Japan is known as the land of the peculiar. With its unique traditions, unusual attractions, and sometimes downright bizarre products and services that only exist in their country, there are so many things that make it stand out from any destination.
Being different is a good thing and in the case of Japan, it just adds to its charm even more. So if you’re the type to try new things or want to fully experience Japan’s quirky culture, check out our list of cool hotels in Tokyo:
Into cyberpunk and hi-tech robots? Henn na Hotel in Maihama has the first fully-operational robot staff certified by the Guinness World Records. From the moment you enter the lobby, you’ll be welcomed by dinosaur robots who will assist you upon check-in. How cool is that?
The hotel is also within walking distance from Maihama Station, which is the closest station to Tokyo Disney Resort.
Notable for honoring the traditional Japanese Inn called ryokan, HOSHINOYA Tokyo offers an authentic Japanese experience in the middle of the city. The property has modern guest rooms with a traditional touch, and you’ll be awe-inspired by the design and experiences offered here.
Make sure to try their spa services and indoor hot springs on the top floor, which lets you bathe under Tokyo’s sky.
It may look like your typical hotel at first glance, but the uniqueness of this property lies in its guest rooms and their impressive, modern architectural design.
It follows the typical Japanese apartment design, down to its compact furniture, like pull-out bunk beds and revolving staircases that turn into changing rooms. The hotel also offers great tour activities for you and your companions to enjoy!
Perfect for art junkies, this hotel has amazing themed-rooms designed by various contemporary Japanese artists. The place will make you feel as if you’re sleeping within an art exhibition. The best part? Part of the profits from your stay will go to the artist who designed the room.
Go and support Japanese contemporary artists and experience a stay like no other!
A great place to stay if you want to experience authentic Japanese culture. This hotel offers traditional guest bedrooms, lovely antique furnishings, as well as ready-made stay plans and itineraries for you to enjoy throughout the duration of your stay.
Andon Ryokan also considers hospitality as one of its best qualities. Its helpful staff assists and updates its guests on the newest and best sights to visit in Tokyo. The place is traditional and perfect for travelers looking for a taste of what an authentic Japanese stay will feel like.
Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge has the right accommodation for you. But what makes it unique?
It’s the design and architecture. The lounge and its guest bedrooms sport an industrial look. The cement walls and wooden furnishings give it a cozy ambiance.
Calling all bookworms! Have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a library? In Tokyo, you can definitely make that dream a reality!
Book and Bed Asakusa Tokyo is a bookshop slash hostel that does not offer the most luxurious sleeping quarters but has fantastic nooks perfect for light and heavy reading. It’s a reader’s haven, so prepare to stay up late, curled in bed with a good book.
Much like a capsule hotel, First Cabin Akasaka offers compartmented spaces with a bed and basic facilities. It’s designed in such a way that it feels like you’re sleeping in an airplane cabin! This is a place where you can almost literally fly to your dreams.
The hotel has First and Business class cabins that can be booked for short stays (two hours minimum) and overnight stays.
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If you’re a sci-fi geek or a big fan of the movie Godzilla, boy will you have a ball here!
Want to sleep in a room with a giant monster looking in through your window? At Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, you’ll be able to see the King of Monsters peeking through your curtains with the massive Godzilla head on their roof deck.
The property is also one of the finer stays in Tokyo and is located at the heart of Shinjuku district, surrounded by various entertainment and shopping spots.
Everyone knows Hello Kitty, Sanrio’s iconic character made famous worldwide. If you can’t get enough of her, book a stay at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, which is a kawaii lover’s dream hotel because of their adorable Hello Kitty-themed rooms.
The rooms come in two types 1. Princess Kitty (for a princess-like atmosphere) and 2. Kitty Town (for pop-art feels). Whichever room you choose, you’ll be able to fully experience the world of Hello Kitty from the room interior design down to the amenities.
What’s unique about this hotel is that it’s designed like a little express train, with bunk beds and dormitory rooms imitating train berths.
A bit of history: The hotel is a tribute to the very popular Hokutosei train, Japan’s first travel sleeper train that ended operations in 2015. After inheriting some of its beds and equipment, this property converted into an accommodation facility.
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