Tokyo is a place where the people are polite but the culture is just a little bit crazy. The Japanese capital has legions of fans (including us) and is often considered to be one of most exciting cities to visit in the world. Innovation and new ideas are actively encouraged but the traditional way of life is still very important here. This is one eclectic list of hotels – but you’d probably expect nothing less from Tokyo. From our collective time spent in this amazing city and from feedback gathered from our travel network here is a list of our favourite top ten cool and unusual hotels in Tokyo (in no particular order)…
Henn na Hotel – weird and wonderful and robot-run!
Summing up all that’s weird and wonderful about Tokyo is the ultra-whacky highly rated Henn na Hotel located in the neighbourhood area of Nishikasai (and offers a complimentary shuttle to the nearby Tokyo Disney Resort and is close to Maihama Station station for easy access to the rest of city). Otherwise known as simply ‘The Weird Hotel’ here you’re checked in at reception by talking robots – either a scary-looking dinosaur or a female android with blinking lashes! They even robotically deliver luggage to your rooms courtesy of an automated trolley. Yep seriously. That’s not enough? The hotel also features facial recognition technology, so instead of the standard electronic keys, a digital image of your face is registered during check-in. Soon they’re planning to introduce robot room service and even entertainment. Wonderful or slightly crazy? Both we say, and let’s just embrace what might be the future of all hotels, well you never know!
- Prices from $100 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Henn na Hotel
Wired Hotel – hip and trendy cultural community hotel
This Tokyo hotel is seriously cool. Billed as a cultural community hotel, the exceptionally rated Wired Hotel offers everything from budget bunk style beds to very swish suites (pictured above) and is housed in the Asakusa Kokono Club building where a 100 seat theatre also operates on the building’s second floor. Asakusa has long been the traditional theatre and entertainment district of Tokyo and the area offers more of a local neighbourhood vibe (the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, just a minute’s walk from Hanayashiki Amusement Park, and a 6-minute walk from Asakusa train station for easy access to the rest of the city). If that’s not enough of a reason to stay at the very hip Tokyo hotel they’ve also partnered with local craftsmen and artisans to create beautifully unique boutique style interiors. Still want more? Then the regular live music, cultural and community events, the floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished balconies (in the private rooms) might be enough to sway you. Even by Tokyo standards, this hotel has got some pretty awesome things going on!
- Prices from $75 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Wired Hotel Tokyo
Park Hotel – a sleek artist’s mecca
This place is very special. Both reasonably priced (well for Tokyo anyway!) with a superb attention to decor detail and a luxury feel, the 4-star exceptionally rated Park Hotel occupies part of a multiple-use skyscraper, so also expect some superb views to boot! It’s located in the bustling neighbourhood of Shinbashi which is the business and entertainment district of central Tokyo and is only a 2-minute walk from Shinbashi Station (giving you great access to the rest of Tokyo) and only 2 km from the famous Tokyo Tower. The popular Tokyo design hotel has also some stylishly quirky features – here an entire floor is devoted to art with each room individually decorated by talented contemporary Japanese artists. Artist designed rooms range from a dramatically sleek and sexy red room to a delicately ornate room inspired by Geishas (with plenty of other variations in between) and there are also regular rooms if you want to opt for something a little more sedate. Add in a hotel spa, two well-regarded restaurants and a choice of booking a room with a Tokyo Tower view, then you have yourself a superb accommodation option in Tokyo!
- Prices from $110 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Park Hotel Tokyo
Trunk Hotel – eco chic boutique hotel
The beautiful and much-loved Trunk Hotel is a centrally-located contemporary boutique hotel with a strong eco focus. Housed in a minimalist building in the trendy area fashion-focused of Shibuya the hotel is modern, unique and featuring just enough quirky features to keep things interesting – this is a great choice for visiting hipsters or just those wanting a very trendy Tokyo stay. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, artwork, and designer up-cycled furniture – the bar is made from wood reclaimed from old Japanese houses, the glasses were pressed from defunct light bulbs and even the gowns in the rooms are made of recycled cotton! Also on the property is a restaurant serving fine Japanese-Western fusion and a lifestyle store selling Tokyo-made keepsakes, locally sourced honey and craft beer, and more. The vibe is chic rather than vintage though and here you can expect all mod cons as well as some rooms featuring balconies or terraces. Upgraded suites even offer wow-inducing wine cellars and/or sunrooms. A place to impress!
