[2019 Version] 20 Unique Capsule Hotels to Stay in Japan
If you are staying in Japan, why not stay in a supremely convenient and affordable capsule hotel? While there are a multitude of capsule hotels across Japan, here are 20 hotels that are brimming with personality and which offer their patrons that little something extra.
- 1. The Lodge Moiwa 834 (Hokkaido)
- 2. Comicap Sapporo (Hokkaido)
- 3. Spa Safro (Hokkaido)
- 4. Nine Hours Narita Airport (Chiba)
- 5. Khaosan Tokyo Samurai (Tokyo)
- 6. Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1 (Tokyo)
- 7. First Cabin Tsukiji (Tokyo)
- 8. Tokyo Ginza BAY HOTEL (Tokyo)
- 9. Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower (Tokyo)
- 10. Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya (Female Only) (Tokyo)
- 11. Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo (Male Only) (Tokyo)
- 12. Akihabara Bay Hotel (Female Only) (Tokyo)
- 13. Business Inn New City (Kanagawa)
- 14. Gran Customa Isezakicho (Kanagawa)
- 15. TUBE Sq (Aichi)
- 16. Capsule Hotel Astil Dotonbori (Osaka)
- 17. Hotel Cargo Shinsaibashi (Osaka)
- 18. GLANSIT Kyoto Kawaramachi (Kyoto)
- 19. Capsule Hotel Hiroshima no Oyado
- 20. Y's CABIN&HOTEL Naha Kokusai Street (Okinawa)
1. The Lodge Moiwa 834 (Hokkaido)
The Lodge Moiwa 834 is perfect for winter sports enthusiasts. Located in front of Hokkaido's "Niseko Moiwa" ski slopes, which boast some of the most splendid powdered snow in the world, the Lodge Moiwa 365 is modeled after a resort hotel. The guest rooms feature a modern design and the size of each capsule is larger than the average size in other establishments. Males and females are separated by room, meaning that the highest levels of comfort are assured. Moreover, one unique feature of this hotel is its shared lounge and restaurant that look out onto beautiful silver ski slopes. The restaurant is leveraged in a variety of ways, offering real Italian food made with local ingredients sourced in Niseko, a casual cafe menu, light breakfasts, and a bar. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the premises and English speaking staff are available.
2. Comicap Sapporo (Hokkaido)
This capsule hotel is located in the center of Hokkaido's Susukino district, one of the three great entertainment districts in Japan. The interior of this capsule hotel features a unified wooden design, and it is also home to more than 30,000 new and old comic books, all available to read for free. Moreover, as well as an all-you-can-drink service for soft drinks and an all-you-can-eat ice cream service, customers are also likely to be pleased that food and drink can be ordered at any time, 24 hours a day. Just imagine the sheer relaxation of sitting with your favorite comic and reading to your heart's content. Wi-Fi is free throughout the premises.
3. Spa Safro (Hokkaido)
Spa Safro combines the features of a capsule hotel with those of an onsen (hot spring) and is located in the Susukino area of Sapporo. The onsen can be used 24 hours a day, and as well as natural communal hot springs suitable for a number of purposes like recovering after a tiring day, Spa Safro offers a range of other experiences like vast open baths, Jacuzzis, and heated natural stone slabs in each sauna. One of the key selling points of this hotel is the convenience of staying on site after enjoying your fill of bathing in a number of different baths. All rooms are separated by sex and therefore you can enjoy your stay in the safest environment possible. There are also a number of other facilities to enjoy, with a massage service, beauty treatments, and a restaurant all available on site.
4. Nine Hours Narita Airport (Chiba)
This hotel is perfectly located adjacent to the second passenger terminal at Narita Airport. In addition to its great location, it has garnered popularity with its stylish, modern and futuristic design. Decidedly minimalist in nature, Nine Hours is separated into male and female areas. You will feel as though you have entered into a Sci-fi movie in the unique and sleek atmosphere created by this hotel. When you check in you will be given a set of clothes to wear in the hotel, a towel, a toothbrush and a pair of slippers. You are also free to use the shampoo provided in the shower booths. Wi-Fi is available in the communal area.
5. Khaosan Tokyo Samurai (Tokyo)
This hotel is located in Asakusa, one of Tokyo's most popular tourist areas. The inside is designed to replicate the type of residence in which a samurai would have lived in days gone by. It is teaming with a traditional Japanese atmosphere and is decorated with folding fans and katana with a basic black motif running throughout. Guest rooms are found from the 1st to 4th floors. They are separated into three areas - deluxe dormitories, standard dormitories, and 6 person dormitories - all of which are mixed-sex. A diverse range of delights can be found in this hotel, such as rooms sparkling with golden designs. There is also a communal living area and a kitchen. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises, as are English speaking staff.
6. Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1 (Tokyo)
This hostel is located in Tokyo's Ueno, a district packed with a number of tourist spots such as Ueno Zoo and the Tokyo National Museum. There is a great variety of different types of accommodation on offer, such as simple cabins and Japanese-style tatami rooms. There are traditional Japanese umbrellas, a small traditional garden, and plum and pine motifs dotted around the hostel, evoking the essence of Japan. There are also a number of communal areas, with a well stocked comic book corner and a large bathing area. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel and there are English, Korean, and Chinese speakers on staff.
7. First Cabin Tsukiji (Tokyo)
This hotel models itself after the first class cabin of an airplane. It is an entirely new type of capsule hotel experience. Guest floors are divided into those for males and females, with a red and black motif throughout creating a relaxed atmosphere. The corridors feature traditional wood block prints known as ukiyoe, giving a distinctly Japanese feeling to the hotel. There are two types of guest accommodation, the comparatively large first class cabin and the compact, yet not too small, business class. Amongst the full suite of amenities on site you will also find a bar. First Cabin is also conveniently located just 1 minute from Tsukiji Station on foot. Free Wi-Fi is provided in guest rooms and English speaking staff are also available at the hotel.
8. Tokyo Ginza BAY HOTEL (Tokyo)
This hotel is located in Ginza, right in the heart of Tokyo. It has a floor reserved for female patrons and is therefore recommended for the solo female traveler. You will find all of the essentials together on each floor, capsules, lockers, showers, toilets, and a lounge, meaning you can enjoy your stay in comfort. The Bay Hotel also garners praise for its traditional Japanese atmosphere. On the first floor, near to the entrance, you will find a hot spring bath designed for soaking your feet. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises and English, Chinese, and Korean speakers are employed on staff.
9. Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower (Tokyo)
This re-imagining of the capsule hotel has been created by a designer hotel brand. While maintaining the economic benefits of a capsule hotel, the Centurion offers a stylish design and enhanced functionality for a superior level of comfort. There are three types of cabins, each offering a modern space infused with traditional Japanese flavor. The standard type of cabin comes with just a bed, while single rooms offer a private space (for females only) and a larger type of room suitable for up to 4 people is also available, with an attached shower and toilet. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises and there are English, Chinese, and Korean speakers on staff.
10. Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya (Female Only) (Tokyo)
The Nadeshiko Hotel is within walkable distance from the famous pedestrian-crossing in Tokyo's Shibuya district. This hotel is exclusively open to female patrons and as such is home to the highest levels of staff service, amenities and hospitality. The design of the hotel is intended to let you experience the traditions and history of a traditional Japan. Customers can relax in lounge areas floored in tatami, and a communal bathing area with a painting of Mt. Fuji on the wall. Patrons are also provided with an original yukata style bathrobe at no extra charge. On the first floor you will find an izakaya (Japanese style pub) with a specially curated selection of sake and a creative menu of culinary delights to enjoy. Each guest room provides access to free Wi-Fi. English speaking staff are available.
11. Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo (Male Only) (Tokyo)
This male-only capsule hotel is replete with a suite of free services. In the lounge bar, an all-you-can-eat curry-rice service is provided at breakfast time. Free non-alcoholic drinks are also offered, as well as a massage chair. Comics and magazines are available to read, for free. The hotel also offers guests craft beers from around the world, a selection of sake and traditional Japanese side dishes, at a fee. The large communal bath features a mist sauna and is available to patrons 24 hours a day. The guest rooms feature mattresses that are used in top-tier luxury hotels, meaning that you are sure to have a perfect night's sleep. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises and English speakers and Chinese speakers are on staff.
12. Akihabara Bay Hotel (Female Only) (Tokyo)
This capsule hotel is located only 3 minutes on foot from Akihabara Station and caters exclusively to female guests. A complete range of services and amenities have been devised with their female clientele in mind. Customers are sure to enjoy their stay in this friendly environment, created with a pastel color motif. Guests' security is also assured, with entry to each floor being granted via a wristband key. Guest rooms are located from floors 2 to 5 with restrooms and showers located on the first floor. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel and English and Chinese speakers are available on staff.
