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post May 8 2009, 11:22 PM
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This hotel consists of "rooms" that are capsules, stacked one over the other. Anyone ever heard of it? Or better yet, been there? I'm not sure i could sleep in such tight quarters!

Capsule Hotel, Osaka

This was the first hotel of its kind where each ‘room’ of the hotel was actually a small capsule with cramped 2m x 1m x 1.25m dimensions. The capsules are stacked on top of each other to maximise space, each one consisting of a TV, bed, and a wireless Internet connection which almost seems like a 5-star luxury all things considered. The Capsule Inn Osaka is extremely popular amongst local businessmen who need a place to sleep on long business trips, and it’s also popular to those who need a place to stay after drinking a bit too much sake the night before.


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post May 9 2009, 09:00 AM
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Yeah, I have been reading about these and would love to eventually stay in one.....however, apparently there are not many that cater for women, many are men only.....The ones that are mixed usually have a special woman's floor, so separated from the men and safer!


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post May 9 2009, 10:43 AM
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Is it a popular spot with business travelers or something?


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post May 9 2009, 11:49 AM
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more like drunken business men, who don't make the commute home! LOL


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post May 9 2009, 10:38 PM
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QUOTE(raniroo @ May 9 2009, 12:49 PM) *

more like drunken business men, who don't make the commute home! LOL

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post May 20 2009, 11:48 AM
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Where do they shower? I guess it's a shared bathroom?


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post May 26 2009, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ May 20 2009, 12:48 PM) *

Where do they shower? I guess it's a shared bathroom?


From what I heard most of them have that japanese style bath house sort of thing. ack. haha. Also I have read horror stories on blogs from travelers that have stayed in them, lots of snoring and terrible smells. However I am sure some are better than others. But I'm relatively tall so that counts me out as far as ever staying in one.


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post May 27 2009, 08:33 AM
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Ew gross. I don't want to know what goes on in some of those places.


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post May 27 2009, 09:58 AM
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I stayed in one in Fukuoka. It was great!! You get your own set of kungfu pyjama style clothes to wear.

The one I stayed at was male only which seems to be the norm. I did wonder about the showers and there was a communal bath on the top floor. I took the lift up and when the doors opened there was a fat naked Japanese man walking passed.... I pressed the button and went back to my cubical smile.gif


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The one I stayed at was male only which seems to be the norm. I did wonder about the showers and there was a communal bath on the top floor. I took the lift up and when the doors opened there was a fat naked Japanese man walking passed.... I pressed the button and went back to my cubical smile.gif


Haha, thats pretty classic.


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post Nov 21 2009, 08:46 AM
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I've stayed in a capsule hotel only once - this summer in Hirosaki (link here, in Japanese), during the Neputa Festival. I was actually surprised by how comfortably I slept, but maybe that's because I was so knackered from a day of sightseeing and festivities. They can be a little noisy, depending on your neighbor, but the claustrophobia is nowhere near as bad as it's purported to be. In some capsule hotels, the bath features piped-in onsen (hot spring) water, with a small assortment of pools and a sauna. This was how the one in Hirosaki was (Tōhoku's a good bet for it, given the number of hot springs there), and it was really lovely. Perhaps not the thing for those aren't keen on public nakedness with a bunch of salarymen though.

And, as noted by other posters, the vast majority of them are for men only. Once you've stayed in one, you'll have a good idea why, given the layout. There are a few around that allow women, but they're pretty thin on the ground.
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