Khaosan Tokyo Samurai Capsule is stylized after a traditional Japanese tea house and is in a prime Tokyo location to boot.
The Asakusa district is home to Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon), Tokyo’s oldest and most important Buddhist temple. As such, the temple and its famous Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate” are almost always on any visitor’s top ten list of places to see in Tokyo, so there’s always a steady stream of both Japanese and foreign tourists in the area.
Of course, after a long day of sightseeing, visitors need a place to stay — but booking a hotel for an extended stay in Japan’s capital city can be an overwhelming and expensive experience. A handful of trusty hostels and other simple lodgings appealing to travelers who seek only the basic necessities of a bed and shower have sprung up throughout the city, but today we’d like to introduce you to one capsule hotel that manages to maintain the feel of a stylish hostel while keeping prices low.
Opened in the summer of 2015, Khaosan Tokyo Samurai Capsule caters largely to foreign visitors with its elegant interior rooms designed to appear like a Japanese tea house, but it will also appeal to anyone in need of a cheap place to stay.
The hotel boasts a beautiful common area with a tatami room, a kitchen with ample cooking appliances, washing and drying machines, public computers, free coffee and tea, electronic locks on doors to the dormitory room, and anti-theft wires with keys for large luggage, to name just a few of the amenities. Not bad for a capsule hotel, we’d say!
The following promotional video will give you a better feel for the look of the hotel and some brief testimonies of visitors who have stayed there:
The dormitory rooms themselves are for mixed-gender use, similar to most hostels, and both “Deluxe” and “Standard” individual capsule options are available:
Deluxe Dormitory (beds starting at 3,200 yen (US$32)/night)
Standard Dormitory (beds starting at 2,900 yen/night)
Additionally, private rooms for groups of up to six people are available starting at 4,000 yen per person per night. Visit Khaosan’s website or the official Facebook page for more snapshots of the individual capsules and common-use areas.
If there are no capsules available when you’re planning your visit, it’s worth noting that Khaosan operates five other themed hotels in the Tokyo area, including Khaosan World Asakusa Ryokan & Hostel, Khaosan Tokyo Origami, Khaosan Tokyo Kabuki, Khaosan Tokyo Original, Khaosan Tokyo Laboratory, as well as six additional locations throughout Japan. Happy traveling, everyone!
Khaosan Tokyo Samurai Capsule / カオサン東京サムライカプセル
Address: Tokyo, Taito-ku, Nishi-Asakusa 3-16-10
Reception hours: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.