Japan is a country that offers a variety of unique accommodations. Some travelers even seek for a particular type of accommodation when they have the opportunity to explore Japan. For example, how is it like to sleep in a confined space – such as at the capsule hotel?

Nowadays the capsule hotels can be found in many countries. However, it can’t be denied that the history of capsule hotels began in Japan, when the first capsule hotel in the world – the Capsule Inn – started to operate in Osaka in 1979.

That’s why the capsule hotels are typically linked to the image of “a unique Japanese-style accommodation”, successfully attracting travelers to experience a stay there to enrich their visit to Japan.

The question is, of all capsule hotels in Japan, which one is the most worthy as your go-to accommodation while you’re in Japan?

Well, those who truly wishes to enjoy an experience of staying in a capsule hotel (not just checking in – sleep – checking out), here are some cool capsule hotels that should be in your “travelling bucket list” in Japan. The cool concept here does not only go for their awesome design, but also to the unique ambience and great amenities. Of the following list, which one would you like to try while you’re in Japan?

1. Capsule Inn Osaka, The First Capsule Hotel in the World that Remains Popular

Capsule Inn Osaka
Capsule Inn Osaka, via jp.hotels

Here is the very first capsule hotel in the world, which is still popular even now. Located at the heart of Osaka, its strategic location makes this hotel always filled with streams of travelers.

What’s so great about the Capsule Inn is that they offer different bedding options. You may choose between the regular capsule at 0,95 m (height) x 0,95 m (width) x 1,910 m (length) or even the wide capsule at 0,95 m (height) x 1,050 m (width) x 2,020 m (length). Both types are equipped with the same amenities, such as a television, a double bed, a fan, etc.

Capsule room
Capsule room, via expedia
Capsule room
Capsule room, via expedia

It’s your first time staying at a capsule hotel and you’re worried you’re going to get claustrophobic? Or you simply want more privacy? If you’re still amping up your mentality for a night at the capsule hotel, you can still choose a regular bedroom. There are 3 types of room to choose from: the single room, double room and triple room. Isn’t that great? Unfortunately, the ladies will have to skip this round as only male guests older than 19 years of age are allowed here.

Single room
Single room, via expedia
Double room
Double room, via expedia
Triple room
Triple room, via expedia

Want more sneak preview of this hotel? Check out the below pictures:

Lobby area
Lobby area, via expedia
Dining area
Dining area, via expedia

Address: 9-5 Doyamacho Osaka Kita Ward, Osaka 5300027
Access: 10 minute walk from Umeda Station, Osaka Station (JR line), Grand front Osaka
Check in: 12.00 (noon), Check out: 10.00 (morning)
Rate: starting from JPY 3600 or USD32.27/room (capsules) and JPY 3400 or USD30.5 (regular rooms), check the latest price?
Facility: free Wi-Fi, toiletries, restaurant, tub spa dan sauna, left luggage facilities, laundry.

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2. Nine Hours, A Capsule Hotel with Futuristic Feel.

Nine Hours at Narita Airport
Nine Hours at Narita Airport, via ナインアワーズ/facebook

Of all capsule hotels in Japan, Nine Hours is consistently listed as a must-visit capsule hotel while you’re in Japan, according to several travel blogs (including personal blogs). You can see why in the following description.

What steals the travelers’ attention the most, is that Nine Hours offers a unique ambience compared to other capsule hotels in general. This place does not only provide a capsule-like bedding, but it also has a futuristic design – just like in a space ship. Its modern minimalistic interior is dominated with black and white. Your first impression when you see this hotel for the first time will be no other than, “wow!”

Lobby area
Lobby area, via ナインアワーズ/facebook
Lobby area
Lobby area, via ナインアワーズ/facebook

Another interesting factor is that this hotel offers a sleeping ambience different than other capsule hotels. Each sleeping capsule is equipped with the Sleep Ambient Control System to set up the illumination in the capsule while you are sleeping, as well as a special pillow and mattress made of air-proof material to ensure your comfort. Also, don’t forget about the modern design of their sleeping capsules and such a prominent futuristic feel.

