Capsule hotels are convenient accommodation in Japan that is almost uncommon option for women. Heavily enjoyed by our male counterparts, capsule hotels that only cater to men abound in Japan. Adventurous females who are curious of capsule hotel’s novelty are faced with very limited options.
Capsule hotels abound in busy cities like Tokyo and Osaka. They have become synonymous with nightlife. When many capsule hotels abound a district or street, it means that its the kind of place where you can have an absolute good time, which extends in the wee hours of the morning. They are inexpensive way to spend the night in Japan when you had too much fun, you can’t go home by yourself. To stay at a Capsule Hotel, I recommend you look for capsule hotels with women-only floor.
Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi, Osaka
In Kansai region, I experienced staying in two capsule hotels. The first one was in Osaka, in Shinsaibashi. Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi‘s location is superb. It’s within Shinsaibashi, which gives you easy access to the shopping streets of Ebisubashi & Shinsaibaishi in Dōtonbori. This means you are also near all the food options Japan’s food capital has to offer.
This capsule hotel has separate men and women floors. The staff is also used to foreign guests so checking in is not a problem. The sleeping capsules are made of modular plastic or fiberglass which I found spacious and comfortable. I stayed in a women-only floor with gated private lock access in the sleeping area.
There are also common areas per floor and locker rooms to store your luggage. The public bath with sauna is spacious, making this a good place to dip your tired alcohol induced body. There are shower rooms for those who are not comfortable using the public baths but access is timed and you need to get the key from the front desk staff.
Centurion Hotel Cabin and Spa, Kyoto Shijo
The second capsule hotel I’ve stayed at was in Kyoto, Centurion Hotel Cabin & Spa in Shijo-dori. It is in front of the big Daimaru Shopping Mall in Kyoto’s shopping paradise, Shijo-dori.
This capsule hotel features ornate design with Japanese imagery. The individual cabins are a bit cramp for my liking compared to the size of Asahi Plaza’s cabins. But I like the mini table inside with built-in sockets for your electronic gadgets. They also offer yukatas for lounge wear. The walls are made of wood so light sleepers can easily be distracted by their neighbors.
The spa room and public bath feature sauna and jet-steamed water. Shower rooms are private unlike the usual shower areas in traditional public baths. They also have complete sets of high-quality toiletries which doesn’t seem to run out.
You can easily book your space in these capsule hotels in booking sites like Booking and Expedia. Asahi Plaza’s rates are cheaper compared to Centurion. But both are worth the service they offer.