Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is known for its numerous classy and luxurious hotels located within the city. However, Japan is also famous for what are known as capsule hotels -a type of hotel with small rooms called capsules - that provide basic accommodation for those who do not require conventional hotel services. Here are some of the unique capsule hotels you can find in Tokyo:
1.For females only - Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya
Located just 10 minutes from Shibuya by foot, Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya is a capsule hotel for females only. Recently opened in April 2016, the hotel aims to allow customers to be able to travel around Japan in a carefree manner.
The hotel has a souvenir shop in the basement, a lobby and a dining area "Oishii Komachi Shinsen" at the first storey, and rooms from the 2nd to 4th storey. You will receive a basic amenities pack once you check in that includes some basic skin-care products, a towel, a toothbrush, and socks. To add even more, a yukata (Japanese bathrobe) will also be provided with 5 colours to choose from.
The rooms come with relaxing Japanese-style decoration. There is also a lounge where customers can have free coffee or tea and snacks. Furthermore, a communal bath is available at Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya with a total of 3 types of bathtubs. Designed by Mizuki Tanaka, one of the only 3 sento (Japanese communal bath and onsen) painters in Japan, a beautiful Mount Fuji painting will welcome you when you step into the communal bath. Shower booths are also located there.
Members of staff are able to converse in both Japanese and English, and a convenience store is located just one minute from Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya. Lockers are also provided.
Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya
Address: 10-5 Shinsen shibuya Tokyo
Access: 10-minute walk from Shibuya station
Contact: +81 3-5489-3667
2.A cheap hotel in Ginza street!? Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel
Ginza is known as one of the most extravagant streets in Japan, and many have the image that hotels located there are equally as expensive. Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel is a capsule hotel that blends in well to the luxurious Ginza area, but charges a reasonable price.
A free ashiyu (foot bath) is available right at the entrance of the hotel. Decorated with lamps and wood in a Japanese style, it is a good place for customers to refresh themselves before checking in.
The capsule rooms within Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel are relatively big and some of them have a television provided room too. Lockers are available for big luggage that cannot fit into the capsule rooms. Shower rooms are also provided, as well as a powder room for the putting on of makeup and drying of hair. There is also a lounge with USB ports available.
Some of the staff members can converse in both English and Japanese. A breakfast plan is also available at Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel, where there is a choice between a Japanese set and udon (Japanese noodles) set, that is provided at the "Hanabi" eatery on the 1st storey.
Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel
Address: 7-13-15, Hinza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Access: 8-minute walk from JR Shinbashi Station or 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Higashi Ginza Station
Contact: +81 3-6226-1078
3.Compact hotel - First Cabin Akasaka
First Cabin Akasaka is more of a compact hotel rather than a capsule hotel. Instead of sleeping in a capsule, you will be provided with your own cabin – a personal room, but not as big as those typically found in a hotel. The hotel is a new addition to the First Cabin hotel groups and it opened in March 2016. It is conveniently located just 1 minute from Akasaka station.
At the 2nd storey, where the front lobby is, you’ll find an eatery called Key’s Café & Bar, which serves as a café during the day and transforms into a bar after 17:00. One of the cocktails there, "A3136 Coffee Milk", is a drink exclusive to the bar. Vodka, coffee, and milk are perfectly blended together to create a harmony of alcohol and sweetness.
The cabins at First Cabin Akasaka, with their black walls and white furniture, have a calming atmosphere. There are 2 types of cabins available; the first class cabin and the business class cabin. A safe box, television, and basic amenities, as well as electrical outlets, are provided within the rooms.
A communal bath is provided within the hotel that plays healing music to provide a comfortable and relaxing time. Lounges are available too, and guests can use their computers and engage in reading.
Over 600,000 people having become a member of First Cabin ever since its advent in 2009, and the numbers are increasing. It is definitely a fantastic hotel to consider.
First Cabin Akasaka
Address: 3-13-7, Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Akasaka Station
Contact: +81 3-3583-1143
4.Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower – luxurious and cheap
The Akasaka area in Tokyo is famous for its various fashionable and luxurious hotels, and Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower is no exception. Part of the Centurion Hotel group, this capsule hotel was opened in November 2015.
The rooms within the hotel are designed stylishly in red and black and each capsule has a charger, mirror, and table. A television is also provided and it comes with headphones, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbours.
Each guest will be provided with an individual locker and basic amenities. Shower rooms are also located within the hotel. At the Samurai Lounge, not only can you enjoy free drinks, you can also try and wear the Samurai armours there for free!
Despite all the facilities provided, a room at Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower can be as cheap as 2500 JPY (22.70 USD). All you need to do is top up another 500 JPY (4.50 USD) for a fantastic breakfast, which includes unlimited salad and bread. Family cabins are also provided at Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower, which come with a cabin with two bunkbeds.
Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower
Address: 3-12-16, Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Akasaka Station
Contact: +81 3-6229-6336
5.Sleeping with books at Book and Bed Tokyo
Book and Bed Tokyo is only 1 minute away from Ikebukuro subway station. Found on the 7th storey of Lumiere Building, it is a hotel perfect for book-lovers.
Dozing while reading your favourite book is a fantastic feeling many must have experienced before. In Book and Bed Tokyo, over 1,700 mangas, magazines, and books of different genres are available. With the wide variety available, many are books that you probably never imagined you would ever come across.
Built based on the concept of "an accommodation bookshop", some of the cabins in Book and Bed Tokyo are literally inside of the bookshelves – your dream of being surrounded by books when sleeping can actually come true! There are also standard rooms and compact rooms available.
Book and Bed Tokyo
Address: 1-17-7, Lumiere Bldg 7F, Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Access: 4-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro station
Contact: [email protected]
6.Perfect for backpackers – Kangaroo Hotel
Kangaroo Hotel is located just 10 minutes from Minami-Senju station by foot and won the Good Design Award - an award that recognises designs in the market that enhance the quality of life - in 2011.
There is a lounge on the first storey that has musical instruments, such as acoustic guitars, bongos and electrical percussions, that you can freely play with your friends. The friendly staff members will sing along with you sometimes! A huge chalk board is also found there, which provides information, such as local tips, that you cannot find elsewhere.
Furthermore, the rooms in the hotel are individual rooms unlike the cabins and capsules mentioned above. They come with air-conditioning, a hairdryer, towels, and a television. Shower rooms and laundry rooms are also available in Kangaroo Hotel.
To add even more, bicycle rental services for just 500 JPY (4.50 USD) a day are provided. They will come in handy if you want to explore nearby places like Ueno and Akihabara!
Address: 1-21-11, Nihonzutsumi, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Access: 10-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Minami-Senju Station
Contact: +81 3-3872-8573
Cheap yet cosy
Capsule hotels and compact hotels are wallet-friendly despite the comfort and convenience that they provide. Great for those who want to spend more money on their trip itself, definitely consider one of these hotels during your holiday in Tokyo!