The Millennials Opens in Shibuya! An Artsy and Modern Capsule Hotel for Millennials



The Millennials Opens in Shibuya! An Artsy and Modern Capsule Hotel for Millennials


A new generation of capsule hotels is taking over Japanese big cities. These modern variations of Japanese capsule hotels put their focus on design and style, while keeping the price reasonable.

The high-tech designer capsule hotel The Millennials Shibuya opened in March 2018 and we went to check it out.

Easy Access Within Walking Distance From Hachiko

The hotel is located in the bustling young district of Shibuya, Tokyo. Past the scramble crossing and a few minutes walk from the Tsutaya department store is the Tower Records building. Turn left at the crossing, go up the hill and you'll see the entrance to The Millennials Shibuya. It's a mere 6 minutes walk from the Hachiko Statue in front of Shibuya Station, Tokyo's number one meeting spot.

Easy Access Within Walking Distance From Hachiko


The entrance to The Millennials Shibuya

A Capsule Hotel Dedicated to Millennials

We took the elevator up to the 4th floor where we found the reception. The simple interior design gives a sense of cleanliness.
Reception at 4th floor

The Millennials Shibuya is a capsule hotel specifically designed for generations born after 1980. For example, your room key is actually an iPod. Not only can you use it to enter your room, but you can also control the lights, change your bed's reclining settings and so on. The perfect room key for the digital generation.
Check in by iPod

On the 4th floor is also a lounge complete with a shared kitchen. This looks more like an actual hotel rather than a capsule hotel, where the space is often scarce. Here guests can relax and chat with each other.
Lounge complete with a shared kitchen

The kitchen is supplied with plenty of appliances and tableware that you can use like a microwave, coffee maker and even a rice cooker. Even better, the stay includes free breakfast in the morning with bread and coffee, and a free beer time in the evening.

Breakfast set


Appropriate kitchen utensils

Stay Comfortable and Safe in a Clean and Stylish Capsule Hotel

The rooms at The Millennials are called 'smart pods'. There are 20 smart pods on every floor from the 5th to the 10th floor. Areas are divided between mixed rooms and female only rooms. Mixed rooms are great for couples and groups. 

The Millennials Shibuya has English signs and easy to understand icons, so people who don't speak Japanese can navigate the hotel with ease.
English signs and easy to understand icons

Entering the first room area you'll be pleasantly surprised by the funky and colorful designs on the walls. Also, while in traditional capsule hotels the beds are stacked vertically making the space a little crammed, each bed here takes all the vertical space. Definitely more spacious than a regular capsule.
Art pod floor

The 5th floor is called the 'art pod' floor. The drawings on the walls are actual works of art made by 20 artist from Japan and overseas. Sleeping surrounded by art is not something you get to experience every day, so I recommend trying this!
※Advance reservation is required for the art pods. Please check the website for details.
Art pod 1
Art pod 2
Art pod 3
Art pod 4
The pods in the other floors have pure white walls, for a simple and relaxing atmosphere.
Pure white walls, relaxing atmosphere

The semi-double beds are 120cm (approx. 47in) wide, more than enough for one person to sleep comfortably. With a height of 2.3m (approx. 90.5in) you'll never have to worry about bumping your head on the ceiling when you get up, like with most capsule hotels. Here you can stretch out all you want!
Semi-double beds

Each pod features an adjustable bed with a thick mattress. With your iPod you can raise the top of the bed and make it into a sofa! If you raise it completely, a small space forms in front of the mirror where you can get changed or do your makeup.
Adjustable bed with a thick mattress


A Bed That Wakes You up Without a Sound

A common problem in capsule hotels is that capsules are so close together that you can't use an alarm in the morning without disturbing the people around you. At The Millennials this problem is solved by using a soundless alarm system. Set the time on your iPod and the bed will automatically raise when it's time to wake up. The light will turn on, too.
The Millennials Shibuya's  soundless alarm system

Watch this video to see how the alarm works.
Another noteworthy thing in the pod is the sliding storage space under the bed. When fully opened it is pretty spacious and can easily store a large suitcase. Usually in capsule hotels you have to keep your luggage in a locker away from your room, so this is so much more convenient.
Sliding storage space

In the storage space you'll find a black bag containing a bath towel, face towel, slippers, toothbrush, hairbrush and other amenities. You can also rent a nightwear set at the reception for 300 yen.
Black bag containing amenities

There are never enough power outlets in hotel rooms, but not in this one. Each bed here has four, plus two USB ports so you can charge all your devices at once!
Power outlets and USB ports

Excluding the 5th floor, there are five pods on each floor that feature a projector. Connect it with your devices and you'll be able to watch your photos and videos.
Each floor featured with projector

Every floor is conveniently equipped with toilets, lavatories and showers. There are even laundry rooms so you can stay for a longer period without a worry.
Also have shower room and laundry room
Bathroom sink
Hair dryer
Laundry room, very convenient for long stay
Shower room

A New Style of Capsule Hotel Worth Trying

'There is also a groovy working space called 'andwork' on the 3rd floor. Perfect for checking your travel itinerary or, if you need to, doing some work.

Working space 「andwork」1


Working space 「andwork」2

The Millennials Shibuya is the second branch of this capsule hotel. The first one opened in Kyoto about half a year ago. With a great atmosphere, a reasonable price and an excellent location, this new accommodation style overturns the image of Japanese capsule hotels. We recommend you try this modern capsule hotel experience at least once!
Groovy hotel cards


The Millennials Shibuya | ザ ミレニアルズ シブヤ
Address: G Building Shibuya 01 3F-10F
1-20-13 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 6 min. walk from Shibuya Station on the JR and metro lines
Price: approx. 6,000 yen

※Ariticle was written on 9th March 2018. Price and facilities are subject to change. 

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