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Top 12 Capsule Hotels in Japan

Few things scream Japanese culture quite like a capsule hotel. Fusing a budget-friendly midpoint between a cheap yet functional hotel and a hostel, a capsule hotel offers all of the socializing with a little more privacy. You’ll spot these capsule hotels, mostly located around different things to do in Tokyo and its surrounding neighborhoods, where space is tight and room prices remain high.

A brilliant option for travelers exploring the country on a shoestring budget, these hotels tend to have individual rooms as well as larger communal spaces. Some have spas, restaurants, and balconies while others are a little more on the basic side. Either way, they all deliver the main thing: a good sleep each night before you head out to explore more of the country and culture the following day.

The Millennials Shibuya Neon-lit communal area with games and cozy spots
Credit: Neon-lit communal area with games and cozy spots by The Millennials Shibuya

The Millennials Shibuya

The Millennials Shibuya takes the notion of a traditional capsule hotel and converts it into something far more modern, yet still available at a budget-friendly price. This trendy Japanese hotel calls itself “the edge of the future” and comes with everything you need for a comfortable, functional stay in a walkable neighborhood. Sure, the pods themselves might be small. But throughout the rest of the hotel, you’ll find large, spacious communal areas with everything from working booths and lengthy tables to oversized sofas and unusual lighting. The Millennials also comes with other perks, too, like free beer every day during the daily happy hour, free breakfast, and free coffee on a 24-hour basis. Its young-person culture ensures you’ll almost definitely make friends while you’re here.

Key Amenities:

  • Large, spacious communal areas

  • Located in a walkable area of town

  • Daily happy hour with free beer and 24-hour free coffee

  • Complimentary breakfast included

Book and Bed Tokyo Book-filled room with capsules dotted throughout
Credit: Book-filled room with capsules dotted throughout by Book and Bed Tokyo

Book and Bed Tokyo

Book and Bed Tokyo is undoubtedly one of Japan’s coolest hotels. As its name suggests, there’s an ongoing book theme throughout this hotel, with each capsule separated by a bookshelf and extra books dotted all around. Fusing together a hostel-like vibe with everything traditional capsule hotels are known for, Book and Bed is located in Shinjuku – Tokyo’s entertainment district – and comes with a bar, a lounge, a snack bar and deli, and a coffee shop. You’ll never get hungry or bored while staying here. Want the look of Book and Bed, but fancy a bit more space? Along with the capsules, there are also standard size bedrooms. Sure, they come at a higher cost than booking just a pod, but they also come with that little extra space you may be missing.

Key Amenities:

  • Every capsule is separated by a bookshelf

  • Bar, lounge, snack bar, deli, and coffee shop on-site

  • Option to book a standard-size bedroom or a capsule

do-c Ebisu Orange toned capsules in a central corridor
Credit: Orange toned capsules in a central corridor by do-c Ebisu

do-c Ebisu

do-c Ebisu is based in the heart of Tokyo, which means adventures are never too far away and you’re only ever a few steps from collapsing into bed at the end of each day exploring here. This capsule hotel comes with all of the essentials and a little more, including free WIFI throughout. Each compact room comes with free towels and even free pajamas, making it a great option for a budget-friendly stay when you’re looking to travel light. But the best thing about do-c Ebisu is its free spa, with a Finnish-style ‘loyly’ sauna and showers that you’re free to use as much as you like throughout your stay. Shibuya Center Town is only a 20-minute walk from the capsule hotel, so you’re always close to the action.

Key Amenities:

  • Amazing location in the heart of Tokyo

  • Free towels and pajamas included with your stay

  • Unlimited access to the spa with a Finnish-style ‘loyly’ sauna and showers

nine hours Akasaka sleep lab Dark toned walls with light shining through
Credit: Dark toned walls with light shining through by nine hours Akasaka sleep lab

nine hours Akasaka sleep lab

You’ll spot nine hours Akasaka sleep lab long before you’ve reached its front doors thanks to its unique architecture and blocky design. As its name suggests, this capsule hotel is designed purely for sleeping in, but, rest assured, you’ll always get a good night’s sleep here. As one of the most popular capsule hotels in Tokyo, it’s well-designed for tourists and compresses a lot of amenities into a small space. Each room comes with air conditioning and you can enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning. Rooms have a shared bathroom with a shower, slippers, and a hairdryer, and you can even select a pod with a sleep report you receive in the morning. The hotel is also close to popular attractions like Okamura Chair Museum, Sanpun-zaka Monument, and Tokyu Plaza Akasaka.

