How does one stay in Japan on a budget?! Particularly hustling bustling Tokyo, with businessmen running around and tourists on every street corner? Capsule hotels, of course, as long as you’re not too claustrophobic. The hotels are a cheap alternative to the usual fancy hotels you’re used to, and though not as luxurious, are certainly a cosy alternative as a new form of itty bitty living space! Check out our picks of the top capsule hotels in central Tokyo, particularly close to Akihabara for all the otakus and shopping fans out there :)
The First Cabin Akihabara offers stylish capsule rooms just a 4-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station in the busy electric town of Akihabara. It comes with a spacious public bath area and a lounge room with relaxing ambience. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Each capsule room is fitted with a mattress and a large flat-screen TV. No door or a lock is provided, but a personal safe can be used to store luggage. Male and female floors are separated, and each floor comes with a security door. Guests can also choose to take a shower in individual shower booths, while a coin launderette and drink vending machines can be used on site. There’s even a dining room where you can have a light meal.
First Cabin Akihabara
Address: 101-0025 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Kanda Sakuma-cho 3-38, Japan (see map)
Price: from 65 USD/7279 JPY
The Akihabara Bay Hotel is situated just a 3-minute walk away from Akihabara Train Station, and offers a 24-hour front desk with free WiFi access throughout the entire property. Guests will find a convenient shared lounge installed with power and USB outlets to charge their phones. There are drink vending machines on site, as well as a shared lounge with a microwave and an electric kettle. Laundry services are also available at an additional charge. The property features centrally managed air conditioning, while shower booths and powder rooms are shared among guests. Even smokers will be charmed: there is a designated smoking area on site. No restaurants around, but there ARE several convenience stores for…well, your convenience.
Akihabara Bay Hotel (Female Only)
Address: 101-0022 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku, Kandaneribei-cho 44-4, Japan (see map)
Price: from 78 USD/8734 JPY
This is a male only hotel that’s just a 3-minute walk from JR Kanda Train Station. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property and guests can use the PCs and printers at the business centre. The sleeping compartments are placed side-by-side in 2 layers in a common area, and each capsule comes with a TV, radio and an alarm clock. Bathrooms and toilets are shared, while lockers are available for luggage storage, where towels, nightwear and toothbrush sets are provided. Drink vending machines are available on-site, while you can get your meals from convenience stores around the area.
Address: 101-0044 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Kajicho 1-4-5, Japan (see map)
Price: from 27 USD/3023 JPY
This male only hotel is conveniently located only a 7-minute walk from JR Ueno Station, featuring cosy units, a restaurant, a sauna and an open-air bath. Free WiFi is available throughout, and the location of this hotel is perfect, with easy access to popular shopping districts including Akihabara, a 5-minute train ride away from the nearby JR Okachimachi Station. All units come with a TV and bathroom facilities are shared. If there’s any trouble, there is a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge at Dandy Capsule Hotel. Massage treatments are also available at an additional charge, so weary businessmen will be pleased. Here, there are meals provided at the on-site restaurant, with various international dishes including Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisines available.
Sauna and Capsule Hotel Dandy (Male Only)
Address: 110-0005 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-ku Ueno 2-6-11 6F, Japan (see map)
Price: from 51 USD/5711 JPY
Nine Hours Woman Kanda is conveniently located literally a minute away from JR Kanda Station. Free WiFi is provided throughout the entire property, and each air-conditioned capsule comes with an electrical socket and lighting. Toothbrushes, pajamas and towels are provided in the private lockers, while the shared bathroom comes with a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner and body soap for the convenience of guests. Guests can use a larger storage area near the convenient 24-hour front desk. Take note: there’s a pizza restaurant located within a 5-minute walk from the hotel, with a few other dining options scattered nearby incase guests get peckish.
Nine Hours Woman Kanda
Address: 101-0044 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku, Kajicho 2-9-4, Japan (see map)
Price: from 27 USD/3023 JPY
MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae is just a 2-minute walk from Kuramae Station on the Toei Asakusa and Oedo lines. It offers compact yet functional units each with a USB port and a shared lounge, with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant, and all units come with a flat-screen TV. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. As for luggage, guests can make use of the free luggage storage service offered at the 24-hour front desk. If you’re hungry, you can always start the day with a buffet-style breakfast which includes granola, yoghurt and various fresh products. Alcohol beverages and light meals are also available for purchase.
MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae
Address: 111-0051 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-Ku, Kuramae 2-6-7, Japan (see map)
Price: from 72 USD/8062 JPY
Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara offers capsule rooms for male guests and certainly sounds impressive from its description. Boasting a spacious public bath, sauna and on-site cafe, the hotel is only a 3-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station. Free WiFi is offered in all areas, and each capsule comes with a flat-screen TV with video-on-demand channels, as well as power sockets and headphones. The hotel also offers internet PCs and massage chairs, along with snack vending machines and complimentary drink machines being available at the on-site cafe. Right in the lively Akihabara electric town, there’s always something exciting to do or shop for in the area.
Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara
Address: 101-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 1-2-12, Japan (see map)
Price: from 50 USD/5599 JPY
The Niohombashi Muromachi Bay Hotel is conveniently located a 4-minute walk from Shin-Nihombashi and Mitsukoshimae subway stations. It offers compact units with free WiFi, shower rooms and lockers. As with most capsule hotels, all units come with a power outlet, and some rooms come with a personal TV. Free amenities are provided, and include a small towel, toothbrushes and slippers, while shampoo and hairdryers are available for use in the shower room. The 24-hour front desk at Bay Hotel Niohombashi Muromachi offers free luggage storage, and personal belongings can also be stored in the lockers. Guests can relax in the communal lounge equipped with a microwave and an electric kettle. There is no restaurant on-site, but many dining options are available within walking distance.
Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel
Address: 2-4-7 Nihombashi-honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Station, Tokyo, Japan, 103-0023 (see map)
Price: from 36 USD/4031 JPY
A memorable stay at an iconic capsule hotel
Want to visit the electric town of Akihabara on a budget? Or maybe you just want to experience these fascinating capsule hotels you might have read about but never imagined you’d ever get a chance to stay at. Either way, these are the top notch hotels you can get in central Tokyo, with some prime facilities available to guests and undoubtedly, a unique experience you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Great for bragging rights and ticking something off the bucket list!
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