Shinjuku is Tokyo’s most famous neighbourhood, a glittery commercial and entertainment district brimming with bars, clubs, shops and more. Whether looking for a quick place to crash after a wild night out or a cheap but clean place to stay while in the city, staying at a capsule hotel is a tough choice to beat. Here are the best capsule hotels in Shinjuku.
This upscale capsule hotel is within walking distance of Shinjuku Station, Shinjuku Isetan shopping center and the eclectic nightlife area Golden Gai. Anshin Oyado is a safe and tightly-run hotel with English-speaking staff and Japanese-style amenities. Guests change into slippers upon entering and have access to shared bathing facilities. The free Wi-Fi is exceptional. Every convenience is available here, so you’ll hardly even notice it’s a capsule hotel at all!
See another side of Shinjuku at this sleek capsule hotel. Located just one stop from Shinjuku Station in Shin Okubo, Tokyo’s vibrant Korea Town, The Global Hotel Tokyo is surrounded by the food, music and culture of Japan’s neighbour. It’s also only a short walk away from the attractions Shinjuku is famous for! A rooftop terrace, desk space and laundry facilities are among the selection of amenities offered at this stylish hotel.
Nine hours is an ultra-modern capsule hotel also located in the Shin Okubo area of Shinjuku. This futuristic hotel evokes a spaceship thanks to the electronic check-in procedures and the brightly lit pods used for sleeping. The common area offers a wonderful view of downtown Shinjuku and has plenty of space for guests to work and relax. The front desk is open 24 hours, so you can easily book one of the 200-plus pods any time of the day or night.
Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 is located right in the heart of Kabukicho. From the outside, it greatly resembles the love hotels that populate the area. The interior is retro but very clean; the highlight is definitely the large shared bath and sauna. If the novelty of staying in a hotel geared more towards business professionals than tourists appeals to you, this is the place to go.
Capsule Hotel Transit Shinjuku is also located in Kabukicho. This cute, colourful hotel is an exceptionally friendly place to stay. Use of the hotel’s comic-book corner, Nintendo Switch, VR machines and other entertainment facilities is included in the price of your stay. Free Wi-Fi is also available, and guests can rent a pocket Wi-Fi from the 24-hour front desk.
Another Kabukicho capsule hotel, the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae has large, comfortable beds and a café for guests to use. Plus, many of the staff speak English. It has capsules for both men and women, but the bath and sauna are for men only. The bathing area is styled like an ornate Grecian bath, marble statues and all, making it the highlight of this hotel.
Tokyo’s Book and Bed became such a viral sensation that there is now a whole chain of the hotels around Japan. The space is part library and part hostel; guests actually sleep in small, cozy capsules located behind the venue’s bookshelves. Book and Bed Tokyo Shinjuku, located only a few minutes’ walk from Shinjuku Station, is gorgeous and enthralling, with tomes of many genres and languages lining almost every surface.