Even though capsule hotels were originally invented as cheap accommodations for Japanese business men who are too drunk to go home, they are rapidly becoming popular around the world. ‘Capsules’ and ‘pods’ are now found at international airports and hostel dormitories. And why not? They are functional, cheap and relatively safe. I slept in a female capsule hotel in Nagoya, Japan.
Although most capsule hotels are men-only, I found a female-friendly one in the city of Nagoya. And the best thing: my capsule hotel turned out to be a spa as well (female-friendly plus!). So, after a relaxing evening full of bathing and soothing in the beautiful spa (or in Japanese ‘onsen’) facilities of the hotel I finally retreated to my capsule.
My capsule was on the ground floor and approximately 1 meter high and 2 meters long. Obviously capsule hotels are not suitable for the claustrophobic mind. Once I entered my capsule I soon discovered capsules have pretty much all facilities you need. There is a reading light, a soft mattress, a television and wifi. You can keep your valuables with you or put them into a locker. There is also a wide range of vending machines available where they sell food, drinks and underwear (?). In my room there were around 50 capsules stacked together.
I slept great. There was not a sound from any of the other capsules and the mattress was comfortable and big. A capsule feels a bit like your own mini-room. Compared to hostel dorms it is also great that you have more privacy. It is easy to change inside your capsule for example.
So yes, I’d definitely recommend staying in a capsule hotel! It’s not exactly cosy and sociable, but for one or two functional nights it’s a perfect Japan experience!
My female capsule hotel was called Apaiser and costed 3800 yen:
Apaiser Capsule Hotel
Tel: 052 733 3141
Exit no. 8 of the Imaike Station (Hiroshima line)
This was probably one of the best places I stayed during my trip. Apaiser has clean and beautiful onsen facilities. Because both the spa and capsule hotel are divided into a men and women section it’s safe to stay there as a female solo traveller. Unfortunately, I could not find a website, but the capsule hotel is right in front of exit 8. If you’re looking for a non-touristy female capsule hotel I’d highly recommend Apaiser!
There are also several female-friendly capsule options in Tokyo and Kyoto. Reviews on this capsule hotel in Tokyo ‘Capsule Hotel Asakusa River Side‘ are mixed, but it may be worth checking out. Another one is the ‘Capsule Inn‘.
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I loved staying at a capsule hotel! They’re cheap, comfortable and offer you privacy! What do you think?