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Tokyo’s shop-filled Akabane road, where Ichinichi Hotel is located. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki

Ichinichi Hotel is located on Tokyo’s Akabane road. The tall, narrow building was constructed in the early 70’s, intended for apartments, offices and a beauty salon and hairdresser. After having been abandoned for years, Aida Atelier renovated the building into a hotel. In order to “narrate” the history of the building, part of the cement structure and plaster have been left intact, giving the interior a lived-in feeling. At first impact, the monumental, winding staircase in the entrance is crowned by a theatrical chandelier, all captured in the frame of a massive front window. Ichinichi Hotel profits from the double function of hotel and hostel, offering a variety of options to guests. Backpackers will enjoy a series of private wooden “bunks” that provide a bed and a bit of space for personal belongings. Guests who are seeking further comfort and luxury can book a private room; each comes with an elegant, glassed-in bathroom, true to Japanese style and tradition.

The hotel’s entrance has a massive winding staircase. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
Industrial style and ethnic details dominate Ichinichi’s bar area. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
The area dedicated to Ichinichi’s hostel area is divided in “bunks” where guests can rest. The bathrooms are shared. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
The “bunks” are some of the most comfortable in all of Japan’s capsule hotels. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
All of the “bunks” are individually numbered to ensure guests’ privacy, moreso than regular hostel setups. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
Ichinichi Hotel’s façade is completely made of glass. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
The Ichinichi Hotel has private rooms that overlook the city’s rooftops. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
The Japanese-style bathrooms have both a shower and deep bathtub. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki
Tomoro Aida designed the hotel’s interior. Photo: Tatsuya Noaki

WHERE: 〒115-0045, 1 Chome-32-4 Akabane, Kita, Tokyo 115-0045, Giappone

Ichinichi Hotel is located on Tokyo’s Akabane road. The tall, narrow building was constructed in the early 70’s, intended for apartments, offices and a beauty salon and hairdresser. After having been abandoned for years, Aida Atelier renovated the building into a hotel. In order to “narrate” the history of the building, part of the cement structure and plaster have been left intact, giving the interior a lived-in feeling. At first impact, the monumental, winding staircase in the entrance is crowned by a theatrical chandelier, all captured in the frame of a massive front window. Ichinichi Hotel profits from the double function of hotel and hostel, offering a variety of options to guests. Backpackers will enjoy a series of private wooden “bunks” that provide a bed and a bit of space for personal belongings. Guests who are seeking further comfort and luxury can book a private room; each comes with an elegant, glassed-in bathroom, true to Japanese style and tradition.

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