For many travelers like myself, Japan can be quite an expensive place to visit. However, this does not mean that there aren’t any ways for us to save especially on accommodations. There are actually many cheap hotels in Japan that you can choose from. You can stay in a stylish place that has a comfortable lounge, a popular budget hotel just 3 minutes away from Shinjuku or if you’re feeling a little bit adventurous just like me and my brothers, you may want to stay in a capsule room in Tokyo!
Located just 7 minutes away from Suitengumae Subway Station (Hanzomon Line) and in the Chuo-ku area, Oak Hostel Cabin is a good choice if you’re looking for a place to stay in Tokyo, Japan. Fairly new, Oak Hostel Cabin Tokyo offers dormitories (male, female, mixed) that have capsule style rooms. Oak Hostel Cabin’s location is a plus – it’s just minutes away from the nearest metro, moments away from TCAT and is near both Lawson and 7/11 convenience stores.
On our way to our Tokyo capsule hotel: (this area is where the IBM headquarters is)
Autumn 2015! Beautiful colors 🙂 That’s the IBM headquarters on the left.
We arrived at Oak Hostel Cabin early afternoon. Reception area is on the second floor. Please don’t forget to take off your shoes 🙂
Each of us paid 3,500 yen (Php 1,365, as of November 2015 exchange rate). The receptionist was friendly and spoke English. Check-in was fast and smooth.
The kitchen area, two drink vending machines, dining table and chairs and lounge are all found behind the reception area on the second floor. You are free to use the kitchen amenities – just clean after yourself. Yes, they practise CLAYGO here – clean as you go. Japan is very particular about waste segregation so take note of the signs on the garbage bins.
After you check-in, you need to keep your shoes in your own shoe locker (right across the reception desk). Keep the key and return it when you check-out. There will be slippers for you to use during your stay. Choose your own pair from a stack located near the shoe lockers.
And tadaaa — here’s my capsule room!
My brothers and I stayed in a mixed capsule room dormitory (3rd floor). It was our very first time to stay in one of Japan’s famed capsules and we weren’t disappointed. My capsule was actually very roomy! I could sit without slouching. I was also provided with a comforter, blanket, a pillow and pillow case. We then rented bath towels for just 100 yen (about Php 39) each. My Oak Hostel capsule room also had its own airconditioning (which I didn’t really avail of since Tokyo weather at the time was absolutely chilly) plus two electric plugs. WiFi connection was free and super fast. Faster than you can say “I love you, Tokyo!” For privacy, you can pull down the shutter at the foot of the bed.
Oak Hostel Cabin Tokyo Japan also has strictly just for male and for female dormitories. I just opted for the mixed dorm because I traveled with my brothers.
The shower rooms were located at the 5th floor. Each shower stall had hot and cold shower, free shampoo, conditioner and body soap. There were also a couple of sinks where you can find free cotton buds and hair ties. There were also a couple of hair dryers available for use. Our floor had separate toilets for men and women.
No food for sale at Oak Hostel Cabin Tokyo. Just drinks. If you’re hungry, you can get a quick bite from the nearby Lawson or 7/11. Trust me, even the ready-to-eat options at these convenience stores are delicious!
They also have a laundromat. 200 yen for the washing machine and 100 yen for the dryer. This will be your view at the washing area.
My brothers and I only stayed overnight since we had to travel to Kyoto, Japan the next day. It was enough, though, for us to recommend this place to other backpackers or budget travelers 🙂
There’s a mini park near the hotel. Spotted this man there on a very cold November morning.
By the way, just like most elevators in Japan, the elevator at Oak Hostel Cabin is also small. I think only 3 people with luggage can fit in. You will also be provided with a locker but if you have really huge luggage, best to request the front desk to keep it for you.
I highly recommend Oak Hostel Cabin! Do give them a try when you’re in Tokyo, Japan 🙂
Oak Hostel Cabin (Exit B2 at Suitengumae Station)
1-16, Nihonbashi Hakozaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0015, Japan
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