Capsule hotels are a form of accommodation that originated in Japan. They are popular because of the relatively low price and the unique capsule space reminiscent of the cockpit of a spaceship. Let's learn more about this uniquely Japanese lodging!
Capsule Hotels Were Born in Osaka in the Late 1970s
The first capsule hotel opened in Osaka in the late 1970s. In those days, the people who missed the last train after drinking often stayed at saunas open late at night until the next morning. Seeing this trend, the manager of one such sauna came up with the idea of a capsule hotel.
Cheap Rates, Starting from Just 2000 yen
The features of the capsule hotel are as follows. Many of them close to stations in the metropolitan area, such as Tokyo and Osaka. The lodging fee is around 2,000 to 4,000 yen. Most of them are only for men. They have bath, sauna, and shower rooms. The amenities are minimal, such as a gown, towel and a toothbrush. Recently the number of capsule hotels for women is increasing.
An Increasing Number of Foreign Travelers Stay at Capsule Hotels
Capsule Value Kanda is in front of Kanda Station in Tokyo. About 30% of its users are foreigner travelers from 30-40 countries. Many of them are in their 20s and 30s. This capsule hotel is known for their thorough cleaning and security patrol. Users support it because it is clean and safe. It also has a business lounge with free computers and WiFi.
Advance Reservations are OK!
You can stay at a capsule hotel without a reservation if there is a vacant room. Recently, however, visitors are able to reserve from overseas online. In the case of Capsule Value Kanda, 90% of foreign travelers make a reservation in advance.
A Great Option for Special Events
Capsule hotels are often by a station in the center of the metropolitan area, so they are useful for visitors who want to do sightseeing in the city center. They are perfect for foreigner travelers who come to Japan for a particular event such as a sports World Championship, but want to stay on a budget.
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Why Not Try a Capsule Hotel?
These days, capsule hotels are more comfortable and convenient than ever! If you visit Japan, why not try one of them for yourself?