Planning a trip to Tokyo but worried about finding a place to stay? If full-scale hotels or boutique options are still out of your budget, fret not! Capsule hotels are an affordable and popular choice that you can find throughout the city, some of which offer top-class facilities for a much smaller price tag. These hotels are generally small in size but located in areas that are convenient for travellers. It would work out well especially if you are a solo traveller or travelling with a buddy. After all that savings on accommodation, you can now splurge a little more on your shopping!
To get you started on your planning, here are 9 affordable capsule hotels to stay at during your next visit. Female travellers, don’t worry as there are also women-only capsule hotels and we’ve even included one in our list! 😁 Otherwise, most capsule hotels usually separate men and women pods on different levels. However, some capsule hotels do have larger or non-capsule options for those travelling with families or in a group.
#HHWT tip: The prices for these capsule hotels are quoted for 1 person per night between 8th – 9th of October 2019. Prices may vary during peak periods, and we recommend checking with the hotel directly for updated prices or offers. All prices are in quoted in USD – the exchange rate at the time of publication is USD100 = SGD135.70/MYR414.15/IDR1,413,610.
1. Ueno Station Hostel Oriental I
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Located just 3 minutes walk from JR Okachimachi station and 5 minutes walk from JR Ueno station, this capsule hotel is definitely accessible for travellers. It is also located close to Ueno Park which would interest Museum goers with both Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Western Art located within the area. The capsule rooms come with a TV, radio and an alarm clock. There is also a luggage locker provided to store your belongings. For those travelling a group/family, this capsule hotel also has non-capsule rooms available 🤗
2. Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel
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Safety is definitely the top priority for this hotel. It has a ladies-only floor and each floor requires an access card for you to enter. The main hotel entrance is also locked at night hence, always have your access card ready all the time. This hotel is located in a very accessible area whereby it is within walking distance to stations like Shimbashi (Ginza Line), Higashi-Ginza (Hibiya Line), Ginza (Marunouchi, Ginza and Hibiya Line), Tsukijishijo (Oedo Line) and finally Shimbashi (JR Line). All the stations are within 5-10 minutes from the hotel by foot.
3. Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel
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A short 200m walk away from the Mitsukoshimae (Ginza and Hanzomon Line), this hotel is definitely easy on the legs after a long sightseeing tour around the city. Do take note that some of the luggage storage areas are small. It usually fits a cabin size bag. If you are travelling with check-in luggage, do check with the hotel if there is space for storage.
4. First Cabin Tsukiji
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Taking on the classes like airlines do, First Cabin Tsukuji has got premium economy, business and first-class cabins lined up for you. The first class cabins even have room for a desk and definitely enough space to do your prayers. It is a little more expensive than the other rooms but there is definitely more comfort in it. First Cabin Tsukiji is ideally located 1-minute walk away from Tsukiji Subway Station. The famous Tsukiji outer market is just 5 minutes walk away from the hotel.
5. Centurion Hotel Cabin Tower
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Centurion Hotel Residential Cabin Tower is located in the heart of Tokyo It is a 3-minute walk from Akasaka Station (Chiyoda Line). It takes about 20 minutes by train to arrive at the Tokyo station. The hotel is also strategically located with easy access to attractions like the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu and more. It’s also near the famous Gyukaku Akasaka restaurant that offers halal Japanese yakiniku – make sure to check out what other halal Japanese food you can find in Tokyo!
6. Nine Hours Shinjuku-North
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One of the top picks for capsule hotels in 2018, Nine Hours Shinjuku-North is located 2 mins away from the Shin-Okubo (Yamanote Line) station. Shinjuku station is only 3 mins by train on the Yamanote line and Shibuya is approximate 10 minutes away on the same train line. Shinjuku Gyoen is a 30-minutes’ walk away from the hotel which would interest travellers. For more places to visit in the Shinjuku area, you can check out our Muslim-friendly Shinjuku guide!
7. Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Premier Tokyo Shinjuku Station
A 2-minute walk from Shinjuku station, Capsule Hotel Anshin Premier Tokyo is definitely one of the most accessible hotels in the area. However, do note that the hotel is an all-male hotel. It is a 10-minute walk to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the popular Robot Restaurant. Shinjuku is a great choice for travellers interested in interacting with friendly locals, shopping and local food. Fun fact, the hotel has an in-house massage treatment for a fee to help you de-stress from a long day of walking. Otherwise, feel free to enjoy the massage chairs in the hotel. For those adventure seekers, buses to Mount Fuji usually depart from the Shinjuku station. Do check out our article on Mount Fuji for more essential tips!
8. MYCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae
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Located 2 minutes by foot from Kuramae Station (Asakusa and Oedo line), this hotel is easily accessible to the main attractions in Tokyo such as the Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa. The Taito area is great for travellers interested in temples and city walks. The Sensoji Temple and Edo Tokyo Museum are a 17-minutes’ walk away from the hotel. It is a hotel that is highly preferred by solo travellers!
Address: 111-0051 Tokyo Prefecture, Taito-Ku, Kuramae 2-6-7, Japan
Contact Number: +81 3-5835-3181
Price: from USD37/night on Agoda
9. Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya
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This hotel is a strictly all-female hotel and as you might have guessed, it is near the shopping district. It is close to both the Shibuya and Harajuku shopping stretch. Although it is located in an area just next to Shibuya, the atmosphere in Shinsen is the total opposite. It is calm and peaceful unlike the hustle and bustle of Shibuya. If you’re wondering what there is to eat nearby while you’re staying here, pay a visit to the Tokyo Camii Mosque that has gorgeous Turkish architecture – and an attached halal supermarket on its premises!
The capsule hotels listed above are just some of the many that are available in Tokyo. Capsule hotels are becoming more popular among solo travellers as it has more privacy as compared to a backpackers hostel. For those adventure seekers who want to explore beyond the city, our 6D5N Muslim-friendly Tokyo day trips itinerary would be perfect for you! We hope that all you would get a chance to try one of these capsule hotels on your next trip 🤗