Warning: You are about to come across some of the craziest and coolest hotels in Tokyo. Expect things like dinosaurs, a lot of Helly Kitty and the hotel of the future too!
When it comes to a country like Japan, a county that embraces the crazy and quirky, you just know the coolest hotels in Tokyo are going to be out there. Like really out there. Well, they’re unlike any others I’ve seen around the world.
When I visited Tokyo I stayed in the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku. Sounds like a normal hotel, right? Wrong.
This place is otherwise known as the Godzilla Hotel with a giant Godzilla statue half-way up the building. It’s very cool and very Japanese.
That’s what I love about Tokyo. Always expect the unexpected and nothing is too weird here. It’s weird, but it’s not too weird (if that makes sense).
With that in mind, these are some of the craziest and coolest hotels in Tokyo. Stay in one of these on your visit to Tokyo and you’re guaranteed a good time!
Let’s kick things off with the Henn na Hotel, a place that’s also known as ‘The Strange Hotel’.
Obviously Japan is a place that’s at the cutting edge of robotics. Any way they can automate something (like the simple act of buying ramen from a vending machine), they’ll do it. Well they’ve taken that to the next level by opening the world’s first hotel chain staffed by robots – a claim actually recognised by Guinness World Records.
These aren’t just any old robots though. One is a woman and the other two are velociraptors (yes, you read that right). Robotic dinosaurs check you into the hotel. They even robotically deliver luggage to your rooms courtesy of an automated trolley. I bet you didn’t think you’d do that on your holiday to Japan!
Moving onto another dinosaur (sort of), Hotel Gracery Shinjuku is the Godzilla Hotel in Tokyo.
Shinjuku is one of the most popular places to stay in Tokyo with a number of hotels to choose from but none are quite as striking at Hotel Gracery.
I actually stayed here when I was in Tokyo. Disappointingly, the rooms weren’t decorated with the Godzilla theme which was a shame. Saying that, there’s a lot of Godzilla memorabilia with film posters from the 70s and a interactive themed-room dotted around the hotel, so you do get your Godzilla fill in other ways.
Also, you can access the rooftop for the Godzilla show which occurs once an hour. This is where Godzilla will give up an ear-splitting scream and then blow fire(?) out of his mouth. Incredibly cheesy but definitely one of the coolest hotels in Tokyo.
This was one of my favourite picks for ‘5 Adventurous and Unique Hotels for 2019‘ for Expedia’s Hotel Edit – make sure you see which others I picked because they’re pretty crazy!
The Book and Bed Hotel in Japan is a bit of a blogger favourite. Not only is it relatively cheap for Tokyo at £36 per night but it’s incredible cool too.
Basically, your bed is in a bookshelf (as in, actually in a bookshelf), and it’s a cross between a capsule hotel and a library.
Far from being a luxurious getaway, this themed hotel focuses on creating a cosy, inclusive environment where you can relax in the simplest of ways – with a good book in your hand. Apparently there’s over 3,600 books at this hotel so you’re never short of something to read.
It’s also a really great way of meeting other travellers in Japan and obviously swapping stories is easy over a book or two!
Another hotel in Shinjuku that’s off-the-wall weird is the Keio Plaza Hotel. This is the Hello Kitty hotel in the city, and despite the cartoony appearance it’s actually one of the highest rated places to stay in Tokyo.
Most of the hotel is ‘normal’ with bellhops to greet you at the door when you arrive and very traditional design everywhere. However, there are 8 special Hello Kitty themed rooms which you can stay in for something a little different. And everything is designed in Hello Kitty – the bedspread, the walls, the furniture. Everything. You can even kickstart your day with a special order of the Hello Kitty breakfast set.
Also, because this is Japan, there’s a cracking karaoke room up on the 47th floor and the rooftop swimming pool has some of the best views of the city. Keio Plaza Hotel is crazy and cool all in one!
Claska is known as Tokyo’s original boutique hotel. This is the one that started the trend of the coolest hotels in Tokyo.
Claska is a very stylish and modern hotel located in Meguro-ku, the city’s design district. Each of the 20 rooms have been individually created by local designers, so your stay at Claska is always sure to be unique.
There’s a really popular design shop where you can pick up some of the kitsch items you see around the hotel. Also, there’s a French restaurant on the rooftop that’s worth visiting too.
I can’t tell you how popular this place is so make sure you book ahead as far as possible for this one.
In a country where space can be at a premium, the Japanese were the original pioneers of the capsule hotel.
Instead of bunk-beds in dorms, they created their own private pods to really maximise the space and capsules can be surprisingly comfortable.
The Nine Hours hotel is super-modern and very futuristic. I always think that this place looks like a spaceship, yet there’s a distinct Japanese design to the hotel too.
All the capsules are air-conditioned with lots of plug points so you can charge all your electronics. Also, there are lockers available to keep all your stuff safe and there are shared bathrooms too.
A capsule hotel is one of those places you just have to stay in while in Tokyo – this is what things could be like a lot more in the future so get a taste for it now!
With a population of around 14 million, it’s easy to feel claustrophobic in Tokyo. If you want to get out of the city then look no further than Shukubo Komadori-Sanso.
Located in Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, this is a century-old temple where you can stay in a two-story wooden inn.
Even though these are basic-style Japanese rooms with shared bathrooms, they are in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll find just outside Tokyo.
Also, the best feature – there’s a secluded waterfall nearby that you’ll have all to yourself.
If you’re look for a place to unwind, you really can’t go wrong with Shukubo Komadori-Sanso that’s for sure!
This post was in association with the Expedia Hotel Edit promoting some of the most beautiful and unusual hotels around the world. As always, all views and opinions are my own.
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