- Prices from $150pn
- To book, check prices or availability for the Trunk Hotel Tokyo
Hotel Gracery – monster mayhem
You go to Tokyo for the craziness right? Well, you need to choose a hotel that is just as off-the-wall as the wonderful city itself. Look no further than the Godzilla-themed exceptionally rated Hotel Gracery. From the imposing Godzilla statue on the roof, the creatures head residing outside the 8th-floor lobby, to the interactive Godzilla room (no spoilers here, you’ll have to find out for yourself!) to the Godzilla-themed treats to commemorating your stay, yes you’ll have to love monsters but this quirky Tokyo hotel is anything but dull. Located in the fabulous Tokyo cool area of Shinjuku, South West of central Tokyo and only a 6-minute walk from Shinjuku train station (which connects you to the rest of the city), this modern high-rise and high-tech hotel offers a truly unforgettable stay in a very unforgettable city!
- Prices from $110 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Gracery
Andon Ryokan – a mix of the traditional and modern
Located only a 5-minute walk from Minowa Subway Station (for quick access to the rest of Tokyo) and a 20-minute walk from the historical Asakusa for great sightseeing, this is a genius take on the traditional Ryokan (Japanese Inn). The designer Andon Ryokan hotel is a contemporary, reasonably priced Tokyo haven housed in such a spectacular building it won an architecture award. Its facade is a striking mix of glass and louvred metal and when night falls it’s illuminated so much the hotel the idea is to resemble a traditional Japanese lantern. Inside the highly rated Andon Ryokan the rooms are sparse (in a true Ryokan style) but intriguing, compartmentalised by industrial metal and glass and come with futons which you unroll when you want to sleep. Contrasting the modern metal design is more than a good handful of Japanese antiques offering an innovative fusion of traditional and modern decor. Flower-arranging, tea ceremonies and origami sessions also – endearingly – take place at this trendy gem of a Tokyo hotel on a regular basis.
- Prices from $60pn
- To book, check prices or availability for Andon Ryokan
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel – modern, stylish and arty
This is a beautiful new and already very popular 4-star design hotel dedicated to promoting up-and-coming artists from all over Asia. Combining style with creativity, rooms feature decor dreamed up by popular Japanese designers and creatives. The highly rated Shinjuku Granbell Hotel even hosts an art lounge featuring periodic exhibitions displaying the work of up-and-coming artists from all over Asia. Located near the metro station (which easily connects travellers to the rest of the city) in the very trendy Shinjuku area, the centre of Tokyo culture, the rooms reflect the funky surroundings, offering a chic contemporary and zen-like design. There’s also a fabulous rooftop bar and terrace which is open until the early hours so you can count on it for drinks, casual bites as well as awe-inspiring views! Wonderful!
- Prices from $90 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
One@Tokyo Hotel – designer techie heaven
Tokyo is famous for its impeccable design and there’s arguably no better place to get a taste of what the city is truly capable of than this beautiful boutique hotel. Located within a stone’s throw of Tokyo Skytree in the downtown Oshiage area of eastern Tokyo, the exceptionally rated One@Tokyo Hotel is just a 3-minute stroll from Oshiage Subway Station (which connects you to the rest of the city). Designed by acclaimed cult architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel has an arty wooden façade, a rooftop lounge with fabulous views of the both Tokyo skyline and the Tokyo Skytree and industrial-style rooms adorned in acid-washed metal and reclaimed wood that have been designed to suit a range of budgets, from functional but chic rooms to truly exquisite suites located on the top floor. All have ensuite bathrooms, flat screen TVs, and free WiFi and other great touches include a handy Smartphone that can be carried around during your stay and Chromecast, a streaming media adapter which plays online content on the TV. Both design and tech fans will fall in love with this place!