Sleeping capsules at Nine Hours
Sleeping capsules at Nine Hours, via ninehours
The capsule interior is designed to look like a spaceship
The capsule interior is designed to look like a spaceship, via ninehours

Aren’t you amazed by the ambience of Nine Hours? Wait until you hear the best part of this capsul hotel. Firstly, when other capsule hotels in general only cater to male guests, Nine Hours welcomes both male and female guests (they are separated on different floors). So, ladies travellers, don’t hesitate to visit Nine Hours!

The male and female guests are assigned to different zones
The male and female guests are assigned to different zones, via ninehours

Secondly, Nine Hours offers flexible options for your stay. Guests may choose to stay over night (stay), throughout the afternoon (nap), or perhaps even just to take a shower (24 hours). If you’re on a limited budget but you still wish you take a peek of the ambience of Nine Hours, perhaps you can consider this last option.

Bathroom
Bathroom, via ninehours

Thirdly, all merchandise at Nine Hours are for sale. Starting from the shampoo, soap, towels, to their super special pillow (even the mattresses!), they can all be purchased by guests; of course given that you’re willing to fork out some yen and empty out your travel budget. These are some toiletries offered for sale by Nine Hours:

Toiletries for JPY 1620
Toiletries for JPY 1620, via ナインアワーズ/facebook

As for the locations, Nine Hours can currently be found in three cities: Kyoto, Tokyo (at the Narita Airport) and Sendai. Each location has their own rate and policies. Details are available below:

[Kyoto] Nine Hours

Address: 588 Teianmaeno-cho, Shijyo, Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8031
Phone: 075-353-7337
Access: 2 minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station, 5 minute walk from Keihan Gion Shijyo Station or 5 minute walk from Subway Shijyo Station
Check in/check out: 12.00-10.00 (stay), 12.00-21.00 (nap)
Rate: JPY 4900 or USD44 (stay), JPY 1000 or USD9 for the first hour + JPY 300 or USD2.7 per following hour (nap), JPY 800 (bathroom only), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, toiletries, vending machine

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[Narita Airport] Nine Hours

Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2, 1-1 Furugome, Narita City, Chiba 282-004
Phone: 0476-33-5109
Access: terminal 2 Narita International Airport
Check in/check out: 12.00-10.00 (stay), 12.00-18.00 (nap)
Rate: JPY 4900 or USD44 (stay), JPY 1000 or USD9 for the first hour + JPY 500 or USD4.5 per following hour (nap), JPY 1000 (bathroom only), Check Latest Price?

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[Sendai] Nine Hours

Address: Kokubuncho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-0803
Phone: 022-714-1530
Access: 5 minute walk from Hirose-dori Station (via Sendai Subway Namboku Line)
Check in/check out: 12.00-10.00 (stay), mulai pukul 12.00-21.00 (nap)
Rate: JPY 2900 or USD26 (stay), JPY 1000 or USD9 for the first hour + JPY 500 or USD4.5 per following hour (nap), JPY 500 or USD4.5(bathroom only), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, toiletries, vending machine

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3. Sauna & Capsule Hotel Rumor Plaza, A Capsule Hotel at the Heart of Kyoto Tourism Site

Sauna & Capsule Hotel Rumor Plaza
Sauna & Capsule Hotel Rumor Plaza, via expedia

To be honest, the main factor that makes Rumor Plaza worth checking out is not its cool exterior or interior design. It is more about its location in Gion. Who doesn’t want to visit Gion while they’re in Kyoto?

Reception area
Reception area, via expedia

Even if you have no interest in Gion, this hotel is indeed strategically located to access various popular tourist destination in Kyoto. For example, you can strut to Gion Corner, which is only about 150 meter away. You are located close enough to Yasaka Jinja and Maruyama Park, and you can even get to Nene-no-michi to head to Higashiyama and its popular tourism spots, such as Kiyomizudera Temple, simply by walking (given that you’re in prime physical condition, as the way there gets hilly!)

This is how the sleeping capsules look like. Each capsule is equiped with standard facilities, such as a television.

