Japan has this special power of going the extra mile in anything they set out to do. This includes their commitment and love for the more whacky and kooky side of Japanese culture. From theme parks to themed restaurants and food, to Hello Kitty trains and Anime themed planes, the whacky and kooky manifests in all different shapes and forms, including accommodation!
So we’ve put together a list of the top 5 of the whackiest and kookiest accommodations in Tokyo!
1. Henn-na Hotel
We’ve shared a little bit about them on our social media before; the name of this hotel, Henn-na Hotel, direct translates to ‘(a) weird hotel’ so you know you’re in for a weird but good time.
The word ‘henn’ in Japanese doesn’t just mean weird but it also means to make a change or to innovate, and this hotel certainly is not just weird but it’s also innovative.
They currently have three locations open in Tokyo with more set to open later in the year, including one right near Haneda Airport opening in October.
Over at the Ginza location, a humanoid robot created by the world’s best and latest technology is at reception while cleaning robots perform maintenance of the guest rooms.
2. First Cabin
Obviously, the higher the class, the bigger the room. The higher room types of course are not stacked on top of each other like a typical capsule hotel, so if you’re after the more ‘authentic’ capsule hotel experience, go for the Premium Economy Class rooms.
First Cabin has seven locations in Tokyo including a Haneda Airport location and one in Akihabara.
3. Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
The core of this accommodation are the hot springs. Although located in the city, the water is drawn from a natural hot spring 1,400 metres deep and there are multiple types of baths for visitors to enjoy. You can even rent a yukata (light kimono) of your choice at the reception to really get into the mood.
They also have various game rooms and amusing attractions that are all inspired by the games and leisurely activities of the Edo-period.
The baths are open from 11am to 9am the next morning so if you’re staying in their accommodation facilities, you can truly take full advantage of the relaxing baths!
4. Park Hotel
Park Hotel in Tokyo’s Shiodome is a 4-star hotel that has its reception located on the 25th floor of Shiodome Media Tower. Being a part of a skyscraper, it’s needless to say that the views are spectacular – you can even see Tokyo Tower from here, but there is something else that is special about this particular hotel.
At Park Hotel, they have a whole floor of artist designed rooms. There are 24 rooms on this floor that were designed by 24 different artists. Each are decorated and painted in the individual artist’s style.
There are three different room types on the artist floor, single, queen and king, so you can choose to suit your needs. If you are lucky and book in on a slow day, you may even be able to take a tour of the rooms to choose which artist room to stay in.
5. Book & Bed
All those who love to read, who love a stroll in bookstores and libraries, this is a must have accommodation on your itinerary. Book & Bed is a hostel-style accommodation produced by a boutique real estate agency in collaboration with a publishing and book selling company.
The rooms are small, pretty much in a capsule style, and are built within the bookshelves that hold 3,000 books! The concept of the hostel isn’t to be a place of luxury or extreme comfort, but a place where you can fall asleep doing what you love – reading books.
Many of the books are English books and amongst the thousands available includes newspapers and magazines.
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So there you have it, our top 5 whackiest spots to stay in Tokyo! Stay tuned for another list of whacky accommodations in other areas in Japan. And if you have any you’d recommend, be sure to share with us via Instagram or Facebook!