Japan is the land of weird and wonderful. Tokyo especially, is one of the most colourful and eclectic cities in the world. Its love for the peculiar extends beyond its culture and products – you’ll also find some of the most unique hotels in Tokyo that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world!
These hotels are worth staying in at least once in your lifetime. So make sure to bookmark this page for your future trips to Tokyo! Without further ado, let’s check out the seven most unique hotels in Tokyo.
1. Henn na Hotel Tokyo Ginza
Let’s kick it off with the world’s first hotel that’s partially staffed by robots! Henn na Hotel features state of the art technologies, from your receptionist to cleaning staff. So don’t be surprised to meet some robots here!
The rooms here are clean, comfortable, and pleasing on the eyes. Your room key is also a smart phone that connects to the internet! You can use it within the hotel, and you can also bring it out with you to use within the city. An experience here is truly eye-opening, and maybe even a little eerie. Really makes you wonder if this is what the future will look like!
2. Book and Bed Tokyo Asakusa
One of the most unique hotels in Tokyo has to be Book and Bed, which completely redefines the meaning of B’n’B. If you’re an avid reader, you’re sure to have some sweet dreams here. Although, the owners joke that you’re more likely to stay up all night reading.
Apart from being able to sleep surrounded by books, every book you see here is available for you to borrow during your stay. The toilets and showers are shared, and it would be more accurate to call Book and Bed a hostel than a hotel. Despite that, the concept is simply too unique for us not to share!
3. BnA STUDIO Akihabara
BnA STUDIO Akihabara is a quirky boutique hotel in Tokyo, and every room here is designed by a Japanese artist. By staying at this hotel, you are helping to support the local arts scene and Japanese artists through a profit-sharing scheme!
Each of the five rooms here has a different theme and vibe. They are also larger than usual, with several rooms being able to house four guests. Every room also has a kitchenette, washer and dryer! We love that each room tells its own story, and it’s a hotel we find ourselves wanting to return to time and time again.
4. Hoshinoya Tokyo
Ryokans are not just a thing in the outskirts of the capital! Hoshinoya Tokyo is one of the city’s very few luxury ryokans. Don’t miss the open air and indoor baths – the water comes from the area’s first natural hot spring!
As you might expect, the establishment is very classy and you will find traces of the Edo Period throughout the property. Every room is luxurious and tastefully designed. A night here doesn’t come cheap, but it’s sure a unique haven within Tokyo. It’s not hard to see why they are often fully booked up, especially during holiday periods.
Sauna and sleep is the theme of this hotel. Inspired by the Finnish sauna culture, ºC is available for day use and overnight stays. It has a very minimalistic look, with plain wooden walls and concrete floors. Definitely very in line with the Scandivanian aesthetic!
The highlight here is of course the sauna, where you can pour mint water onto hot sauna rocks and enjoy a steam. There’s no bath here, but to cool down between steams there are different showers from 15ºC, 20ºC, 25ºC, 30ºC and room temperature. ºC has two locations in Tokyo – Ebisu and Gotanda. However, the Gotanda outlet only features sauna facilities for men.
6. Hotel Gracery
Can we interest you in a Godzilla-themed hotel? Hotel Gracery features a 12-metre Godzilla sculpture on the eighth floor terrace. It roars and blows smoke between 12-8pm, much to the delight of visitors.
Many rooms have great views of the city, and six special rooms feature views of Godzilla’s head. If you’re a lady travelling by yourself, you might be pleased to know that the hotel also has a women-only floor! These rooms feature pinkish walls, a foot massager and even an electronic facial steamer.
7. Keio Plaza Hotel Tama
Keio Plaza Hotel Tama is every Hello Kitty’s fan come true. They come in two designs – Kitty Town rooms (brightly coloured, girly and pop art-ish) and Princess Kitty rooms (more mature and regal, targeted at older folks).
No matter which room you choose, you’ll be awfully impressed at the attention to details. Everything is Hello Kitty here. From furniture to amenities, even right down to the toiletries you use. To complete your Hello Kitty experience, you can also start your day with a special Hello Kitty breakfast set served to your room!