The first night of our Odigo trip we had to sleep at Narita airport, which meant staying in their capsule hotel! https://www.odigo.travel/
Capsule hotels were originally meant to be used as super cheap accommodations, however in my (admittedly brief) attempt to search for them, I usually haven't found many cheaper than a regular business hotel. I know cheap capsule hotels are out there, I just don't know where...
This one at the Tokyo Narita airport is called 9 Hours (you can stay for more than nine hours) and is of course the price of a normal business hotel, I assume because it's at the airport. To be fair, everything was very clean and looked new, which is good enough for me. In some cases if you reserve early online you can get the room for 4,900 yen (which is what they advertise at), but walk-ins are 5,900 yen. A lot of reviews say it used to be 3,900 for a reservation, so I guess they raised their prices. It also looks like prices during holiday travel seasons (like Golden Week and Obon) are higher, at 6,900 yen for advance reserving, at least at the time of making this video.
The pods are all right next to each other so if you have quiet, considerate neighbors you should be fine to sleep, but if your neighbors are chatty or snore then you could be in for a rough night. One of my neighbors used their wave noise machine and it was so loud that I'm pretty sure everyone else had to listen to it, too. I had one instance on my side of some girls coming in really late and giggling and talking up and down the row of pods and taking pictures, but after that fortunately everyone was quiet and I wasn't woken up. Jun had some snorers on his side, though.
All in all I feel like capsule hotels are kind of a quintessential Japanese experience so I'm glad I was able to try one out. It kind of felt like I was living in the future. I don't know if I would choose to do it again over a normal hotel room, though? Maybe I'm just too introverted and prefer having my own personal bed and bathroom, especially if it's the same price. (Actually since it was 5900 each for me AND Jun, a normal hotel is way cheaper for the two of us). I enjoyed the experience, though. Would've been funner with a friend on my side!
This video is not sponsored by or affiliated with this hotel.
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