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11 Coolest Accommodations in Tokyo

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:

 

1. Robot Hotel by Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo-Bay

Robot Hotel by Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo-Bay

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.

  • Location: 5-3-20 Fujimi, Chiba Prefecture, Urayasu-shi, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Tokyo Disney Resort, Ikspiari Shopping Mall
  • Check the latest Robot Hotel by Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo-Bay rates here
  • How to get there: From Tokyo station, take the Keiyo Line or Musashino Line to Maihama Station (20 minutes), the closest station to the hotel.  You can also take the Aiport Limousine Bus going to Tokyo Disneyland. 

 

2. HOSHINOYA Tokyo

HOSHINOYA Tokyo

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.

  • Location: 1-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Marunouchi Oazo
  • Check the latest HOSHINOYA Tokyo rates here
  • How to get there: The most convenient way is to take the Airport Limousine Bus at Narita and Haneda airports, which will take you straight to the hotel. By train, it’s a 10-minute walk from the Marunouchi North Exit of Tokyo Station.

 

3. Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka

Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka

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!

  • Location: 2-26-1 Kitaa-Otsuka, Toshima, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street, Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
  • Check the latest Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka rates here
  • How to get there: The hotel is a one-minute walk from Otsuka Station via the JR Yamanote Line or the Toei Arakawa Line. It’s a one-hour train ride from both Narita and Haneda airports. 

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4. ARTIST HOTEL – BnA HOTEL Koenji

ARTIST HOTEL

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!

  • Location: 2-4-7 Koenjikita, Suginami, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Nakano Sun Mall
  • Check the latest ARTIST HOTEL – BnA HOTEL Koenji rates here
  • How to get there: The hotel is near the north exit of Koenji Station. It can be accessed via the JR Chuo Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, and JR Chuo-Sobu Line.

 

5. Andon Ryokan

Andon Ryokan Tokyo

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.

  • Location: 2-34-10 Nihonzutsumi, Taito, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Hanayashiki Amusement Park
  • Check the latest Andon Ryokan rates here
  • How to get there: Take the Tokyo Metro to Minowa Station via the Hibiya Line. Get out at Exit 3. The hotel is a five-minute walk from there. You can also take a 15-minute cab or bus ride from Nippori Station. 

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6. Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge

Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge

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.

  • Location: 2-14-13 Kuramae, Taito, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Kyu Yasuda Teien Garden, Jakotsuyu Public Bath
  • Check the latest Nui. Hostel and Bar Lounge rates here
  • How to get there: Take the metro to Kuramae Station via the Asakusa Line (Exit A2) or Oedo Line (Exit A7). From there, the hotel is a short walk away, standing right in front of a firehouse.

 

7. Book and Bed Asakusa – Hostel

Book and Bed Asakusa

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.

  • Location: 2-16-9 6F, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Asakusa, Taito
  • Nearby Attractions: Nakamise Shopping Street, Jakotsuyu Public Bath
  • Check the latest Book and Bed Asakusa – Hostel rates here
  • How to get there: The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from A sakusa Station (Exit 2). From Narita and Haneda airports, it’s a 40- to 60-minute train ride via the Narita Sky Access Line Direct or Keikyu Airport Line, respectively.

 

8. First Cabin Akasaka

First Cabin Akasaka Room

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.

  • Location: 3-13-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Nearby Attractions: Akasaka Biz Tower, National Diet Building
  • Check the latest First Cabin Akasaka rates here
  • How to get there: Take the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line to Asakasa Station and then get out at Exit 2. From there, you can walk to the hotel, which is approximately one minute away.

 

9. Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

Hotel Gracery ShinjukuImage Credit: savvytokyo.com

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.

  • Location: 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
  • Nearby Attractions: Hanazono Shrine, NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building
  • Check the latest Hotel Gracery Shinjuku rates here
  • How to get there: The easiest route to take is with the Aiport Limousine Bus that will take you straight to Shinjuku Station. From there, it’s a 15-minute walk. You can also take the train to JR Shinjuku Station or Seibu Shinjuku Station where you can walk to the hotel in around three to five minutes.

 

10. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel

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.

  • Location: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Shinjuku West Exit Camera Town, NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building
  • Check the latest Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo rates here
  • How to get there: There’s an Airport Limousine Bus that takes you straight to the hotel. You can also take the train to Tochōmae Station or Shinjuku Station. From there, you’ll be able to reach the hotel on foot in a few minutes.

 

11. Train Hostel HOKUTOSEI

Train Hostel HOKUTOSEI

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.

Love to sleep and travel? Hop aboard this amazing hostel!

  • Location: 10-5 Shinsen, Meguro, Kanto
  • Nearby Attractions: Kokugikan Sumo Stadium, Jakotsuyu Public Bath
  • Check the latest Train Hostel HOKUTOSEI rates here
  • How to get there: Take the JR Sobu Line to Bakorucho Station (Exit 4). The hotel is directly connected to the train station.

 

Want to experience other one-of-a-kind stays? Check out other Tokyo hotels for a unique Japanese experience.

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