The Best Capsule Hotels in Tokyo

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If you’ve ever seen images of Tokyo, you’ve probably assumed it’s a crazy city with its scramble crossing, animal cafes and people who dress up in the park. Let me tell you, there’s no city like it and it’s one of my favourite places in the world. For whatever reason, many travellers falsely assume that Japan is an expensive place to visit. I’ve always found it to be a reasonable country to visit and hotels area easily more affordable compared to other countries in the world such as New York or London.

When people think of Tokyo accommodations, they think of capsule hotels in Tokyo. What is a capsule hotel? Also known as a pod hotel, a capsule hotel provides tiny rooms ‘capsules’ or ‘pods’ for guests to stay in and shared bathrooms and showers. They offer a limited number of amenities but are sometimes more affordable than hotels. The concept of capsule hotels started in Japan but you can now find them all over the world.

To help you find the best capsule hotels in Tokyo, I’ve created this list of ten properties located across the city’s most central neighbourhoods. Remember, Tokyo is a popular travel destination, so I recommend that you try to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. With that in mind, here are the top capsule hotels in Tokyo.

Be sure to check out my other guides on Japan including, How much does it cost to go to Japan?Is a JR Pass worth it?How to spend one week in JapanFood in Japan to try, and How to ride the Raku bus in Kyoto.

I’ve also covered the best hostels, apartments, and hotels in Tokyo if you want to compare properties. Now let’s get to the best capsule hotels in Tokyo.

best capsule hotels in tokyo - Millennials Shibuya

The Millennials Shibuya

The Millennials Shibuya just might be the best capsule hotel in Tokyo. Guests love this Tokyo pod hotel for its cleanliness, amenities, location, and atmosphere. It’s a popular pick, especially for solo travellers and backpackers. The Millennials Shibuya capsule hotel has mixed pod rooms and female-only pod rooms. For an additional cost, guests can also get a pod room with TV. The Millennials Shibuya is one of the top-rated capsule hotels in Tokyo and books up fast, so book your stay well in advance! Closest metro station: Shibuya Station (6-minute walk).

best capsule hotels in tokyo - Nine Hours Shinjuku North

Nine Hours Shinjuku North

Another great pick for a capsule hotel in Tokyo is Nine Hours Shinjuku North. It’s a short, two-minute walk from JR Shin-Okubo Station and a five-minute walk from many great restaurant options. Capsules in this Toyko Capsule hotel are heated and air conditioned, and there are lockers available for guest’s personal use. It’s also one of the most affordable capsule hotels in Tokyo.

best capsule hotels in tokyo - Global Cabin Tokyo Suidobashi

Global Cabin Tokyo Suidobashi

Guests at Global Cabin Tokyo Suidobashi love this Tokyo capsule hotel because the capsules are in small rooms that come with a desk that gives it a cabin feel. Global Cabin Tokyo Suidobashi is very modern and clean. The shared bathroom has individual showers and a communal artificial onsen, You’ll also get a bunch of amenities from toothbrushes to shaving cream and has a buffet breakfast. This Japanese pod hotel is only a one-minute walk from Suidobashi JR station making it convenient for travellers who are looking to explore Tokyo.

best pod hotels in tokyo - Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel

Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel

A relatively new pod hotel in Japan, Nihonbashi Muromachi Bay Hotel started in 2016. The capsules all have their own power unit, and some have small televisions. Toiletries are available for use in the bathroom, and each guest gets a personal toothbrush, towel, and slippers to use during their stay. This Tokyo capsule hotel is a four-minute walk from Shin-Nihombashi and Mitsukoshumae subway stations. There are several dining options in the area as well.

bests pod hotels in tokyo - Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel

Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel

Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel is top rated for its friendly staff and cleanliness. This capsule hotel in Toyko caters to male and female guests, but have separate floors for each to add a little more privacy and comfort. There is a small convenience store and a few vending machines on the property, plus a number of restaurants in the neighbourhood. Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel is an 8-minute walk from JR Shinbashi Station, or a 6-minute walk from Shinbashi Station.

female only capsule hotel - Centurion Ladies Hostel Ueno Park

Centurion Ladies Hostel Ueno Park (Women only)

If you are looking for a female only capsule hotel in Tokyo, then try the Centurion Ladies Hostel Ueno Park. The great location, friendly staff, and comfortable atmosphere make it a favourite for solo female travellers in Tokyo. There are a number of different capsule options including single capsule, superior capsule, and double bed capsule. There are also free toiletries including shampoo, body wash, and conditioner. This female-only Tokyo pod hotel is a favourite during cherry blossom season as one of the main parks for viewing them, Ueno Park, is only 50m from the property.

Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo (Male Only)

Male only pod hotels are also an option in Tokyo, and one of the best choices is Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo. This Tokyo capsule hotel has some awesome amenities including a hot spring bath, personal headphones in each capsule, complimentary Japanese style breakfast, an onsite restaurant, and a lounge which includes massage chairs. This capsule hotel feels more like a spa for men and the on-site bar rivals any drinking hole you’ll find in Tokyo. Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Ogikubo is a four-minute walk from JR Ogikubi Station.

best capsule hotels in tokyo - First Cabin Shinbshi Atagoyma

First Cabin Shinbashi Atagoyama

This cool, stylish Tokyo capsule hotel is a favourite among solo travellers to the city. Only a five-minute walk from Onarimon Station, it’s in a central location and offers easy access to explore Tokyo. First Cabin Shinbashi Atagoyama capsules offer a power outlet, storage space, and hangers.  What’s most appealing is that this pod hotel only does not have stacked capsules so you’ll have much more headspace. The shared bathrooms all have free toiletries and towels are provided to each guest. There is also an on-site café and bar offering breakfast in the morning and alcoholic drinks at night.

best capsule hotels in tokyo - MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kurame

MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae

MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae opened in June of 2016 and has been a popular pick for capsule hotels in Tokyo ever since. It’s a two-minute walk from Kuramae station, making it easy to use as a base to explore the city. There is a shared lounge for guests to meet and relax, as well as an on-site restaurant. The capsules are basic but spacious, clean and functional. There is a free daily breakfast buffet that has plenty of food options. The bathrooms are shared, but there are individual showers and even tubs available.

Hotel Owl Tokyo Nippori

This newly opened Tokyo Hotel offers a variety of different room options including capsules. Each capsule has a luggage storage area, electric sockets, and a reading light. Hotel Owl Tokyo Nippori is just a short five-minute walk from JR and Keisei Nippori Stations. The hotel also has a restaurant just around the corner that serves bento and sushi. It’s one of the top-rated properties in this part of Tokyo.

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi

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