If you are visiting Japan and perturbed by the skyrocketing prices then here’s an option for you. Try a Capsule hotel this time. Japanese cities have been offering tiny spaces known as capsule hotels for low prices for quite some time now. Capsule Hotel concept is creating a new wave in the hospitality industry thanks to the new entrants in the market.
It is one of the Most Innovative Hotel Concepts for offering budget options to visitors. Not only do these Limited Service Hotels provide cost-effective options in the city centre of Tokyo or other expensive cities, but it is also convenient enough for short term stay. Plus, the hostel concept gets trendier and fancier.
So, while the name Capsule Hotel is self-explanatory, we have elaborated on the same in this post. This might very well be an edge for the hotel industry in the competition of the Hotel industry vs Airbnb and other apartment-sharing websites. This might very well be one of the answers. What do you think?
Capsule Hotels in Japan
About the Capsule Hotel Concept
We already have one of these capsule hotels in our Unusual Hotels in the world list but there is some novelty added here.
They’re now trying to ascertain a new customer base that goes beyond people who miss their trains after drinking too much.
That’s a new target market. Isn’t it?
The hotels that use the “signature stack sleeping capsules” are collaborating to cater to foreign tourist, younger travellers and women.
First Cabin Inc. created its rooms to feel like the first-class cabin of an airline, going more for the classy feel than other hotels. It has five cabin hotels in the city of Tokyo and one apiece in Fukuoka, Kyoto and Osaka.
Rooms are roughly 2.1 meters high and take up about 4.4 or 2.5 square meters. The cost ranges from 4,600 to 6,800 yen a night.
The Hotel brings a luxury element to the cost-effective concept to make it a swanky yet cost-effective place. Have a look!
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The First Cabin hotel said it wants to create a line of 50 hotels in Japan and overseas by 2020 – this is when Tokyo will be host to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The company said cabin hotels don’t need as much time or money to create than normal hotels.
The beginning of series of Capsule Hotels in Japan
Japanese products reply on quality, cleanliness and cost-cutting and Capsule Hotels are no different.
Two years ago, New Japan Kanko Co., which has claimed to invest in its first capsule hotel in the Osaka’s Umeda district in 1979, opened its Cabana for only male visitors.
The Dotonbori located capsule hotel offers roomy compartments, compared to its other capsule units – two meters long and one meter high and wide with the company said is more than enough for a person to sleep or sit down.
It’s ideal to relax, work and sleep for a much lesser cost in Japanese cities that crave for space.
Even international tourists are loving the concept.
There are also several amenities for foreign tourists such as multilingual staff (English, Korean or Thai), gym, sauna and restaurant.
Cabana rooms have a price range of 4,100 to 4,600 yen each night. According to the company, the Cabana has been extremely popular with the foreign and returning guests.
An official said to ensure rooms are available for returning Japanese customers, the hotel has restricted its availability to foreign customers to about 70 per cent.
In the busy Shinjuku entertainment district of Tokyo, the Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 has 22 rooms for its female guests – on the first floor and basement. Its upper floors are reserved for men. Both genders have their own facilities and check-in areas.
At Sanni Kanko K.K.’s property, the women’s section known as Ladies 510 was opened in 2008 and, since that time, has had a more than 80 per cent occupancy. The company said nearly every room is booked on the weekend.
The hotel is situated within a 10-minute walk from the bus and rail terminal hub, which allows guests the opportunity to go to concerts and other events or do a little sightseeing.
Many students tend to stay at this hotel with its charge of 3,600 to 4,800 yen a night when they go looking for a job.
Sanno Kanko President Tetsuya Akasako said key guests used to be company employees who missed their train after they spent the evening drinking. However, the hotel is looking to bring in younger people.
Company President Tadao Kimachi there are no fringe facilities – banquet or wedding – to reduce the costs and increase service quality.