For weary workers or travelers on a budget, this is a great accommodation option!
Since many people who work in Tokyo live outside the city limits, travel times can be a problem, especially if you tend to stay late at the office. Sometimes it’s just not worth taking the 45-minute or hour-long train ride home to go straight to sleep and get up early and early to get back to work. For days like this capsule hotels are our greatest allies.
During the New Year’s lucky bag rush, our Japanese reporter Masanuki Sunakoma found himself working late and decided to take advantage of a nearby capsule hotel for one night. After doing some research, he learned that the Capsule hotel Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae offers a special offer “Last minute booking discount”, where a night costs just 3,420 yen (29.86 USD). Plus, it has a sauna and a huge public bath, all within walking distance of the office! How could he not go?
The Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel is just a five-minute walk from the east exit of Shinjuku Station. As the name suggests, this hotel is right across from the Shinjuku Ward Office (or Shinjuku Ward Office). Kuyakusho in Japanese), and the Thermae-yu hot springs, an oasis of Kabukicho, are right next door. Although Thermae-yu has a pleasant and polite atmosphere, the area around the Ward Office feels very 80s. To that extent, Masanuki could understand why the price of the capsule hotel was so reasonable.
However, upon further investigation of the hotel, Masanuki learned that his 3,320 yen stay was actually a bit pricey for this hotel. A look at the website revealed that prices generally range from 2,500 to 3,000 yen, although the current price for one night without the discount is listed at 4,000 yen. Masanuki wondered if he was using the hotel during a busy season since many Japanese hotels adjust their rates according to dates.
The hotel also offers day passes where you can visit the sauna and bathhouse for one hour (for 1,000 yen) or 3 hours (1,500 yen), and you can also rent a capsule for six hours on weekdays for 2,000 yen. Women are also welcome at this capsule hotel. there is a ladies-only floor which has its own shower, wet room and toilet (although it appears the bath and sauna are for men only).
One night’s stay includes use of a bathrobe, large towel and small towel, and the bathhouse also provides toothbrushes and shaving supplies. Check-in started at 2:00 p.m., check-out at 10:00 a.m. the next morning, but Masanuki arrived after 10:30 p.m. for his stay, so he put his things in his locker, changed into his bathrobe provided and went straight to the bathhouse.
The bath had the feel of an ancient Roman bath with its white walls and large open space. Whether it was the third day of the New Year holidays or it was quite late, there were already quite a few people there, and they seemed quite happy to be there. When Masanuki entered the dimly lit sauna room, where there were two tiers of seats left and right….
▼ The scene has been expertly recreated by Masanuki for your viewing pleasure.
“Ahhhhh!” “Aaaaahhh!” Screams of pleasure erupted from a group of manly men relaxing in the sauna whose bodies were covered in tattoos. It was almost as if they were chanting a mantra. Since it’s very common for bathhouses to ban patrons with tattoos, Masanuki thought it was good that they had a place where they could really let go both mentally and physically. The Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel must be a rare oasis for them.
Their enjoyment extended to the infinity chairs, recliners that give the impression of being weightless, located next to the bathtub. “Ahhhhh,” they sighed loudly. Masanuki had to admit that he could understand why you wanted to be so vocal about your comfort (although he personally wouldn’t). This public bath was great. Barely an hour in there was enough to wipe away his exhaustion!
On top of that, both the locker room and the capsule room felt good and clean, and the space of the pods and public areas was pretty much standard, so the setup was pretty nice. The only thing Masanuki would recommend is to bring earplugs if you don’t want to be woken up by someone’s alarm in the morning.
The hotel also has a lounge and coin-operated laundry, plus free Wi-Fi, and the location is stellar, so if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in the Shinjuku area, the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel is definitely worth considering.
There are also other great capsule options in the Tokyo area. The Book and Bed capsule hotel in Shinjuku, for example, doubles as a fancy bookstore and café, and The Millennials capsule hotel in Shibuya offers free beer! Capsule hotels are pretty cool places to stay, whether you’re on a budget or not.
Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel / 新宿区役所前カプセルホテル
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