From an integrated library to a Godzilla-themed hotel, these 9 unusual hotels prove that Tokyo is home to both never-ending creativity and novel concepts.
Japan is well-known as the home of innovation and creativity, and this vibe has put this capital city on the leading position in many senses of the word. As one of the more popular holiday destinations in Japan, Tokyo boasts a wide variety of unusual and exceptional hotels that will give you an unforgettable experience. Stumbling upon a unique Tokyo hotel is a piece of cake; they are practically hidden across every corner of the city. When browsing through hotels and accommodations in Tokyo, be prepared to expect the unexpected. With this case in point, check out these 9 extraordinary hotels in Tokyo featuring the most unusual concepts you’ve never seen.
1. Book and Bed Shinjuku
Are you a book lover who’s ever dreamed of spending the night in a library or bookstore? This hotel will make that dream come true. Book and Bed Shinjuku is a recommended hotel in Tokyo for all bibliophiles around the world. Widely acclaimed as “an accommodation bookshop,” this hotel offers a uniquely nerdy experience with their 55 sleeping capsules setup within a cosy yet spacious area surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Snuggle up to rwad any book of your choice before drifting off to a good night’s sleep. With books as the focal theme, Book and Bed offers more than 4000 Japanese and English books across various genres, from novels, non-fiction, comics to travel books, each book has been carefully selected by Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, a well-known publishing house in Tokyo. Besides Shinjuku, Book and Bed Hostel can be found in five other areas around Japan, including Kyoto, Asakusa, Ikebukuro, Shinsaibashi, and Fukuoka.
Address: Kabukicho APM Building 8th FL 27-5 1-Chomee Kabukicho Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 22km or 24-minute trip by Keikyu Airport Line
Room rate per night: S$68
2. Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay
Another rapid and omnipresent indicator of Japan's progress is robotic technology. Right in the heart of Tokyo itself, you will find a quirky Tokyo hotel run by animatronic staff, from the reception lobby to the grounds itself. Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo has even been certified as the world's first hotel run entirely by robots.
Once you enter the lobby area, you will be greeted by a bizarre combination of future and primeval themes, with either a humanoid or raptor animatronics that greet you and get you all settled into your room. While the initial experience may be strange or even unsettling for first-timers, the uniquely futuristic experience of this hotel will definitely warm up to being an unforgettable experience itself...after all, who wouldn't want to lodge in a hotel room where you can control every aspect of it via voice activation?
Address: 279-0043 Tokyo Prefecture Chiba, Urayasu, Fujimi 5-3-20, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 21km or 23-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$232
3. Oedo Onsen Monogatari
Enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of Japanese countryside by staying in Oedo Onsen Monogatari. As the name suggests, onsen, the traditional Japanese hot sprin,g serves as the feature theme of this resort. The onsen is situated in the resort’s central area, along with foot baths and open-air baths. Additionally, pamper yourself after a long trip around the city by visiting the on-site sauna and massage therapy centre. Oedo Onsen Monogatari provides 76 separate rooms spreading around the resort area. The amenities in every room are varied: opt for the simple room with a single futon, or spoil yourself with a more luxurious and spacious one featuring a range of modern facilities. Regardless of the room you choose, Oedo Onsen Monogatari will give you the authentic experience of a traditional Japanese resort.
Address: 2 Chome-6-3 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 10km or 15-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$41
4. Andon Ryokan
Source: Andon Ryokan
In this unique Tokyo hotel, you can experience the concept of simple living like how most locals do. Every room in Andon Ryokan has been designed in the traditional Japanese style with a touch of that elegant Japanese minimalism. The rooms feature tatami, or woven-straw flooring, futon bedding, as well as glass and metal frames, giving that sleek and elegant blend of traditional and modern Japanese minimalism. Moreover, the addition of some antique Japanese paintings and decorations gives the space that soft aesthetic.
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Besides providing chic and cosy Japanese-style guest rooms, Andon Ryokan offers several cultural activities. You can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and savour the local brew, challenge your creative nature in origami classes, or perfect your skills of flower arrangements in ikebana sessions.
