What once was the capital of the empire for more than 1,000 years is now a city that speaks of heritage and tradition, but thrives with technology and opportunities. Located on the island of Honshu, Kyoto welcomes those who want to visit majestic imperial palaces and Buddhist temples, participate in tea ceremonies and explore the ancient streets that were also the birthplace of Nintendo.
A different way to explore this stunning city is by staying at one of Japan’s most curious inventions: capsule hotels. Originally created for businessmen that worked extensive hours and needed a place to catch some sleep before getting back to work, this type of accommodation is now open for tourists seeking a basic overnight option for a low price.
With some features that might shock some travelers, like shared bathrooms, floors separated by genders, or the inability to access your bed during the day, these hotels still manage to provide fantastic service with amenities that will guarantee a comfortable stay - even if your room is not much bigger than a single bed. Take a look at the top capsule hotels in Kyoto, Japan, and get ready to be amazed!
Located in the center of the city, The Millennials hostel in Kyoto aims to take the pod experience to the next level. In addition to the comfortable common areas to have fun and relax, they feature a concept of “Smart Capsule” room, with different possibilities that can include an 80 inch (203 cm) projector and a bed that can be controlled from your smartphone. It is the ultimate alternative for tall people as well, since their 3 square meter rooms (32 sq ft) have larger beds compared not only to other capsule options, but accommodations in general in Japan.
The Millennials Kyoto
Address: Nakagyo-ku Yamazakicho 235
Meeting/banquet facilities Board games/puzzles Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning Adult only WiFi available in all areas Process in place to check health of guests Access to health care professionals
Just a few minutes away from Samurai Kembu Kyoto and Kiyomizu-dera Temple is Tsukimi Hotel. This budget capsule hotel accommodates male and female guests in separate rooms and mixed dormitories. Some of the facilities provided at the property are air-conditioning and a shared kitchen. While the place is ideal for those who are always on the go, there is a terrace where guests can lounge should they need a break from Kyoto’s busy nature. A small breakfast is provided daily.
Address: Higashiyama-ku Tsukimicho 21
Terrace Safety deposit box WiFi Available Shared kitchen Designated smoking area Contactless check-in/check-out Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
One of the top-rated capsule hotels in Kyoto is Maja Hotel, which is conveniently located within a short distance from Kyoto International Manga Museum and Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The accommodation features a clean and somewhat luxurious Scandinavian design all throughout. Guests are welcome to enjoy the daily continental breakfast, as well as conveniences like a microwave, hairdryer, and free toiletries. There’s an on-site restaurant, Cafe Aalto, where you can sip on a freshly brewed coffee before setting off to Kyoto’s hidden gems!
Available only for male travelers, Sauna & Capsule Hotel Rumor Plaza offers a variety of amenities that make for an excellent stay: rooms with a flat-screen TV, superb sauna, reading room with manga, reasonably priced massage sessions, and a complimentary buffet breakfast with traditional Kyoto cuisine are some of the many things that guests have enjoyed. Their rates are extremely convenient for its location in the Higashiyama Ward, an area fit for old-town exploration.
Sauna & Capsule Hotel Rumor Plaza
Address: Higashiyamaku Gioncho Minamigawa 575 Fuji Building 3F
WiFi Available Sun terrace CCTV in common areas Trouser press Parking Dry cleaning Spa and wellness centre Adult only
Another convenient hotel in the Shimogyo Ward that is separated by gender is First Cabin, which has a location that is not only close to public transportation, but also has good accessibility by car. If you are still not 100% sold on capsule hotels, this could be a nice intermediate, since the capsules are a little bit larger than the regular pods. It also features a more friendly atmosphere compared to other alternatives, with a nice lounge serving alcohol and soft drinks in the evenings. The airplane theme present in the spaces adds a little bit of extra fun. Have a pleasant flight!
“I like everything about this place - location near Gion area, restaurants and convenient stores everywhere, bus and train stops nearby in 3-5min walk, friendly staff, very clean and comfortable” – Donna.
You will probably agree with her if you book The Prime Pod Kyoto, since it has one of the most convenient prices in a superb location with stunning views of the city. Besides amenities like air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and Serta mattresses, this cozy hotel provides an extra fun detail in the shared lounge and bar: hot dogs and coffee for breakfast.
The Prime Pod Kyoto
Address: Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Kawaramachi Higashihairu Nakajimacho 90, Felicita Sanjo Kiyamachi Bldg 9F
The perfect hotel for the otaku that is in you! Comics and Capsule Hotel Comicap Kyoto features their collection of 30,000 manga along with their comfortable capsules. Also, this non-smoking is located 15 minutes away from the Kyoto International Manga Museum, which makes it ideal if you are a fan of this genre. However, their location and convenient price makes this great for other guests too. Besides the fully equipped bathrooms, that even include curling irons and different kinds of lotions, among endless free toiletries, guest have especially appreciated the attention of the kind staff.
Address: Higashigawa-cho 525-1-4F
Located at a walkable distance to major attractions and shopping areas, Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto provides an excellent opportunity because of its value. With a friendly staff and a clean space, it provides a pleasant atmosphere thanks to the Japanese decor and the spa amenities included, like the sauna. Among the toiletries and typical items provided by this type of hotels, Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto offer kimonos so that you can relax in the common areas in style.
Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto
Address: Shimogyo-ku Tachiuri Nishimachi 68−2
Praised by guests because of its value and clean facilities, Caphotel Kyoto is located in the Ukyo Ward, an area fit for nature lovers thanks to its beautiful bamboo forests, ancient temples, and outdoor activities to enjoy. This is an interesting option for couples who want to have the capsule hotel experience because it is one of the few accommodations of this type that features mixed dormitories.
Address: Ukyo-ku Saiintatsumicho 4
“Awesome experience. Bathrooms are very clean and with all the amenities. Very Japanese style stay. The capsule rooms are very comfy.” – Jorge.
Capsule Resort Kyoto Square offer the usual amenities for a capsule hotel, but they have the extra value of having an unbeatable view of Nijo Castle, which can be enjoyed from the common lounge area while enjoying free soft drinks and coffee.
Capsule Resort Kyoto Square
Address: Nakagyo-ku Oshiaburanokojicho 233
Welcome to the future! With a minimalist and science-fiction vibe, Nine Hours is a fantastic choice if you want to have a one-of-a-kind experience. Guest who have stayed there have praised the excellent location in the heart of the Shimogyo Ward, an area with many points of interest and great dinning options. It has separate floors for men and women, making it suitable for solo travelers, although the common spaces do not encourage social interaction so much.
Capsule rooms are available in Amenity Hotel Kyoto, which offers Japanese-style hotel rooms as well. The pods that you can book here have similar amenities to other capsule accommodations, and it is located in the Higashiyama Ward. If you are not in the mood to dine out, you will be able to get something at hotel restaurant, which serves Chinese specialities.
Ready to book a capsule hotel in Kyoto?
Kyoto is filled with amazing vegetarian restaurants and things to do that you’d need a comfortable retreat afterwards. With different themes and decor, all these hotels will give you what you need to spend a cozy night after exploring an amazing city. Have you chosen the one for you? Book yours and get ready for a one-of-a-kind lodging experience!
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