Capsule Hotels originated in Japan and have gained popularity around the world as an affordable option predominately for solo travelers, but is enjoyable for a variety of tourists. Capsule hotels in Tokyo offer a large number of extremely small rooms, referred to as capsules or pods. These small rooms are simple, neat and provide guests with low-cost overnight accommodation while covering basic necessities. Tokyo capsule hotel prices range just as the size of the pod varies. Most will offer essential amenities while some have more deluxe accommodation and products. Capsule rooms provide an economical option similar to hostels but provide the privacy of a hotel room. Take your pick of some of the best capsule hotels in Tokyo for your upcoming trip.
9 Hours Capsule Hotel
9 Hours stems from the concept of resetting your day and using time wisely and in a balanced way. One of the best capsule hotels in Tokyo, it is based on the assumption that you sleep for approximately 7 hours, and use 1 hour before and after sleep for rest and grooming, 9 Hours is intended to serve travelers as a home base for efficient rest and relaxation, in comparison to the busy hustle and bustle of the city. Targeted to all types of travelers including those on business trips or budget-friendly vacations, 9 Hours is very accommodating. 9 Hours’ philosophy is based on creating contentment in “a short stay in an urban setting”. Pods are simple, elegant, clean and surprisingly spacious. It is worth noting that the floors are separated by gender, so if you are traveling with a significant other you may not be able to sleep in adjacent pods. Guests can store belongings in lockers and can make use of pajamas, slippers, and toothbrushes all provided by 9 Hours and enjoy high-speed wifi and a common lobby area.
169-0073 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku, Hyakunin Cho 1-4-15, Japan
ENAKA Asakusa Central Capsule Hostel
One of the best capsule hotels in Tokyo where spacious capsules have comfortable beds, a small wardrobe within the pod as well as luggage locks inside, compared to lockers outside the capsule. ENAKA Asakusa Central Hostel offers guests a simple yet complete experience. You are greeted upon arrival into this Tokyo capsule hostel by friendly staff and are also given a small locker if needed, towels, linens, and slippers for the duration of the day as well as shower amenities such as soap, shampoo and hair dryer. The decor is a combination of modern minimalism mixed with traditional elements and feels bright upon entry. ENAKA Asakusa capsule hostel offers a lift making it easy to transport luggage inside as well as a common area for guests to socialize, including a rooftop terrace with an impressive view. ENAKA is a convenient 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station and also part of the direct express train from Haneda Airport. In the surrounding area of the hostel be sure to check out shopping and culture on exciting Nakamise-Dori street filled with many shops or visit the nearby Sensoji temple or Tokyo Skytree.
111-0032 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-Ku Asakusa 1-29-9, Japan
Millennials Capsule Hotel Shibuya
As the name suggests, Millennials Shibuya is a great space for young travelers as this Tokyo capsule hotel boasts spacious common areas which host a happy hour for guests offering free beer between 17:30-18:30 daily. The decor is modern, fresh and the vibe is felt instantly upon arrival into the hotel which is thoughtfully designed. Pods are roomy, bright and some are colorfully and artfully decorated within the small space. The double beds are plush and can be controlled with an iPod Touch device which is inside the pod and serve to also control your lights, fan, and entry into the building. One of the most popular capsule hotels in Tokyo, it feels modern and suits its namesake, appealing to younger travelers, but also suited to all types of travelers. Millennials Shibuya is very centrally located in the center of Tokyo just about 5 minutes from Shibuya Crossing. Many restaurants and shops surround the hotel making it easy for guests to go out and explore. The common area also offers a hip and user friendly co-working space for those who need to catch up on a bit of work or on business trips.
