Japan is synonymous with eccentric things – one of them being the futuristic looking space saving Capsule Hotel. When I first heard about it years back I thought it would be claustrophobic and I wouldn’t be comfortable staying there. But still I wanted to try it. After all how can you judge a book by its cover? So after doing my online research I booked Oak Hostel Cabin for my Autumn 2016 trip to Tokyo.
Here is my first hand experience of staying at a Capsule Hotel in Tokyo for the very first time:
WHY Oak Hostel Cabin?
- Location: A 10-minute walk from Kayabacho Metro Station, Oak Hostel Cabin is centrally located to city attractions like Asakusa, Akihabra, Shinjuku, making it an ideal place to stay in Tokyo
- Budget: Japan is an expensive country and this hostel doesn’t pinch too much to your pocket
- Reviews: It is one of the top rated hostel online. I hardly came across any negative reviews
- Staff: The multilingual staff was very courteous and answered all my queries patiently long before I stayed with them. They even helped me plan my city excursions
WHAT you get?
- Capsule pod: The hostel had five floors out of which three were dedicated to 86 capsule pods – female dormitory, male dormitory and mixed dormitory. Each capsule was made with reinforced plastic and from inside it looked like an airplane's cockpit. Capsules were stacked one on top of each other, which looked a little cramped from outside, but once I was inside, it did not feel small at all. I slept like a baby for the three days I was there. For privacy, there was a sliding curtain. The area was well lit and the capsule had its own charging port, air-conditioning and music system. I was provided with a locker and luggage space in front of my capsule. Maintaining silence was a must.
- Facilities: In a hostel price I got three star hotel facilities – Drinks vending machines, high speed Wi-Fi, locker, smoking area, furnished kitchen with everything one needs for cooking, bathrooms with hot and cold shower, washlet fitted toilets, basic toiletries, dryers, washing machine for laundry, cozy lounge area with comfortable seating, bike and Kimono rentals and assistance in planning city tours
- Others: 7*11, Lawson and restaurants were in the proximity so I could buy my food anytime.
HOW to book?
- You can book directly by visiting their website https://oakhostel.com/cabin/
- You can book through any third party website like tripadvisor, com, hostelworld.com
- Things to note:
- Check-in time is 15:00 pm to 0:30 am and check out time is 6:00 am to 11:00 am. Hostel is very particular about the timings. So if you are going out then better check out early and keep your luggage in the storage area. Else you’ll be charged for an extra day
- Book in advance. Usually it’s fully booked over the weekend
- You can either pay through credit card or in Japanese Yen
My first Experience of Staying at a Capsule Hotel in Tokyo was wonderful and I would recommend this quirky different style of living to anyone who likes to experiment.
Have you ever stayed at such a quirky place? I would love to hear from you.