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[2018] Indoor "Camping" and More! 5 Spots to Stay in Tokyo That Aren't Hotels

[2018] Indoor "Camping" and More! 5 Spots to Stay in Tokyo That Aren't Hotels

Update: 19 October 2018

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics coming up soon, the number of travelers to Japan is continually increasing. With an increase in travelers comes a rise in demand for accommodation as well, but did you know that there are other options than hotels? From the more obvious capsule hotels and hostels to 24-hour internet cafes or baths, you can enjoy your time without going over your budget. In this article, we are going to tell you some of the places you can use to stay other than hotels.

Tsutaya Book Apartment - Calm, Luxe Indoor Camping in the middle of Shinjuku

Tsutaya Book Apartment - Calm, Luxe Indoor Camping in the middle of Shinjuku
5th Floor: Camping Floor

Just a minute walk from the JR Shinjuku Station’s east exit or Shinjuku Sanchome Station’s A5 exit, Tsutaya Book Apartment is in an ideal location for ease of access. On the 5th floor, you can browse through Japanese books and manga (Japanese comics) while relaxing in their camp-themed space. There are even a Starbucks and a Family Mart (a popular convenience store in Japan) in the same building for you to satisfy your hunger and thirst during your stay.

6th Floor: Women-Only Floor
6th Floor: Women-Only Floor Powder Room

There are optional private booths for rent as well so you can utilize their 6-hour or 12-hour packages to sleep the night away in a bookstore! Other options available for a small fee include rental pajamas, shower room use, and use of the women-only floor.

5th/6th Floors: Booth Area

In order to use their services, you will either need Tsutaya’s T-Point card or fill out a form with your name, age, birthday, address, and phone number along with a passport or other form of ID. Although they don’t currently have English forms, don’t fret because the staff speak English and they will gladly help you fill it out.

Usage Costs (tax not incl.)
-Standard Use Fee: 500 yen/hr
-6 hour package: 2,800 yen/6 hours (1-time use of shower included)
-12 hour package: 5,500 yen/12 hours (1-time use of shower included)
Additional Option Costs
-Women-Only Floor: 1-time charge of 100 yen
-Private Booth: 1-time charge of 500 yen
-Pajama Rental: 1,000 yen
-Shower Use: 500 yen per use
Other Services:
Free Wifi

  • Tsutaya Book Apartment
    TSUTAYA BOOK APARTMENT(ツタヤ ブック アパートメント)
    • Address Shinjuku Minimu-building 4-6F, 3-26-14, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 1600022, Japan

    Business Hours: 24/7
    Closed Days: None

Nagomi Style Cafe Akiba- Bask in the Kyoto Atmosphere Without Ever Leaving Tokyo

Nagomi Style Cafe Akiba- Bask in the Kyoto Atmosphere Without Ever Leaving Tokyo

You’ll find Nagomi Style Cafe Akiba near Akihabara Station as well as just outside the No. 4 exit of Suehirocho Station. This cafe is designed to have a Kyoto feel so it’s perfect for those who didn’t have the time or money to fit Kyoto into their Japan trip.
After passing through the entrance decorated with stone pavement and traditional Japanese umbrellas, you’ll be greeted by young female staff dressed in traditional kimono or hakama garbs. Instructions are given in English and Chinese so you can rest assured that you fully understand the services you are receiving.

There are more than 25,000 Japanese manga and magazines inside the store as well as personal booths for you to relax in. There are enough booths to fit 66 customers into the building at one time with 1-person booths, up to 6-person booths, and even luxury rooms for your enjoyment. There are 6-hour and 12-hour packages and you can use their shower as well which encourages a lot of people to use these facilities as a hotel.

In order for foreign tourists to make use of the computer internet service, they will need a passport. However, there are booths without computer use that have Wi-Fi access that are available without a passport. There is not only an area with unlimited free beverages, but you can also leave and come back anytime if you’d like to bring outside food into your booth. There are even Japanese priests clothes available for rental that you can use as pajamas. For only 500 yen you can even store your luggage for up to 12 hours which is a steal considering the Akihabara location.

Usage Costs
-Standard Rates (Weekdays): 300 yen for the first 30 mins and 140 yen/15 mins thereafter
-Standard Rates (Weekends): 320 yen for the first 30 mins and 160 yen/15 mins thereafter
-Standard Rates (Peak Season): 340 yen for the first 30 mins and 170 yen/15 mins thereafter
-6 hour package (Weekdays): 1,980 yen
-8 hour package (Weekdays): 2,400 yen
-10 hour package (Weekdays): 2,800 yen
-12 hour package (Weekdays): 3,400 yen

*For weekend or peak season prices, please refer to their website.

