Monday, December 21, 2015

First Cabin Hotel Hakata - Review for Japan Hotel

In November 2015, I traveled to Japan using the Japan Rail Pass. While I was traveling in Fukuoka/Hakata area in Kyushu, I stayed at First Cabin Hotel (hostel) in the most bustling area in Fukuoka/Hakata city. I am posting my hotel review on my Tokyo travel blog since First Cabin hotel chain offers same setting for each of their locations throughout Japan: Akihabara, Tsukiji and Haneda terminal in Tokyo, Namba in Osaka, and Karasuma in Kyoto. All locations are highly convenient and popular.


- To read about my recommendations of affordable, Reasonable, Convenient hotels in Tokyo, visit: Affordable Cheap Reasonable Hotels in Tokyo
- To read about my recommendations of affordable and reasonable hotels in OSAKA, visit: Osaka Reasonable Affordable Hotels
- To read about my recommendations of reasonable, affordable, and convenient hotels in KYOTO, visit: Kyoto reasonable, affordable, and convenient Hotels
- To read about the most famous ramen franchise in the world, visit: The origin of Ippudo Ramen: Quest for world's first Hakata Ippudo restaurant
- To read about how to plan your trip to Tokyo, visit Planning for your trip to Tokyo
- To read about where you can find the best Ramen in Tokyo, visit Best Ramen in Tokyo



First Cabin Hotel Hakata entrance. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
 First Cabin Hotel, accommodation occupying building floor at best locations in Japan

I wrote the word hostel in parenthesis because First Cabin is a new concept of accommodation in Japan that offers private bed in a private room while sharing other facilities such as bathroom, shower and laundry room. It is not capsule hotel because the private space is way more spacious than the typical capsule space and it feels like an actual private hotel room without private bathroom. The hostel set up is separated by gender so female travelers would also feel comfortable in the area dedicated for only female guests.

REVIEW
1. Conveniently and Centrally located
- located directly on top of Nakasu-Kawabata subway station, in the most bustling area in Fukuoka/Hakata in Kyushu.
- The hotel occupies the 8th floor of the building, while subway station is in the basement.
- 4 minute subway ride from JR/Bullet train Hakata station.
First Cabin Hotel Hakata google map. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Google map showing Hakata First Cabin hotel is surrounded by shops and Hakata ramen restaurants


2. Inexpensive; reasonably priced for private-room accommodation. Compare prices at Agoda.com
- large private space when compare to typical shared space with bunk beds in youth hostel.
First Cabin Hotel Hakata Bed. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
First Cabin hotel room offers private light and AC switches. Towel, toiletry, and pajama are also provided.

First Cabin Hotel Hakata TV. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Nice size television in your private room



3. Clean and Modern
First Cabin Hotel offers spotless bathroom and Japanese traditional public bath experiences.
First Cabin Hotel Hakata bathroom. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
All the amenities were provided

First Cabin Hotel Hakata toilet. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Spotless bathroom at First Cabin Hotel




SURROUNDING AREA
Don Quijote
- opens 24 hours and located on the 2nd floor of the SAME building of the First Cabin Hotel; the famous one-stop shop is perfect for your shopping need at any time of the day.
First Cabin Hotel Hakata Don Quijote. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Yellow Japanese characters with black background point the way to best shopping in Japan



Ichiran Ramen Restaurant franchise Headquarter
- one of the most famous ramen franchise in Japan; the headquarter restaurant building opens 24 hours a day; perfectly suitable for odd hour dining need. 30-second walk from the First Cabin Hotel Hakata. This ramen restaurant franchise offers very special dining experience in individual stalls.
First Cabin Hotel Hakata ichiran ramen restaurant. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Ichiran ramen restaurant franchise headquater

First Cabin Hotel Hakata ichiran ramen counter seat. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Mind your own ramen business in your special seating at Ichiran ramen restaurant



Hakata Yatai cuisine (street vendor food)
- unique dining culture experience. Some of the street food vendors serve the most delicious Hakata ramen and oden.
First Cabin Hotel Hakata yatai street food vendor. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Yatai street food vendors at its best in Hakata near First Cabin Hotel



RECOMMENDATION
I would recommend First Cabin Hotel (including their Tokyo locations) for:
- solo travelers who want to save money on accommodation.
- travelers who like to be in the most bustling and convenient locations.
- travelers who like a sense of modern decor and new concept for accommodation.

First Cabin hotel chain might not be suitable for:
- travelers who prefer having private shower and bathroom.



SPECIAL NOTE
The concepts of being centrally located, convenient, and clean apply all locations of First Cabin Hotel in Japan. Upon review, both Akihabara and Tsukiji First Cabin Hotels are highly recommended due to their excellent locations in the Tokyo area.
First Cabin Hotel Akihabara, Tokyo
First Cabin Hotel Tsukiji, Tokyo
First Cabin Hotel Akasaka, Tokyo
First Cabin Hotel Atagoyama, Tokyo



INFORMATION
FIRST CABIN Hakata (official website)
〒810-0801 3-7-24, Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka gate's 8F
〒810-0801 福岡県福岡市博多区中洲3-7-24 gate's 8F
Tripadvisor page
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