Capsule hotels are a quirky, not to mention affordable, type of accommodation whenever you are in Japan, whether it’s for business or pleasure. These small, compact hotels were first introduced in Osaka in the 1970s, and were originally geared towards businessmen, particularly male patrons. Today, there are capsule hotels that are exclusively for men, for women or even co-ed.
Capsule hotels are an embodiment of Japan’s minimalist and modest way of living. You are given a bed in a “capsule” or a “pod” and offers the bare necessities like a power outlet, WiFi and sometimes a small shelf or TV.
1. Book and Bed Tokyo
This one is for the books.
True enough, a stay inside this library and capsule hotel promises an exquisite experience. At this hotel, you can literally sleep directly behind a bookshelf! While you’re there, browse from the thousands of books available and we promise that you might not even want to leave your hotel!
This capsule hotel is equipped with all the basic amenities, like free WiFi, a dial locker and a dryer. Apart from its Tokyo branch, it can also be found in Kyoto and Fukuoka.
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Kyoto: 9F Kamogawa Building, 200, Nakanocho-Nishiiru Higashiyama-ku Kyoto, Japan 605-0075
Tokyo: 1-17-7, Lumiere buillding 7th floor, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo, Japan 171-0021
Fukuoka: FUKUOKA NEW PARCO 6th Floor, 2 Chome 11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 810-0001
2. MyCube by MyStays
This capsule hotel has been reviewed by travellers as being best for budget solo backpackers. The building has an on-site restaurant and a 24-hour front desk service and is within walking distance to many tourist attractions in the city. The capsule itself is very spacious with extra shelves that can even fit your luggage. It offers cleaning and courier services and is equipped with a laundry room, vending machines and fax and copier machines
Address: 2-6-7 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0051 Japan
3. 9h ninehours
ninehours is one of the most interesting capsule hotels in Japan, offering a unique and futuristic experience. Its capsules are called “pods” that look straight out of a sci-fi movie. What’s special about ninehours is that allows its patrons to book the facilities for short time periods for a nap or a quick shower.
Situated across Japan, ninehours has 55 branches, and promises the same consistent service and facilities.
Kyoto: 588 Teianmaeno-cho, Shijyo, Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8031 Japan
Narita: Narita International Airport Terminal 2, 1-1 Furugome, Narita-City, Chiba 282-0004 Japan
Sendai: 2-2-8, Kokubuncho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-Shi, Miyagi 980-0803 Japan
Shinjuku-North: nine hours Shinjuku-North bldg. 3F-8F 1-4-15 Hyakunincho,Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo 169-0073 Japan
4. The Prime Pod Ginza & Kyoto
At first glance, The Prime Pod capsule hotel looks like your ordinary luxurious Western hotel. Be treated to a good night’s sleep after a whole day of sightseeing in their spacious pods, equipped with premium Serta mattresses – one of the top-grossing mattresses in the US.
Ginza, Tokyo: Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 Ginza 5 -chome -13 Ginza Duplex Tower 5/13 building 13 floors
Kyoto: Felicita Sanjyokiyamachi Bldg, 9th floor, 90 Nakajima-cho, Sanjyodori Kawaramachi Higashiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604 – 8004
5. Tokyo Nihonbashi Bay Hotel
Tokyo Nihonbashi Bay Hotel is a co-ed capsule hotel, which has designated women-only floors. It prides itself in the level of security it promises patrons, with every floor entrance having its own auto lock system. Unlike some capsule hotels, Tokyo Nihonbashi Bay has its shower rooms on the same floor as your capsules.
Bay Hotel also has other branches in Ginza, Ariake, Muromachi, Akihabara and Tamachi, so you can expect a luxurious capsule hotel experience in any part of Tokyo.
Address: 3-8-13 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 103-0027
6. Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya (Tokyo)
Nadeshiko is a chic capsule hotel exclusively for women. If you are a tourist looking to experience something new, this capsule hotel offers kimono rentals so you can dress up in the Japanese traditional costume while exploring the streets of Shibuya. It offers both the modern feel of capsule hotels and also a very traditional Japanese aesthetic with its tatami mats and other traditional decor.
- Address: 10-5 Shinsen-cho Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0045
7. First Cabin Hotel Tsukiji
Ever wondered what it feels like to fly First Class? First Cabin Hotel in Tsukiji offers a first class experience with its unique and spacious capsules. This co-ed hotel is a 5-minute walk from the nearest station and promises comfort and security for all its patrons.
Image credit: booking.com
Address: 〒104-0045 2-11-10, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
8. Capsule Ryokan Kyoto
One of the best things about Capsule Ryokan is its little secret from Kyoto: tatami mats! Just like most of the capsules in Japan, this one has high-speed internet, too!
Address: 204 Tsuchihashicho, Shimogyo-ku
The next time you head to Japan, opt for a truly Japanese experience and stay at one of these amazing capsule hotels. Not only does it promise an interesting stay, capsule hotels are also incredibly affordable.
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