Capsule hotels are a type of lodging facility in which the rooms are shaped like a capsule. They are mainly characterized by their inexpensive rates, but newer hotels are also offering some extra luxuries. There are also hotels that don't fit the mold of usual capsule hotels but rather offer unique rooms. Here we will feature a selection of recommended capsule hotels in Tokyo.
1. FIRST CABIN (Akihabara)
FIRST CABIN, as its name indicates, is a hotel inspired by the first class cabins found in airplanes. Because of this, the facility does not feel cheap despite being a capsule hotel and, while the rooms may feel a little smaller than usual, they are not that different from those that you can find in any other hotel. The facility features a large communal bath and a lounge for women only, which makes it more luxurious than a regular business hotel.
Of course the beds are comfortable, too, as they feature fluffy comforters. If you want a slightly bigger room than the usual, you can choose their first class room (5,900 JPY (incl. tax)), where you will surely be able to relax! This is the perfect hotel to stay at if you are looking to go sightseeing in Akihabara.
It is also nice to note that this hotel has branches in other places within Tokyo besides Akihabara, such as Tsukiji and Haneda Airport, and facilities in Kyoto and Osaka.
*The room in the picture is from the Haneda Airport Hotel.
2. Oak Hostel Cabin (Hakozaki)
Oak Hostel Cabin is a hotel where you can spend the night in a capsule made with reinforced plastic and designed after an airplane's cockpit. The rooms are stacked one on top of each other, which may look a little cramped, but once you are in your capsule, you will be surprised that it does not feel too small at all. However, you will not be able to take a big suitcase into the capsule, so it may be a little hard to get your things in place in the room. You can either put your luggage in a locker or, if it does not fit in them, leave it at the front desk.
The basic color used in the interior of the capsules is beige, which makes them look neat and tidy. Check-in time goes from 3:00 pm to 12:30 am, and they do not accept late check-ins after that. However, the hotel being located in Hakozaki means that it offers easy access to Narita Airport, making it a good place to stay on the day prior to your departure or upon your arrival. Check-out time ends at 11:00 am, which is great if you want to relax in the morning before you leave. The price is 3,500 JPY (incl. tax).
3. Kangaroo Hotel (Sanya)
The Kangaroo Hotel is located in an area offering a variety of cheap hotels called Sanya, which is close to Asakusa. Despite its inexpensive rates, this hotel has received a Good Design Award in 2011, which makes it the perfect place to stay if you are into architecture or design.
The rooms are equipped with TV sets and refrigerators so you may not feel the difference with a regular hotel except for the fact that they are smaller. There are no included amenities such as toothbrushes though, so you will need to bring your own.
In the common space you will find a large map made by the owner and members of the staff, and here you can get some local information regarding good restaurants in the area and seasonal events. If you find a place that you feel like visiting, you can rent a bicycle for 500 JPY (incl. tax) to ride over!
Prices start at 3,600 JPY (incl. tax) for a single room, but the hotel also features loft rooms with capacity for 4 guests at 10,000 JPY (incl. tax). Smokers need to be extra careful here, as the whole hotel has a smoke-free policy.
4. [Men only] Luxury Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Premium Shinjuku Eki-mae (Shinjuku)
While Luxury Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado hotel accepts male guests only, it is especially attractive due to its privileged location, almost directly connected to the train station. As the word "luxury" in its name indicates, the hotel is lovely, and the Shinjuku Eki-mae Branch, with the added "premium" to the name, offers the ultimate stay.
For example, the high-resilience foam mattresses used in all rooms are from Simmons. The uneven texture of the mattress gently wraps around the body to provide a refreshing sleep. In addition, the rooms are equipped with professional grade high-performance filters that keep the air in the capsules flowing to prevent unpleasant smells.
The hotel also features a free drink service round the clock, and complimentary bread between 5:00 am and 12:00 pm. There is a large communal bath available for use 24 hours a day (except during cleaning times). The bath uses artificial hot spring water, which is ideal to recover from tiredness caused by traveling.
The cherry on top is the check-in time: anytime! You can arrive and check-in whenever you feel like doing so. Prices start at 4,980 JPY (incl. tax) per night.
Did you enjoy our selection? Tall people may feel cramped in capsule hotels, but the actual facilities are very well equipped and offer reasonable prices. Think of it as part of the Japanese culture when you decide to give them a shot!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.