Zen-themed design capsule hotel “hotel zen tokyo” opening in Tokyo in early Spring 2019

New hotel marries traditional Japanese design and futuristic capsule format for a whole new type of hotel experience in the heart of Tokyo. Available for reservations starting today on official website.  

SEN Inc. will open a zen-themed design capsule hotel “hotel zen tokyo” in Tokyo in early Spring 2019. Guests can start making reservations starting November 5th on its official website (


hotel zen tokyo is located a mere 30 second walk away from Ningyocho station, a popular and practical station in Tokyo with direct metro access to the city’s two airports and major tourism landmarks.  The hotel is seven floors big with two entire floors of common room and facilities, including a study & work lounge, cafe bar and coin laundry room.


hotel zen tokyo was founded by Japanese architect Taro Kagami with a mission to provide an accessible and authentic Japanese hotel experience. Kagami, whose architecture expertise is in zen minimalism design, crafted hotel zen tokyo’s guest experience with zen wabisabi principles in mind. Guests staying at hotel zen tokyo can enjoy a fusion of modern, efficient capsule hotel format and authentic design.


"I believe that great hotel experience is essential for travel. However, the great majority of affordable and convenient hotels in Tokyo are business hotels.  They are standard and functional, but unfortunately do not provide guests with a uniquely Japan experience,” says Taro Kagami, CEO and Chief Architect of SEN Inc. “On the other hand, ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, are very expensive and often a bit inconvenient for guests who do not speak Japanese. This is exactly why we created hotel zen tokyo - to provide guests with a reasonable and convenient way to enjoy an authentic Japanese hotel experience.”


While hotel zen tokyo is a capsule hotel by definition, its pods (capsule-type unit) are more spacious than regular capsule hotels, with each pod reaching the ceiling at a height of 2.2 meters.

There are 78 pods total spread out across five floors, with up to two floors dedicated to female guests. Pods come in five types, with varying bed (either single or semi-double western-style beds) and room sizes. All rooms come with free wi-fi, safe for valuables, outlets, reading light, and clothing hangers. Guests are given keys to lockers located on the same floor to store bigger luggage.

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Guests also have access to over 300 square meters -- over 30% of the entire hotel property -- of common area and facilities, including a study lounge, laundry room, and a cafe bar.  


The cafe bar will serve breakfast for guests in the morning and turns into a Japanese-style cafe during the day, and a live music bar at night.  Menu includes local lunch items and traditional sweets during the day, with an addition of local craft beers, liquor, and a collection of sake at night. At the center of the cafe bar is a steel teahouse on display, which turns into a music stage at night for live music.


For further information on hotel zen tokyo, please visit the official website at:

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Press contact: Rie Yoshigoe