The Best Capsule Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

Once thought of as a novelty, modern capsule hotels provide private, cosy, budget-friendly stays
Once thought of as a novelty, modern capsule hotels provide private, cosy, budget-friendly stays | Courtesy of Nine Hours Asakusa / Expedia

Osaka Hub Writer

Convenience is a virtue in Japan, and capsule hotels offer just that. Tiny pods suitable for budget travellers and tipsy salarymen is what a hotel can be when it’s stripped back to the essential elements. However, the rule of ‘essentialism’ doesn’t always mean basic, as some of these capsule hotels in Tokyo prove – book your stay with Culture Trip.

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Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa

Capsule Hotel

A white-sheeted bed with blossom ceiling design at Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa
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Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa proves that capsule hotels are no longer just human-sized shelves where you can catch a few budget winks, or cosy cubbyholes for workers who missed the last train home. This well-positioned facility combines hostel-style ambience with Japanese features, such as the tatami-mat-floored communal areas and mist-drenched Mt Fuji feature wall. The cosy pods are simple but cover the bases with double-layered curtains for better sound insulation so that you can sleep easy.

Nine Hours Shinjuku-North

Capsule Hotel

Nine Hours is a modern capsule hotel with a space shuttle design. The front desk is open 24 hours, so you can book a pod day or night. And the name is based on the idea that business travellers spend an average of nine hours at their hotel, but you can stay as long as you’d like. Your booking also comes with a towel, shampoo, conditioner and a toothbrush.

Nine Hours Asakusa

Capsule Hotel

Brightly lit capsules with one guest at Nine Hours Asakusa
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With Muji-esque minimalist design throughout the communal area, with concrete finishes and Scandinavian cafe chain Fuglen taking over the main floor, Nine Hours Asakusa is the capsule hotel for the style-conscious traveller. The rooms are a throwback to the retro charm of Japan’s old pod hotels, with clean white interiors and rounded square windows. When it’s time to retreat to your pod, you can easily find the “room” number illuminated on the floor.

Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya

Capsule Hotel, Hotel

Ten capsules with Japanese art in the background at Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya
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Nadeshiko is a women-only capsule hotel experience. It has a bar, a tatami-covered common room, a gorgeous shared bath area with Japanese art and decor, and a large laundry facility. When it comes time for grabbing something to eat, the hotel is within walking distance of many dining options. Nadeshiko is about 10 minutes from Shibuya station.

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku

Capsule Hotel

A bedroom at Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado, with capsule beds with cushions, TVs and lights, steps and handrails
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The atmosphere at this upscale men-only capsule hotel is luxurious and calm, inspired by Balinese retreats. It’s safe and organised with friendly English-speaking staff and Japanese-style amenities. Your stay starts with a complimentary green tea, and you can continue the relaxation with a soak in a jetted bath or by booking a massage.

Samurai Hostel Asakusa

Capsule Hotel

Modern capsules with towel racks and phone chargers at Samurai Hostel Asakusa
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Samurai Hostel Asakusa is a capsule-style hostel in one of the most historic districts in Tokyo. It has award-winning facilities, such as private and shared capsules. The on-site restaurant provides traditional Japanese meals that include both halal and vegan options, and the rooftop terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Tokyo Skytree.

Book and Bed Tokyo Shinjuku

Capsule Hotel, Hostel

Book and Bed was once a viral sensation with avid readers and style gurus admiring the books that line almost every surface of this novel hotel. It’s part library and part hostel; you actually sleep in small, cosy capsules located behind bookshelves. A pod comes with a hanger, slippers and a locker, or you could upgrade to the superior room for more privacy and space.

The Millennials Shibuya

Capsule Hotel, Hotel

A woman sitting on a bed in a capsule hotel room, with colourful artwork on the surrounding walls, at the Millennials Shibuya
Courtesy of The Millennials Shibuya / Expedia

The Millennials is an innovative and trendy capsule concept combining the community vibe of a hostel with the private feel of a traditional capsule hotel. It’s chic and clean, and every facet of the design is artistic yet functional. Highlights include under-bed storage, a communal fridge and a 24-hour business centre. It’s also just a three-minute walk from the Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest road crossing.

Want to splash the cash on some opulent accommodation? Book one of the best luxury hotels in Tokyo now, or the best hotels in Shibuya, Tokyo. For those inclined to save their yen, discover the best cheap hotels in Tokyo, now bookable via Culture Trip. You’ll get far more room in one of the best hotels in Tokyo or one of these places to stay in Ebisu, if you’re looking for more than a few square metres.

Alicia Joy and Lucy Dayman contributed additional reporting to this article.

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