13. Business Inn New City (Kanagawa)
This hotel exclusively caters to male guests. It is home to a number of conceptually designed capsules inspired by a variety of different themes, such as the Warring States Period (1467-1568 CE), ninjas and anime. There are also standard capsules available and "Premium Sleeper Capsules", larger offerings with bespoke bedding for optimum levels of comfort. In addition there is a spa and sauna on site, as well as a comic book corner boasting 25,000 titles. The on-site restaurant offers a comprehensive menu also. Free Wi-Fi is available in communal areas.
14. Gran Customa Isezakicho (Kanagawa)
Gran Customa combines a capsule hotel and an internet cafe. The Isezaki-cho branch is located within 30 minutes of all of the main tourist spots in Yokohama. You may choose to stay in either a private room or a capsule. A large communal bathing area is available 24 hours a day, perfect for healing a tired body. As you would expect, a reliable internet service is provided too, and the bookshelves are lined with 15,000 manga comics, from immortal classics to the latest hits that everyone is talking about. Customers may also peruse a broad selection of magazines, from fashion to gaming. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the premises.
15. TUBE Sq (Aichi)
This hotel is located within the passenger terminal at Chubu Centrair International Airport. Customers here can access the departures and arrivals areas by riding a single escalator. They also offer check-in and check-out services 24 hours a day, convenient for those arriving or departing on a late night or early morning flight. The male and female areas of the hotel are kept entirely separated. Tube Sq. is fully equipped with lockers, toilets, showers and capsules. There are also a number of free amenities. Free Wi-Fi is provided in communal areas. English speakers are available on staff.
16. Capsule Hotel Astil Dotonbori (Osaka)
This hotel lies in the Dotonbori area of the hugely popular tourist city, Osaka. Floors are divided into those for males and females and on the female floor there is a double security system in place for added protection. There are a large number of free services provided at Astil, with standard features such as a 20-inch television and multiple chargers in every capsule, as well as a more premium amenities such as an all-you-can-read e-book service. There is also a "Horror Room" available, a unique concept at this hotel. Replete with a creepy red light and a number of spooky props, this room is very popular with fans of Instagram. Why not spend a night? Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the premises and English, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog speakers are available on staff.
17. Hotel Cargo Shinsaibashi (Osaka)
Hotel Cargo is located in the Shinsaibashi, Honmachi area in central Osaka and is based around the concept of traditional Japan. Guest capsules are designed with a wooden base and a red and gold color pattern, with a motif of typical Japanese plants such as plum and pine. While maintaining a modern design, this hotel doesn't compromise on warmth. The capsules are spacious and each is fitted with a 24-inch television. Moreover, why not let the fatigue of your travels float away in one of the large communal baths with both open air varieties and indoor baths using hot spring water available? Hotel Cargo is equipped with free Wi-Fi throughout and English, Chinese, Korean and Indonesian speakers are employed on staff.
18. GLANSIT Kyoto Kawaramachi (Kyoto)
GLANSIT is located in Shijo Kawaramachi, the most bustling and lively downtown area in Kyoto, itself Japan's most renowned tourist city. Male and female guest rooms are divided by a special security gate. Everything you need for a great night's sleep is provided at his hotel, with original bedclothes developed in consultation with the best science in sleep chemistry, humidifiers and air purifiers. GLANSIT has shower booths and bathrooms available 24 hours a day. Guests can relax with free soft drinks, books and magazines. Guest floors are divided into male and female areas. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel and English speaking staff are available.
19. Capsule Hotel Hiroshima no Oyado
This hotel lies just a 3-minute walk from Hiroshima station, the gateway to Hiroshima City, a city packed with delightful and charming tourist sites. Designed with a wooden motif that gives rise to a feeling of warmth and cleanliness, two types of room are on offer, single and wide. There is also a female only area. Thick and springy mattresses allow patrons to enjoy a great night's sleep and a large LCD television is installed in each capsule. Communal areas include a shower room, coin laundrette and a lounge filled with magazines, all open 24 hours a day. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises.
20. Y's CABIN&HOTEL Naha Kokusai Street (Okinawa)
This capsule hotel is located just 40 meters from Kokusai street, the liveliest area in all of Naha City, Okinawa. Y's Cabin is ideally situated close to the major tourist sites. There are a number of options to suit the needs of all types of visitors to this hotel, with cabin type capsules ideal for the solo traveler, traditional Japanese-style rooms for the whole family or groups of friends, and western-style rooms with twin singles or double beds. There are also a number of communal spaces to relax in, such as large baths, saunas and a lounge. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there are English, Chinese and Korean speakers on staff.
If you plan on traveling to Japan, it might be fun to sample some of the hotels that were introduced in this article and compare the unique features and charms of each.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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