A popular destination, Japan is a beloved country for tourists from all over the world. An innovator in almost every aspect, Japan has managed to popularize a form of accommodation that is a hit for travelers back then and even up to present time. What are these? Sleeping pods!
Measuring merely a few meters long, with a space enough for just one person, Japan’s sleeping pods were surprisingly comfortable and everyone loved it. Over time, the traditional sleeping pods were updated to accommodate a more modernized clientele.
To know where you can try these futuristic Japanese sleeping pods, check out this quick guide below.
1. 9h Nine Hours Hotel
True to its name, the Nine Hours Hotel located at the Narita Airport is designed simply for nine hours of booking time. It’s initially designed for passengers delayed at the airport, but has developed into an attraction of its own. The Nine Hours concept is from the philosophy that a person needs 7 hours to sleep, 1 hour to shower, and 1 hour to rest.
The rooms are designed similar to a giant honeycomb, with the washrooms located adjacent to the rooms. There are also lockers provided for guests where they can store their baggage as they catch up on some sleep. Another great thing about the Nine Hours Hotel is that the floors are designed to provide directions as well, each arrow accompanied by an icon leads to specific places such as men and women’s cubicles and lockers.
The “pods” are also equipped with a sleeping system that lulls the guests to sleep and then gently wakes them up on a set time. For an additional fee, guests can also enjoy a shower before heading back to their flights.
Location: Narita International Airport Terminal 2, 1-1 Furugome, Narita-City, Chiba 282-0004 Japan
2. Green Plaza Shinjuku
For male travelers set to spend the night in the heart of Shinjuku, this is perfect for you. Staying true to the concept of “sleeping pods” the accommodation at the Green Plaza remain as pods, however, there’s so much more. Along with comfortable sleeping capsules are an artificial thermal bath, a restaurant, and relaxation treatments that include sauna and massage.
It’s important to note though that the capsule rooms in Green Plaza are allotted for male guests only. Female guests on the other hand can spend the evening relaxing at the Le Luck Spa.
Location: Japan, 〒160-0021 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 歌舞伎町１丁目２９−２
3. Capsule Hotel Asakusa River Side
Who said sleeping in a pod takes away the view? With over 140 sleeping capsules for the guests, the Capsule Hotel Asakusa River Side is situated beside the Sumida River. It has a great overlooking view of the lovely river and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the famous Buddhist Senso-ji Temple. For added fun, the Hanayashiki Carnival is also within the proximity, providing hours of rides and games for everyone to be entertained.
Location: 4-14-9 Kotobuki, Taito, Tokyo 111-0042, Japan
The Capsule Inn of Japan has three branches all over the country, featuring the traditional concept of the “sleeping pods” with a modern twist in it. Capsule Inn has kept the staple single private rooms in two-layer comfy pods along the hallway. But over the years, additional services such as ladies-only floors, tablets and manga rentals, as well as sophistical corporate lounges are added as well.
The following are the three branches of Capsule Inn:
• Capsulevalue Kanda for business trips and sight-seeing
Location: 1-4-5 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
• Shinjuku Kuyakusho-mae Capsule Hotel for large public bathrooms and sauna, spacious lounge, and women-only floor
Location: Touyo Bldg.3F, 1-2-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
• B&S Eco-Cide Shinsaibashi for great perks and giveaway packages
Location: 2-9-4 Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Nishi, Osaka-shi
Well, that’s it! You’re all set and ready for Japan’s sleeping pods! Be sure to try them out.