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Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel 1.5

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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Pros

  • Located in the lively Kabukicho area close to Shinjuku train station
  • Inexpensive rates compared to hotel rooms
  • Capsule bunks with TVs, alarm clocks, and electrical outlets
  • Women-only floor with security lock
  • Spotlessly clean interiors
  • Free Shiseido toiletries available in bathrooms
  • Sauna, public bath, and massage facilities available (for men only)
  • On-site restaurant, business center, and large TV lounge
  • Wi-Fi available throughout 
  • Day use is possible

Cons

  • Tiny capsules can feel claustrophobic with poor air circulation 
  • Shower and toilet facilities are shared
  • Guests must check out every day if staying multiple nights
  • Check-in is in the late afternoon
  • Personal belongings can only be kept in lockers
  • The spa and public bath are not available for women
  • With capsules close to each other, noise is an issue
  • Not suitable for families or children

Bottom Line

The Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel is close to Shinjuku station and located on the edge of Kabukicho, Tokyo's infamous red-light and nightclub area. This hotel reflects the typical Japanese capsule accommodation, which offers an enclosed bunk to each guest. Each of the 344 capsules has a private TV and an alarm clock, and there's a separate ladies-only floor with a security lock. Bathrooms and toilets are shared, and there's a men's-only spa with a sauna, Japanese-style public bath, and massage facilities. Everything is spotlessly clean, and the hotel also has an on-site restaurant, business center, TV lounge, free Shiseido toiletries in bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi available throughout. Travelers could also check out Tokyo Central Youth Hostel for more Western-style shared rooms or Nishi Shinjuku Hotel Mystays for budget private rooms.

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Scene

Clean and efficient hostel-like atmosphere

Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel is located in a busy bar and entertainment area of central Tokyo, above a shopping center. There are signs in English and Japanese leading to the elevator that takes guests up to the hotel, but they're easy to miss. The ambiance here is very much like that of a hostel because the facilities are communal and shared among the guests. The interiors are clean and pleasant, combining elements of a traditional Japanese aesthetic -- like lots of wood floors and paneling, and functionality to make maximum use of available space. The men's spa, however, has an Italian feel with gray marble and statues. This type of budget accommodation attracts backpackers who are mostly solo travelers. Capsule hotels also cater to locals: late night revelers who missed the last train home, restaurant and bar staff who work late nights, or Japanese travelers on a budget. Since each capsule can only accommodate one person, this type of accommodation is not ideal for couples or families traveling with children.  

Location

Located close to Shinjuku train station near Kabukicho entertainment area

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Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel is located in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. This setting is on the edge of Kabukicho, the city's infamous red-light district and entertainment area full of restaurants, bars, night clubs, and adult shops. Transportation links from here are excellent: Shinjuku train station is an easy walk away, and so is Shinjuku San-Chome subway station.

  • Three-minute walk to Kabukicho entertainment district
  • Seven-minute walk to Shinjuku San-Chome subway station
  • 10-minute walk to Shinjuku train station
  • 14-minute walk to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • 20 minutes to Meiji Shrine by train
  • 22 minutes to Tokyo Station by train
  • 30 minutes to Tokyo Imperial Palace by public transit
  • 35 minutes to Hara Museum of Contemporary Art by train
  • 40 minutes to Ueno Park by train
  • 41 minutes to Tokyo International Airport by train
  • 42 minutes to Seno-ji temple by public transit
  • 25-minute drive to Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art

Rooms

Tiny sleeping capsules with shared bathrooms

The guest rooms at Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel are private sleeping capsules measuring two square meters (21.5 square feet). Capsules are stacked in rows atop one another in large common rooms. Each sleeping capsule is two meters in length (six-and-a-half feet), one meter high (a little over three feet), and one meter wide. Inside each capsule is a TV, alarm clock, a light with a dimmer, and electrical outlets. Each guest is also provided with pajamas, towel, and a toothbrush (but not toothpaste). The capsule is closed with a roller blind and not a door. For this reason, the capsules are not soundproof, and it's easy to be disturbed by the noise of people coming and going at all hours (ear plugs are available for free). Also, some guests found air circulation to be a problem inside the capsules. The men's capsule units are located on the sixth and seventh floors, while the women's capsules are on the eighth floor with a locking entry door. The bathrooms and toilet facilities are shared, though designated for men or women, and free Shiseido toiletries are provided. Towels, shavers, hair brushes, and hairdryers are also available. The women's shared bathroom is made up of private shower stalls and is spotlessly clean and modern, while the men's bathroom is a Japanese-style public bath tiled in white marble. Guests must keep their belongings in large lockers, and shoes must be removed at the entrance in the hotel and stored in special shoe lockers.  

Features

Sauna, bathhouse, on-site restaurant, TV lounge

There's a sauna adjacent to the bathhouse on the third floor that's reserved for men only. Massage services are also available here, again only for men. The on-site restaurant serves Japanese meals for breakfast and dinner, but it's not open for lunch. The spacious lounge on the fourth floor has a large 100-inch flat-screen TV, several sofas, tables and chairs, and a separate smoking room. The business center has two PC computers and a multifunction printer available for guest use. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Other facilities available include a coin-operated laundry and several vending machines selling food and drinks. Lockers and baggage storage are on the third floor. 

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Address

1-2-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021, Japan

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