Nakagin Capsule Tower monthly apartment interior

Tokyo’s famous capsule apartments now take month-long reservations from foreign travelers

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

As one of the densest and most vibrant urban centers on the planet, Tokyo has way too many interesting sites to cram into a short visit. So if you’re a traveler who really wants to immerse yourself in Japan’s city of cities, you’ll want to start looking at ways to stretch your accommodation budget to allow a longer stay.

You could book a room in one of Japan’s capsule hotels, but an even cooler option is to get yourself a furnished yet affordable one-month capsule apartment, and one with a fantastic location to use as a base to explore the capital.


The Nakagin Capsule Tower was designed by celebrated Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, and while its exterior look has transitioned from “cutting-edge modern” to “alternate-world retro sci-fi,” it still remains one of Tokyo’s most unique buildings. Standing not far from the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens and the waters of Tokyo Bay, the building is also conveniently close to Shimbashi Station, one of the city’s most convenient rail hubs, and within walking distance of the fashionable Ginza district.

The building previously offered a select number of rooms as single-night Airbnb options, and though those are no longer available, travelers can now stay in capsule apartments on a monthly basis. All come furnished with a single bed, desk, chair, and shelves, provided by popular Japanese furniture brand Mujirushi, as well as heating/air conditioning. Shared shower facilities are also provided.

Renting a long-term apartment in Japan involves hefty fees including security deposits and “key money,” but since the Nakagin Capsule Tower Building’s monthly rooms are oriented towards travelers, no such charges are involved. Instead, guests pay a flat fee of 120,000 yen (US$1,070), which works out to roughly 4,000 yen a night, making the capsule apartments much more affordable than a standard hotel room while providing far more privacy and security than a capsule hotel or dormitory-style hostel.

Reservations can be made between now and Oct 31 for the next batch of available rooms, usable until Dec 21, with reservations for the next block (usable from Dec 22 to Jan 21) open on Dec 1. Interested travelers are asked to contact the Nakagin Capsule Tower Building at the email address listed below.

Monthly apartment information

Nakagin Capsule Tower Building / 中銀カプセルタワー

Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo0ku, Ginza 8-16-10



Sources: PR Times, Nakagin Capsule Tower Building

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I wonder whether the walls are thick enough so guests won't hear their neighbors snoring or farting.

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This is an iconic building in the field of modern architecture and would have huge protected status overseas. The capsules are modular and actually removable.

My guess is that most people wanting to stay here are architecture students/practitioners or architecture geeks. I can see this being booked out months in advance.

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I can't help wondering if this is just a way to get round the minpaku/airbnb regulations.

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After staying in that small a room for a month I’d need another holiday.....

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