MangaKissa, make use of them wisely!

20 Sep

Have you heard of Manga Kissa?

There are so many MangaKissa all around Tokyo! Besides being a comfortable place to read Manga and Magazines, it is also a great place to stay overnight if you miss the last train, do you know? Haha! I’ve always heard about it but never had the chance to go in and take a look for myself.

So when my friend and I found ourselves stuck at the last station, having taken the wrong last train, MangaKissa seemed like the best place to stay safely in through the night before the first train came! ^^

Here are the reasons:

1) It is cheap. (The MangaKissa (Comic Buster) we went to cost us only 780yen for 3 hours.)
2) It is clean.
3) There are unlimited free drinks.
4) You can even shower there. A towel set can be rented at 100yen.
5) Wearing contacts and want to take them off for the night? Contact lens cases and solutions are sold at 100 yen per pack.
6) Want to brush your teeth? You can buy a toothbrush pack too.
7) THERE IS INTERNET!!!!! You can also choose to watch TV instead.
8) There is of course also a clean and nice washroom.
9) You will get your own private cubicle with everything you need! Comfortable padded chair, blanket, light, mirror, facial sheets, tissues, mirror.

Anyway, we had 3 hours before the 1st train arrived, so we took a 3 hours package. You would have to become a member before you can use the facilities.
Membership is 200yen (for Comic Buster anyway), and you have to produce an identity card. For foreigners, you can produce your passport or just any identity card with your face on it. You do all this at the reception desk. You will be required to fill up a form as well. Don’t know Japanese? Don’t worry. The Japanese staff behind the counter are usually very friendly and helpful. 🙂

They will give you a membership card immediately and you can choose their different packages. Usually MangaKissa has packages starting from 3 hours. So there will be 3-hours package, 5-hours package, 7-hours package etc. You can choose whichever will suit you. Some MangaKissa have early morning packages too, and overnight stay packages. I find that these off-peak packages are cheaper. Nothing is above 1000yen. ^^

Then they will ask you if you smoke, because there are smoking and non-smoking areas/floors. In our case, my friend and I didn’t smoke, so we were brought to the non-smoking level.

At the non-smoking level, there was a Lady’s Room. It was an area for ladies only, much like how the ladies-only train carriages work. 🙂 Inside the room, there are many private cubicles, each equipped with a comfortable padded chair, computer, headphones, and everything I listed in point 9 above. Haha! It’s amazing! I love Japan!Everything is pretty self-service. You go get your own drinks at the vending machine. Dispose the cups yourself. Get the comics/magazines yourself. Put them back yourself, and so on. Since everyone can walk around freely, do take care of your valueables. The MangaKissa is not responsible for any theft or loss.

You should also observe some basic manners.

1) If you’re listening to music or playing games or watching TV on your computer, use the headphones.
2) Put your phone on Manner Mode (Basically it means silent mode.)
3) Try not to type too loudly. Don’t talk loudly as well.
4) Keep your cubicle clean and tidy.

You will be given your receipt with what time your session ends. So if you’re going to sleep, make sure you wake up on time! Or you may end up paying for more~
When your session ends, bring the receipt down to the reception desk, and then you can leave. 🙂

It was my first time in a MangaKissa and I had a good experience! I could read so many manga and I could surf the net in a comfortable place. I could drink unlimited cups of one of my favourite drinks, Calpis. Sooo happy!!! ^^ I also slept for an hour. It was all good!

You may be able to bring in outside food too. But this really depends on each MangaKissa. I think some MangaKissa may sell their own food… Otherwise, you can buy food from outside and eat comfortably inside your own cubicle! I saw people having soba noodles and sushi. Hahaha!

I think it’s amazing to be able to find such a nice, safe, cheap and private space of your own any time of the day in Tokyo!!!! So don’t be scared now when you missed your last train in Tokyo! You can have a nice temporary stay at MangaKissa. ^^

Have you been to a MangaKissa before? Would you like to visit one? ^^

Announcement from Kirin:
As you may have noticed, this is Apple’s first official article as a member of Tokyo Kawaii, etc. To distinguish her posts from mine, I made her name appear very beneath the title of the post.

