This hotel room costs less than a bowl of luxury ramen, but you better be prepared.
For budget travelers to Japan who are looking for a cheap place to stay overnight, capsule hotels are the first thing that comes to mind, as they often charge less than 5,000 yen (US $ 43) a night. The downside, however, is that they offer virtually no privacy, as you’re only paying for a place in a bunk bed, not an actual room. In recent years, spending the night in a manga / internet cafe has become an alternative to a hotel as well, but again, you don’t really get a room, and at best a booth that’s open upstairs, doesn’t not a solid door and a chair that partially reclines.
So imagine a Japanese Twitter user that of @tetsu_yan joy earlier this month when he took a trip to Tokyo and got a decent hotel room for only 1,500 yen (US $ 13)!
the Pearl Kasai Hotel, the hotel where @tetsu_yan stayed, can be seen on the far left here.
It’s also not like the hotel is in a lousy place. Kasai station, on the Tozai line of the Tokyo metro, is just a five-minute walk from the front door, and from there it’s only a 15-minute ride to Nihombashi, the heart of central Tokyo. And don’t worry, the Pearl Hotel Kasai is not a dump of flea bags. The property may not be fancy, but it is part of a respectable chain of “business hotels”, as the no-frills hotels that cater to business travelers are called. Proof, take a look at this picture of @tetsu_yan’s bedroom.
Not bad at all for 1,500 yen, right? However, while there is nothing wrong with the accessories and furniture that are in the room, there is the small problem of one that is not there: a bed.
Yes, the problem with this incredibly affordable room is that there are no mattresses, frames, or any other type of bedding included. The hotel is completely upfront about this, so @tetsu_yan came prepared with a sleeping bag and air mattress, which he had ample floor space to lay out.
In fact, his original idea was to sleep on the large folding desk / table that is against the wall, but it was not long enough for a person of his size.
1500 円 の ビ ジ ネ ス ホ テ ル が こ ち ら に な り ま す pic.twitter.com/dnrT5GlDpk
– て つ や ん ＠ ２ 日 目 東 ヒ 19a (@tetsu_yan) December 5, 2021
Apart from the lack of a bed, this is a perfectly normal room, with a private bathroom, a shower and a working heater / air conditioning unit. Really the only problem @tetsu_yan ran into was that the construction of the door means there is light seeping in from the hallway downstairs, so you might want to bring an eye mask, or to the less put your bags just inside the threshold to block the light. There is also no bath towel provided, although you do get a face towel. Oh, and the check-in time for this room is 11pm, with check-out at 8am, but the spartan layout means it’s not really suitable for lounging anyway.
It should be noted that the Pearl Hotel Kasai also offers classic rooms with bed included. For travelers with a backpacker mentality and / or a tight budget, this is a pretty incredible bargain. Especially since the Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center is only a 20-minute drive from Kasai Station, this seems like the kind of deal that would appeal to attendees of Comiket or other on-site events, and l the hotel is not very far from Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea either.
Officially called “No bed or bedding waiting for the first train plan” (ベ ッ ド ・ 寝寝 発 待 ち プ ラ ン in the Japanese text), exact prices vary by date, ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 yen, with online reservations through Rakuten Travel available here.
Related: Pearl Kasai Hotel
Source: Twitter / @ tetsu_yan via Jin, Rakuten Travel
Images: Twitter / @ tetsu_yan
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