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One of the coolest capsule hotels to close in Japan

Capsule hotels are completely synonymous with Japan. Those tiny sleeping quarters resembling a futuristic coffin which served many a salaryman can be found dotted across Japan. There are differences in each hotel but undoubtedly one of the coolest and more distinctive one is Nine Hours situated in Kyoto. So it’s with sadness that we hear news of its impending closure. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a reason given for the closure which will be happening on October 31st. If you want to get in before it closes, best you be quick as they are taking bookings but on a good day you can squeeze in without prior notice.

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Easy instructions on how to use 9 Hours
Easy instructions on how to use 9 Hours
A clean and spotless environment
A clean and spotless environment
Sterile bathroom conditions
Sterile bathroom conditions
Have a bath, time to get ready for bed
Have a bath, time to get ready for bed
...Or a shower
…Or a shower
Your PJ's for the night
Your PJ’s for the night
Time to crawl in
Time to crawl in
The view that greets you, inside the capsule
The view that greets you, inside the capsule
The pillow. With instructions.
The pillow. With instructions.
Built in alarm clock to wake you up the next day
Built in alarm clock to wake you up the next day

For more info, head on over to the hotel’s official site which also caters for English.

First Class Capsule Hotel For Akihabara

If you’ve ever paid a trip to Japan on a tight budget, you may have stayed in, or possibly though about, a capsule hotel. These are exactly what they sound like, a tiny shoe box which you slide into and have just enough room to roll from side to side. Not really designed with the claustrophobic in mind.

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That’s all about to change now with a hotel chain launching their first class, capsule venture called, ‘First Cabin’. This is actually their second foray into Tokyo but their first in Akihabara where after some late night Otaku shopping, it would be easy to miss your last Yamanote line train and be left stranded.

first class capsule
First Class Capsule

The hotel is marketing this as a compact hotel instead of a capsule hotel and judging from the images, they look cozy and far more comfortable than a traditional capsule hotel.

capsule layout

There are two styles of rooms offered, first up is the First class cabin, 4.2 sq. meter (approx. 45 sq. feet) which will set you back ¥4,800 to 5,900 for an overnight stay. The other option is the Business class cabin, 2.5 sq. meter (approx. 27 sq. feet) which will cost ¥4,500 to 4,900 to stay in overnight.

business class capsule
Business Class Capsule

The following services are also offered with your stay while the Wi-Fi is free of charge.

capsule services