The neighbourhood of Ota may not be one of Tokyo’s most famous or fashionable suburbs, but it has a lot going for it. It’s close to Haneda Airport and nicely nestled between Yokohama and Tokyo.
Concerning local culture, Ota is a little offbeat, but that’s a large part of its charm. Typically used as a stopover spot for those travelling to or from Haneda Airport, Japan’s main domestic airport, it’s home to plenty of unique attractions, like the Godzilla Onsen and ‘weird hotel’. Nonetheless, it has some excellent accommodation options. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Ota.
Nine Hours Kamata
Nine Hours Kamata | Courtesy of Nine Hours Kamata/Hotels.com
A very modern concept, Nine Hours Kamata is part capsule hotel, part remote office, part rest stop. It’s an ingenious answer to the city’s desperate demand for space. Catching an early morning flight from Haneda? Just arrived and missed the last train or just want to sleep somewhere cheap? Nine Hours Kamata should be your first choice in the Ota-ku area. Beds are available for naps and overnight stays, and private desks can be rented by the hour.
Located just 10 minutes from Haneda Airport by train on the Keikyu Airport Line, the Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo West Wing is an excellent choice for those planning an early morning or late-night flight. Although it is close to the airport, its stylish, youthful design is not what you’d expect from a commuting hotel. In the relaxed, open light-filled communal space is a dining area; however, if you’d rather explore all the culinary offerings of the city, there are many restaurants and bars nearby.
For a little taste of history in one of the most futuristic cities in the world, Samurai House Yukimura should be on your must-stay list. This samurai-obsessed accommodation option combines traditional Japanese-style design – think tatami mats and shoji paper screens – with all the comforts you’d expect from a much more modern hotel. Samurai House also offers free bike rental for those looking to explore the area in a little more depth. Although it might be a little on the tackier side, it is definitely one of the more unique choices you’ll find in Ota.
If comfort, convenience and budget are your three main priorities, then APA Hotel Kamataeki-Higashi is your best choice. The Japanese-style business hotel is located just a four-minute walk from JR Kamata and Keikyu Kamata stations, while Haneda International Airport is a 10-minute train ride from Keikyu Kamata Station. The hotel features spacious rooms best suited to solo travellers and couples. Prices are fairly cheap for a hotel of this calibre in Tokyo.
The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda’s lobby is literally situated on the doorstep of the departure floor of Haneda Airport, making it an excellent option for those passing through. On-site you’ll also find a business centre and a bar, as well as a currency exchange counter and dry cleaning services, perfect for business travellers. If you’re looking to explore the city in a little more depth, Shinagawa Station is just an 11-minute ride away by the Airport Rapid Limited Express train.
Henn na Hotel Tokyo Haneda | Courtesy of Henn na Hotel Tokyo Haneda/Hotels.com
Henn in Japanese translates to ‘weird’ – thus the English name of this hotel, Henn na Hotel, literally means ‘weird hotel’ – which is precisely what it is. It looks pretty normal from the outside, but don’t let that fool you. Expect an animatronic concierge, robotic dinosaur staff, faux-volcanoes on full display, and quirky little surprises tucked behind every corner. While not the first choice for luxury or budget travellers (the price sits somewhere in the middle), it is very niche. Plus, given that it was the world’s first robot hotel, it’s worthy of a little respect. Just appreciate it for what it is – weird and a whole lot of fun.
As mentioned, one of the main reasons visitors choose to stay in Ota is its close proximity to Haneda Airport, and Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu is possibly the closest you can get. Located in Haneda Airport’s Terminal 2, the hotel is central, elegant, spacious and quiet – basically, everything you crave after a journey on a long-haul flight. If you’re looking to pack a lot into your time here, the airport is a 35-minute train ride from Yokohama station, a 30-minute train to Shinjuku station and 50 minutes by airport bus to Tokyo Disneyland.
For a more self-contained choice in a neighbourhood of hotels, Universal Haneda is your best option. This complex of accommodation offerings features spacious units each equipped with their own open kitchen and a scenic terrace. If you’re looking for something that’s close to the airport but also connected to the city’s many attractions, the hotel is located close to the historic Kawasaki Daishi temple and Shinagawa Aquarium and 10 minutes from the airport by car.