Kirin’s opinion:
Thank you Apple for the great post on MangaKissa! I’m sure Mangakissa is one of the places foreign people are attracted. I’ll tell you what happens at MangaKissa in Japan today. As Apple says in her post how cheap and comfortable enough to spend over night at a Mangakissa, Japanese people who have turned to be homeless due to bad economy use Mangakissa for a place to rest.

There is a big difference of compensation package in Japan between regular employees and temporary employees. Many temp-workers lost their job from economy crisis in 2008 and what made the situation worse was that job-less simultaneously deprived them of places to live in. When they worked for a factory for example, apartment houses were also provided by the company. Temp-workers who were fired suddenly lost their house at the same time.

I remember they appeared on TV saying they can sleep in Mangakissa once in a while, although most of the nights they have to sleep outside. 😦
Well this is the dark side of our society, but as Apple says Mangakissa is clean and convenient enough to relax, especially at night. I once went one of them during the daytime and I felt it was pretty unhealthy with no window, small private space, and TV, computer or digital gadgets. I remember I was there for a while and then I suddenly missed the light, breeze and open space. But I’m sure I like to have a rest there for a while, and if I ever miss the last train, I will not complain about no window any longer. lol


33 Responses to “MangaKissa, make use of them wisely!”

  1. girl September 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Wow! Great information about mangakissas… I had always wondered more about the specifics of them.
    Cool to know some have Ladies' Sections too, that does sound safe and cozy! 😀

    Thanks for a great article.

  2. Diyana September 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I read the post without knowing it was written by Apple until Kirin mentioned it! haha. But I did feel something was odd initially. I wonder if, as a tourist, instead of staying in a hotel everynight, can I stay at a mangakissa everynight to save on accomodation cost.

    • Apple September 21, 2010 at 2:42 am #

      you can…I suppose…if you have no luggages to carry around. Or, alternatively, use the lockers in the train stations for your luggages? But…it's too troublesome! A hostel may be a good idea to save on accomodation cost! ^^

      • Diyana September 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

        That's true, ahaha. Hostel would def be a better option~

      • Apple September 22, 2010 at 3:23 am #

        Definitely! Hahaha!

    • kirin September 21, 2010 at 11:26 am #

      Oh sorry I should've mentioned it at the beginning! ^ ^;

  3. Maria September 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    The name makes me laugh..because it means manga cat in my language 🙂 I'd totally expect the place to have cats 😀 Like a poster or something.
    The place looks nice, I'd love to visit one some day.

    • Apple September 21, 2010 at 2:49 am #

      wow! what country are you from? Kissa = Cat in your language? That's really cute!!!

      • Maria September 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

        I'm from Finland.
        We have some cafes that have small libraries in them and you can read while drinking coffee but it's not that private nor are they open longer than 8 pm.

      • kirin September 25, 2010 at 2:44 am #

        Sounds like neko cafe (neko = cat ) over here….like this one.
        Neko cafe is going to be "Kissa Kissa" if mixed with your language and Japanese. lol

  4. Apple September 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Yea! You should try going to a MangaKissa some time just for the experience! Haha! I think it was rather interesting! ^^

  5. sedonia2 September 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Wow, that's a great thing! We don't have anything like that in the US which is too bad because I've been in a situation where it would have been so nice to have a clean safe place to hang out because I missed the last train. So many other societies just know how to live better than we do here.

    • Apple September 21, 2010 at 2:48 am #

      So where do you go when you miss the last train?

      Btw, what time is your country's last train and first train?

      We got stuck in the station at 1am, and I was so happy to know that the 1st train was just 3h45min away!

    • friendship November 8, 2010 at 12:00 am #

      HI, Where are you living in US?
      I am doing the assignment relating to train in New York but I cannot understand the train schedule there. i should choose another destination in US.

