Hi there! Koko here, Japanese Illustrator Mom from Tokyo. (well, now I live in Europe…)
Today I’m talking about Capsule Hotels!
Capsule Hotels. They are … ONLY in JAPAN, well at least, it had started in Osaka back in 1970’s.
It started as targeting male guests, for business or personal reasons who needs to stay simple and cheap.
Now they are very popular option for budget traveling for tourists,
they are cheap, clean, some are funky, Instagram-worthy photo spots.
But what’s the rules?? How do you use Capsule Hotels, what are Dos and Don’ts?
I am Koko, a Tokyo Native. I am going to guide you the manners for you!
Assuming that you had already made a reservation beforehand;
Capsule Hotel Flow ~Check-In to Sleep
Step 1. At the Reception. Check-In
If you have a reservation already, tell the staff your booking number or, simply show them your booking confirmation email.
Most likely, you will receive:
– key to your locker
– Bath towel, Face towel
– Evening Robe
Step 2. Go to a locker room, change your clothes.
Once you’re checked-in, you go straight to a locker room.
At a hotel, you don’t walk around with your daytime clothes. You put on a robe, that’s your “clothes” at Capsule Hotel.
Leave your clothes in a locker, change to the robe. Put on slippers … you will be like that until you check-out next morning.
It’s actually very comfy. You may not wanna put on jeans back next day 😉
Step 3. Go relax. Taking a bath, Eat, read manga…
After you’re changed to a robe, you do whatever you want to relax.
Some hotels may have a manga room. Big public bath. (<— strongly recommend!) eating areas….
Security about Capsule Hotels
Is it Safe?
Even Japan is famous for “safe country”, sure, stealing happens. It happens anywhere.
Same story as Japan, so please be careful with your stuff. especially money, passport, mobile … expensive and important stuff.
Each Capsule Hotel should have a locker room or a safety box in a pod.
Always, always keep your belongings there!
You Don’t have to worry about being sexually harassed or anything like that because most of the hotels separate gender by floors. If you’re a woman traveler, you’re staying at Women-Only Floor, and you won’t see Male guests until you check-out – most likely.
There are some Capsule Hotels, that has common space or even working space – like The Millenium Shibuya , but if you go to those rooms you need to change back to normal clothes than robe 😉 Unfortunately you can’t work on computer in a robe…
For that matters, yes, Capsule Hotels are safe.
Other Important Tips you may want to know
Are they comfortable for a long stay?
In my personal opinion, No, Not a long stay, at least, for me.
I wouldn’t stay at a Capsule Hotel for more than 2-3 nights.
Sure they are cheap and clean, but simply there aren’t a lot of private space.
If you are like me, who enjoys own space and comfort, and own bath, you may want to minimize the stay at Capsule Hotels to a few nights.
If you are a person who is fine with staying at a dorm, or shared bath, then Capsule Hotels are great!
or if you only need a place to sleep…. then sure, this works.
Please Stay Quiet.
Many customers at Capsule Hotels, they come alone and just want to relax.
Please stay quiet and respect others, especially if you are in a group.
There is no lock in your pod.
Your pod doesn’t have a lock.
Because of the Japanese Hotel Business Regulations, Capsule Hotels can’t have a lock on each pod.
You must keep your important belongings in a safety box / locker room.
Bring Ear Plugs.
Some people will be snoring. Even though those sleeping pods are separated, you can still hear noise.
If you are a sensitive person bring your own ear plugs.
I’m pretty positive that they have ear plugs selling at their hotel, but just in case. You can easily find them at pharmacy stores or convenience stores.
No small children
Many places don’t allow small children to stay.
Most places are +12 years old, but you should double check with a hotel.
Some Recommended Capsule Hotels
These hotels have high reviews among Japanese and tourists!
Check their Prices!
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