First-Cabin Akihabara overnight staying review. Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 2

2014 winter Aizu, Nikko and Hakone trip
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This post is continued from Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 1, from Narita Airport to Tokyo.

I don’t usually write about hotel in this website. But this hotel, First-Cabin Akihabara is very unique and it is different from common hotels. I can’t recommend everybody. But this hotel may be suitable for some of you. I show you this accommodation and make sure what the difference is.

This hotel is located in very convenient place. It’s just 5 minutes away from JR Akihabara station Showa-dori exit.

As you see the picture at the top, this hotel does not have common hotel rooms. That is a compartment. Some of you may thin about capsule type hotel, like picture below.

Very typical capsule hotel. This photo was not taken at First Cabin Akihabara. (C) atom_balm
Very typical capsule hotel. This photo was not taken at First Cabin Akihabara. (C) atom_balm

But this hotel’s compartment has much higher ceiling. It’s enough space to stand up. You can never stand up in capsule room. You need to crawl into your space in capsule room, but you don’t need to do in this hotel.

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Hotel amenities are towels, tooth brush, night wear and disposable slippers. You can take slippers and tooth brush if you want.

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This is not a real hotel. So you can’t lock your compartment. However access key is required to enter the compartment area. And men’s floor and lady’s floor are completely different. Actually there two elevators. One elevator goes men’s floor and the other goes lady’s floor only.

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There is small security box in the compartment. It is narrow but deep. I could put my small backpack (appx 30 liter size) and laptop very easily. I had a medium size suitcase. I asked front desk and they could keep it until I checked out.

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The compartment has TV. But TV does not have speakers. When you use it, you have to use a headset because this compartment does not have door.

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Free WIFI is of course available and LAN access is also available. You can ask the front desk to use LAN cable.

There are washrooms, shower rooms and sinks on each floor. And Onsen style bath (not real Onsen) is also available on the ground floor.

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I forgot to take a picture of public space beside the front desk and exterior. You can see those at the following link:
Exterior | Front desk | Public space | Onsen style bath

Room rate was 4800 yen as of Feb, 2014. It is a flat rate in all season. This hotel has a bigger size compartment that is called “First Class”. It has some floor space beside the bed at 5800 yen. You can find the details at official site.

There are same accommodations in Haneda airport (domestic terminal), Shijo-Karasuma Kyoto, Osaka Namba, and Hakata (coming soon). If you travel by yourself and look for accommodation in the heart of downtown Tokyo, this accommodation is recommended.

I was okay because I just needed the space to sleep in the center of Tokyo. It is almost impossible to find the space at 4,800 yen in the center of Tokyo. In Tokyo, there are lots of capsule style hotels. But this hotel is much spacious than a capsule hotel. First Cabin Akihabara is not a bad choice for a solo traveler who wants to stay in the center of Tokyo at very affordable price.

Check the rate of First Cabin Akihabara

After I checked out this hotel, I went to Aizu via Utsunomiya.

Continue to the post, Trip to Aizu, Nikko and Hakone in 2014 winter – Part 3, Tokyo to Kinugawa Onsen via Utsunomiya.


  1. Janice says:

    Dear Takeshi san

    Thank you for sharing this experience. I was considering using this capsule hotel in Haneda last nov due to the night flight arrival and changed my mind becos the price for 2 persons is equal to one nite stay in a normal hotel. Then i considered again for extension night in Kyoto but changed as my friend says she voted it out. I wld like to have this one time experience for capsule hotel, perhaps another trip.


    • Hi Janice,

      Exactly. This hotel is suitable to single travellers. If you need the place just to sleep, this facility is not a bad choice. It’s much more comfortable than common capsule hotel.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

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