Unusual Hotels in Tokyo

Unusual Hotels in Tokyo where Imagination becomes Reality

Tokyo – the capital city of Japan, in its heart has always been a melting pot where tradition meets technology and innovation. Being the capital, Tokyo attracts more visitors than any other part of the country and the need for space is always high. So they came up with the idea of tiny hotel space called pods where people could rest. It’s convenient, cheap and easy to maintain all the while catering to the growing need for space to stay. Although pods have been around in Tokyo for quite some time, visitors do get a shock when they have a look at them for the first time at least. Apart from pods, Tokyo also has found a way to engage visitors and travellers by investing ideas into hotel concepts that has given way to some unusual hotels in Tokyo. Ranging from art-deco to traditional to unusual themes, almost all sort of sci-fi, weird, out of the box, anything is possible.

Here’s a list of 13 unusual hotels in Tokyo where imagination gave way to reality.

1. Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel

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If you’re looking for an unique Japanese experience in the heart of the city the best way would be to end up in a pod hotel and there is no better than Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule hotel. The hotel has next to nothing to appeal to visitors other than the novelty of doing something very Japanese. The shared facilities, including a bath and sauna, are clean, and there are lockers for customers’ luggage. The hotel is for men only, expect a few drunken businessmen who have missed their last train home and are looking for somewhere cheap to stay. The pods are tiny at two square meters, but do have a television. A basic restaurant in the hotel also offers cheap snacks and light meals.

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2. Book and Bed Tokyo

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The name of this new unique boutique hotel is a dead giveaway for all the book lovers around the world. A bookstore themed hotel the Book and Bed Tokyo is the ultimate place for travelers who still love the feeling of a book in hand. Surrounded by over 3000 books, this amazing hotel was conceptualised by Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida. This place delivers on its promise of being the best place in Tokyo to sleep while reading a book. To sleep one can choose one of the two size compartments which are basically a private sleeping bay. The hotel does not offer any food options, however a stroll down the lane opens up to a wide array of eating joints.

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3. Andon Ryokan

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The traditional Ryokan with a modern twist results in the brilliant Andon Ryokan. A modern, contemporary & affordable living, the Andon Ryokan is such a spectacular building that it won a prestigious architecture award. The facade is an amalgamation of glass and metal; by nightfall the outer walls are illuminated with the idea to resemble a traditional Japanese lantern. The rooms are spacious but intriguing, compartmentalized by industrial grade metal and glass. Amenities provided such as futons which unrolls and turns into a bed. An antique Japanese artifact alongside modern conceptual metal design lets a glimpse into the future where tradition meets innovation. Activities provided in the hotel such as tea ceremonies, flower-arranging, origami sessions are a big hit with both local and international guests.

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4. Asakusa Hotel & Capsule

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One of the few establishments in Tokyo that offers standard rooms and pods for both men and women Asakusa Hotel & Capsule has made a name for itself. They pride themselves in guaranteeing safe and secure place for people to sleep peacefully. Being located in a part of Tokyo where after sun set it gets really quiet the Asakusa is unequivocally the safest for solo travelers as well. The facilities such as showers, internet, laundry, etc provided in the hotel are shared and can be found on the fourth floor. The rooms and pods are quite affordable for people looking to explore downtown Tokyo. The hotel does not provide any food options but snacks can be purchased and eaten in the common area.

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5. Oedo Onsen Monogatari

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An unusual hotel Oedo Onsen Monogatari is located in the heart of Tokyo that resembles a traditional Japanese countryside hot spring resort. Spacious and plush rooms lie anywhere between futon-only to top-end rooms. Futon only rooms have access to shared hot springs which is located at the top of the hotel whereas the top end rooms catapults one to the height of luxury with open-air baths and saunas. Although it might not be a place where one can find regulars often but it is surely a place for first time visitors to Japan and provides an authentic traditional Japanese experience within the city. The shared foot baths which are available both indoors and outdoors can be accessed without being a guest at the hotel.

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6. Komadori Sanso

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A unique and unusual experience within the city of Tokyo can be experienced by staying at the Komadori Sanso which is a lodge that sits high on the mountains. Reaching this place can be quite a daunting task that involves a three hours of train journey (2 trains), a 20 minute bus ride, a 15 minute cable car ride and finally a 20 minute walk which is totally worth it. Traditionally a mountain shrine, surrounded by spectacular scenery and solitude the accommodation provided is very basic but is extremely peaceful. The lodge is perfect for relaxing, but the real deal is the waterfall endurance takigyo training offered by the shrine – guests learn to meditate as a waterfall thumps down on them. Food provided here is cooked on site and is basic. This place must be on the bucket list for people looking for ultimate peace and tranquility.

