The 5 coolest capsule hotels in Japan


Capsule hotels are a budget-conscious traveler’s lifesaver when it comes to lodging in Japan. The dorm rooms with rows of beds stacked closely together have everything a real hotel does, at a much cheaper price.

For the uninitiated, capsule hotels feature pods just big enough for one person to sleep in, rather than full-sized rooms. Showers and toilets are shared with the whole floor.

Some old school capsules can feel like sleeping in a coffin with only a curtain to give you privacy from other guests. These days though, many new scale, trendy capsules are available to accommodate millennial travelers.

Even for those not looking to skimp on cash, staying in a capsule is one of those “Japan experiences” that you have to try at least once.

Here are 5 of the coolest capsule hotels in Japan.

The Millennials

Artsy, but not pretentious. Photo: Global Agents

This high-tech and super artsy capsule chain gives users an iPod to control their bed position, temperature, and lights. Need a wake-up call? Just set an alarm on the iPod, and it will raise your bed slowly, alerting you gently without annoying the other guests.

Local artists were enlisted to cover the walls of the comfy pods with eccentric masterpieces, giving them a young and hip feel. Enjoy the breakfast buffet, communal working space, and free draft beer from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every night.

  • Locations: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka
  • Average Price: ¥8000 a night depending on the day
  • Amenities: Free Wi-fi, on-site restaurant (Fukuoka location), free beer (only between 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

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8000 yen a night to sleep in a horizontal broom closet???No thanks!

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Stayed at the Millenials for 8 days in March, I loved it so much! It ended up being cheaper, somewhere around 5200 yen a night. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re a solo traveller.

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There's a 9Hours next to Shin-Osaka Station and it's only about 2,000 yen (not 6,000 yen listed in the article).

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