Your Guide to Japanese Capsule Hotels

Your Guide to Japanese Capsule Hotels

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Japan!!!! I could use all of the exclamation marks. I think it’s my all time favorite place. The history and culture, the food, and the people! I will forever rave about Japan.

After spending time there in college, I went back for a three week solo trip. This time, I made it my mission to do things that I didn’t get to do the last time. One of the biggest things on my list was to stay at a capsule hotel.

After spending time there in college, I went back for a three week solo trip. This time, I made it my mission to do things that I didn’t get to do the last time. One of the biggest things on my list was to stay at a capsule hotel.

Capsule hotels are most commonly used by businessmen… who maybe have had a little too much to drink and missed the last train home… or something along those lines. So when I started my search I had to make sure I didn’t accidentally stay somewhere I wasn’t welcome. Luckily my favorite cheap travel accommodation site, Booking.com, didn’t fail. My first night in Japan I stayed at Capsule Inn Kinshicho in the Sumida ward of Tokyo.

After an eleven hour flight from LA to Tokyo, I took the train into the city and to the hotel. I was a bit delirious and exhausted since I never sleep on long flights, and finally got there around 8 PM. It was an older building and I didn’t really know what to expect. I was given a capsule on an women-only floor as well as a locker where I could lock up my giant Osprey backpack.

The capsules were awesome! Even though this place was a bit older, it still had a great essence to it and is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I chose a capsule on the bottom and made myself home in the spaceship like bedchamber. Inside there was a TV, adjustable lighting, outlets, and even a small shelf. Though it was tiny, it actually was a lot of space! And no, it didn’t feel claustrophobic either. Thankfully you don’t get stuffed in there and closed off to the world; there’s a curtain at the entrance that you close for privacy. I wouldn’t have noticed anyway, the bed was super comfortable… and I was too tired from traveling and passed out right away.

But the best part of the capsule hotels? The SPAS! Yep, I said it, ladies! At this particular hotel, there was an entire floor dedicated to the women’s only spa. The hotel was quiet when I was there so I got it all to myself the next morning! For those that aren’t familiar with Japanese spas, it’s a little intimidating at first, especially if there are others bathing with you. You are required to be completely nude and rinse off at a washing station before entering the bath. If you plan on going to any spas or onsens while in Japan, you might as well face the music right away: you’ll be nude with strangers. Hey, you only live once. Do it!

After staying in a capsule hotel for my first night, I rearranged a couple of my plans to be able to stay at more capsule hotels. Which was a great life decision. There are so many options available and all of them are uniquely Japan and the best part… affordable! They usually aren’t more than $30 USD per night. I highly recommend staying in a capsule hotel if you’re looking for something unique to Japan, affordable, and relaxing! It truly is a great experience!

This article was written by travel goddess Cassie Boettcher. She currently works as an Associate Producer for the Travel Channel. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter!



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