extra battery if you intend to use your PC for a longer period. ANOTHER PLUS is the unlimited drink bar. I mean, are you sure you just want a single cup of coffee, or spend a lot of dough to stay longer? This place will offer you leaf tea, instant tea, brewed coffee, latte, vegetable juice, etc etc for just 431 yen (ala carte which means not part of a set meal, price as of writing) or cheaper when you order meals. PLUS the toilets are well-maintained. Yup, just go now. Nother plus point is that the smoking area is separated from the rest.

Budget:

At least the drink bar price

How to go there:

Visit Google Map and find nearest Café レストラン ガスト near you.

How to connect:

Look for the stand where they place the receipt upon order. The instructions are there, albeit in Japanese, but it’s pretty much like McDonalds where you have to register first. They offer 60 minutes per session, for 3 sessions max. Speed is pretty good at least where I tried. Click here for more (Japanese but we have Google Translate in Chrome).

 

3. Starbucks

Yeah, of course. Not really enthusiastic as the coffee is expensive and, if the area is busy, the toilets can be (not to be mentioned). But, if you do have the budget and the store near you is not too busy and the toilet is fine, why not? Nobody is gonna tell you off if you stay more than an hour, too. They offer heavier snacks/lunch which might suit you unless you are in a budget (#me). Compete for the power outlet.

Budget:

320 yen up. Click here for update and complete menu list.

How to go there:

Visit Google Map and find nearest Starbucks near you.

How to connect:

Choose at_STARBUCKS_Wi2 and click this to register (if not auto-directed).

 

4. Tully’s Coffee

Prices are almost similar to Starbucks and similarly numerous around Japan. They do serve hotdogs, if that’s enough to lure you in! A little more relaxing than the famed Starbucks but outlet charging may not be encouraged, so charge up or bring an extra battery. Not all stores have wi-fi too so verify by looking for the “tullys_Wi-Fi” sticker.

Budget:

320 yen up. Click here for update and complete menu list.

How to go there:

Visit Google Map and find nearest Tully’s Coffee near you.

How to connect:

Choose tullys_Wi-Fi and click this for more information.

 

5. Komeda’s Coffee

Love their coffee ticket system which allows you to buy 7-9 tickets for at least 3100 yen. That cuts down your regular coffee cost to about 344 yen. Not much, but better than no discount. A little more expensive than the cheapest drink in Starbucks. The downside to this system is that you have to stick to the store where you bought your ticket. BUT ice creams can be bought using the ticket system! They also offer meals.  Not all stores have wi-fi too so verify by filtering their shops with wi-fi here.

Budget:

420 yen up. Click here for update and complete menu list.

How to go there:

Visit Google Map and find nearest Komeda’s Coffee near you.

How to connect:

Choose Komeda_Wi-Fi and click this for more information.

 

City Libraries

If you live near a city library, this is one of your best bet – quiet and with some vendo machines for instant coffee (encourages you to stand up once in a while). It’s my next favorite after Gusto (my number one) because I get to plug my laptop, for longer use AND I can sleep here too, once in a while, with no person thinking of stabbing me for my seat (café issues). This is no problem for me since it’s just a few minutes away from my apartment and our library seems to be pretty posh, too. The downside is that some libraries have a max stay of 6 hours and a max of 120 minutes per stay and if it’s too busy, you might not be able to renew your use of the seat. You just need to register as a library user using your residence card (Japanese needed but I got through it with less than N5 level because someone spoke a bit of English). Bring a Japanese friend on your first visit to be safe.

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