I made it to Tokyo!! Finally, after years of dreaming about it, I am in this magical city. Growing up, I was taught several things about Japan. The World War II, Buddhism, Kimonos… not particularly in that order, but you get it. The few things that stuck out the most were, Yen, the Bullet train, and capsule hotels. The idea of sleeping in a pod absolutely fascinated me. So when I knew I was heading to Tokyo, I had to do some research on which capsule hotel I should stay at.
Where I Stayed
The number one capsule hotel that popped up was 9 Hours Shinjuku. It is located in the heart of the city and super close to all the fabulous shopping. I was sold! The photos and reviews showcased a very sophisticated and modern looking hotel. A huge work lounge for guests to use whenever they pleased, and of course free wi-fi.
The additional amenities included two towels, pajama set( very comfortable), a toothbrush, toothpaste, and slippers. The pods themselves are separated between men and women, as well as the bathrooms which are located on a separate floor. The setup is very futuristic as the walls, ceiling, and floors are all painted black. The sleeping cells are white with individual lights inside. A curtain can be pulled shut to create privacy.
The showers and bathrooms located on the 7th floor include individual shower stalls and a line of individual sinks. Very clean and very private. I quickly learned too that my hair tools worked perfectly fine in Japan! Score.
What It Was Like
Upon checking it, it was very inviting and a beautiful facility. It was easy to get to the capsule hotel on the Yamanote Line. The lobby was bright with floor to ceiling windows on both sides of the lobby. The staff were very pleasant and friendly to greet me, even though I didn’t know any Japaneses. The views of Tokyo were breathtaking from the lobby. But that’s all the windows you will see in this place. The rest is completely blocked off to keep the noise level to a minimum.
After I checked in, I received a card that unlocked my personal locker. I quickly placed my belongings inside so I could explore. The locker fit my carryon roller suitcase, coat, and backpack. There was a separate section just for shoes! Later, I took a peak inside and found I had a top bunk. I was really happy about that until I realized those stairs aren’t the easiest to climb. I did like how the pods aren’t directly above one another, which helps reduce noise for your neighbors below.
The entire facility was spotless clean. Like impeccable. There was one pillow that was shaped in a way that made it super easy to get comfortable. The duvet blanket was the perfect amount of weight as well. A lot of people report they get hot in their pods, I actually was a little chilly.
The one thing that they didn’t warn you on is that it gets a bit noisy with people always shuffling in and out of the room. As with any hostel situation, it’s never perfectly quiet. If you have some great ear plugs you are good to go.
I loved the community that was available that I wouldn’t have found at a traditional hotel. This was really nice especially for a solo traveler. I also thought the price was ideal (averaging about $40 per night). I felt very comfortable and very safe. You do have to check out and check in each day you at this particular capsule hotel. It’s part of how they clean the facility. But you can leave your bags in the locker while you are out. I think 2 days is plenty at this particular capsule hotel. The first night I didn’t sleep too well because I was adjusting to the concept of sharing a sleep space with others. The second night, I completely zonked out and slept like a baby. Just know it may take you a night to adjust. Overall, the price is right and the location, service, amenities, cleanliness, plus safety is even better.
I have one more Capsule hotel in Kyoto to try out! It is even more luxe than this one, but half the price of a traditional hotel in Kyoto. It’s also a freestanding pod instead of stacked. Stay tuned for that review. Also, would you ever try this?
Inside my pod
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