Tokyo Capsule Hotel Experience ★ ONLY in JAPAN

There are many reasons to stay at a capsule hotel. Perhaps you missed your last train, worked too long or just plain got drunk and need somewhere to crash. For tourists visiting Japan, there's one reason in particular. It's an amazing only in japan experience on the cheap! Let's face it, you've got to stay somewhere! One of the most popular capsule hotels in Japan is the Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel in Shinjuku's Kabukicho neighbourhood. Shinjuku Golden Gai is only a 3 minute walk which makes it a great hub for seeing Shinjuku's deep end. Shinjuku Capsule Hotel Sign CAPSULE DIMENSIONS 2 meters long 1 meter wide 1 meter high It's about the size of a twin size bed. Inside, you've normally got a TV, radio, alarm, one electrical outlet, a vent for air, pillow and blanket. capsule hotel hallway RESERVING AND CHECK IN / CHECK OUT It's very important to note that you must check out every day at the capsule hotel. Check out is at 10:00 normally. You would think that this would be a big problem for travellers, but there is a solution. This particular capsule hotel can keep your luggage at a storage rack by the lobby. Take what you need and keep everything else in your big suitcase. You can check back in to the hotel at 16:00. capsule hotel check in Reserving online is a really good idea although there is almost always a capsule available if you just turn up. One reason to reserve online is to get a discount, sometimes as much as half price off the original price! One guy I met from Germany was staying in a capsule hotel for 14 nights! He simply told me that it was convenient, cheap, had great wifi and was close to everything. I couldn't argue with that. BATHING If you haven't ever been to a Japanese bath, you're missing out on something special. Because there is no bathroom inside the capsule, bathing is communal. The showers are all in the same room by the big Japanese bath. The earlier you bath, the better. It can get crowded after 17:30. It's normal to just come for a quick shower as well. Shampoo, toothbrushes, razors and towels are all provided for free. Make sure you change into your pyjamas to make changing easy. capsule hotel bath WOMEN Capsule hotels are normally exclusive to men but recently, more are accommodating women. The Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel has a floor exclusive to women that includes a secure passcode door, security cameras, renovated bathrooms and beautiful hardwood floors. No men are allowed so if you are traveling with a boyfriend or husband, you'll have to stay on different floors although some adventurous couples cram into the guy's capsule. As you can see in the video, it's a tight fit! RESTAURANT Most capsule hotels have a restaurant with a basic menu. But wait -- is the food any good? I mean, you wouldn't expect a capsule hotel to have a Michelin star. (And it doesn't.) The answer is that the food is very good and very affordable. Full sets are only 700 yen and there is a vegetarian option. Once you take a bath and change into you pyjamas / jimbei, it's a hassle to change back into street clothes so the restaurant does good business. Capsule hotels also have loads of vending machines so you can also get an instant ramen and settle into a comfy chair if you want to save on money. The restaurant here was open from 18:00 to 24:00. capsule hotel restaurant RULES The golden rule is simple: Be Quiet. There is always someone asleep in a capsule so if you want to talk, it's best to take it to the lounge / community room. There's no eating allowed in the capsule as well. The management told me that the checkout policy is quite strict, if you're not out by 10am, you'll be charge extra. That means that if you are going to drink until morning, capsule hotels may not be the best option, especially if you want to sleep until noon. A pair of traveler from the UK said they were at the capsule hotel mainly because of the checkout policy. It forced them out of the hotel. TATTOOS Tattoos are generally not acceptable in Japan. However, with more and more people getting inked, more and more locations in Japan are becoming more tolerant. If you have small tattoos, Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel won't have a problem. Just maybe use the bath off hours and try to be discreet. It may not be a problem to the tattooed, but to many Japanese guests, it's a rather sensitive thing. Try to be understanding and polite and sometimes management will try to accommodate you. One person I met said the management at one hotel let her use a private bath and did a lot to try to make her feel comfortable. This is an encouraging sign that attitudes are evolving and Japan is opening up, especially to foreigners. You get a key wristband at check in. It's your locker key. It's also your capsule number. In the restaurant, it's also your credit card. Pay with your capsule number and settle the bill at check out. Capsule hotels are a fantastic place to get a closer look at Japanese culture, and if you've never stayed the night in a capsule before, put it on your list of things-to-do. It's a story you'll be telling people back home for sure! [More Videos available on YouTube here > ] SHINJUKU KUYAKUSHO-MAE CAPSULE HOTEL URL: Google Map:


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