The first capsule hotel in the world, Capsule Inn Osaka (New Japan Umeda), opened in 1979 and has been enticing guests ever since. But, sorry ladies, this accommodation is for men-only. While many modern capsule hotels are co-ed, the original Capsule Inn Osaka – located in Japan – was intended for use by business people, and the tradition remains. So, men, you may be wondering, what exactly is a capsule hotel?
Well, they’re certainly not for the claustrophobic. The “wide” capsules are just 6.5 feet by 3 feet and just 2.5 feet high. These capsules also include small TVs, a light, an alarm clock, and outlets. “Regular” capsules are even tinier! Bathrooms are shared, and luggage may be stored in lockers outside of the capsules.
Feeling a bit cramped after a night in such a tight space? Then, check out the Umeda Sauna New Japan, open 24/7. But beware! If you’re about to don a towel and show some skin, you may want to cover up those tattoos– if you have any! That’s because tattoos have been widely stigmatized in Japan for their association with criminal gangs.
If you’re intrigued by these tiny quarters, the Capsule Inn will undoubtedly provide you with a good story and an experience like no other. Plus, it’s conveniently located just feet away from the Umeda Subway Station and the famous HEP Five shopping center.