When it comes to picking accommodation for your Japan travel adventures, there are a myriad of options to choose from, including hotels, hostels, AirBnBs, and ryokan (traditional Japanese inns). Of those options, there are some that some with a little added flair, whether it be fun design, quirky themes, or the appearance of much-loved characters in the decor. This guide covers five accommodation spots in the Kanto region that add some uniqueness to any itinerary.
Henn Na Hotel
With a number of branches across Japan, Henn Na Hotel is the world's first hotel chain staffed by robots. The Kanto region has eight Henn Na Hotels to choose from, including locations in prime sightseeing areas such as Asakusa, Ginza, and Maihama – the latter is a great option if you're planning a visit to Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea.
A full list of the Kanto region branches on the Henn Na Hotel website here.
Mongolia Village Tenger
If you're after an experience in Japan that makes you feel as if you've traveled abroad, look no further than Mongolia Village Tenger. Located in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, the accommodation here involves yurts – they're a type of round tent native to the Central Asian region.
1577-9 Takakuhei, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi, 325-0302
Arabian Art Hotel
Another option that makes you feel like you've jetted half a world away is Chiba's Arabian Art Hotel. The premises is operated by a family who used to live in Egypt, and it incorporates elements of different countries in the region. There is a beautiful sitting area filled with Persian rugs and lamps from Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey, a coastal-inspired courtyard, and even the opportunity to dress up in traditional clothing from the region (a small additional fee applies).
3-332-7 Futominishi, Kamogawa, Chiba 299-2861
Book & Bed
Literary lovers, this one's for you. Book & Bed was designed based on the concept of "a bookstore where you could stay," and it certainly delivers on that. Conveniently located in Shinjuku, the hotel is filled with approximately 4000 books for guests to peruse during their trip.
1-27-5 Kabukicho APM Building 8F, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0021
Asakusa Tobu Hotel
While it seems like your run of the mill hotel from the outside, the Asakusa Tobu Hotel is home to some fun Hello Kitty themed rooms when you head inside. The rooms can fit up to four guests each, making them a great option for families traveling with Sanrio-loving children in tow. Best of all, the location is great – the hotel is directly across from Asakusa Station.
1 Chome-1-15 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032