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Quiet and cheap places for writing around Tokyo

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Quiet and cheap places for writing around Tokyo

Hi everyone,

I booked a trip to Japan in late August some months ago. But due to some unpredictable changes in life, I'll need to submit my PhD thesis very soon. I'm considering working on my thesis during the trip, as cancelling or rescheduling the trip turns out to be difficult.

What I need the most are a fast Internet connection and a quiet environment. Preferably in a scenic or interesting neighbourhood, where I can take a stroll and explore a little bit when I'm not writing. My budget is around £20 per day. I'll fly in and out from Tokyo, but anywhere within 3 hours of public transport is fine.

Could anyone recommend any hotels/regions/campuses/libraries? I will be grateful for any comments or advice!

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Philadelphia...
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1. Re: Quiet and cheap places for writing around Tokyo

Welcome to Japan Forums!

Renting a mobile wifi will greatly increase your choices. There are many companies. Here a are two: https://www.globaladvancedcomm.com/ and https://pupuruwifi.com/

Japan has many coffee shops, where you can work for the cost of a cup. Here is a discussion about it (I have not personal knowledge): https://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+93461

If weather is good, can you work in a park? https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3034.html

Philadelphia...
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Another outdoor choice: Takaosan (Mt. Takao) is an hour out of Tokyo. A cable car takes you most of the way to the top, where there are a few restaurants. It's busy on weekends (and during autumn leaf season) but otherwise you should be able to find a quiet bench. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3029.html

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If you want to stay at a hotel in a quiet and scenic environment, I recommend to stay at a hotel in the artificial island, Odaiba, such as Hotel Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba, Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside. Alternatively, if you want to stay at in a spacious yet inexpensive room at Central Tokyo, Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo in Kinshicho and Hotel East 21 Tokyo at Toyocho have relatively inexpensive yet spacious rooms.

Philadelphia...
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Maybe the main Hongo campus of Tokyo University. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

If you bring a letter from your university (or your professor?) you can get access to the library for all hours, otherwise 9:00 to 17:00 weekdays: https:/…admission

The campus is (in my opinion) not exciting, but there are tree-lined walkways and some benches.

Kizankan Hotel is on a very quiet street near subway stations, restaurants, take-away shops, and coffee shops: http://kizankan.co.jp/english/index.html The rooms are small, but have a desk and chair

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Tokyo Metropolitan Library.....free access to anyone, free WiFi but don't know speed.

My suggestion to you is to bring along a thumb drive to save your work physically as well as whatever virtual capacity you have.

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Tokyo has a whole lot of libraries:

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I recommend the Central Library of the Tokyo Metropolitan Library. Central is located near Hiroo Station, on the fringe of Roppongi. Central is used to foreigner users.

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Yeah, lots of gaijins in Hiroo and Azabu-Juban for sure.

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9. Re: Quiet and cheap places for writing around Tokyo

Thank you for all the replies! Unfortunately I cannot work outdoor as the battery of my laptop doesn't last very long. I'll surely check out the Metropolitan Library and other libraries. Also thanks for the hotel recommendations!

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I have been a frequent user of Tokyo Metropolitan Library in Hiro-o, and apart from the fact that it's on a hill and a bit of a walk from the station, I think it is still a good choice. However, I think the best place for people with a laptop today could be the new central library of Arakawa Ward (Yui no Mori Arakawa), with plenty of seats with electric sockets, free wi-fi, and Cafe de Crie with electrical sockets on the first floor. Also, the nearby Denny's in Machiya (open 24 hours with a drink bar) has counter seats with electric sockets (and has free wi-fi for about three hours per day for registered users).

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Newer libraries have better facilities for laptop users whereas older ones have stricter policies. I have been a membership user of Chuo, Bunkyo, Shinjuku, Sumida, Shinagawa, Meguro, Toshima, Taito, Kita, Minato,ward libraries.

Edited: 04 August 2018, 21:41
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