The Best Capsule Hotels in Tokyo, Japan

Capsule hotels provide private, budget-friendly accommodation options
Capsule hotels provide private, budget-friendly accommodation options | Courtesy of Nine Hours Asakusa / Expedia
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Osaka Hub Writer19 March 2021

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.

Resol Poshtel Tokyo Asakusa

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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

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Nine Hours Shinjuku
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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

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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

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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

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Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado
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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.

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  • Samurai Hostel Asakusa

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    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

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    Book and Bed
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    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

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    The Millennials Shibuya
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    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.

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

    These recommendations were updated on March 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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