Key Amenities:

  • Air conditioning in every room

  • Free continental breakfast included

  • Option to book a pod with a sleep report

Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya Spacious capsules with Japanese art on the walls
Credit: Spacious capsules with Japanese art on the walls by Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya

Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya

Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya is a female-only capsule hotel, making it great for solo travelers or those looking for a little safety reassurance overnight. This may be a capsule hotel, but it’s a little larger than your average, with air conditioning and a wardrobe in each pod. There’s also a communal hot tub if you’re looking to relax at the hotel without feeling squashed up inside your own individual pod. Check into Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya if you’re looking to stay close to the center without paying a fortune, as you’re within easy-to-reach top attractions in Japan like Shibuya Mark City, Nabeshima Shoto Park, and Kamimeguro Hikawa Shrine. Japanese slippers, yukata pajamas, and a gift bag of amenities are just some of the extra touches you’ll receive while staying here.

Key Amenities:

  • Air conditioning and wardrobe in every pod

  • Japanese slippers, yukata pajamas, and a gift bag of amenities included

  • Access to the communal hot tub

First Cabin Atagoyama Inside view of individual capsules with beds and pull-down shutters
Credit: Inside view of individual capsules with beds and pull-down shutters by First Cabin Shinbashi Atagoyama

First Cabin Atagoyama

First Cabin Atagoyama calls itself a capsule hotel, but its rooms would probably be better described as “smaller than a hotel but bigger than a capsule” if you were to recommend it to a friend. The bonus? Its price tag is closer to the capsule hotel end of the spectrum, while its amenities are more similar to a traditional hotel. If you’re visiting this region of Tokyo, it’s a great spot to set up camp while you’re there. First Cabin is just a five-minute walk from Onarimon Station on the Mita Line, so you’re centrally located for exploring during the daytime. Each capsule comes with its standard bed along with a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, free toiletries, and a towel. Outside of the pods, you’ll find a lounge, an on-site cafe and bar, a public bath, and shower booths.

Key Amenities:

  • Central location within walking distance of Onarimon Station and the Mita Line

  • Hotel-like amenities, including a standard-size bed and a flat-screen TV

  • Access to the lounge, on-site cafe and bar, and bath and shower booths

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara Interior view of capsules with blue lighting and soft yellow tones inside
Credit: Interior view of capsules with blue lighting and soft yellow tones inside by Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Akihabara is a men-only capsule hotel, which is something to keep in mind if you’re planning a visit. Based within 100 yards of Nikkei Hall and 200 yards of Yamada Denki LABI Akihabara, it’s hard to beat this budget-friendly spot if you’re looking for somewhere comfortable to crash for a night and want to save a few dollars at the same time. While it’s functional, it still includes everything you need for a good night’s sleep, like comfortable beds, AC, individual TVs, free WiFi, and a hairdryer. Outside, there’s a shared bathroom and a spacious communal area for reconvening with your friends in the morning to plan your next day of unique adventures in Japan together.

Key Amenities:

  • Men-only capsule hotel at budget-friendly prices

  • Air conditioning and a TV in every pod

  • Location just 100 yards from Nikkei Hall and 200 yards from Yamada Denki LABI Akihabara

Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1 Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1
Credit: Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1 by centurion-hotel.com

Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1

Ueno Station Hostel Oriental 1 hits the midpoint between a capsule hotel and a hostel, providing a backpacker-friendly spot with individual pods in shared bedrooms that are ideal for anyone traveling on a budget. Set just a five-minute walk from JR Ueno Station and a three-minute walk from JR Okachimachi Station, you’re within easy access to exploring wider Tokyo without having to travel far. This artistic hotel is also handily only a 10-minute walk to Ueno Park, where you can visit the Ueno Zoo, the Tokyo National Museum, and the National Museum of Western Art. At the hostel, you’ll find free property-wide WiFi and hot tubs to use during your stay. There are no cooking facilities here other than a microwave, but you’re free to bring your own food – saving a little extra money along the way.

