Capsule Hotel (Jap.カプセルホテル kapuseru hoteru ) - one of the options for Japanese hotels, which is a small sleeping cells, located above each other. Mostly located near major train stations or near the entertainment area. Guests of these hotels usually include businessmen that failed to get the last train, pausing at work or in the nearest pub. The fact that a taxi to go home outside of Tokyo is very expensive, and its more cheaper to spend night in city.
LiveJournal blogger jemiko recently went to Japan and stayed at a capsule hotel called 'The 9 Hour'. He captured the following photographs and explains his stay.
The 9 Hours is another capsule hotel unveiled in December 2009 by Tokyo-based Cubic Corp. Designed in a collaboration with designer Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S, it looks nothing like its predecessors and represents a revolution in the capsule concept. Gabriel Leigh visits the hotel to see what's different.
Location of this hotel is good - a few stops from the central railway station (most likely you will get to Kyoto by Shinkansen) and within walking distance of major attractions. So, in order: At the entrance to the hotel guests leave their shoes in special boxes and poisoned to the bar reception.
Staff understand in English, and generally quite Friendly.
Reservations are strongly better in advance, so that we, for example, can hardly have a room for a few days before the trip. Price may vary on the number of hours spent at the hotel, a typical package for booking is 17 hours after check-in.
The Hotel uses a simple formula "a necessary and sufficient" stay: an hour to shower and personal hygiene, seven hours of sleep and an hour for food, hence the name of the hotel is '9 hour hotel'.
After check-in each guest at the reception are given slippers, a bottle of water from Mount Fuji and a key for personal a box in a locker. Reception and lobby as common lounge.
Also they have facility of Wi-Fi.
Most of capsule hotels are for men only but 9 Hour Hotel provide service to women also, but they have separated every thing, floor for walk and elevators too , for men and women for convenience.
Finding something is made easy with friendly signs and Japanese and English text
Bathroom and shovers are so clean and cool.
Nice interior everywhere, there is even a small pool
All fair, clean, beautiful. Here you can take all the necessary hygiene and a special dress.
Equipments and accessories are well organized and easy to find.
Seeping on the second shelf is feels like sleeping at the second-class trains.
Shelf have electronic alarm and great linens and pillows.