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Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

Does the job. Strange check in procedure, in which you put your shoes in a locker and then give the keys to reception and they will give you a different key for a different locker for you to put your bag and clothes in.

Capsule itself was obviously small - just enough room for me to sit up inside (I'm 5'11) you can also hear all the people come in and talking in the corridors. Capsule was clean and had a TV. Female floor was on the top level.

Common area was pretty busy when I got there, but had the basic amenities, vending machines, Sofas and eating area/canteen. The place also had a spa - if you've never been to an onsen before, read up about it and its very strict rules.

Very central position, without having to walk through the seedy part of town.

Tried this as a one night experience - I would only recommend this type of accommodation if you are on a tight budget. Otherwise, get an airbnb flat.

Stayed: February 2017, traveled solo
1  Thank marky_hop
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Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

I stayed here on a solo trip to Tokyo in November 2016. In the heart of Shinjuku and about 15 mins walk to the main Shinjuku station.

Perfect for a solo trip

It was a bit hard to find initially. And you may walk past the pin on google maps several times before you find it.

Remember to take off your shoes as soon as you walk in.

More tourists who stay here than other the capsule hotels I have stayed at

Stayed: November 2016, traveled solo
Thank Ron R
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Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

The place is a bit hard to find from the Shinjuku Station itself, but manageable with a google map. Upon arrriving you would leave your luggage at the locker area and can proceed to the capsule.

- if you are a solo traveler then this place is perfect for you
- backpacks is way convenient if you check-in here
- male bathroom/shower area are open that fellow male goers can see your banana, which is something that i'm not use to especially in my culture.(oh well can't argue with that coz the place is cheap)
- you pay what you get, if the place is cheap don't expect 3-5 star treatment
- you have to check out everyday before 10am, you can leave your bags at the reception and recheck-in again.
- if your bag is small you can sneak it inside the capsule
- bring with you earplugs

Stayed: August 2016, traveled solo
Thank Lawrence G
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Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

I have given top star ratings because of this was new to me and was unusual but very interesting.

Capsules you sleep in are small yet comfortable and only recommended for sleeping. If you want to sit back and watch a movie (which you use headphones for, it is a complete silence zone) then be sure to experience back pain since you will slouch.

As for showering. This is common and split male and female. Be warned you will shower side by side and be nude in the numbers of at least 15 onwards.

Same goes for jacuzzis and saunas and face washing areas. All in all good experience. Staff also very friendly and informative.

Definate recommend at least for one night, just for the experience.

Stayed: December 2016, traveled solo
2  Thank SirJacobDavid
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Reviewed January 5, 2017

When planning this trip with my son, I figured this would be a perfect time to try out a capsule hotel since we’d be both males and the anything-goes kind of people.

Reservation for three nights via online was easy though but after the experience, it might not have even been necessary at all. (More about that later).

Upon reaching the 3rd floor where the front desk is, you’d be greeted by (not the front desk clerks) loads of luggage. We arrived at about 10am and we were immediately informed that they will not be entertaining check-ins until 4pm. I couldn’t even use their rest room because the entire facility was undergoing “cleaning”. But thankfully, we were allowed to leave our bags (with the rest of the other luggage) while we set out to explore the city.

We got back at about 6pm and the lady in the front desk patiently explained to me the policies of the capsule hotel. She had some challenges in speaking English but I appreciated her efforts in doing so very much. I read in some reviews that the staff where somewhat rude, but I thought otherwise. To me it was just normal.

The plus factors;
1. Location – It’s right smack in the heart of it all. And the train station entrance is just a block away.
2. Very clean bathrooms. They provide you with a towel, a bathrobe & a pair of shorts. It comes with common use shampoo, body wash and facial soap. Although be prepared to take a bath in the company of other men in one big shower area all butt naked. Try not to be culture shocked by it.
3. Each Capsule comes with its own TV though I barely got to watch because it was all in Japanese. It’s pretty warm and cozy after getting under the thick blanket.
4. They have a mess hall complete with vending machines and hot water in the 4th floor.

The downsides;
1. You’d have to check out every morning before 10am and be asked to vacate your capsule & locker. Then when you get back later in the day, you’d have to check in again, be assigned a new locker and capsule. So, it appeared that you don’t really need to reserve after all.
2. This part I liked the least. The lockers & showers are all in the 3rd floor. While our assigned capsule was in the 6th floor. You are not permitted to bring you luggage to the capsule with you (except if you just want to organize or arrange stuff inside it). Its pretty inconvenient to have your bag so far away from you in case you realize there is something in it that you need with you for the night. I did observe that some guests manage to sneak in their luggage to the 6th floor. They probably felt the same way we did.
3. The lockers were also quite small that even a small cabin sized luggage won’t fit in. As a result, you’d see luggage on top of lockers all over. Then it spreads out further to the receptions areas and even on top of the shoe lockers nearby. Luggages were everywhere.
• The locker rooms are so cramped that it makes it difficult to open even just a small luggage, especially with other people around.
• Although I appreciate that they permit guests to leave their luggage behind so they don’t need to haul it with them through the day, it makes the place seem so cluttered & messy.

4. There is a disco a few floors down whose music beat you can still hear in the dead of the night. Too bad the hotel can’t do anything about it.

We tried the capsule hotel for the experience and surely the experience we got. I’m not so sure if all capsule hotels are like this. But if they are, I’ll be more likely looking for a hotel room instead in the future. Will I recommend this place again to my friends …? I’ll just say no comment.

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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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Thank Rick829
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Additional Information about Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel

Address: 1-2-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Ranked #4 of 39 Specialty lodging in Shinjuku
Price Range: ₱1,460 - ₱4,380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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