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Capsule Hotel Asakusa River Side Reviews

2-20-4-B Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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547 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 75%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 74%Staff
  • 64%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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An interesting take on accommodation in Tokyo, this capsule hotel may or may not be a hidden gem in Asakusa. Being a budget hotel, the price is pretty much near free when compared to other major hotels and ryokans in the area. And, you get what you pay for; not much. What you are guaranteed: Somewhere to sleep at the end of the night, fresh towels and disposable toiletries, interaction with eccentric locals and ample cup noodles. What an experience - not for those who are claustrophobic.

  • 1st Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Clean bathrooms and capsules. Staff are friendly but speak very little English. Location is good right next to the metro. There is only a small locker to put your thing other than paid lockers and the staff open that locker daily to put in a fresh towel. Showers are on top floor of building.


We spent one night at the capsule hotel, and the experience was fun and pleasant! :)


What a neat place! The location is excellent, close to the subway and in a quiet neighborhood. The capsule bed itself is much larger than I thought it would be, so no fears about feeling claustrophobic. The best part is the public shower and hot sauna (you have serious issues if public bathing offends you), plus a balcony with a great view of the city! It was a great way to end the night, with back-and-forth sauna heating and cooling off on the balcony.


I stayed in the capsule hotel just to have the experience - in retrospect one night would have been fine, did not need 3. I imagine it's pretty normal for a capsule hotel - obviously a small space, shared bath, etc. Lockers on the floor to keep your valuables but not large enough for luggage - must use coin lockers in the 2nd floor that. There is a lounge with Internet (wifi only works in the lounge). Smells a little smoky and kept very warm at night. Ok, but I wouldn't stay there again.


Really nice hotel. Friendly staff and good value for money, definitely going back


Great place to stay. The capsule itself is pretty spacious and had enough room for my small backpack to fit comfortably. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is just one block from the train station to the airport, so this is a great place to sleep if you have an early-morning flight.


My time here was full of surprises: a strange smell upon entering the building, the discovery that there are no private showers but instead only a communal onsen-style bath area, funny bath clothes, a common area on the 2nd floor that I can't really find the words to describe... I actually highly recommend spending a night here. It's as if the capsule hotel has been in operation for the past 30 or 40 years without anything being replaced.


We were extremely dissapointed with the capsule hotel, the boys found toothpicks in their capsules, the smell was unpleasant, while there were lockers available, we had to hand in our locker key in exchange for our shoes (and hence all the staff had access to our lockers for the duration we werent in the hotel) The staff were mediocre and we were very keen to check out asap


Location is fantastic, capsules are good, about a dozen per level/room, be prepared for japan's public bathing system which may require some getting used to (but the view of skytree etc from the bath/top level is great)


The hallways stank of cigarettes.


Good location, but the Building left the impression that it was unmaintained and carpets on the onsen floor gave the impression that it was not so clean...


Pro: Very good Hotel for that price Very clean Fast WiFi Well located Con: Since check-out has to made every day, lockers that can be booked for a longer period than 12 hours would be useful (otherwise you have to be back at the hotel after 12 hours)

  • 28th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This place offered everything we needed: a safe place to sleep, shower, and use the internet/ pre-game our nights on the town. Obviously you get what you pay for, and I would say a stay in a capsule hotel is absolutely worth the price of admission for the different experience. Just don't forget to "keep one's promise" (weird sign on the door by the men's shower area).

  • 22nd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This is must do in Japan. A great location and awesome capsules. Was a bit hot throughout the night and couldn't find where to turn the heat off, but the experience was still great!


This hotel is a bit hard to find but very nicely located. It is 2 minutes from the mtr basically as you get out of the right exit go to the right and you will see it in the same street. The staff doesnt speak english but they really tried to help us. The facilities are kinda strange. There are only showers in a shared seperated by gender. In there is also a great bath so that is really enjoyable. I really enjoyed the capsules it was the real japanese experience.


If in Tokyo you have to try this once. Probably the only place you will find on a weekend... People living in Japan outside of Tokyo come in on the weekend and book all the hostels for a day or two due to price difference than hotel (2,500¥ compared to 20,000¥ for a hotel room). Found it better than a motel 8 though. Something that hostelworld did not mention is that they have two women only floors... Maybe for safety reasons?!? Oh and showers are like being in a YMCA... If you get the idea...

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