If you visit Tokyo city and don’t have a very high budget or if you want to live an unforgettable experience, we invite you to try a capsule hotel. It is important not to have claustrophobia as you will be sleeping in a small “capsule”.

They are simple accommodations and they located in the urban areas where minimum hotel services are offered. The rooms are capsules that are closed by a curtain or blind, without door or key. In addition, bathrooms or toilets are shared. These hotels have lockers with keys where you can  leave your valuables.

There are capsule hotels that are only for men, women, or mixed with some floors having exclusive access.

Usually, you leave your shoes at reception, you can walk in a dressing robe through the corridors of the capsule hotels and you should be very quiet.

The first capsule hotel opened in 1979 in Osaka. It was designed by the Japanese architect Kurokawa Kishō for the 1970 Universal Exhibition held in this city.

For more information about Kurokawa Kishō, click here.

Did you know since then, the idea has spread and capsule hotels have been opened in other cities around the world, such as Singapore, Kyoto, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh, among others?

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