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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Has anyone ever stayed in one?
Was it comfortable, or did u feel closed in?

I always thought travelling in Japan would be way too expensive, but I have been told that if I do things like stay at capsule hotels, Japan is affordable.

Mel

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

never heard of such a hotel

Is it like a big condom where u can tuck urself in:)

Arif

3. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 9y

http://www.yesicanusechopsticks.com/capsule/

Definitely not a place for me to stay....

RoLa

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 9y

I considered staying at one of these when i was in Japan, but i was told that they are mainly geared towards local businessmen who have missed the last train home, and that a foreign woman alone might get some strange looks.
Cool concept though!
not sure about prices in the capsules, but dorm beds in hostels were reasonable - ish so this helps keep the price down.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 11, 2007, at 1:35 AM by bex76 ]

5. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 9y

price range is 3000-5000YEN depending on the location... some moderate places offer seperate floors for women...

yes i agree cool concept... but i have only one reservation with it... the common bath ....

6. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Well, you can check it with Greg. He been there before. And i heard that at some hotels, women are not allowed.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

In Nagoya I stayed at a capsule hotel. This one costs ¥4100, though as others have pointed out, it's from ¥3000 to ¥5000. You can find real hotels that are cheaper than this - I stayed at a hotel in Osaka for ¥2100, and a Ryokan in Kyoto for ¥4000, so I did it really more for the experience than anything else. However, the capsule hotels are pretty centrally located - usually just a few steps from the train station.

For the money, one gets a small place to sleep for the night. The capsule is about 2 meters deep and 1 meter by 1 meter high and wide, just enough to get into and roll around comfortably. The capsule contains a small TV, a radio, an alarm clock and a lamp, all built into the surrounding walls and coated in plastic, making it feel like it could all just be hosed down for cleaning. Basically, the capsule hotel is like a hostel dorm, but for business men in Japan.

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There is a public change room with lockers, a public bath, sauna and hot tub. There is a main room with TVs, loungers and tons of Japanese Manga comics to read. There's a small restaurant that serves meals and beer.

The whole thing had a feel, really, of being at the gym with guys padding around in robes after a sauna, perhaps getting a massage or grabbing a bite to eat in the attached (and very inexpensive) restaurant. That’s exactly what the capsule hotel is, a hostel dorm with a privacy screen mixed with a gym without the actual work out area.

For women, it's harder as many capsule hotels don't allow women. There are some that do by having a separate floor. Best thing to do, if you want to stay at one and are female, is check a guidebook for capsule hotels that allow women.

Greg

8. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

There is a public change room with lockers, a public bath, sauna and hot tub. There is a main room with TVs, loungers and tons of Japanese Manga comics to read. There's a small restaurant that serves meals and beer.

Are the comics in English or Japanese?

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Japanese.

10. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.


I always thought travelling in Japan would be way too expensive, but I have been told that if I do things like stay at capsule hotels, Japan is affordable.
Mel

I can't help you with capsules (though I intend to stay in one eventually), but hostels are quite good in Japan. The ones I've stayed at so far have been 2500 Yen ($25ish) and have been some of the best I've ever stayed in on the road.
In the end I'm not finding Japan all that expensive to travel in. I stay in hostels, self-cater, and buy my beer from convenience stores instead of going to bars. By doing that, traveling in Japan is quiet comparable to Canada, Australia or cheaper parts of Europe. It's a whole lot cheaper than England.
The thing that gets you though is the trains. The bullet trains may be fast, but you have to take out a mortgage to use them. Buying a rail pass or figuring out how to use the bus system will save you heaps.