more japan photos

Kelly and I had only one night in Osaka, so we thought it’d be fun (and cheap) to stay in a capsule hotel. We stayed in the Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel. It was pretty interesting. First, we had to take our shoes off and put them into little shoe lockers. We were then issued keys and sent downstairs to the Ladies’ Zone, which was locked off from the unruly male population. There were lockers for our luggage (flashbacks of high school gym class), and we were supplied with pajama things, which Kelly was forced to wear because she forgot her pajamas in her other luggage. They had a lavatory area with sinks and chairs, a “relaxation” room with newspapers and a massage chair, a little room with tables and a vending machine, and a bath area. The capsules took up another wing.

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There was plenty of privacy, and the capsules themselves were spacious and comfortable!
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(Look, Kelly! You’re in capsule 323!!) The capsules were equipped with a coin-operated television (with options for adult content. I chose not to think about that too much), a light, a fan, a radio, and a couple tiny cubbies for personal items. The “door” was a plastic screen you pulled down. I don’t know if I’d want to stay in one of these places on a long-term basis, but for one night, it was just fine!
The adventures continue tomorrow!

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18 Responses to more japan photos

  1. Terry says:

    WOW! I would never!, never have thought overnight stays can entail something like this! I am really amazed they exist. Did you or Kelly ever feel claustophobic?

  2. maryse says:

    thanks for posting about these capsules. it’s one of those things that you hear about but can’t believe they’re real. and sure enough…

  3. Lydia says:

    Thank you for showing us the capsule hotel! I’ve seen pictures on TV once, but am always intrigued by the concept. This one looked more spacious than the one I saw on TV, but I could be wrong. It’s nice to know that there are some that have an area for women, since I’d heard that they were only for men (why should they have all the fun?).

  4. Petula says:

    Thanks for sharing – I’ve been looking forward to seeing your pictures!

  5. Julia says:

    That’s neat…I think I like it! And I always like cheap. =) It seems like it would start to feel kind of lonely if you spent more than one night there.

  6. debbie says:

    that’s interesting….are the capsules soundproof? like, can you hear your neighbors snoring? do the doors lock? kinda looks like one-man tent concept, but indoors….pretty neat….

  7. stinkerbell says:

    If I make it to Japan… I am TOTALLY going to stay in one of these. Looks like fun 🙂

  8. P-la says:

    That is so freakin’ cool!!! Thanks for sharing, I always wondered what it was like!!

  9. hannah says:

    dare i say it? i dare… tubular…

  10. sara says:

    How cool! Can’t wait to see more pictures.

  11. gleek says:

    that’s so cool! i’ve always wanted to stay in one of those 🙂 most of them are men-only. it’s cool you found one with a woman’s zone.

  12. Daphne says:

    Super cool! Thanks for bringing us along virtually. 🙂

  13. freecia says:

    Kind of reminds me of a nice hostel. How much is it per night?

  14. dana says:

    That looks so super-fun (for a night or two)! I’m wondering if it was quiet and how was the air? Was it stuffy?

  15. amy k. says:

    oh this is so cool-thank you for the inside peek! I have always been so curious about these. much less of a bee hive than I thought.

  16. Allena says:

    wow i love it! i’ve always wanted to go to japan. i’m sooo jealous! i remember seeing a hotel like that on the amazing race last year and i so wanted to visit! i can’t wait to see how the rest of your trip goes!

  17. Kimberly says:

    Admittedly, the first vision that popped up in my mind was the Bruce Willis movie “Fifth Element” which used similar rooms for traveling across space. That is soooo cool!!!

  18. marielle says:

    You know, the capsule hotel doesn’t look nearly as bad as I imagined them – I kind of thought they’d be smaller, and rather reminiscent of an MRI machine. This actually looks doable!

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