Capsule hotels are becoming more and more popular in Japan every year, and it seems like we won’t see the end of them anytime soon. Another capsule hotel has recently been opened by 9 Hours (ナインアワーズ), and this time it is in Tokyo (東京)!
What is the appeal of capsule hotels? Why the non-ending churning of new capsule hotels? For the claustrophobic, capsule hotels may be a great challenge that could help them get over their phobia.
For people without this phobia, capsule hotels offer a cheap means of accommodation. The living costs in Japan are not exactly cheap, more so when it comes to big cities like Tokyo. Therefore, staying at capsule hotels would help ease the burden of your travel expenses. This is especially crucial if you are here on a tight budget.
Besides that, people in Japan who overwork or stay out too late and miss the train home can stay cheaply at capsule hotels instead of splurging on regular hotel rooms that provide a lot of fluff they don’t need. On top of that, to many foreign visitors, capsule hotels offer a unique experience that is a must-try when they visit Japan!
When it comes to hotels, there is a popular chain known as Nine Hours. Their latest branch of capsule hotel was opened just recently on 22 March 2017 in north Shinjuku (北新宿)’s Okubo (大久保) area. This is their first branch of capsule hotel in Tokyo. The location is ideal as it is just a two-minute walk from JR Shin-Okubo Station (新大久保駅), which is considered the heart of the Tokyo’s Korean neighborhood.
There are 206 rooms available in the 9h ninehours Shinjuku-North capsule hotel. Each night costs you 4,900 yen. However, you would have to pay an additional fee of 800 yen per hour if you decide to use the shower. If it’s just for a short stay, though, it is reasonable to assume that showers are not necessarily needed. A short stay would cost 1,000 yen. This is ideal if you just want to take a short nap.
9h ninehours Shinjuku-North is open 24 hours a day so you do not have to worry about checking in and out at odd hours. While it may be a minimalist type of hotel, there is also a lounge space where guests can work or study. Therefore, you do not actually have to remain at a lying down position the whole time in the small capsule if you want to do other things like reading!
Obviously, the reason why 9 Hours opened its latest branch in Tokyo is because there are many tourists who come to Tokyo in recent times. This leads to many new hotels being opened in Shinjuku. However, they are mainly standard hotels. There are tourists who demand cheaper accommodation and do not mind staying at a capsule hotel which provides them the minimum needed for a stay. Since 9 Hours is a popular chain of capsule hotels, tourists can be confident with the service provided by the hotel.
With so many expensive standard hotels available in Tokyo, you can opt to stay at 9 Hours’ capsule hotel instead to save money. Why not book a stay or short rest at a 9 Hours Capsule Hotel next time you’re in Okubo?
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