5 Weird And Wonderful Japanese Hotels You Should Really Visit
From capsule pods to duvets stacked on bookshelves, these accommodation options are truly unique
17 February 2019
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Ever ready to embrace the ‘new’ and the quirky, Japan’s off-kilter culture also extends to its hotel offerings.
Admittedly, not every new venture runs smoothly… Only recently, Henn na Hotel in Tokyo fired its staff for being incompetent – but the most notable thing in this case was that the ‘staff’ in question were robots!
It’s fair to say, Japan is home to plenty of oddball accommodation offerings, unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. These are some of the best…
3. Book and Bed, Tokyo
Curling up with a good book at bedtime is a universally pleasurable experience. No wonder, then, that Book and Bed – an ‘accommodation bookshop’ – has placed its hotel beds between shelves holding over 1,700 books in Japanese and English. Beds either take the form of long sofas or bunks. The bibliophile’s dream is located in Ikebukuro, an entertainment district of Tokyo, and also offers daytime stays.
How: A standard bed (without tax) is Y4,600 (approx £33) per person, per night. Between 1-9pm on weekdays, flat charge of Y1,620 (£12) for daytime accommodation. Visit bookandbedtokyo.com.
Keio Plaza has all the hallmarks of a classic, prestigious Tokyo hotel. Located in trendy Shinjuku district, it boasts a team of immaculately dressed staff, and guests are welcomed by the sound of live koto music from a kimono-wearing band. The hotel’s craziness lies in four suites devoted to Japanese cartoon sensation, Hello Kitty. The anime cat adorns not only the walls but most items of furniture too.
How: Hello Kitty Room from Y31,500(approx £224) per night. Visit keioplaza.com.