Known for it tasty beer, mouth-watering ramen, and an absolute kick-ass Snow Festival, Sapporo is a fun place to explore. Japan’s fifth-largest city, Sapporo has everything you’d expect from a dynamic urban center: trendy cafés, a robust food scene, a neon-filled nightlife, and a multitude of stores that’ll beckon you to shop ‘til you drop. The wonderful Snow Festival, held every February, began in 1950 when a group of high school students built a few snow sculptures in the city’s Odori Park. Since then the Snow Festival has developed into a massive, commercialized extravaganza, featuring immense snow and ice statues that attract millions of visitors from around the world. With all this dazzling excitement, you’d expect Sapporo to be surrounded by only glitzy, luxurious, and high-priced hotels. But Sapporo actually boasts many of the Japanese-style capsule, or pod, hotels. These hotels offer a rare lodging experience at a very affordable price. If you’re game to explore but don’t want to drain your savings, then check out this list of the capsule hotels in Sapporo that can be found on Booking.com!
If you haven’t tried staying in a capsule hotel, you should book this best-seller accommodation situated in one of the top-rated locales in Sapporo, Comicap Sapporo is near Odori Park and the Sapporo TV Tower. These adorable pod-shaped structures are compact but cozy. Stored on shelves outside each sleep capsule is a great selection of manga books, and a few are even in English! This is the ideal place to stay for those who geek-out on comic books. If you want a bit more room, the Deluxe Capsule Room offers, in addition to the sleep space, a work desk. Comicap Sapporo offers complimentary WiFi throughout the premises, and guests are provided comfy slippers and free toiletries. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom that is always clean and tidy. Breakfast is available, as well as complimentary beverages and snacks.
With an affordable capsule hotel price, Nikoh Refre, a men’s only, 24-hour capsule hotel, offers plenty of comfort near the entertaining Susukino area. If you want to enjoy some fresh air and get some exercise, take a stroll to Odori Park, just six minutes on foot. The Susukino Subway Station is also nearby. All the capsule rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a comfy mattress, a personal flat-screen television, and a pair of convenient earphones. Nikoh Refre features many top-notch amenities, such as a refreshing public bathing area, an inviting public lounge with televisions, and personal computer rental booths. You can also retrieve complimentary WiFi cards at the front desk. Massage services are available, but for an extra charge.
Located in the heart of Sapporo’s business district, this capsule hotel is perfect for men who wanted to unwind after a long day at work. Most of the attractions in Sapporo are within reach from this hotel. Male guests can watch from the flat-screen TV available in every capsule. Bathroom is shared among occupants, and there’s a buffet breakfast for all every day.
Another all-male accommodation is the delightful Capsule Inn Sapporo. Guests have access to their own cushy compartment. The capsules consist of two levels placed side-by-side in a common space, and each bed is dressed in freshly laundered bed linens. To decompress at the end of the day, guests are welcome to loll in comfy chairs and watch television or read in the large lounge. But if you really need to unwind, your best bet is to submerge yourself in Capsule Inn Sapporo’s large public baths and enjoy the steam of one of the great sauna rooms.
A coin-operated laundromat on the premises offers convenience if you have clothes-cleaning duties. Of course, bathrooms are shared, but they are well-maintained, spotless, and a free supply of nice-smelling toiletries is provided to guests. You’re allowed to bring your own food if you wish. An electric kettle and handy microwave are available to guests, along with vending machines that provide refreshing beverages. Complimentary WiFi connection and free storage lockers are also available. Sapporo Capsule Inn scores high marks with lodgers because of its locale: just a five-minute walk away from Odori Park, and only 10 minutes on foot to Sapporo Clock Tower.
One of the best capsule hotels in Sapporo is the Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino. Only a three-minute walk away from Susukino Subway Station. This exclusively men’s only capsule hotel is centrally located in the center of Sapporo. The Shin Chitose Airport is within an hour’s drive away, and the Sapporo Clock Tower can be reached on foot in only 15 minutes. With stellar indoor and outdoor public baths, a soothing sauna, and many relaxing massage services, Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino is an ideal accommodation for stressed-out businessmen wanting to unwind at the end of their hectic day.
WiFi is provided throughout the entire property, and each comfortable capsule room is equipped with a television. A convenient storage luggage service is available, and vending machines are also on-hand if you crave a snack during odd hours. The shared bathrooms are efficient and very clean. The hotel’s restaurant Asahi Sanrokuya offers a hearty breakfast buffet to get you going in the morning, and tasty Japanese-style cuisine is served at dinnertime. Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino is also near a shopping mall if you need to do some last minute shopping, or grab some necessities.
Found in the heart of Sapporo, just a five-minute walk away from Susukino Subway Station is Spa Safro. Spa Safro features a unique sleeping experience in a tranquil atmosphere. The compact capsule beds are situated side-by-side in a spacious, air-conditioned common area. The rooms come equipped with an alarm clock, and there’s complimentary use of personal storage lockers and internet terminals. The men and women’s areas are kept separate, and the shared bathrooms are pristine, orderly, and provide top-notch necessities to all guests.
The true highlight at Spa Safro is the soothing massages and rejuvenating hot-spring baths available. When you’ve loosened up, head to Odori Park just 0.96 kilometers (0.6 miles) away, or to Tanukikoji Shopping Street only 899 meters (2,950 feet) away. Spa Safro offers two tasty restaurants on site. One caters to men and the other to women. Both eateries provide the same menu of Japanese and Western options. Be aware only breakfast and dinner are served.
Best capsule hotels in Sapporo
Whether you visit Sapporo in winter to marvel at the wondrous ice and snow sculptures at the amazing Snow Festival, or opt for summertime getaway and indulge in Sapporo’s many beer and food festivals, one thing is certain you won’t bruise your wallet if you choose a stay at one of these superb and budget-friendly capsule hotels from Booking.com.
Frequently asked questions about best capsule hotels in Sapporo, Japan
1. How much does it cost to stay in a capsule hotel in Sapporo?
Capsule hotel price in Sapporo is usually not that expensive when compared against other options. These hotels typically range from 20 USD and can go as high as 40 USD. As such, anyone with a budget can easily afford the capsule hotels especially the ones on this list.
2. Which is the best area to stay in Sapporo?
If you’re looking for the best area to stay in Sapporo, then you should consider booking your accommodation in or around Sapporro’s business district, so you’ll be near lots of attractions and essential establishments like restaurants and bars. Also, you should consider staying in any of these neighborhoods: Chuo-ku, Kita, and Susukino.
3. Are there any pet-friendly capsule hotels in Sapporo?
All of the capsule hotels in Sapporo are not pet-friendly, but travelers still have a wide range of options to choose from with pet-friendly hotels in the area. These hotels include (but not limited to) Sapporo Hiraoka Dog Hotel, Arura Sapporo, Reussir Yamahanaminami 101, and Weekly Sapporo 2000 & Annex.