1-20-13 Jinnan, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
Hotel do-c Ebisu
The do-c Ebisu capsule hotel in Tokyo offers a Finnish-style “loyly’ sauna-service and boasts the concept of “sauna+sleep” for their overall guest experience. Conveniently located near the Ebisu Garden Place, the do-c Ebisu is fresh, modern and minimalist showcasing simplistic wood decor throughout reminiscent of a Finnish spa. Pods are basic but offer clean, simple accommodation that is comfortable and affordable. Guests are provided with shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, pajamas and bath towels are able to purchase slippers and robes for the spa. Spa facilities offer sauna steam and cold baths intended to promote circulation and revitalize health. The optimal time to visit the spa is before you go to bed to ensure a good night’s rest. Vending machines in the common space are the only food option within the hotel, but it is easy to head out in the neighborhood to get a bite to eat. A quick twenty-minute walk will get you to the Shibuya Center Town, the Shibuya Ward is filled with restaurants and shops.
1-8-1 Ebisu, Shibuya 150-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel Ginza
Conveniently situated amid upscale shopping and eating near the heart of Ginza and close to public transportation near the Tokyo Central railway station, the Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel, one of Tokyo’s best capsule hotels is welcoming and warm. After you are greeted by the friendly front desk staff you can place your bags and belongings into a series of lockers where you will also find a towel and shower amenities for your stay. Capsules are roomy, comfortable and bright and nearby bathroom facilities are shared. Touches of traditional Japanese design are felt throughout the premises which also has a modern feel. 24-hour reception along with good wifi, this hotel also offers guests free breakfast in the morning along with shared common areas to relax and hang out when not inside the capsule. This is an adult only hotel, children are not permitted to stay in the capsules.
2 Chome-4-7 Nihonbashi-honcho, Chūō, Tokyo 103-0023, Japan
Anshin Oyado Capsule Hotel
As you step into the Anshin Oyado capsule hotel you will feel a sense of calm amid the Bali imported and inspired decor. Capsules are spacious, slightly larger than the average capsule and include an LCD screen and high-quality headphones, plugs and offer shared bathroom facilities. The hotel offers a hot spring where guests can sit and relax. The facility is built from Helston maifan stone to create an indoor hot spring which is vitamin-rich and full of minerals beneficial to health. Travelers can enjoy time relaxing in the hot spring before bed, and leave feeling refreshed and clean. In the hot springs, guests can also retrieve bathroom amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, towels, razors, and deodorant. The Anshin Oyado offers extras such as a free massage chairs, free soft drinks, free breakfast and an extensive collection of manga. These extra details make it obvious why Anshin Oyado is one of the best capsule hotels in Tokyo, conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Shinjuku Station.
4-2-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Tokyo Ginza Bay Capsule Hotel
Another one of Tokyo’s best capsule hotels can be found right near the East Ginza Station and Shimbashi station. The Tokyo Ginza Hotel is conveniently accessible and within walking distance to transportation and major sightseeing points in Tokyo including Ginza shopping district and the Tsukiji Fish Market (now at new location as Toyosu Fish Market). This capsule hotel in Tokyo has a floor which is designed for women only that offers a Japanese style lounge referred to as a “wa” creating ambiance and calm. Women guests on this floor also have access to their own bathroom facilities and lockers. Pods are clean, minimal and comfortable and guests can also enjoy extra amenities such as wifi, snacks and a foot bath – the perfect way to relax and calm tired feet after long days of exploring the surrounding areas. The hotel is bright with plenty of natural light in the shared spaces and smart lighting throughout the building making the whole space feel luminous.
7-13-15 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
PRIME POD GINZA
This elegant and well-designed capsule hotel is intentionally crafted using function and space to create a unique ambiance. Directly accessible from both Haneda and Narita airports, the Prime Pod Ginza hotel is a quick walk from Higashi-Ginza station. The capsule hotel is also in close proximity to nearby cafes and shops as well as the Kabuki theatre. The capsules feel roomy and offer comfortable and clean beds. Guests are provided with earplugs, slippers, pajamas and a toothbrush all intended to contribute to a restful sleep. Luggage is stored in a holding room where you will be asked to change into your slippers before entering the pod area. A lounge area on the top floor showcases an impressive city view and is the perfect place to unwind with a drink or snack while relaxing after a day of sightseeing in Tokyo. Connect with other travelers in the lounge area as well and learn quickly why Prime Pod Ginza is one of the best capsule hotels in Tokyo.
5-13-19 Ginza | 13F Duplex Ginza Tower, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture