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16 Fun Themed Hotels in Tokyo – From Hello Kitty to Godzilla

by Viola
Themed Hotels in Tokyo

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that nobody can create and stick to a theme as well as people in Japan can. I mean, I follow so many Japanese Instagram accounts because of their fascinating themes. Exhibit A: This account features two cats who get dressed up in elaborate outfits and pose with fancy dinners. Exhibit B: This elderly couple who wear matching outfits every day (You are going to be scrolling their pictures for a while. Sorry not sorry). Japanese folks are impeccable with their consistency and attention to details. Tokyo, being the country’s capital, is a Mecca for over the top themed entertainments. For those who are suckers for instagrammable places, yes my millennials I’m looking at you, experiencing one of the themed hotels in Tokyo is a really fun thing to do. I’ve been gathering a bucket list of themed hotels in Tokyo since I first moved to Japan in 2016. I have been able to check off a couple but I still have a long way to go. In this post, I am sharing my forever growing list. The accommodations are curated into three sections: Hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs. There are definitely options for travellers of all budgets and style. Which one of these places would you stay in? Let me know in the comments below.

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Hotels

Keio Plaza Hotel Tama – Hello Kitty Themed Room

Talk about Japanese pop culture, and Hello Kitty will no doubt be mentioned. Beyond being popular in Japan, Kitty-chan has become an international phenomenon. The Keio Plaza Hotel Tama offers an exclusive Kitty Town Room that will melt your heart with its sweetness. The decors are filled with roses, bows, and of course, Hello Kitty. Guests who stay in the room can take home lots of bougie swags including Hello Kitty ribbon water, Hello Kitty slippers, Hello Kitty skincare set, and original Hello Kitty dolls. The price per night is definitely not cheap. But for Kitty fanatics who can afford it, it is worth it. Oh, don’t forget that the hotel is only a five-minutes walk to Sanrio Puroland, the home of Hello Kitty.

*Note: Do not confuse Keio Plaza Hotel Tama with Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo! As of January 2019, the facility in Shinjuku no longer operates their Hello Kitty Room. Keio Plaza Hotel Tama is technically outside of Tokyo. 

Address

Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, 1 Chome-43 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo 206-0033, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

 

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo – My Melody Room

My Melody Room Keio Plaza

Photo source: Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

While not as well known as Hello Kitty, My Melody has its own loyal fan base in Japan. Often known as Hello Kitty’s best friend, My Melody is a white rabbit that loves almond pound cake and flowers. Keio Plaza is opening a new themed room dedicated to this beloved Sanrio character. Like the Kitty Town Room, the My Melody Room is quite expensive. However, comfort yourself with the thought that at least breakfast is included and kids under 6 can stay for free. The room is getting booked quickly before it has even made its debut (June 15, 2019), so make sure to reserve way in advance.

Address

Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, 1 Chome-43 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo 206-0033, Japan

Check availability and pricing for KeioPlaza Hotel Tama

 

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo – Little Twin Stars Room

Little Twin Star Room Keio Plaza Hotel

Photo source: Keio Plaza Hotel Tama

One more feature from Keio Plaza! (Evidently, this hotel is the place to be) Little Twin Stars are two Sanrio characters who are siblings. Legend has it that they were born on Omoiyari Star (meaning “Compassion Star” in English) high above in the Dream Star Cloud. The younger brother Kiki, is a cheeky curious boy, and the older sister Lala, is a kind and gentle girl. The Little Twin Star room is quite literally decorated with stars and rainbows. The bed is filled with plush pillows that will make you feel like you are sleeping on a soft cloud. No better place to sing “Twinkle Twinkle” as a bedtime song.

Address

Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, 1 Chome-43 Ochiai, Tama, Tokyo 206-0033, Japan

Check availability and pricing for KeioPlaza Hotel Tama

 

Imperial Hotel Tokyo – Snoopy Themed Room

Fans of Snoopy would go totally peanuts (get it?) over the room at Imperial Hotel Tokyo that features Grand Chef Snoopy. Every furniture and decoration are original designs. Check out the details like the mug coasters and towels. You can even keep the Snoopy slippers as a souvenir. As a part of the package, guests are also spoiled with a  Snoopy themed breakfast and given a gift bag filled with cool Snoopy goods.

Address

Imperial Hotel Tokyo, 1 Chome-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Imperial Hotel Tokyo

 

Henn na Hotel – Robot Hotel

Imagine a world where we have robots that can serve us, talk to us, and run hotels. Sounds like a world in a distance future? Well guess what…this future is already here. *Line delivered in my most dramatic creepy voice. Yes, the Henn na Hotel are staffed with robots. From multi-lingual humanoids that help guests check in at the front desk, to robotic arms that assist with storing luggage in the cloakroom, it is pretty impressive what technology can do. Guests can also register with the hotel face recognition system, so there is no need to carry the room key when wandering around the building. Is this a Black Mirror episode or what? However, unfortunately, or fortunately,  robots still can’t do EVERYTHING. Human staff are still there at Henn na Hotel whenever the mechanical friends cannot understand certain requests. Nevertheless, it is interesting to witness this facility that gives us a glimpse into the future world.

