Night 4 of our Japan holiday we did what every trip to Japan should include….a night’s stay in a capsule hotel! Whenever we talked about visiting Japan Josh and I always talked about staying in a capsule hotel, but the reality is that it is more difficult to do than you think, at least for a couple. First, off most of the capsule hotels cater to men only and if they do offer capsules for males and females then the capsules are segregated. Luckily I found a hotel that offered larger “double” capsules that allowed for couples. The hotel we stayed at, the Tokyo Kiba Hotel offered single capsules, double capsules and big double capsules so naturally Josh and I chose the big double capsule.
For the capsule hotel first you check in and are given a key to a locker where you can store smaller luggage and valuables and where your towel and pajamas are. Then, you change into your pajamas and put on slippers, following that you can either go to sleep in your capsule or use the bathing facilities. At this particular hotel the bathing facilities were quite nice, in the women’s shower room there were about 6 sinks with chairs (setup like a large vanity) and the facility provided face wash, toothbrushes, mouthwash, facial toner, face lotion and q-tips. Then there is a separate shower room which had a large jacuzzi tub and 2 shower areas. The shower areas were designed for sitting and showering and once again the facility provided everything necessary: shampoo, conditioner and body wash. It is worth mentioning that the shower facilities are strictly segregated and at this particular hotel very well maintained.
After Josh and I cleaned up (and trust me after all day at Tokyo Disney Sea we were really in need of baths) we climbed into our capsule and slept soundly.
The capsule itself was quite roomy, both of us were able to sit up without our heads touching the top of the capsule. Inside there was a lamp, small TV, multiple outlets, a small mirror and an alarm clock. One main difference from what I thought the capsule would be like and what it was in reality is that there is no door to close the capsule, just a pull down curtain-esque thick piece of fabric. So sound proofing is definitely an alien concept when staying at a capsule hotel. And unfortunately in the middle of the night one of the unoccupied capsules had an alarm that went off, but once Josh told me what the noise was I quickly destroyed it. Despite this we both had a very good night’s sleep and were very happy with our capsule hotel experience. To quote Josh, “it was true urban camping.”