I remember watching one of George Lucas’s first movies called THX1138, set in a dystopian future where everyone conforms to the system living underground in a sci-fi city. My first night in a capsule hotel in Japan the memory of that movie came into my head.
Not that they were shoving mood controlling drugs in you while robot police chase you around (would have been fun) but because of the conformity I was feeling.
Staying in a capsule hotel in Japan is right out of a sci-fi movie.
There are many capsule hotels all over Japan often used by people who got drunk and missed their last train home. They are a convenient and mostly cheap option. This one in the post cost $28 for the night.
You can search for where you can find Japanese capsule hotels here, and book them if you wish to try the experience.
Japanese Capsule Hotel
Upon entering you take your shoes off at the front (like most Japanese places) and are given a key to a locker where you store your bag. Many places will provide you with pyjamas to wear and towels to use.
This capsule hotel is in the centre of Osaka and has 400 capsules!
Yes 400 people inside their own little pods wearing exactly the same pyjamas. It’s kind of freaky.
The capsules are normally 1 on top of another and men and women are most of the time separated on different floors or rooms. You drag yourself into the pod.
You have everything you need with pillow and duvet, and some come with there own built in TV. It’s actually quite cosy inside and air-conditioning keeps things cool.
Control for the lights, TV, radio, alarm.
They normally come with large baths which everyone shares in the Japanese way (naked). This one in Osaka even had a sauna, all included in the price.
It’s definitely an experience everyone should try once while in Japan. I’ll never get over the feeling of being in a sci-fi movie in these things.