Sleeping capsule
Sleeping capsule, via expedia
Sleeping capsule as seen from the front
Sleeping capsule as seen from the front, via expedia

Aside from its convenient location, this hotel is quite interesting to explore as they provide facilities to pamper guests. Other than standard amenities such as Wi-Fi and lobby area, guests are also invited to try their spa and sauna. Unfortunately, female guests and children below 10 years of age are not allowed in this hotel.

Spa
Spa, via expedia

Address: Higashiyamaku Gioncho Minamigawa 575 Fuji Building 3F, Kyoto
Check in: 15.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: start from JPY 3600 or USD32.3, Check Latest Price?
Facility: free Wi-Fi in each room, spa, sauna

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4. Hotel Sleeps Kitasenju, Pamper Your Curiosity on Capsule Hotels, Manga and Sake in One Go

Hotel Sleeps Kitasenju
Hotel Sleeps Kitasenju, via agoda

Capsule hotels, manga and sake are three unique things about Japan that often sparks travelers’ interest. You can actually enjoy all of them at once, without having to move anywhere. Isn’t that fascinating?

Hotel Sleeps Kitasenju is a hotel that offers “the whole Japan experience” in one go. If you’d curious about what it would be like to stay at a capsule hotel, this place overs a variery of sleeping capsules you can try.

Sleeping capsule
Sleeping capsule, via agoda
Sleeping capsule
Sleeping capsule, via agoda

Of course that’s not the only reason to try this hotel during your stay in Japan. They provide a bar that offers a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. Japanese whiskey, sake, shochu. Name it, you got it. You might as well find it in the bar, while chilling and chatting with other guests.

Bar
Bar, via agoda

If you love manga, Hotel Sleeps Kitasenju has more than 4000 manga collection than you can read on-site. Of course all of them are in Japanese, so perhaps it won’t be as enjoyable for those you can’t read Japanese.

Manga library
Manga library, via 5berita

Other facilities in the hotel is equally interesting, starting from the Japanese style bath house, relaxation room, etc. You can check out the ambience of this hotel in these pictures below. Unfortunately, this hotel is for male only.

Ambience of the hotel
Ambience of the hotel, via agoda
Ambience of the hotel
Ambience of the hotel, via agoda
Ambience of the hotel
Ambience of the hotel, via agoda

Address: 40-9, Senjyunakamachi, Adachi, Ueno, Tokyo 120-0036
Phone/fax: 03-5284-2641/42
Access: 5 minute walk from Kita Senju Station
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 12.00
Rate: start from JPY 3100 or USD27.8, Check Latest Price?
Amenities: free Wi-Fi in all rooms, bar, manga library, relaxation room, Japanese style bath house, 40 inch TV (in the relaxation room), smoking area

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5. Centurion Cabin & Spa Ladies, A Capsule Hotel Just for the Ladies Traveller.

Centurion Cabin & Spa Ladies
Centurion Cabin & Spa Ladies, via agoda

Whether you like it or not, a majority of the capsule hotels are only open for male guests. More or less, this makes the female travellers feel discriminated and intimidated as it is so hard to find a capsule hotel that accepts female guests – or at least both male and female.

Stairway to the hotel
Stairway to the hotel, via agoda

Don’t worry, Ladies. A capsule hotel in Tokyo is dedicated for female guest. Located in Akasaka, Centurion Cabin & Spa specifically targets female guests who are keen on staying at a capsule hotel. Its design is also a little bit different from other capsule hotels, and therefore it looks more like an exclusive hotel rather than a capsule hotel.

Sleeping area
Sleeping area, via agoda

What is most interesting about this hotel is its amenities, which are not that different compared to a regular hotel. This hotel offers a spa, a cool bathroom (see pictures), free chargers, foot spa, massage chairs and many more. In other words, this hotel may be a great choice for female travelers who want to experience a capsule hotel for the first time.

Bathroom
Bathroom, via agoda
Bathroom
Bathroom, via agoda

Address: 4-2-4 Akasaka, Akasaka, Tokyo 107-0052
Phone/fax: 03-6441-3381
Access: 3 minute walk from Stasiun Akasaka Mitsuke Station
Check in: 14.00, Check out: 11.00
Rate: JPY 5500* or USD49.3, Check Latest Price?
Amenities: free Wi-Fi in each room, charger, spa, flat-screen TV in the cabins.

