Tokyo Capsule Hotel Experience

A real life capsule to sleep in. Cool!
This is one of the most “ONLY in JAPAN” experiences possible — staying in a capsule hotel in a Japanese city. It’s cheap and convenient but why do people actually stay here? Is it … you know … big enough?
In this episode, John Daub and Masahito Kawahata head to the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Kabukicho to find out.
It’s located very close to Shinjuku Golden Gai.

shinjuku kuyakushomae capsule hotel

Price: 4500 yen / night
* however there are many online coupons so definitely get one and stay almost half price!
Check in time is 4pm
Check out time in 10am
You are required to check out every day even if you have a reservation. There is a place for you to leave luggage so you don’t have to take everything with you.

capsule hotel lobby

Check in and get your key. The number on it is both for you locker and your capsule.
You can also use it to pay for food in the restaurant. Pay the bill at checkout.
In the locker are your pyjamas / jimbei.

capsule hotel check in

Capsule and key!





Walking to your capsule is like walking through the morgue!
It’s pretty cool.

















capsule floor

The capsule dimension: 2 meters long, 1 meter wide and 1 meter high (2m x 1m x 1m)
It’s about the size of a twin sized bed.

Inside you have a power outlet, TV, radio, alarm, and usually wifi (often free!)

Stay in a capsule hotel in Shinjuku Tokyo on the cheap. Japan's most unique ONLY in JAPAN experience.
Stay in a capsule hotel in Shinjuku Tokyo on the cheap. Japan’s most unique ONLY in JAPAN experience.


It’s like sleeping in a spaceship — sort of.


Here’s what you find at the capsule hotel:
Restaurant (Open 18:00~24:00)

capsule hotel restaurant

Community Room
Vending machines

Laundry machines
Fast and free WIFI
English speaking staff
Women’s only floor
Japanese-style bath and sauna
Close to Shinjuku Station, bars, Golden Gai and Robot Restaurant

It's about the size of a twin size bed. Two people? It's not comfortable.
It’s about the size of a twin size bed. Two people? It’s not comfortable.

Google Map:

Thank you PIRATES OF TOKYO BAY for the support!
POTB is a comedy group in Tokyo performing in English and you can catch their performances in the city.
Masahito Kawahata is one of their talented bilingual comedians.
Check out their website for locations and times:


This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 16 years and regularly reports on a TV show for Japan’s International Channel.



Creator and Producer 「ONLY in JAPAN」
President of Weblish Media Ltd.
Reporter for NHK World "Tokyo Eye"

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