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7. Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

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Shinjuku Granbell Hotel was conceptualized and designed to promote up-coming artists from Asia. The ultimate combination of style with creativity can be seen all over the place. The rooms are contemporary and feature decor designed by popular designers and creative artisans. The hotel also hosts an art lounge that exhibits and showcases the work of up-coming artists from all over Asia. The rooftop bar and terrace stays open until the early hours so guests can count on it for late night drinks, casual bites and some amazing views.

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8. I Cafe Akiba Place

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Ever since the economic recession after the insolvency of Lehman Brothers, many people were left unemployed. The last straw before being homeless was round the clock internet cafe that could be found near any train station. The I-Cafe Akiba Place provides customers with a small booth that includes a reclining chair and a computer with internet access and manga comics at a very nominal cost. Shared shower facilities are also available and discount are offered to people who stay for more than a couple of hours. The I-Cafe Akiba Place has all the facilities one would need for the most comfortable and cheapest night’s stay in Tokyo. Snacks can be bought from the store nearby and stay sorted.

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9. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

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Since its opening in early 1980s, the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is inspired by the art-deco of old Hollywood with its surreal Palm Garden Pool and amazing detailing. The rooms with Minnie’s bow-shaped pillows and polka dot bedspreads follow the Disney theme to the T. It offers all the expected amenities for the price, but the real selling point in Japan are the theme rooms, which young adults crave. Peter Pan, Snow White and Alice are among the Disney character rooms guests can stay in. Lucky guests may also get to see a Japanese couple tying the knot in the company of Mickey Mouse. The ever-growing restaurants of Disney World can be found here as well in Chef Mickey’s that serves some delectable food.

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10. Kangaroo Hotel

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If you are looking for a cheap, quirky and laid back budget hotel in Tokyo that is hugely popular with tourists then look no further than the Kangaroo Hotel. Catering to all sort of tourists from families to couples to solo backpackers, they survive due to their popularity as with the rock bottom prices they offer it’s almost impossible to stay in business in Tokyo. The interiors of the hotel is quite quirky with an eclectic mix of old and new world. A few rooms are decked up in traditional Japanese style i.e. with futons and tatami mates; the other rooms can be quite a contrast with trendy exposed concrete walls and white furniture. Located in the neighbourhood of Sanya, every room has TVs, fridges and free internet but bathrooms and showers are shared to keep the cost down.

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11. Hotel Meguro Emperor

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Couples or ‘Love hotels’ where guests can stay through the night or just for a few hours during the day are very common throughout Japan. They range from the fantastical to the surprisingly tasteful and they are often very discreet – many don’t even have a front desk. One of Tokyo’s most famous love hotels, Hotel Meguro Emperor opened in 1973 and at the time was the Cadillac of love hotels. Designed by the famous architect Yasuhisa Kurosaka, it was a monument to 1970s kitsch, and its fairy tale castle exterior became something of a tourist attraction. The hotel is still going strong today and inside you’ll find 30 themed rooms some containing gondolas, playground slides and a huge variety of novelty beds.

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12. Khaosan Tokyo Ninja Guesthouse

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The Khaosan Tokyo Ninja guesthouse is a popular modern hostel located very close to Bakurocho station. A perfect example of a good value for money accommodation is a rarity in an expensive city like Tokyo but they surely do not dissapoint. With a very happy and positive vibe the hostel is filled with funky decor and hosts regular parties which makes it lively and popular among travelers. The cabin rooms are small but designed in an innovative way that has a  very cozy feeling. Facilities such as bathrooms and showers are shared to keep the overall cost down. However, upgrading to a deluxe cabin at this hotel gives you a little extra personal space. There are vending machines on site that is stocked everyday.

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13. Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

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A short walk from Shinjuku train station, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is a modern high-rise hotel that houses a quirky Godzilla statue. Beautiful, bright, compact rooms feature flat-screen TVs, desks and free Wi-Fi along with seating areas with sofas. The hotel boasts of having the best and scenic city view. Being a contemporary hotel there’s room service available. The hotel has a casual Italian restaurant, as well as a coffee shop with a terrace.

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21 Comments

  • Ryan Biddulph August 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Godzilla! Now that is darn cool Ozzy. I was a huge Godzilla fan as a kid. I also love those sleeping capsules. My wife taught English in Hiroshima nearly a decade ago and deemed the place Wonderfully Weird. I cannot wait to visit.

