Work Rank: ✏️✏️✏️✏️✏️
Chill Rank: 📗
Location: Shinagawa 品川
Power Outlets: Everywhere
Price of a Latte: JPY300
Price of an Americano:
AWS Loft is a special working space provided by AWS for customers. It's located in the business district of Shingawa on the 17th floor of Meguro Central Square (目黒セントラルスクエア).
The space is open every weekday from 10am to 6pm. Note that they do close 6pm sharp–about 15 minutes before this you'll hear auld lang syne playing as a security guard walks around prompting everyone to pack up.
It's a huge space with stunning views of the city. There are plenty of seats, although they were quite busy in the afternoon when we went. Seating is predominantly open desk with couches by the windows and high tables along the walls.
Power strips were plenty and the wifi speeds recorded an eye-watering 140Mbps.
If you're developing on AWS they also have resident experts permanently situated at the space, ready to give guidance on any AWS product. I only heard them consulting in Japanese with a team but presumably they can handle English queries too.
One thing to note is that since this is Japan, calls in public are frowned upon. They have a small phone booth or otherwise it's best to head to the lift lobby to make calls. This could make it a little tricky if you regularly need to video call your team.
Finally, there's a little bit of AWS swag so if you're looking to add to you sticker or badge collection, here's the place!
There's a small cafe on premises that serve very reasonably priced coffee, starting from JPY100 for a small black coffee. It's reasonable coffee too so there's little to complain about.
Around the corner from the coffee stand is a microwave and water fountain so you can bring your own food/team/cup noodles too.
Just make sure to use the rubbish bins provided there and not leave your rubbish on the desks.
To get up, just tell the security staff at the lift lobby that you want to go up to AWS Loft and they'll open the electronic gates for you.
In order to use the space you need to have an AWS account. The good news is that it's free to set up and if you sign up on the day you can use the space almost immediately.
The first time you use the space you need to register. Once you've registered you can just sign-in any time you go with your email address. You get a sticker that you're supposed to wear at all times while you're there.
For those with business accounts be warned they'll ask you to provide a business card or an employee ID badge. If you have (or tell them you have) a personal account, then some form of ID will suffice–passports are what we used since we didn't have business cards on us.
Desk staff speak English so it's easy to navigate for foreigners too.
Power outlets, cheap coffee, and top-speed wifi all make this a fantastic space to work from. If you're developing on AWS, all the more so. The ambience is definitely work-oriented so it's not exactly a place to go and chill.