- Better security
- Closer to the city area and train stations.
I love capsules. It is such a fun and unique experience that can only really be found in Japan. If I had the choice between a hotel and a capsule, I would choose a capsule, hands down. Capsules are community styled living, but also not exactly. Every individual gets their own pod to sleep in, which is closed by a curtain. Inside they have an outlet and light. Some will have TVs, but since this is a communal space, it would make it really difficult to sleep. They have individual showers and toilets, as well as lockers to store your belongings. These accomodations are insanely cheap to stay in and they’re pretty good for the amount that it costs. I believed I paid about ¥1300 to ¥7000 or $13 to $70 USD for 1 night. I believe that anybody who goes to Japan should experience this at least once. This is such a unique experience and can only be found in Japan (at least that I know of).
- Cheap, cheap, cheap (but very high standards)
- Fun and unique experience
- Easy to find and stay
- Close to city center
- Loud sleepers or crying babies can make it difficult to sleep.
- May involve climbing up to the top level to reach capsule, so for the elderly, arrange to get a bottom bunk.
- May be claustrophobic for some.
- They don’t usually provide food.
Narita Airport provides a capsule called Nine Hours, it’s in terminal 2 of the airport. After getting off the Narita express, exit out of the turnstiles and turn left towards the door and follow the signs. This is very convenient for those who have long layovers in Japan and want to refresh themselves or take a nap or spend the night if one has an early flight. This is one of the more upscale capsules and definitely worth the cost. This accommodation will save you stress from rushing to the airport (it takes 1 hour from Tokyo Station to Narita Airport via Narita Express).
Narita Airport and other locations: https://ninehours.co.jp/en/
- Has a batting cage right next door…I tried and failed.
- Easy and fun way to make friends from around the world (I had roommates from Iran and the Philippines).
- Easy to find and book.
- Little to no privacy.
- Almost everything is shared.
- Security depends on the hostel. Some may provide lockers, others may not.
- Can choose from a room in a shared home or an entire home.
- Usually guaranteed a refund if it’s cancelled early enough and based on the homeowner.
- Expensive, especially if it’s closer to the city.
- Taxi drivers/others may not be as familiar with the location since it is not a typical tourist area, rather where locals would stay/live.
- Can be difficult to book the one you want if you hesitate too long.
Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns that can even have hot springs close by or in the inn. They utilize tatami floors, futons, onsens, and local/traditional foods.
- Very traditional and unique experience
- Can be expensive (vary based on size, location, and season).
- May be further out from the city.