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6. Oak Hostel Cabin, The Charm of a Hostel in a Capsule Hotel, aka the Capsule Hostel

Oak Hostel Cabin
Oak Hostel Cabin, via oakhostel

Oak Hostel Cabin is a capsule hotel with a unique concept. When other capsule hotels tend to combine the concept of a hotel with that of sleeping capsules, this newly opened hotel (March 2015) looks more like a hostel. Isn’t that unique?

The hostel welcomes both male and female guests. All guests may choose whether they would like to occupy a floor specially designated for male only, female only, or co-ed. One thing for sure, each guest will have a private capsule made of reinforced plastic, and each capsule is equipped with an electric plug and Wi-Fi.

Sleeping capsule
Sleeping capsule, via oakhostel
What the sleeping capsule like with its door closed
What the sleeping capsule like with its door closed, via oakhostel
The interior of the sleeping capsule
The interior of the sleeping capsule, via oakhostel

Considering that it is essentially a hostel with sleeping capsules in it, don’t expect the same amenities with those found in a hotel, such as a spa or a restaurant. In exchange, there is a shared kitchen in which guests may cook for themselves.

Guests may also use the dining area to consume their meal and hang out in a common room that has minimalistic design yet comfortable.

The common room
The common room, via oakhostel
The common room
The common room, via oakhostel
Shared kitchen
Shared kitchen, via oakhostel
Cutleries and cooking utensils are provided
Cutleries and cooking utensils are provided, via oakhostel

Address: 1-16 Nihonbashihakozakicho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0015
Access: 6 minute walk from Exit 2 at Suitengumae Station(via Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line) or 7 minute walk from Exit 4B at Kayabacho Station (via Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
Check in: before 01.00, Check out: after 06.00
Rate: JPY 3500* or USD31.4, Check Latest Price?
Amenities: Wi-Fi, shared computers, locker room, shower room, lounge, kitchen

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7. First Cabin, for the Claustrophobes Who Would Love to Experience the Thrill of Staying at a Capsule Hotel

First Cabin Kyoto
First Cabin Kyoto, via firstcabin/facebook

Let’s admit it, staying at a capsule hotel is obviously not a great idea for a claustrophobe or those who are scared of narrow and enclosed spaces. However, as there’s always a solution for each problem, then there’s also a solution for fellow claustrophobes who would love to experience the thrill of staying at a capsule hotel: stay at the First Cabin.

First Cabin is a place that combines the minimalistic-functional concept of a capsule hotel with a regular hotel. Here you may find many cabins that look like a hotel room but smaller, and super minimalistic rooms that are bigger that the sleeping capsules of a capsule hotel. In short, there are two types of accommodation at the First Cabin: the first class cabin and the business class cabin.

The first class cabins are 4,4 meter square in size (2,1 m x 2,1 m x 2,1 m), equipped with a 120 cm-wide mattress each. This room is equipped with several amenities, such as a 32 inch TV, a bedside drawer and a safety box. They are similar to a hotel room, except that they are more compact.

First class cabin
First class cabin, via first cabin/facebook
First class cabin
First class cabin, via estar

for business class cabin only has 2,5 meter square in size (1,2 m x 2,1 m x 2,1 m). equipped with a 100 cm-wide mattress each, TV 32 inch, and the atmosphere quite similar with capsule hotel but more spacious.