  6. sparklewolfie September 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Haha that is so cool!! It can be used as a cheap hotel room in an emergency ;Þ
    It seems like a pretty cool idea though, to rent and be able to use all those commodities

    • Apple September 21, 2010 at 2:43 am #

      yes yes!

      Japan has many places you can stay at a low cost in emergency situations! Haha! i think it's great!

  7. Steven Stier September 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    Yes I have heard of these places. In fact they are featured in a movie I have called "Densha Otoko" I understand that some people will spend days inside reading and sleeping. I did not stay at a Mangakissa but I did stay at Tokyo Backpackers. It is a Hostel. You share a common sleeping area with up to 7 other people. They have either bunk beds or a Ryokan style sleeping area. They were about $20. a night and the staff spoke English and were very helpful.

    • Apple September 21, 2010 at 2:46 am #

      Ah! Yes, i think a more proper and affordable place for a good night's rest is a hostel for tourists. MangaKissa doesn't have a bed (although the one i went to had padded floors as well, so you could just lie down and treat it like a bed! Hahaha!).

    • kirin September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am #

      $20 per night in Tokyo sounds quite cheap! I was also staying at backpacker hotels when I was traveling in Australia. 🙂

  8. Cath September 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    We will stay at christian mission guesthouse when we come to Japan. We have about 3 options/locations to consider and it costs only 5000 yen per night. n_n
    Thanks very much for this post, Apple. Appreciate it!

    • Apple September 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

      No problem Cath!!! Enjoy your stay in Japan! 5000yen is really cheap! Do you mind sharing with me the 3 locations you are considering? I may be able to help and recommend you which one to choose! ^^

  9. Sharon September 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    staying at a mangakissa sounds fun and the free drinks privilege sounds very very tempting to stay in. not to mention free internet and mangas? and the option to shower there.. this is another option for budget travelers !

    also Steven above said about tokyo backpackers and i went on to google.. . and wow, its really really a good deal. im gonna bookmark that page haha.

    • Apple September 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

      yes! Haha! When they told us we could enjoy unlimited drinks from the vending machine, I blurted out, "REALLY???? THAT'S AMAZING!" and the guy at the counter was like, "Whatever." HHAAHAHAH! omgggg. very embarrassing.

      But MangaKissa is not really a place to stay for travellers. Temporally is okay. But you know, if you want to enjoy your stay in Japan, a room in hostel/hotel/ryokan is recommended. 🙂

      • kirin September 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

        I agree with Apple. Mangakissa once in a while is OK, but to fully explore Tokyo, it's better to reast well at a hotel. 🙂
        Apple, thank you so much for joining the conversation so proactively. ^ ^ I totally appreciate your Mangakissa post~<3

  10. blooomzy September 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I know of this!! I have membership to WIP in Ichikawa.
    I sat and read Gal magazines and did karaoke XD

    They're a very good idea.

    • kirin September 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

      WIP ( right? Karaoke, darts, billiard, table tennis and theater room are available there? Sounds goo~d! ^ ^

      • Apple September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

        SUGOI!!!!!!!!!! that's it! I want to be a member of WIP! There's another one which is cool too. Media Cafe POPEYE. Also has darts and leg massagers! omggg! Haha! And Manboo! has nail salon!!! So amazing! Haha! ^^

      • kirin September 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

        Thanks for sharing more great Mangakissa! 😀
        I'll share the links for the rest of readers.

        POPEYE.. .
        MANBOO.. .

      • blooomzy September 23, 2010 at 10:58 am #

        Yeah that's right. It's really quite good 😀

  11. micro February 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Where did you sleep in this MangaKissa? Are there beds or mats or anything, or do you just sleep in the chair?
    >w< I want to go to one next time either way!!

    • kirin February 13, 2011 at 2:18 am #

      Yes, on the reclining chair in the private space. 🙂


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