Source: Andon Ryokan
Address: 2 Chome-34-10, Nihonzutsumi, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0021, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 21km or 30-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$113
5. Komadori Sanso
Another accommodation in Tokyo which offers a unique traditional concept is Komadori Sanso. Also known as Shukobo Komadori-sanso, this accommodation is a mountain lodge located near Mount Mitake. The lodge is a common haunt by either Shintō pilgrims travelling to a place for meditation and prayer, as well as both local and international tourists seeking a serene haven to spend the night in an environment away from the city, before hiking for hours in the crisp air of the mountainous countryside. Komadori Sanso is a great alternative to modern and contemporary hotels in downtown Tokyo. Besides, this lodge gives you a chance to get back to nature and have a truly relaxing and simplistic time during your holiday. While staying in Komadori Sanso, you can visit a Shintō temple named Musashi Mitake Shrine or join in a refreshing waterfall meditation.
Address: 155 Mitakesan, Ome, Tokyo 198-0175, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 83km or 1 hour and 44-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$195
6. Keio Plaza Hotel
Listed as one of the best hotels in Tokyo, Keio Plaza Hotel looks like the usual 4-star accommodation at first glance. This hotel offers a wide range of stylish guest rooms with modern amenities. However, if you want to experience something unique and different, you can also book one of eight Hello Kitty-themed rooms offered by this hotel. Available in either single and twin rooms, these adorable rooms are fully decorated with everything related to Hello Kitty—from the wall to flooring, from furniture to bedding. The rooms also feature other characters from the Sanrio Animation, such as My Melody and Little Twin Stars. To complete your Hello Kitty experience, you can also order a special Hello Kitty breakfast set that will be served to your room.
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-8330, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 18km or 25-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$387
7. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
As a part of Tokyo Disney Resort, this popular Tokyo hotel offers direct and easy access to the most popular theme park in Japan. The resort consists of two other hotels—Disney Ambassador and Tokyo DisneySea Miracosta Hotel—but Tokyo Disneyland Hotel is considered the accommodation closest to the theme park. It also comes with the best sight of the park, giving you a limitless view of Tokyo Disneyland from the hotel terrace and private balconies. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel comprises of 706 guest rooms featuring Disney-theme settings and decorations. Additionally, there are some special room categories up for booking which are designed based off popular Disney films and Disney Princesses. Pick either the Cinderella Room, Tinkerbell, Beauty and the Beast, or Alice in Wonderland.
Address: 29-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 21km or 25-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$800
8. Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
Visiting Shinjuku Granbell Hotel is like stepping into a contemporary art gallery. This fancy 4-star hotel comprises 380 well-appointed guest rooms all set in a high-quality and contemporary design. Each room has been equipped with a range of modern amenities including an LCD television, iPod docking station, refrigerator, as well as both wired and wireless internet connection. Along with upscale furniture and vibrant decoration, the rooms look like a realistic portrayal of an interior magazine. Shinjuku Granbell Hotel is nicely situated in the heart of the city with convenient access to some famous shopping centres. Besides, this hotel has a rooftop lounge where you can enjoy a wonderful night view around Shinjuku.
Address: 2 Chome-15-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 17.8km or 25-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$160
9. Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Hotel Gracery is another unique accommodation in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Located near Shinjuku Station, this 4-star hotel is often regarded as the Godzilla Hotel as it features a gigantic Godzilla statue bursting from the roof of the building. If you can foot the bill, book the hotel's flagship suite and be granring you a view of the beasts's head glaring into your already Godzilla-themed room, immediately plunging you in every monster moviephile's fantasy. The Godzilla-inspired decoration is not only popping out from the building's exterior, but a hallway leading to the lobby area displays various versions of Godzilla film posters. Although the layout of this hotel's guest rooms are similar to other typical hotels, the addition of Godzilla's presence throughout the hotel successfully attracts many visitors, particularly those who are a fan of this giant fantasy creature.
Address: 1 Chome-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-8466, Japan
Distance from Tokyo Haneda International Airport: About 22km or 30-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$213
That concludes the list of unique hotels in Tokyo which are designed in the most extraordinary concepts; some of them are probably beyond what you can imagine. Now, with the above list in hand, you will easily find a comfortable and unusual Tokyo hotel to complete your holiday in Japan.