  • Nagomi Style Cafe Akiba
    和 style.cafe AKIBA
    • Address Sakai Suehiro building B1, 6-14-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan

    Business Hours: 24/7
    Closed Days: None

℃ Ebisu- Reach the Deepest Levels of Relaxation in This Finnish-style Sauna and Capsule Hotel.

℃ Ebisu- Reach the Deepest Levels of Relaxation in This Finnish-style Sauna and Capsule Hotel.

From the west exit of Ebisu Station, head under the underpass and turn right at the St. Marc Cafe (Choco Cro) and you will find ℃ Ebisu. Here you can rest your tired body in a Finnish-style sauna or use their capsule units to either take a nap or stay the night.

Having 162 capsules, it starts at just 4,900 yen to stay the night at this beautiful location. For those wishing to make use of the sauna only, it has an initial cost of 1,000 yen for the first hour and an additional charge of 500 yen for each hour thereafter. You can have access to towels, pajamas, shampoo, and other amenities are free of charge.

You can even leave your luggage with them on the day of your check-out so you don’t have to haul them around until you check in to the next place. English-speaking staff to come to your aid.

Although food and beverages are prohibited within the majority of the facility, it’s a good chance to enjoy some delicious Ebisu cuisine. Before planning to stay here as a couple, do be aware that the sections for male and female use are separated.

Usage Costs
-Overnight Stay: From 4,900 yen
-Hourly Stay: 1,500 yen for the first hour, 500 yen for each hour thereafter
-Sauna: 1,000 yen for the first hour, 500 yen for each hour thereafter

  • ℃ Ebisu
    ドシー恵比寿
    • Address 1-8-1 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 1500013, Japan

    Business hours
     Night Stay: Check-in 13:00, Checkout 1:00 (next day)
     Hourly Stay: 13:00 to 21:00
     Sauna: 13:00 to 9:00 (next day)
    Closed Days: None

Nine Hours Woman Kanda-Perfect for Women Traveling by Themselves!

Nine Hours Woman Kanda-Perfect for Women Traveling by Themselves!
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Nine Hours Woman Kanda is only a 3-minute walk from JR Kanda Station and within walking distance of the Iwamotocho Metro Station as well. This capsule is close to the station and only allows women so it’s great for those who are a little anxious about traveling alone.

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© Nacasa & Partners

The prices start at 4,900 yen per night. Not only is this a reasonable price for a night full of peace of mind, but they even offer hourly stays so it’s perfect to get a little rest before and/or after that long bus or train ride. If you would like to use the shower only, you can do so for a mere 800 yen. When booking a room, you will be given a towel, pajamas, etc. after payment. You can then put extra stuff in your locker and relax in your capsule. There are a total of 70 capsules and English speaking staff are available.

Usage Costs
-Overnight Stay: 4,900 yen
-Hourly Stay: 1,000 yen for the 1st hour and 500 yen for each hour thereafter
-Shower: 800 yen

  • Nine Hours Woman Kanda
    ナインアワーズウーマン神田  
    • Address 2-9-4 Kaji-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 1010044, Japan

    Business Hours:
     Overnight Stay: Check in 13:00, Checkout 10:00 (next day)
     Hourly Stay: 13:00 to 21:00
    Closed Days: None

Book and Bed Tokyo Shinjuku - Sleep Between the Bookshelves

Book and Bed Tokyo Shinjuku - Sleep Between the Bookshelves

Last, but not least is a place for book-lovers in the town popular with tourists from all over, Kabukicho, Shinjuku. In the spring of 2018, Book and Bed Tokyo has plans to open in the Shinjuku Toho Building near the movie theater with the iconic Godzilla clinging to the side, TOHO Cinemas.

This hostel’s concept is that of a bookstore you can sleep in. It’s a paradise for book lovers everywhere where you can nod off to a good book. Already very popular with the Japanese audience, Book and Bed Tokyo already has 4 hostels in Ikebukuro (Tokyo), Asakusa (Tokyo), Kyoto, and Fukuoka. The bookstore will not only have books in Japanese, but western books and magazines as well so you are sure to enjoy yourself even if you don’t read Japanese. If you plan on visiting Tokyo during the spring of 2018 or after, this is surely a good candidate for lodging during your trip.

Book and Bed Tokyo
Address: 1 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Open: Scheduled to open in the spring 2018


NOTE: All the photos were taken from Book and Bed Tokyo Ikebukuro.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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