There’s no better place to start going out of your comfort zone than in Japan. It’s a country entirely committed to kitschy culture, whether in fashion, entertainment, or art. The Japanese out-of-the-box creativity knows no limits—even when it comes to their hotels.
When it comes to quirky hotels, Tokyo is a gamechanger. So, if you’re trying to figure out where to stay in Tokyo, don’t limit yourself to basic hotels and inns. Embrace the creative spirit of the city by booking a room at one of the many unique Tokyo hotels.
Henn na Hotel
If robots will rule the world someday, it’s easy to imagine them starting in Japan. After all, Henn na Hotel is already partly run by robots. Meet these tireless workers as soon as you enter the hotel, with dinosaur robots manning the reception area. Robots also take care of various tasks around the hotel, including luggage storage and customer relations.
There are 11 branches of Henn na Hotel, with a handful of hotels in Tokyo city.
Eager to keep the robot-theme going during your vacation? Book a ticket to the Evening Cabaret Show at Tokyo Robot Restaurant.
Rooms start at around ¥11,000
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
There aren’t very many places where monsters are embraced, but fictional creatures are definitely embraced in Japan. In particular, one monster has found a home in Tokyo: Godzilla.
One of the most unique hotels in Tokyo is the Godzilla-themed Hotel Gracery. The Hollywood monster is everywhere inside the hotel, from the snarling head appearing to burst out of the roof to the Godzilla room with a monstrous claw on the wall. There are even Godzilla-inspired souvenirs available to make sure you never forget staying in this Tokyo hotel.
Rooms start at ¥12,920
Address: 1 Chome-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-8466, Japan
Keio Plaza Hotel Tama
The Keio Plaza Hotel is an elegant hotel brand with four different branches in Japan, but even luxury accommodations are not immune to the charm of Sanrio characters. The Tama branch of the illustrious hotel chain features a couple of rooms inspired by Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars.
Enjoy first-rate service, plus a unique design twist, with a stay at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama. Step inside colorful rooms devoted to the popular Sanrio characters, from the walls to the bedspread. Guests even get to take home a couple of original Sanrio souvenirs from the room, including tote bags, dolls, slippers, and more.
Sanrio fans can also visit Tokyo Sanrio Puroland or Kyushu Harmonyland with a discounted day pass via KKday.
Rooms start at ¥32,000
Address: 1-43, Ochiai, Tama City, Tokyo, 206-0033 Japan
First Cabin Hotel
Most backpackers won’t shell out the cash for a first-class cabin in an airplane, but it doesn’t take a fortune to stay at the airplane-inspired First Cabin Hotel. The space-saving hotel takes capsule rooms to new heights with a cool premium airline theme.
Travelers get to stay in a private “cabin” with stylish décor, free Wi-Fi, and even your own flat-screen television. While bathrooms are shared, men and women are located on different floors of the hotel. There are 10 branches of First Cabin in Tokyo, most of which are near popular places to visit in Japan. Branches are also available in other parts of the country.
Rooms start at ¥3,500
Address (Nihonbashi Yokoyamasho): 6-16 Yokoyama cho Nihonbashi Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0003
Book and Bed Tokyo
Life in Tokyo is lively and exciting, but there are also quiet corners in the city where travelers can relax and take it slow. Bookworms will fall in love with Book and Bed Tokyo, a hostel chain entirely dedicated to books.
The interior of the hostel is wall-to-wall bookshelves with each one brimming with thousands of novels, magazines, and manga for readers of all ages. Best of all, guests get to sleep inside the bookshelves with each capsule built as part of the building. Choose from a couple of different branches in Tokyo and beyond.
Rooms start at ¥5,455
Address: Kabukicho APM Building 8th FL 27-5 1-Chome Kabukicho Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021
Explore beyond Tokyo during your vacation and visit some of the top attractions of Japan. Book a KKday Day Tour to Mt. Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Oshino Hakkai & Gotemba Outlet.
*Featured image from Book and Bed on Facebook