3 Recommended Tokyo Hotels in the Covid Era: Accommodation and More!

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3 Recommended Tokyo Hotels in the Covid Era: Accommodation and More!
3 Recommended Tokyo Hotels in the Covid Era: Accommodation and More!

Life has changed in Japan over the past year, and hotels have also adjusted their philosophy with the times. There are now more places where you can enjoy not only comfortable accommodation but further attractive reasons to stay.

Among them, are three hotels in Tokyo’s suburbs that offer unique services like anime appreciation parties and manuscript writing packs.

After spending much of the past year at home, you can now spend a fulfilling time changing your mood while concentrating on hobbies and work in extraordinary hotels, secure that coronavirus countermeasures are in place.

1. Watch videos on a large projector screen at EJ Anime Hotel!

© Kenji Miura
© Kenji Miura

© Kenji Miura

Tokorozawa Sakura Town is about 30 minutes from Ikebukuro by train and a 10-minute walk from Higashi-Tokorozawa Station in Saitama.

Opened in October 2020, the complex includes an art museum, event space, and the EJ Anime Hotel. As the name suggests, this experience-based hotel is replete with features that are sure to satisfy fans of the anime, gaming, comic, movie, special effects, and “idol” subcultures.

© Kenji Miura
© Kenji Miura

© Kenji Miura

Guest rooms are outfitted with the latest video and audio equipment. Notable 150-inch projector screens, 3D high-quality sound systems, and production-quality lighting are installed in all 33 rooms, providing guests with an optimal audiovisual experience, while HDMI connections make it possible to use your own video or gaming systems.

Here, you can enjoy a comfortable, private space to indulge yourself watching videos and playing games to your heart's content.

© Kenji Miura
© Kenji Miura

© Kenji Miura

There are five types of spacious rooms, from 91 square meter suites for up to eight people to Japanese-style rooms where you can sleep on futons, making EJ Anime Hotel ideal for large family trips.

“Osomatsu-san” © Fujio Akatsuka / Osomatsu-san Production Committee
“Osomatsu-san” © Fujio Akatsuka / Osomatsu-san Production Committee

“Osomatsu-san” © Fujio Akatsuka / Osomatsu-san Production Committee

“Slayers” © Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi
“Slayers” © Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi

“Slayers” © Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi

Another fun feature of EJ Anime Hotel is that rooms incorporate an anime theme. As of December 2020, popular works “Osomatsu-san” and “Slayers” are being showcased and limited edition illustrations and items are available to guests.

COVID-19 prevention measures:
•Disinfection, sterilization and cleaning interior and equipment
•Provision of sterilization/disinfectant solution
•Disinfection after every checkout
•Improved interior ventilation
•Use of coin trays and partitions at the reception desk
•Staff wear masks, wash and disinfect hands regularly, gargle, and monitor temperature
•Reduced and appropriately-spaced seating
•Admission restrictions and reservation system and refusal of ill customers
•Request for customers to wear masks, and on-site temperature measurement

EJ Anime Hotel
Tokorozawa Sakura Town 6F, 3-31-3 Higashi Tokorozawa Wada, Tokorozawa-shi, Saitama 359-0023, Japan
10-minute walk from Higashi-Tokorozawa Station on the JR Musashino Line
04-2003-7020
Hours: Check-in 16:00, check-out 10:00
Rates: 1 night with 2 meals starting from 24,800 yen per person (excluding tax)

2. Feel like a writer at The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara, where you can concentrate on writing and studying!

About an hour from Tokyo by train, Kanagawa’s Yugawara is a hot spring town beloved by Japanese writers Soseki Natsume and Ryunosuke Akutagawa. It is said that they frequently visited Yugawara to focus on their writing.

The Ryokan Tokyo Yugawara offers many unique writer-related accommodation plans. The signature “Adult Manuscript Writing Pack” is structured so guests can concentrate on writing while feeling like true scribes.

In addition to the use of a black-and-white printer and all-you-can-drink coffee and tea, the hotel staff will check on your progress and offer impressions. There’s no doubt you’ll feel like a literary master with the support of your editor!

Other plans for those seeking a time of concentration and intense focus like the “Thesis Writing Pack” include energy drinks on the menu. In addition to hard work writing or studying, you can also enjoy Yugawara’s natural hot springs, which may provide additional inspiration, with one-day hot springs (12:00 - 19:00) and private hot springs (weekdays 12:00 - 15:00) available.

All-you-can-read novels, manga, and magazines curated by the hotel are also available, with many bearing a literary focus appropriate for Yugawara’s legacy. The “Honto” rental pillow service is ideal for reading and soothing lighting makes it easy to immerse yourself in Japanese literature.

COVID-19 prevention measures:
•Disinfection, sterilization and cleaning interior and equipment
•Provision of sterilization/disinfectant solution
•Disinfection after every checkout
•Improved interior ventilation
•Use of coin trays and partitions at the reception desk
•Staff wear masks, wash and disinfect hands regularly, gargle, and monitor temperature
•Reduced and appropriately-spaced seating
•Admission restrictions and reservation system
•Request for customers to wear masks, and on-site temperature measurement

The Ryokan Tokyo YUGAWARA
742 Miyakami, Yugawaramachi, Ashigara-shi, Kanagawa 259-0314, Japan
About a 10-minute drive from JR Yugawara Station
0465-63-3498
Hours: Check-in 16:00, check-out 10:00

3. Nohga Hotel Akihabara Tokyo, for a comfortable workcation in the heart of the city

Akihabara is known as a city of culture, but did you know it’s only a 5-minute train ride from Tokyo Station and offers easy access to the city’s office district? Opened in September 2020, Nohga Hotel Akihabara Tokyo is attracting attention as a hotel where patrons can work comfortably in the city center.

Tokyo’s business hotels are often cramped and uncomfortable, but Nohga Hotel Akihabara Tokyo prides itself on offering guest rooms that pursue comfort with Japanese-made amenities, comfortable furniture, and stylish blue and gold decor. Double rooms feature Simmons queen size beds, inviting you to deep, refreshing sleep.

High-quality speakers are installed in every room, and the hotel’s original music and video works are presented on TV so you can relax in between work duties.

For breakfast, you can choose egg dishes such as Eggs Benedict and omelets, all of which come with freshly baked focaccia. Smoked salmon salad, ham and cheese, yogurt, and soup are also readily available. Even in the heart of the city, you’ll enjoy a comfortable setting and a hearty breakfast, improving the quality of your work.

COVID-19 prevention measures:
•Disinfection, sterilization and cleaning interior and equipment
•Provision of sterilization/disinfectant solution
•Disinfection after every checkout
•Improved interior ventilation
•Use of coin trays and partitions at the reception desk
•Staff wear masks, wash and disinfect hands regularly, gargle, and monitor temperature
•Reduced and appropriately-spaced seating
•Admission restrictions and reservation system and refusal of ill customers
•Request for customers to wear masks, and on-site temperature measurement

NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO
3-10-11 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
4-minute walk from Suehirocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line, or a 6-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station
03-6206-0569
Hours: Check-in 15:00, check-out 11:00
Rates: Double room (with shower only; no bath) without meals from 7,657 yen per person (excluding tax)

Similar to these three examples, the number of unique hotels not simply meant as places to sleep while traveling is increasing. Be sure to keep them in mind as excellent accommodation options for your next trip to Japan!

Written by:

Ran Tanaka

A writer based in Southeast Asia. Happy life is with cheap beer.

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