- Prices from $80 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for One@Tokyo Hotel
Roppongi Hotel S – exquisite apartment hotel
This gorgeous and highly rated 4-star Tokyo hotel once won the prestigious Good Design Award for being Japan’s most unique boutique hotel. Offering a beautiful contemporary design which is still quintessentially Japanese, once you step inside the Roppongi Hotel S you’ll instantly see why it won such an award! Located in a great central location between the Nishi Azabu crossing and Roppongi Hills (a complex with restaurants, an art museum and a skyscraper with a roof observation deck) and only 2 km from Tokyo Tower and 3 km from Yoyogi Park, the serviced apartments at the hotel are perfect for both longer or shorter stays. The truly exquisite interiors of the unique rooms (especially the upgraded ones) which come complete with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms, and sitting areas, as well as microwaves and minifridges, will turn your stay into a Tokyo dream. Other highlights include a complimentary breakfast, a chic lounge and a library, five on-site restaurants to choose from, a fitness centre and bike rentals too – impressive stuff!
- Prices from $100 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Roppongi Hotel S
Keio Plaza Hotel – a kawaii/anime lovers dream
The highly rated 4-star Keio Plaza Hotel is actually one of the most respected international hotels in Tokyo, it’a quite a classic really exuding an old-school class. Located in the much sought after location lively area of trendy Shinjuku (and very close to the station for easy access to the rest of Tokyo) here uniformed bellhops will greet you at the door, kimono-clad musicians play koto in the lobby, the ground floor is paved with miles of marble and there’s even a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room. So why has this 4-star hotel made this list you may ask? Well, it has a crazy side too. There are a fair few rooms adorned with some very unique design features, 10 which come with four beds and there are four special Hello Kitty-themed rooms, which feature the iconic anime cute cat emblazoned on not just the walls but the furniture and amenities too. That’s not forgetting the 47th floor karaoke parlour and rooftop swimming pool which both come with some eye-popping city views! A fabulous Tokyo experience!
- Prices from $110 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for The Keio Plaza Hotel
Candeo Hotel Roppongi – style, substance and a rooftop spa
This swish little beauty of a 4-star Tokyo hotel is set just off the craziness of the uber-trendy Roppongi district (and only a very short walk away from the Roppongi station which easily connects you to the rest of Tokyo) the exceptionally rated Candeo Hotel is surrounded by a plentiful supply of restaurants and shops and very near Tokyo Midtown, which basically means it’s in a pretty fabulous location! The stylish minimalist rooms provide everything you need and more including designer beds, work desks, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and great city views. Arguably, though, the real highlight is its wonderful rooftop Japanese style bath otherwise known as an ‘Onsen’. Aptly named the Sky Spa, it comes complete with indoor and outdoor hot pools, a freezing cold pool and a sauna. A great choice for international travellers looking for a friendly and attentive stay in a trendy, vibrant Tokyo location!
- Prices from $110 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Candeo Hotel Roppongi
Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi – modern/traditional style boutique
Sleek and chic just like Tokyo itself, the new and much raved about Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi offers exceptional value in an otherwise expensive city. It’s located near the vivid areas of Ueno and Asakusa which are home to some of Tokyo’s finest cultural sites but handily for further exploring, the hotel is only a 4-minute walk to five metro stations which will take you to all the major sightseeing spots. The theme is Japanese Glitz and it certainly delivers. The rooms are compact but designed in a very easy-on-the-eye striking modern mixed with a traditional Japanese style and come complete with flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and private bathrooms. A relaxed, reasonably priced but yet still a glamorous choice for a unique Tokyo stay!