Address

Multiple locations in Tokyo. 

Check availability and pricing for Henn na Hotel Tokyo Ginza

Check availability and pricing for Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay

Check availability and pricing for Henn na Hotel Tokyo Haneda

 

Hotel Gracery Shinjuku – Godzilla Themed Rooms

Godzilla is an iconic legend of Tokyo, and you can get up and personal with this monster in the Godzilla themed room at Hotel Gracery. Conveniently located in the heart of Shinjuku, Hotel Gracery is very easy to find. Just look for the scary Godzilla perched on top of a skyscraper! The hotel is 30 stories high. There are two special suites for you monster hunters. One room is decorated with posters of all the Godzilla movies, from 1950 to today. So all the super fans can see the evolution of this beast over time. The centerpiece of the room is the giant claw on the wall. Ooh scary. The other suite offers a unique view where you can see Godzilla’s head right outside your window as if the monster is passing by. Throughout the hotel, there are lots of tributes to Godzilla, and guests even have access to the terrace where they can stare right into the face of big G.

Address

Hotel Gracery, 1 Chome-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Hotel Gracery

 

Park Hotel Tokyo – Japanese Art Themed Rooms

This elegant mid-range hotel in the business district of Shiodome offers a beautiful way for guests to experience Japanese culture. While most floors have a simple clean design, the 31st floor is special. Every room on this floor has been transformed by an artist into stunning works of art inspired by Japan. You can see classic imageries like bamboo, geisha, sumo, cats and sakura trees, all with a contemporary twist.  One’s got to stay at Park Hotel many times to see the different rooms. The rest of the hotel is also very artsy with unique touches featuring traditional and modern elements.

Address

Park Hotel Tokyo, 1 Chome-7-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Park Hotel Tokyo

 

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Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

We all know that Disney is pretty much a synonym for magic. If you are planning to visit Tokyo Disneyland, there is no better place to stay than the official Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. On top of being the closest hotel to the park, guests also get early entry privileges. Those perks alone are incredibly valuable. But the extra fairy dust on the cake is that there are exclusive rooms themed around Disney films and characters. Cinderella! Alice in Wonderland! Beauty and the Beast!…I don’t know about you, but my inner 8-year-old self is about to pee my pants with excitement. 

Address

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, 29-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Tokyo Disneyland Hotel Tokyo

 

 

Lotte City Hotel – Koala March Rooms

Koala’s March is an addicting-ly delicious chocolate cookie brand in Japan. Its mascot, an adorable koala, is the theme of the guest rooms at Lotte City Hotel. If you did not know this character before, you will surely fall in love now after seeing it everywhere. So change into your koala PJs, munch on some koala cookies, slip under the koala bedspread, and spend some koala-tea time cuddling with the koala stuffed animal. Koala me crazy!

Address

Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho, 4 Chome-6-1 Kinshi, Sumida City, Tokyo, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Lotte City Hotel

 

Hostels

Nine Hour – Spaceship-like Sleeping Pods

nine hours capsule hotel Tokyo

Capsule hotels continue to be a hot trend in Japan. There’s something so comforting about being in an enclosed space that’s just for you, where you can spread out in the most atrocious positions, watch corny reality shows, pick your nose and nobody can ever judge you. 😛 Nine Hour is one of the most popular capsule hotel chains in Japan. In Tokyo alone, there are seven locations. Behind the name Nine Hours is a straight forward concept that to reset your day, all you need is 1 hour to take a shower, 7 hours of sleep, and 1 hour to get dressed. The inner decor of the hotel/hostel also follows a simple color palette of black and white. When I first entered a room, I immediately thought it looks like a spaceship in a sci-fi movie. Glowing sleeping pods line two sides of a black corridor. You can see number markings on the ground, giving the space a sterile laboratory type feel, in the most badass way. As I laid in my enclosed pod, I imagined myself as Jennifer Lawrence in the movie Passenger, being shipped away to a faraway planet.

Address

Multiple locations in Tokyo. I recommend the one near Shinjuku train station

Check availability and prices for Nine Hours Shinjuku

Check availability and prices for Nine Hours Akasaka

Check availability and prices for Nine Hours Asakusa

 

First Cabin Akasaka – Airplane Inspired Rooms

Ever flown first class on a flight? Well for us peasants who can’t afford it, we can finally get that luxury experience…except it won’t actually be on a plane. First Cabin Hotel gives you that faux flight experience with their compact cabin-like rooms. There are a total of 11 locations in Tokyo. Choose from their First Class, Business Class, or Premium Economy Class cabins.  The best way to feel like a jet setter without breaking the bank!