Business class cabin
Business class cabin, via skift
Business class cabin
Business class cabin, via japantimes

Interestingly, First Cabin are widespread in many cities in Japan. If you would like to experience the thrill of staying at a capsule hotel yet you’re unsure about it, perhaps you can give it a try by staying at the First Cabin. Details of their locations are available below:

First Cabin Akihabara
First Cabin Akihabara, via tokyogirlsupdate

[Tokyo] First Cabin Akihabara

Address: 3-38, Kandasakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0025
Phone/fax: +81-3-6240-9798
Access: 4 minute walk from Showa Dori Exit at JR Akihabara Station, 3 minute walk from first exit 4 at Akihabara Statipn (via Hibiya Line), 5 minute walk from Exit A4 at Iwamotocho Station (via Toei Shinjuku Line) or 10 minute walk from west exit at JR Asakusabashi Station
Check in: 17.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 5900 or USD53/night, JPY 1000 or USD9/time (short time), [business class] JPY 4900 or USD44/night, JPY 900 or USD8/time (short time), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, public bath house, shower, female-only lounge, smoking room, business corner

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First Cabin Haneda
First Cabin Haneda, via blog.joejourneys

[Tokyo] First Cabin Haneda

Address: 1F Haneda Airport Terminal 1, 3-3-2, Haneda Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0041
Phone/fax: 03-5757-8755
Access: terminal 1 Haneda Airport
Check in: 19.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 6000 or USD53.8/night, JPY 1000 or USD9/time (short time), [business class] JPY 5000 or USD44.8/night, JPY 800 or USD7.17/time (short time), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, public bath house, shower, female-only lounge, smoking room, business corner

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First Cabin Tsukiji
First Cabin Tsukiji, via booking

[Tokyo] First Cabin Tsukiji

Address: 2-11-10, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045
Phone/fax: +81-3-5148-1130
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit 4.2 at Tsukiji Station (via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line), 6 minute walk from Exit 5 at Higashi-Ginza Station (via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Asakusa Line)
Check in: 17.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 6800 or USD61/night, JPY 1000 or USD9/time (short time), [business class] JPY 5800 or USD52/night, JPY 900 or USD8/time (short time), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, public bath house, shower, smoking room, bar

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First Cabin Atagoyama
First Cabin Atagoyama, via nz.hotels

[Tokyo] First Cabin Atagoyama

Address: 3-10-7, Nishishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003
Phone/fax: 03-3433-1126
Access: 5 minute walk from Exit A5 at Onarimon Station (via Toei Mita Line), 10 minute walk from Exit 1 at Toranomon Station (via Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), 11 minute walk from Kasumori Exit at JR Shimbashi Station, 10 minute walk from Exit 3 at Kamiyacho Station (via Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Check in: 17.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 6800 or USD61/night, JPY 1000 or USD9/time (short time), [business class] JPY 5800 or USD52/night, JPY 900 or USD8/time (short time), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, public bath house, shower, smoking room, bar

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First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma
First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma, via kavanachang.pixnet

[Kyoto] First Cabin Karasuma

Address: 331, Kamiyanagimachi, Bukkojidori Karasuma-higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 600-8099
Phone/fax: 075-361-1113
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit 5 at Article 4 Station  (via Karasuma Line)
Check in: 15.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 5600 or USD50/night, JPY 900 or USD8/time (short time), [business class] JPY 4600 or USD41.23/night, JPY 800 or USD7.17/time (short time), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, jet bath, shower booth, powder room, female-only lounge, smoking room, cloackroom

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First Cabin Midosuji Namba
First Cabin Midosuji Namba, via expedia

[Osaka] First Cabin Midosuji Namba

Address: 4F Namba Midosuji Building, 4-2-1, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 542-0076
Phone/fax: 06-6631-8090
Access: Exit 13 at Namba Station (via Midosuji Line)
Check in: 15.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 5900 or USD53/night, JPY 900 or USD8/time (short time), Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, joint bathroom, sauna, shower booth, massage room, business lounge, smoking room, cloakroom

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First Cabin Hakata
First Cabin Hakata, via booking

[Fukuoka] First Cabin Hakata

Address: 3-7-24, Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka gate’s 8F 810-0801
Phone/fax: 092-260-1852
Access: Exit 4 at Nakasu-Kawabata Station (via Subway Airport Line)
Check in: 17.00, Check out: 10.00
Rate: [first class cabin] JPY 5600 or USD50/night, JPY 1000 or USD9/1 hour (short time), [business class] JPY 4600 or USD41.23/night, JPY 800 or USD7.17/1 hour, Check Latest Price?
Amenities: lounge, room

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