- Prices from $60 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi
BnA Art Hotel – arty intimate boutique hotel
Think you’re a little cool and arty? Then the much-loved BnA Art Hotel will be right up your (Tokyo!) street. Located in the cultural and creative district of Koenji, just west of central Tokyo and within a short distance to a station which connects you to the rest of the city, this trendy boutique hotel features colourful artwork and decor from local artists. The hotel has all the things you’d expect like an onsite cafe, restaurant etc. but with only two rooms, so it’s definitely one of the more intimate hotels you can stay at! The concept is both admirable and brilliant – they’re supporting the local artistic community and the team are hoping to further develop their project and bring further art-loving tourists to the area. Expect beautiful and striking rooms and a friendly community-style atmosphere!
- Prices from $80 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for BnA Art Hotel Tokyo
Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo – for the Japanophiles
Traditional Japanese inns – otherwise known as Ryokan – are sadly now a rare experience in a modern Tokyo. In many ways, they are like staying in a Japanese home where futons are rolled out on tatami mat floors and decor and amenities are kept to a minimum. Although at this Ryokan you’ll get the best of both worlds with a mix of the traditional and the entertaining. Located in a temple-strewn area a 3-minute walk from exit 1 of the Asakusa Train Station on the Tsukuba Express Line, at Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo they offer geisha dancing, traditional comedy and a number of courses demonstrating old-fashioned Japanese dining entertainment. For those looking to step it up a gear, karaoke and party games (albeit the ancient variety) are also on offer at this unique Tokyo hotel.
- Prices from $70 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo
Claska – playful, stylish cool
Claska is a cutting-edge 4-star boutique hotel with decor unlike you’ve ever seen before. Located in the shop-stuffed Meguro district very near the Gakugei-daigaku train station (which will take you easily to the rest of the city) and 7 km from Tokyo Tower, the eighteen rooms at the much loved Claska are divided into four categories: Japanese modern, tatami, weekly residence and DIY. Part gallery, part event space and part boutique hotel, all the rooms are individually and meticulously designed, but for a really unique experience reserve one of the three DIY options. In these rooms contemporary Japanese artists were let loose to do literally whatever they wanted. One room even contains a bed with cute, soft toys stuffed under the mattress – definitely one for the kawaii fans! Other facilities in this creative hotel include a café, salon, gallery, shop, event space, a rooftop terrace and even a dog grooming salon – cute huh? Booking as far ahead as possible for this popular hip Tokyo hotel is recommended!
- Prices from $120 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Claska Hotel Tokyo
Hotel Coco Grand – romantic, sleek and sexy
A polished and well regarded 4-star Tokyo pad located in the cultural hub of the very cultural Ueno district – only 1 km from the Tokyo National Museum and only 5-minute walk to the major Ueno Train Station – and overlooking the pretty Shinobazu Pond. The style at the Hotel Coco Grand is luxurious, sleek and sexy but yet still is reasonably priced for the capital – think rich colours, romantic low lighting and dark wood panelling. Guest rooms have all the usual mod cons and upgraded rooms include garden pond views and massage chairs. Other hotel highlights include an onsite spa, a swimming pool, a cozy lounge with a fireplace and a complimentary breakfast (which is pretty unusual for Tokyo hotels). Great for couples!
- Prices from $100 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Coco Grand
Apartment Hotel Shinjuku – eclectic apartment hotel
Live like a Tokyo local in the fabulous Apartment Hotel Shinjuku. With a funky, urban design and oodles of Japanese functional style, this hip Tokyo accommodation is a very popular choice for travellers. The bright, modern and eclectic rooms are quirkily adorned with found objects and although the ‘apartments’ are compact they come complete with everything you will need for a long or short term stay including en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and a bathtub), a desk, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, as well as a kitchenette which is equipped with cookware. There are also on-site laundry facilities, and the lobby even doubles as an eccentric second-hand shop – wonderful! The location is pretty fabulous too. Shinjuku is the centre of Tokyo culture and is the place you’d probably imagine when thinking of Tokyo with bright neon lights, crowds, towering buildings, bustling streets and an energetic pace. It’s also a 2-minute walk from Shinjukusanchome train station (which will take you to all the sites), only 2 km from Meiji Shrine and 3 km from the upscale shopping on Omotesandō Avenue.
