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Last updated: 18 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rob Goss

The capsule hotel gets a slick reboot at this chain with branches in Shinjuku, Asakusa, and other handy locations in Tokyo.

Admittedly, sleeping in a pod that’s 220cm deep, 110cm tall and 110cm wide won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but if claustrophobia isn’t an issue the sleek-industrial design and gender-separated sleeping areas make Nine Hours a great budget option.

And while capsule hotels are ordinarily a single-night refuge for businesspeople working or drinking after the last train, multi-night stays are possible.

That said, with 10 branches in and around the city, it can also be a cheap way to hop one night at a time around different neighborhoods, and the Narita Airport branch is very handy if you arrive late or fly out early.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Museums of Ueno Park

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[2.9 miles]

A collection of six excellent in one park, including the Tokyo National Museum. Also one of the city’s most popular sites for hanami in Cherry Blosssom season.

Best for ages: 6+ | Varies | 2-3 hours

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Sumo wrestling

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[3 miles]

Drama and tradition combine in this 1,000-year-old sport. It’s a mesmerising and atmospheric spectacle – and Tokyo’s Ryogoku neighbourhood is the centre of it all.

Best for ages: 8+ | £15 | 2-3 hours

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Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[3.3 miles]

Japan’s oldest and largest art and cultural museum, is a must-see for anyone interested in Japan’s fascinating history. Collections include samurai armour and swords, ancient Buddhist sculptures even tea ceremony utensils.

Best for ages: 8+ | £6 | 2-3 hours

Sensoji Temple

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[4.2 miles]

With towering gateways and a five-storied pagoda, this busy temple in Asakusa is a standout. If you have time for just one temple in Tokyo – make it this one.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Imperial Palace & Gardens

Imperial Palace & Gardens

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[1 miles]

The Imperial family’s current home is off-limits to visitors, but you can steal photogenic glimpses and stroll the pretty East Gardens.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Rows of tuna fish on palettes at fish auction at Tsukiji fish market.

Tsukiji Outer Market

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[3.1 miles]

The wholesale fish market has moved to Toyosu island, but much of it gets delivered back to Tsukiji – browse the stalls and have a sushi breakfast – restaurants open at 5am.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[3.1 miles]

A gorgeous Shinto shrine, dating back to 1705, of elegant, colourful structures, tunnels af shrine arches, forested pathways, and ponds of koi carp. Every April, this shrine holds a month-long festival to celebrate the blooming of thousands of azaleas.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Exterior of the Japanese Sword Museum in Ryogoku

Japanese Sword Museum

Tokyo, Kanto, Japan[3.2 miles]

This museum in Ryogoku exhibits a collection of around 190 supremely crafted historic katana (samurai swords) – some designated national treasures – and documents how they are made.

Best for ages: 8+ | £7 | 2-3 hours

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Kanto, Japan

A dizzying mixture of old ways and modern style, crowds and calm, and arguably the best food scene on the planet.

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