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In the last few days of my stay in Tokyo, I decided to chill out and not do much.  Monday I got up late, just in time for lunch and I spent the afternoon walking around Ueno, a district not to far from my hostel.  On my way back I walked through the familiar streets of Asakusa, where I normally have dinner, and I came across a big sign advertising a Capsule Hotel.  I remembered reading about these ‘cheap as chips’ coffin-size sleeping rooms for short stays and intrigued by the idea, I decided to give it a go.  The entire experience was pants!  The unsettling excitement of sleeping in a box was far greater than the experience itself.  The best part was just after I checked in, when I swapped my trendy (Newport’s trendy that is) shoes with a pair of dodgy green slippers two sizes to small and changed into a dressingown and shorts, which made me look like a right nutter escaped from a mental institution!

 

There were 7 levels in this hotel, and on every level a main entrance opened into a long dark corridor with two rows of 10 capsules per side.

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  As a keen landlord I quickly worked out that this place was making a fortune… I wonder how this idea would catch on in Wales?  Maybe I could turn one of my houses into the first Capsule Hotel in Wales?  Nah, a better idea would be to provide these rooms in pubs and restaurants so people can have a kip after a fat Sunday lunch, now that would work!

 

The room comes with a radio/alarm/clock, reading light and a TV, with one free channel and a money box for pay channels, i.e. porn (but I didn’t verify this fact).  I don’t think I’ll be rushing to stay in one of these hotels again, but one good thing about this experience is that I had the best night sleep since I’ve arrived, I slept like a baby, like a log… like a baby log!

 

The next day was totally eventless, I packed my rucksack and made preparations to leave.

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  At night I joined some others in the lounge and met an English fella, who had just arrived and was eager to taste Japanese beer, though he was heavily jetlagged.  We had a few Asahi beers and some Aussie girls joined us.  I can’t quite remember how or when this sociable drink turned into a right piss up, but I regretted it the next morning when I got up at 5am to catch my flight.  Good fun though!   

PrissyT says:
like a baby log, huh?
Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
aiohdmg says:
Capsule Hotel experience is interesed to me!!!
They allow for a women to checkin or not!?

Buwaa..i wannna sleep there once!!
Posted on: Nov 05, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
Great entry; very entertaining. :)
Good old Aussie girls, always turning a quick drink into a party. :D
Posted on: Jul 06, 2008
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