Address

Multiple locations in Tokyo. 

Check availability and pricing for First Cabin Akasaka

Check availability and pricing for First Cabin Akihabara

Check availability and pricing for First Cabin Tsukiji

 

Book and Bed Tokyo

If you are a book nerd like me, you need to know about Book and Bed. This hostel combines the concept of a library and a hostel, the fusion baby is the ultimate haven for travellers who love to read. From novels, to magazines, to manga, the collection here is huge. There are even books on the ceilings, literally. Although most of the books here are Japanese, there is a more-than-decent English section as well. I mean, they got me with the Hunger Games series. Grab a story and snuggle into one of the beds hidden behind the bookshelves. Ahh nothing more zen than falling asleep from reading a good book.

Address

Multiple locations in Tokyo. I recommend the one near Ikebukuro train station

Check availability and pricing for Book and Bed Hostel Ikebukuro

Check availability and pricing for Book and Bed Hostel Shinjuku

Check availability and pricing for Book and Bed Hostel Asakusa

 

Train Hostel Hokutosei

If the airplane vibe is not your thing, how about a train? The Big Dipper used to be a real sleeper train that was quite popular. Since it stopped running, there was a genius idea of repurposing it and turning it into a hostel. With the support of the East Japan Railway Corporation and JR East Japan Development Corporation, the Hokutosei Train Hostel was born. The dormitory-style rooms are great option for budget travellers. I really appreciate creative ideas like Hokutosei, where something can become useful again if we give it a second chance.

Address

Train Hostel Hokutosei, 1 Chome-10-12 Nihonbashibakurocho, Chuo City, Tokyo, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Train Hostel Hokutosei

 

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Airbnb and others

Kawaii Culture Room in Shibuya

People have come from far and wide to experience Japan’s “Kawaii culture”, and this Airbnb is everything that Kawaii is about. It’s pink, it’s sparkly, and the sakura motif throughout the house will make you want to take 100 photos. Located Shibuya, it is just a short distance away from Harajuku, the epicenter of Kawaii culture in Japan.

Check availability and pricing for Kawaii Culture Room

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Shiba Inu Room in Minami-Aoyama

Shiba Inu may just be the most popular dog breed in Japan. Because who can resist the face of these smart loyal cutie pies. If you are obsessed with Shiba Inus, you have something in common with the owner of this Airbnb in Miami Aoyama, Tokyo. Look at their adorable advertising that explains everything through the perspective of a Shiba Inu doll. Total cuteness overload.

Check availability and pricing for Shiba Inu Room

Psst sign up on Airbnb and get up to $46 dollars off your first booking!

 

Oedo-Onsen Monogatari in Koto

Technically, Oedo-Onsen is not meant to be an accommodation. It is a wild hot spring theme park with an interior that mimics Japan’s Edo period. People come here mainly to take baths and be entertained by the “travel back in time” vibe. However, since the onsen is open 24/7, guests are welcome to stay overnight. There are rooms you can reserve for an extra fee, or head to the free relaxation rooms with comfy reclining chairs that are fine for snoozing. Otherwise, passing out on a random tatami mat in a common room is perfectly acceptable too. No better deal for a budget traveler when you can kill two birds with one stone, amirite? Read this blog post for detailed information on staying overnight at Oedo-Onsen.

Address

Oedo Onsen Monogatari, 2 Chome-6 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo, Japan

Check availability and pricing for Oedo-Onsen

 

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8 comments

Rachael May 18, 2019 - 12:55 am

This is amazing! I love themed hotels but I’ve never been Japan now I know where I’ll be staying when I do go

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Francesca Murray May 18, 2019 - 2:18 am

This was such a cool blog post! I honestly can’t decide which room I think is the cutest! I love how you included Airbnbs too. I’d love to stay at the Kawaii Culture Room!

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Jac May 18, 2019 - 3:09 am

The book themed hostel is amazing of course, but a Godzilla one will definitely give your Japan trip a proper vibe 🙂

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Josy A May 18, 2019 - 3:12 am

Wooooah! I’ve stayed in the Keio Plaza quite a few times, but I had no idea they have themed rooms. Amaaaaazing!

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Soujanya May 18, 2019 - 12:55 pm

My favourite one among these was definitely the cabin styled rooms of First Cabin Akasaka. Also, can I just say how CUTE that Japanese couple looks!!

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carlinn meyer May 18, 2019 - 1:09 pm

This is soooo cool! I am in love with all things themed.

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Kelly May 18, 2019 - 3:16 pm

I love staying in places like this! So fun! Clearly I need to plan a trip back to Japan so I can stay in one of these super quirky places and explore more of Tokyo!

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Silly Little Kiwi Blog | Tara May 18, 2019 - 9:21 pm

These are so fun! I can’t wait to return to Japan! xx

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