Tokyo Capsule Hotels
Used chiefly by the salarymen who are either too inebriated to drive or walk home, or who’ve missed the last train after burning the midnight oil, Capsule Hotels can offer an affordable alternative for the adventurous traveler.
Capsule Hotels generally start around $35 USD for a night and go up as much as $50.
How much space is in the capsule you ask? Not enough to stand up, but enough to sit with your legs folded. They are relatively comfortable and should not be a problem unless you are claustrophobic. They truly serve their purpose as ‘a place to sleep’ and nothing more than that. The moment you raise your expectations over that you will be disappointed.
Inside your coffin, I mean capsule you’ll find a control panel which will regulate your AC, as well as the built in radio and mini TV. The TV is positioned to face you whilst lying down. There is also an option to put in a few yen for some hard-core Japanese pornography. Fantastic, just what you needed.
For your convenience there will be showers where you can wash up, however they are not private unfortunately.
Speaking of privacy you’ll be relieved to know that yes the glass capsule door does have a shade you can pull over to keep people from seeing you inside.
Some Capsule Hotels will provide complimentary wifi. Otherwise there may be a small business center where you can get a hard line.
Where does your luggage go? If it cannot fit in your capsule with you, it can be placed in a locker.
Depending on where you go, you’ll find selections of pricing by time:
2 hours = 1000 yen
Over night = 3000 yen
Breakfast = 600 yen
This can be automated with a vending machine or with a clerk.
Things get even more interesting with vending machines which offer some pretty darn amazing amenities:
Snack – 100 yen
Neck tie – 1200 yen
Undies – 1200 yen
Umbrella – 300 yen
Running shirt – 500 yen
Capsule Hotels in Tokyo:
Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel
Green Plaza Shinjuku Capsule
1-29-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Sauna & Capsule Hotel Hokuo
Sauna & Capsule Hotel Fres Inn Sugamo
1-18-4 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Capsule Hotel Oasis
Japan, 東京都 豊島区池袋2-7-3
Capsule Hotel & Sauna Ikebukuro Plaza
2-12-3 Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Capsule Hotel and Sauna New Wing
Japan, Tokyo, Sumida, Kōtōbashi, ２丁目６−１１
Capsule Inn Akihabara
Capsule Kinuya Hotel Ueno
2-15-9 Higashiueno, Taito, Tokyo, Japan
Capsule Hotel & Sauna Cosmo Plaza Akabane
1-39-3 Akabane, Kita, Tokyo, Japan