Hotels are widely known for all the facilities designed for itinerant gests with amenities for rest and relaxation. It usually consists of numbered rooms for the guest. Food and drinks may also be served from time to time depending on the type of accommodation.
Some people who are in a tight budget, and can’t find available space while waiting for the next leg of the trip, have come up with a neat solution – introducing, Japan’s capsule hotel. Aside from being a practical remedy to your tight budget, guests are also provided with basic accommodations like in any other hotels.
Japan is well-known for their capsule hotels. It helps save a lot of money in their travels and provides an alternative to high priced luxury hotels and lodges. Capsule hotel accommodation is purely developed from the creative minds of Japanese people. It features a huge number of small rooms or capsules intended to provide great, cheap and basic accommodation for guest’s basic needs overnight.
Although this style of accommodation has not gained Japan high popularity outside the country unlike the Pod hotels in the Western, it is the choice of accommodations for several visitors in Japan especially during weekends because of its convenience, safety and budget friendly rates.
From the name itself, it is a space in a modular plastic or fiberglass roughly 2mx1mx1.25m and provides you only with a space for sleeping. Some of the facilities range from offering an entertainment such as television, wireless internet access, electronic console, airplane-style air nozzle, reading light, bed and mattress, etc.
Some of the Japan’s capsule hotels have a separate sleeping quarters for male and female. Upon entering, guests are offered yukata and geta or a pair of gown (kimono-like) and wooden slippers. Towels are also included in the accommodation. Luggages are stored in a locker of the capsule hotel.
Japan’s famous Capsule Hotels:
1. Capsule Inn Osaka
It is the very first ever capsule hotel in Japan located at the Umeda District, Osaka, Japan. It was carefully designed by Kisho Kurokawa, a leading Japanese architect and one of the founders of Metabolist Movement. The capsule hotel opened to public in the year 1979.
2. Capsule Hotel Asakusa River Side, Tokyo
Just a few minutes walk from the Asakusa subway station is the 140-capsules capsule hotel that offers a male and female overnight accommodation. It is overlooking at the beautiful and panoramic Sumida River and is near to the well-known Buddhist Senso-ji temple.
3. Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinasaibashi, Osaka
This is the biggest capsule hotel in Osaka that holds 441 rooms separating male and female in sleeping accommodation. It offers free sauna and baths before going to your reserved capsule to rest.
For more than three decades of the novelty, popularity, success and influence of the well-know Japan’s capsule hotels, a city-state that lies with more than 8 million per capita and the home of rich and famous millionaires of the world—Hong Kong is now getting on board in importing capsule hotels from Japan.
Capsule Hotels in Hong Kong
According to Connie Wong of Galaxy Starts Ltd, Hong Kong is planning to import and is looking to launch capsule hotels somewhere in the busiest districts in the state. They will be based on the original and quality standard of capsule hotels from Japan including the ordinance, space, lighting, fire resistance and ventilation facilities. The target markets are:
- individual travelers who demand for inexpensive accommodations especially those who are in tight budgets
- university students to meet their needs for accommodation and safety