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Old 07-14-2005, 03:37 AM   #1
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OMG!!!! I had a chance to find the pic of a Capsule hotel! These are the hotels in Japan as far as I know. Is it serious, guys??? Do people really live in such tubes???



Maybe am too rude but it really looks like... ehhr.. morgue refrigerators... Sorry... Has anyone lived in such hotels? And how much is it by the way?
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This link gives some good info. Pretty fascinating.

Hotels in Japan: Capsule Hotels
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They don't live in them, it's like their version of travel inn. There not that widespread from what I hear some Irish lad went all over the place looking to stay in one but couldn't find one.

What would be funny is if they automatically ejected you once your time was up.
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I guess it's not a place you want to sleep if you're claustrophobic!
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Why not?
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There was a big hoopla about these years ago. They are not the norm........but they were an alternative back when the Japanese real estate bubble was at its peak and traditional hotel rooms had become so expensive. Since prices dropped so much from the early 90's, I don't think they ever became the big thing they were supposed to.
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i stayed at them during my last trip to japan. as a westerner, it's a strange thought. but after being in tokyo for a week, it started to make a lot of sense. a lot of the capsule hotels are very cheap (for Japanese standards)...and they're very roomy...equipped with a built in stereo, alarm clock, and small tv. my best friend and i had a blast in one our last night in japan...it was such a comforting relief from the blistering cold hostels. most of them have really cool communal bath rooms with spas.

the safety issue was the first thing on my mind when I read about the capsule hotels...so many people staying in a tiny space, with only a bamboo privacy mat as a door. after some time in japan, we quickly realized that the idea works…in a society where people have enormous respect for each other, and for privacy
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This link gives some good info. Pretty fascinating.

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Men only? Red District Zone?

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How clean are they? Is there staff that takes care of the bed clothes and everything?
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You can check in anytime after 4:00 PM, and it will cost you between 2800-5000yen a night; oh, and you get the 'room' for just one night...
Are these tubes different? More and less comfortable? That's why the price varies, right?
And gosh... why male only??? What if I get stuck somewhere on a train station... Will i be sleeping on the street bench?
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Yeah!!! That would be great!! Bingo! I bet something like this will soon appear in hi-tech Japan!!!
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How clean are they? Is there staff that takes care of the bed clothes and everything?
very, very clean. in fact, everything in tokyo and osaka was immaculate. it's a very tidy country.

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And gosh... why male only??? What if I get stuck somewhere on a train station...* Will i be sleeping on the street bench?
most are male only because that's the market. they were made for the japanese salarymen who may have missed the last train home, and needs a quick place to crash for the night. those businessmen are busy busy busy.

we found quite a few for both male and female. those ones, however, are always divided up into male-only wings and female-only ones where either sex is prohibited from entering the other's wing.
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look... one more question... (seems to be stupid but still i'm curious)
what about kids? are they allowed to stay with their parents? Or a parent businessman?
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what about kids? are they allowed to stay with their parents? Or a parent businessman?
I'm pretty sure kids are not allowed. but there's no harm in asking when you're there. many of them are men-only...that's the kind of clientele they have. i'm thinking kids are pretty much out of the question because privacy and silence are the norm in the capsule hotels. it's not really a family-oriented place.
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Actually, now that I think about it - it's really not much different than the sleeper trains in China (and probably other countries, as well):
Well, how much room do you need to actually sleep, I guess?
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