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    • Ozzy August 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Hey Ryan, I have been a sci-fi fan since I was a kid. Japan as a country has always fascinated me and even I can’t wait to go and check the Wonderfully Weird things myself.

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  • Anne Slater-Brooks August 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I get claustrophobic so I cant bear the thought of a capsule hotel. However I LOVE books and that idea is too damn cool¬

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    • Ozzy August 31, 2017 at 5:55 am

      Book & Bed is probably one of the best places in Tokyo. Capsule hotels are like first class section on long haul flights without the service though.

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  • Claudia August 31, 2017 at 2:37 am

    I had never heard of Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel or any capsule hotel for that matter. Only 2 sq meters is pretty tight but I guess it works for those who have missed a flight

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    • Ozzy August 31, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Hey Claudia, capsule hotels are quite popular in Japan due to space constraints. I agree its tight but it does have its benefits as well – its cheap and does not require too much upkeep.

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  • Megan Jerrard August 31, 2017 at 5:20 am

    I’ve always wanted to stay in a capsule hotel ever since I heard about the concept on TV – it’s definitely a very different type of accommodation than I’m used to, but I’m not claustrophobic, so it might be fun to give it a go … at least for a night anyway! Thanks for the tips on where to stay – Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel might be a starting base 🙂

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    • Ozzy August 31, 2017 at 5:59 am

      Hey Megan, the capsule hotels and sleeping pods are quite innovative in space management. Who knew that people only need 2 sq mt of personal space to themselves. 🙂

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  • Candy August 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I’m from Japan, so it’s always interesting to me that people want to experience the capsule hotels. I would never think to stay in one since it was meant for salary-men (business men) and not for tourists. If my Japanese family found out I stayed in one, they would think I was being strange and silly 🙂 I love ryokans and never heard of the Andon Ryokan. I like the modern twist so this one I want to stay at!

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    • Ozzy September 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Hey Candy, I totally agree with you on the origins of the capsule hotels. However, things are looking up as there are a few female only hotels as well. My personal view – Tokyo is quite expensive so a cheap accommodation would be ideal as the only time a traveller spends indoors is to sleep. Would love to hear from you about more unique places in Japan. Cheers 🙂

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  • Mel Butler August 31, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    What cool looking funcky hostels and hotels these are. Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel reminds me of the movie the 5th element and Book and Bed Tokyo I love. I would definitely be keen for Shinjuku Granbell Hotel very nice

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    • Ozzy September 1, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Well since you mentioned ‘5th element’, it does feel like that future hotels would have lesser space. Book & Bed Tokyo is the ultimate place to chill for a book lover. Shinjuku Granbell is an awesome choice for a stay. 😉

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  • Paige W August 31, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    These are awesome option for funky Tokyo accommodation! I would love to stay in a The Guesthouse and the Book and Bed. But I have to say that the one I’m really oddly intrigued by is the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku! It looks so cool and I loved Godzilla when I was a kid!

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    • Ozzy September 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Godzilla theme is just one of the many themed accommodation options in Tokyo,Japan. There are many themed hotels in Japan as a whole. I will put up a post regarding the same in near future. Watch this space 🙂
      Cheers

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  • Iuliana Marchian August 31, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve heard about capsule hotels in Japan but I don’t know if I’d be able to sleep in there. They look cool but I am sincerely wondering how you breath in such a capsule? Is their fresh air or only AC?

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    • Ozzy September 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      They are indeed extremely cool in a weird way. But to answer your question – most of them only has air-conditioning (ventilation is paramount) as majority of the occupants are overnight guests who are looking for a cheap place to sleep. Some of the more sophisticated ones such as the Ninja guest house has well maintained ventilation.

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  • Sandy N Vyjay September 1, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This is a really very interesting curation of hotels with a difference. I knew Japan was famous for its unique cafes and restaurants but was not aware of their unique hotels. Each one in the list has its own character and definitely something to experience.

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    • Ozzy September 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Sandy N Vyjay! Each of these hotels are unique in their own way. Cheers 🙂

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  • Izzy September 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Book and Bed Tokyo has been on my bucket list for this whole year! I love the concept of part capsule hotel, part library. I had no idea there were over 3,000 titles stored in this hotel! That’s just wild! Also bookmarking that Onsen resort hotel. So cool!

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    • Ozzy September 2, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Hey Izzy, Boon & Bed has been on my list ever since I came to know about it. Onsen Monogatari does make the concept of country side in the city a possibility. Cheers

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