In Tokyo, the coworking scene is on the up as entrepreneurs across the city seek places to collaborate and think big. Hive Life gives you a rundown of some of our favourite spots to keep an eye out for.
Right next to Roppongi Hills, the Blink Community attracts an international crowd. In their five floors of workspaces, you’ll find many English speakers as well as workshops hosted in different languages. A stylish space in hues of greys, events here focus on how startups can build their brands. Covering a diverse range of evenings from pitch nights helping businesses grow their network to concerts held by classical violinists, you can be assured there’ll be something for you, too.
Best for: Early-stage startups and tech entrepreneurs
Location: 3-1-6 Blink Smart Workspace 1, Motoazabu, Minato City
Closest station: Roppongi / Azabu-juban
Pricing per month: Cafe Lounge Table: JPY 20,000 / Flexible: JPY 40,000 / Dedicated: JPY 60,000 / Private Office: JPY 90,000
Also in bustling Roppongi, Tokyo Chapter is a place where work-life balance truly comes to play. Set in an old industrial building complete with granite floors and exposed brickwork, here, they offer sleek serviced apartments and a gym alongside coworking to further their mission of housing creativity. Their gallery space also allows budding artists to share their work.
Best for: Creatives
Location: Akasaka 9-2-13, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Closest station: Roppongi / Nogizaka
Pricing per month: Flexible: JPY 29,000 / Dedicated: JPY 36,000 / Private Office: JPY 195,000 (customisable interior)
The Hive prides itself on its tight-knit community across Asia, and this place is no exception. Located in the bustling neighbourhood of busy Shibuya, it is just one part of their network of 22 locations across the Asia Pacific, all of which can be accessed according to your membership plan. Envisioned by Soho House lead designer James Waterhouse, the three-storey space breathes comfort. Head to the bar and cafe with outdoor seating on the ground floor to grab some fresh air before you head back to work at their clean, minimalist workspaces. Visitors here are made to feel more than welcome, thanks to their enthusiastic team, and are encouraged to make the most of the community at their fingertips – think regular members’ brunches, wine tastings, a networking service, and exclusive fireside chats with industry leaders who share their personal journeys to success. Bonus: Pop by and ask about their ‘Tryout Tuesdays’ to spend a day there seeing what the buzz is all about.
Best for: Entrepreneurs and creatives looking for community events and an APAC-wide membership
Location: 1-6-5 Jinnan, 150-0041 Shibuya
Closest station: Shibuya
Pricing per month: Cafe Only: JPY 2,000 / Flexible: JPY 16,000 / Dedicated: JPY 60,000 / Private Office: JPY 90,000
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Hapon is a quaint space with a design philosophy that puts Japanese culture at its core – think homey tatami meeting rooms and a centrepiece table chiselled to look like the continent of Japan. There are special night-only memberships here, and booths you can access 24/7 for those who anticipate working late nights. Hapon has perks for travellers too: their ‘Traveller Ticket’ allows international visitors to buy cheaper day passes to use at their space in Shinjuku.
Best for: Booklovers, night owls and those who like quiet workspaces
Location: 5F, Musashi Bldg., 7-4-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0023
Closest station: Shinjuku-Nishiguchi (Exit D5)
Pricing per month: Varies by booth size, starting from JPY 43,000 / Flexible: JPY 22,000 (requires upfront cost in full)
Ryozan Park is a child-friendly workspace in a relaxed corner of Tokyo. Running their very own English preschool in Otsuka that is integrated with a shared office, you can spend time with your children in the morning before work, attend meetings in their chic spaces at the Core in Otsuka or in the Annex in Sugamo, both within walking distance of each other, and finally unwind in their Lounge in Sugamo where you can chat by the fireplace. The variety of themed spots is what makes Ryozan stand apart from the others.
Best for: Working parents and families
Location: Otsuka and Sugamo
Closest station: Otsuka and Sugamo
Pricing per month: JPY 15,000
With an in-house 3D printer and laser cutter at their Product Design Lab, Nishiogi Place is a designer’s dream. Crafted by KW+HG ARCHITECTS, the space features minimalist design with individual booths for independent work if you want some space to yourself and a communal kitchen and dining area where you can come together to chill and chat. Nishiogi also offers day passes that cost JPY 2,000 if you’re not quite sure you want to commit to a location just yet.
Best for: Designers and Makers
Location: 5-26-20 Nishiogi-kita, Suginami-ku Tokyo, Japan 167-0042
Closest station: Kami Igusa / Nishi-Ogikubo
Pricing per month: Day Pass: JPY 2,000 / Flexible: JPY 20,000 / Dedicated: JPY 25,000
Perched on the 18th floor of the Internet giant’s headquarters, this colourful 1330-square-meter space draws in tech freelancers with its nightly events – a common occurrence, given that Yahoo Lodge is free to visit. With rocking chairs and hammocks aplenty, the whole place exudes a casual effortlessness, helped out by a cafeteria with a buffet, so you don’t have to worry about working on an empty stomach.
Best for: Smaller teams who want an alternative to working in a cafe
Location: Kioicho 1, 1–2–17F
Closest station: Nagatacho (Exit 9a) / Akasaka Mitsuke (Exit D)
Pricing per month: Free
Basis Point is an affordable, fuss-free place where you can focus on your work. Starting at JPY 200 every half an hour, memberships are perfect for people who just want to pop in and out as they go about their day. Branches in Ginza, Gotanda, Jimbocho all have all the basic amenities at your fingertips – and even a laptop to rent if you don’t have one on you.
Best for: Those looking for flexible daily memberships
Location: Full list here
Pricing: 30 mins: JPY 200 / Day Pass: JPY 2,000
Suited for people who like a more traditional office setting, Fabbit offers flexibility for people who want to work in multiple locations across Japan, and has 22 locations locally and overseas (in the US and the Philippines). Here, they offer more private offices, as well as a virtual office membership.
Best for: Those looking for a more traditional workspace
Location: Offices in Kanto, Tokai, Kansai, Chugoku, Kyushu regions. Full list here
Pricing per month: Varies by location – Flexible: approx JPY 14,000 (with JPY 20000 registration) / Private: approx JPY 86,000 yen (with JPY 40000 registration)