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5 Quirky and Fun Boutique Hotels in Tokyo

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Tokyo’s fame as a top tourist destination in the world results from more than it being Japan’s capital. It is a city that intrigues during the day and sparkles at night. Home to a fantastic array of attractions that range from the unusual to the classic, expect to be surprised around every corner while roaming around Tokyo.

To appreciate the city’s alluring personality, it is important to set aside a few days during your Japan tour just for Tokyo. And to make your stay in the city all the more eventful, look into booking one of the following hotels that have a quirky and fun character of their own.

First Cabin Atogayama

When in Japan, it’s obligatory to have the capsule hotel experience. There are plenty of such hotels to choose from in Tokyo, with Book and Bed being an excellent choice for bibliophiles. However, Frist Cabin elevates the capsule idea just a little further.

While the concept remains the same, the capsules, separate for men and women, are more “luxurious” at First Cabin. Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and space for bags and clothes make the rooms all the more comfortable. Bathrooms, although shared, are kept clean, with free toiletries on offer. The hotel has a large lounge area and a café with a complimentary buffet on most reservations. Adding to the appeal of First Cabin is its central location near Tokyo Tower and Tsukiji Fish Market.

Address: 3 Chome-10-7 Nishishinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0003

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku

If you suddenly come across Godzilla peeking over a building, don’t worry. It’s either a promotion for a new movie or Hotel Gracery. Since it isn’t entirely Godzilla-themed, Hotel Gracery is equally popular with everyday travelers as it is with lovers of monster movies.

The rooms at the Gracery Hotel are done up aesthetically in soothing color schemes with all modern-day amenities. Air freshening units, TVs, Wi-Fi, and en-suite bathrooms are standard across all bedrooms. Room types range from single and double to triple and superior double rooms. Single females also have the choice to stay on a “ladies only” floor. However, look into booking the “Godzilla view” room just for its novelty factor. The hotel has an on-site Italian restaurant and a café. Then again, you are staying in the heart of Shinjuku; there is plenty to eat and also shop, just outside the door.

Address: 1 Chome-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-8466

Wired Hotel

Wired is a 31-room design-centric hotel in Tokyo with a contemporary ambiance that has made it popular with young and hip travelers. Among the hotel’s most notable features is its rooms, each one unique and gorgeously decorated. While singles often prefer the few beds available in a hostel-style setup, families are better off selecting the large rooms with bunk beds.

The hotel’s exclusivity carries forth through its in-house restaurant Zanbaran. Here, instead of the usual buffet breakfast, guests eat the most important meal of the day from an a la carte menu. Walking distance from Hanayashiki, the oldest amusement part in Japan, and in a bustling neighborhood packed with restaurants, Wired Hotel is both comfortable and convenient.

Address: 2 Chome-16-2 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032


A beautiful amalgamation of Scandinavian design and Japanese zen-like aura, K5 impresses with its modest yet impactful interiors. The hotel’s 20 rooms come dotted with curios and eccentric furnishings that give the space a charming individuality. While some rooms have reclining chairs and vinyl records, others come with a free-standing bathtub and high ceilings.

Besides being one of the best boutique hotels in Tokyo, K5 is also a great place to spend the evening. Attracting resident guests and outsiders daily is Caveman, a casual yet elegant restaurant that serves contemporary dishes from across the globe. Ao is the local library-bar with a moody disposition, perfect for an after-meal drink. B and Switch Coffee are a beer hall and café, respectively, each providing visitors with a fun hangout location to relax after a day of sightseeing.

Address: 3-5 Nihonbashikabutocho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0026

Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku

Thanks to Onsen Ryokan Yuen, there is no need to go searching for a hot spring around Tokyo anymore. Although the water at the hotel’s rooftop baths is brought in from Hakone, you do have the option of bathing indoors and outdoors, adding to the experience’s authenticity.

Onsen Ryokan Yuen is a large hotel with 193 rooms, immaculate service, and guestrooms without unnecessary razzmatazz, thus highlighting that much-revered Japanese minimalistic philosophy. Convenience is of the highest order, though, with each room having air conditioners, TV, desks, and low-lying beds. There isn’t any room service, but everything you need is either in the hotel or nearby. Completing the picture perfectness of the hotel is Kakatojo restaurant, where guests get to savor fresh and seasonal Japanese preparations in a calm environment.

Address: 5 Chome-3-18 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022

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