- Prices from $70 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Shinjuku Apartment Hotel
Share Hotel – sociable hotel/hostel hybrid
This is a popular and highly rated new hotel/hostel hybrid which enjoys a unique location right on the banks of the Sumida River (only an 11 minutes’ walk from Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station which connects you to the rest of Tokyo and only 4 km from the Tokyo Imperial Palace). The Share Hotel has a contemporary industrial chic style with stand-out amenities such as a cool restaurant and brewery, a souvenir shop and a sociable large terrace where you can soak up the river views and mingle with fellow travellers. There’s a mix of different room types on offer to suit all budgets from mixed or female-only dorms featuring capsule-style bunk beds to private rooms with-suite facilities, all air-conditioned and complete with nightwear, slippers, towels and toothbrushes – cute touches indeed!
- Prices from $75 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Share Hotel
Remm Roppongi – functional Japanese chic
Great value mid-range hotels aren’t always easy to come across in Tokyo, especially if you’re a little claustrophobic and don’t fancy staying in a capsule hotel. Enter the exceptionally rated Remm Roppongi! Set in a fabulously vibrant and trendy district which only a 4-minute walk to Tokyo Midtown is this no-nonsense high rise hotel which offers comfortable accommodation but with enough quirky details to make it stand out from its rivals. As well as all the usual room mod cons, expect your very own in-room massage chair, a rainfall shower, a handy tablet (to check out all the coolest events in town obviously) and a bedside control panel which covers everything from the lights to the temperature. There’s also a pretty hip onsite industrial-chic restaurant/bar, a female-only floor and kids under 12 stay for free – yep not a bad choice of a Tokyo hotel at all!
- Prices from $70 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Remm Roppongi
First Cabin Atagoyama – innovative cabin hotel
Embrace Tokyo’s space-saving culture with by booking into the fabulous First Cabin. Who needs hotel rooms when you an innovative and futuristic “Cabin” to stay in! The First Cabin Hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from Onarimon Station (in a very popular area of Tokyo) these stylish capsule rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and a partition to ensure privacy. Bathrooms are shared but you’ll also find plenty of other mod cons which ensure happy guests, such as free toiletries, vending machines and relaxing but sociable communal areas.
- Prices from $50 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for First Cabin Atagoyama
Shukubo Komadori-Sanso – where to find your zen
To escape the city hassles take the 1.5-hour train journey from Tokyo and join the spiritual types on their way to worship at the sacred Mount Mitake shrine located in the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park (which is filled with hiking trails, beautiful mountains and ancient shrines). The much cherished Shukubo Komadori-Sanso offers centuries-old temple lodging located in this scared and unspoiled mountain area. Once you arrive at the two-story wood-constructed inn, the peace, scenery and the breathtaking views are unrivalled in the Tokyo area. Only basic Japanese-style rooms with shared facilities are available but the real attraction at this unusual Tokyo hotel is learning to meditate – takigyo style – in a nearby waterfall.
- Prices from $65 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Shukubo Komadori-Sanso
Kangaroo Hotel – trendy and cheap
This laid-back, quirky Tokyo budget hotel attracts everyone from families of tourists to solo backpackers with their rock-bottom prices – a huge rarity in the Japanese capital! The Kangaroo Hotel also made an effort with the interior too, with a funky and clever mix of the old and the new. Expect a few Japanese-style rooms, with tatami mats and futons as well as trendy exposed concrete walls and white furniture in the lobby. Located in the Sanya neighbourhood only a 10-minute walk from Minami-Senju Subway Station, all rooms have TVs, fridges and free internet, though to keep costs down bathrooms and showers are shared.
