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Staying In a Capsule Hotel

The 9-Hours Capsule Hotel at Narita Airport


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A capsule hotel wouldn’t have been my first accommodation choice, but it did have a certain novelty about it. We only had a few hours between our evening arrival at Narita airport and the morning bullet-train to Hiroshima.

The “Nine Hours Narita Airport” offers gender-segregated capsule rooms in a contemporary hotel with lockers and private bathroom stalls. It is functional, inexpensive and right at the airport.

To some people the words, “capsule hotel” conjure a sort of claustrophobic vision of a coffin. But these sleep-modules are spacious and cleaner than your average casket… with some notable amenities: a night-shirt, toothbrush, clean linens, soft light, wifi, soothing music and ventilation.
“Quiet!” is paramount as capsule-dwellers come and go at all hours, all determined to get some sleep. And we represent a broad demographic from business road-warriors, young people sporting back-packs, to travellers like me, spellbound by a new adventure. What we have in common is that we’re too proud to sleep on an airport bench and too frugal to spring for lavish accommodation for just a few hours between travel connections.

So, would I opt for the capsule again? It’s a means to an end. I can be quiet.
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Posted by WayWayFar 21:14 Archived in Japan

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