Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017
Want to try a coffin- experience once before the actual call of death? Then Japan is the place for you! Imagine being confined in a space where you just about fit in and sleeping there after your dreary tours! For some it may sound interesting while for others it will be indeed a deadly experience. The capsule hotel concept is a Japanese solution to a budget traveller’s basic needs. It is also used by business travellers on a budget trip and by those who plan to party late and have no idea when will they check-in. To put it in simple words, a capsule hotel is a kind of urban accommodation with one-person accommodation, shared washing facilities and basic services.
Kyoto, 9h (nine hours)
Located in Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto, 9h (nine hours) is one of Japan’s newest Capsule Hotels and offers a “luxury” capsule experience. It features 125 modern capsules spread over 9 stories which has separate male and female quarters along with designer locker rooms, showers and a lounge. Another interesting feature is the Panasonic alarm clock system with controlled lighting. It also offers its guests with a sleek 9h amenity kit, which contains almost all the necessary items including bottled water, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, slippers and optional loungewear. The prices start at approximately US$65 per night.
Capsule Inn Sapporo
A male-only capsule facility is available at Capsule Inn Sapporo which is located in Sapporo. It also offers a classic style of capsule accommodation, with sleeping pods featuring a curtain, TV, radio, self-control air conditioning and a small table. Similar to the other capsule hotels, this one also has lockers and shared bathroom facilities and the guests are provided with cotton robe. Capsule Inn can also be used for short periods of time (minimum three hours) and prices start from US$26 per night or US$15 every three hours.
Capsule Hotel Asakusa River Side
Situated only a few minutes’ walk from the Askausa subway station, this hotel has 140 capsules with the male and female capsules located on separate floors. This hotel is overlooks the Sumida river and is close to the famous Buddhist Senso-ji temple. Offering almost the similar kind of facilities like other capsule hotels, the rooms are available at a price of $35.
Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi
It is centrally located in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. It is the biggest capsule hotel in Osaka with 441 rooms. This also offers separate capsules for male and female guests. You can avail the free sauna and baths before snuggling up the room.
The nine-hour stay
In a capsule hotel all you have to do is check in with the Check-in card with which you get the locker key and sleeping pod number. As you store the belongings, take a shower and slip into some comfortable lounge clothes, which are also provided by these hotels (most of the time). Snuggle and sleep in your private capsule. Get up the next day, take shower, collect your belongings and check out by returning the locker key.
Designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, the very first capsule hotel was opened in 1979 in Osaka. The concept today continues to prove popular throughout Japan. So, if you are up for the challenge of sleeping in an enclosed environment and not bothered with the claustrophobic ambience, this is a must- try!