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For Hideto Irikawa, a successful cafe is a hub that offers “community access for everyone.”

Of course, what “community” looks like depends entirely on the neighborhood, and Tokyo’s vary immensely in atmosphere, from the subculture vibes of Harajuku to the more traditional Asakusa and everything in between. What’s common to each is an effort to take advantage of Tokyo’s rising tourist numbers, and many cafes are starting to offer innovative ways to combine quality coffee and sightseeing.

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