- Prices from $25pn
- To book, check prices or availability for Kangaroo Hotel
Nine Hours Hotel – futuristic capsule hotel
The Nine Hours Hotel is a super-modern capsule hotel for those who want a more up-to-date Tokyo capsule experience. It’s a well-regarded place, with a good location (based only a 2-minute walk from JR Shin-Okubo Station) and is likely to keep all the capsule-hotel lovers happy. Clean, modern with a futuristic, almost Matrix/spaceship style appearance, the hotel is trendy and cool as well as functional. All the capsules ‘bedrooms’ are air-conditioned and heated, bathroom facilities including showers are shared and lockers are available to keep your things safe while you’re cosied up for the night in your space-age capsule cocoon!
- Prices from $55 a night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Nine Hours Hotel
Meguro Emperor Love Hotel – themed romantic fun
Couples or ‘Love hotels’ where guests can stay through the night (a ‘stay’) or just for a few hours during the day (a ‘rest’) are very common throughout Japan. They range from the fantastical to the surprisingly tasteful and they are often very discreet – many don’t even have a front desk. One of Tokyo’s most famous love hotels, Hotel Meguro Emperor opened in 1973 and at the time was the Cadillac of love hotels. Designed by the famous architect Yasuhisa Kurosaka, it was a monument to 1970s kitsch, and its fairytale castle exterior became something of a tourist attraction. Located 1.1 km from Ebisu Garden Place and 3.1 km from Hachiko Statue, the adult’s only hotel is still going strong today but today it’s much more tasteful with surprisingly sedate and cosy rooms which seem much more romantic than seedy!
- Prices from $80 per night
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Meguro Emperor
Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel – classic historic boutique
One for history fans, this classically styled 4-star highly rated hotel is located in the ever-shrinking district of historic Old Tokyo (only a 6 minutes’ walk from Ochanomizu train station which connects you to the rest of the city). Offering the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s increasing supply of high rise hotels, Nobel prize nominee Yukio Mishima actually completed his last few novels at the Hilltop and it’s still an occasional hangout for writers, scholars and journalists. One of the original Tokyo boutique hotels Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel was established in 1937 but re-designed 17 years later. Refurbished with standards you’d expect from a boutique hotel, details are not forgotten. Extra oxygen and negative ions are pumped into every room and the decor is elegant and authentic with wood-panelled walls, worn leather sofas, antiques and a well-stocked wine cellar.
- Prices from $110 a night.
- To book, check availability or prices for Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel
Park Hyatt – Bill Murray’s favourite haunt
Located high above Shinjuku’s lively streets, the 5-star exceptionally rated Park Hyatt is a must for both movie fans and luxury lovers. Occupying the 14 top floors of a 52-story skyscraper and with wide windows of the spacious rooms offering beautiful views of Mount Fuji or Shinjuku, The Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the city’s best and most expensive hotels and was made famous by Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation. The New York Bar Grill, where Bob (Bill Murray) spends so much time drinking whisky, is one of the city’s great cocktail bars and affords spectacular views over Tokyo. The rooms and lobby are as equally impressive – a truly exquisite place all round!
- Prices from $300 a night
- To book, check prices or availability for The Park Hyatt
More cool, quirky and unusual hotels in Tokyo
- Ueno Hotel – Modern budget hotel a 9-minute walk from Tokyo National Museum from $50pn
- Centurion Hotel Residential Akasaka – A contemporary urban hotel with three styles of room on offer: New York, Asian and Modern from $80pn
- The B Akasaka-Mitsuke – Reasonably priced modern streamlined hotel from $70pn
- Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel – A striking steel-and-glass hotel near Tokyo Bay from $120pn
- Ryokan Kamogawa – Family-friendly traditional Japanese style inn from $110pn
- Gracery Tamachi Hotel – A stylish contemporary hotel housed along a tree-lined street from $75pn
- Hotel Niwa Tokyo – A mix of the traditional and modern with Japanese garden courtyard from $80pn