Key Amenities:

  • Prime location near two metro stations

  • Within walking distance of Ueno Park

  • Access to property-wide WiFi, a microwave, and hot tubs

Manga Art Hotel Communal outdoors terrace with Manga comics
Credit: Communal outdoors terrace with Manga comics by Manga Art Hotel

Manga Art Hotel

Manga Art Hotel might just be Japan’s coolest hotel, even if it is on the smaller size. While many capsule hotels in this country may keep things neutral with the decor, Manga Art Hotel goes all out with manga comics on almost every surface. This seriously popular capsule hotel squeezes a lot of information into a small space and is a must-visit for manga fans all over the world. The entire hotel has a futuristic theme with dark metal panels and neon lighting throughout. Each pod comes with a widely-approved comfy bed, slippers, pajamas, and an electrical outlet. You’re also surrounded by manga comics if you’re looking to kick back with a new read after a long day of exploring the city. This one-of-a-kind stay is Japanese culture at its best.

Key Amenities:

  • Manga comics on nearly every surface

  • Comfy bed, slippers, pajamas, and electrical outlet in every pod

  • Access to manga comics throughout your stay

The Global Hotel Tokyo Tree-lined entrance to capsule hotel
Credit: Tree-lined entrance to capsule hotel by The Global Hotel Tokyo

The Global Hotel Tokyo

The Global Hotel Tokyo comes with a range of different pods depending on your ideal comfort levels. If you’re looking for just the basics, you’ll get a cozy bed, free WiFi, free earplugs, and well-stocked bathrooms. If you’re looking for a little more, you can stay in a capsule with its own TV. But the best part about this capsule hotel is its great location, situated in the Shinjuku Ward district with plenty of the city’s best sights within easy walking distance. The pods here are also renowned for being on the larger side, which means you’re free to spread out each night without feeling cramped. If you do find yourself needing a little more air, head upstairs to the rooftop garden that promises beautiful skyline views of the city.

Key Amenities:

  • Excellent location within walking distance of the best sights in the city

  • Extra spacious pods with a range of pod options that include free earplugs, WiFi, and televisions

  • Rooftop garden with skyline views of Tokyo

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel Stately, off-white spa area inside capsule hotel
Credit: Stately, off-white spa area inside capsule hotel by Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel

Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel

If you’re someone who struggles with waking up on time – accentuated by the lack of natural light in a lot of capsule hotels – you’ll love Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel. Perfectly located right in the center of Tokyo, this capsule hotel has a private TV and alarm clock in every room. The unique capsule rooms at Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel are placed side-by-side in the large common area with communal bathrooms and toilets just nearby. There’s free WiFi throughout the hotel and a sauna to enjoy during your stay. The nature of these small pods also means they’re freshly cleaned daily, so you’ll always come back to fresh sheets if you’re checking in for more than one night. Better yet, some of the capsules are split into individual male and female rooms.

Key Amenities:

  • Capsule split into male and female rooms

  • Private TV and alarm clock in every room

  • Large common area with communal bathrooms and toilets

  • Access to a sauna during your stay

Spa & Capsule Hotel Grandpark Inn Kitasenju Dark red, well lit capsules with differing room sizes
Credit: Dark red, well lit capsules with differing room sizes by Spa & Capsule Hotel Grandpark Inn Kitasenju

Spa & Capsule Hotel Grandpark Inn Kitasenju

“Spa & Capsule Hotel” may not be two words you’d traditionally associate in one place, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at this capsule hotel: Grandpark Inn Kitasenju. Each pod here comes with unusual lighting, adding a futuristic touch to this hotel that you’ll remember long after you’ve checked out. As well as the individual capsules, you’ll find a bar, a restaurant, a sauna, and a public bath at the property. There’s also the relaxation room which features sofas, Japanese comics, and internet PCs to keep you entertained. Traveling light? You’ll be provided with toiletries like a toothbrush, razor, and other hair products free of charge when you check in. When you’re ready to move on the next day, you’re only a two-minute walk away from the nearest station.

Key Amenities:

  • Bar, restaurant, sauna, and public bath on the property

  • Access to a relaxation room with sofas, comics, and PCs

  • Complimentary toiletries included in your stay

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