If you've read my previous article titled 'Are Capsule Hotels A Viable Option For Solo Budget Travel' and are interested in experiencing a night or two in 'capsule style' accommodation then perhaps a more upmarket style of 'posh pod' may suit when traveling through Japan.
These coffin-sized sleeping spaces can be a viable alternative to expensive hotel accommodation in many of Japan's cities, especially when traveling solo however it can be at the cost of getting a good nights sleep, as many of these establishments are known to be regularly frequented by Japanese salarymen who seek out these spaces in which to sleep off their drunken stupor.
For those wishing to experience the concept though there is an alternative, 'posh pods' - as they are known cater more toward the discerning traveler who appreciates the finer detail. Once such hotel chain is First Cabin.
The chain has aligned it's concept by providing a similar experience to that of a first class cabin on board an international airline. One of their hotel's located in Tsukiji is only 5 minutes walk from the Ginza area and offers guests 119 male cabins and 41 female cabins. Hotel amenities include, cabinware (night-wear) disposable slippers, bath towel, face towel, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, cotton swab, dryer, razor set, a hairbrush for female guests, face cloth, cleansing, lotion, emulsion, cotton and curling irons.
They even offer up a free set of ear plugs on request. Hotel facilities vary depending upon the location sought, however most include a lounge area, large communal bath, shower booth, powder room, cloakroom, smoking room and bar.
Depending upon the style of accommodation, first class, business class, premium class or premium economy, rates do vary. Men and women stay on different floors, with sleeping areas and facilities accessed by using a key card.
Premium Class Cabin Kyobashi
First Class Cabin Kyobashi
All units have air conditioning, an LCD TV, fan and heating. Guests will find towels, slippers and free toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, body soap and toothbrush. A trouser press, iron and smartphone charger are provided upon request.
First Cabin Kyobashi features on site drinks vending machines and offers newspapers for free. There is a shared lounge area, cloakroom and public bath for guests. Fax and photocopying services are also available at an additional cost. There are several restaurants, cafes and convenient stores within a five minute walk from the accommodation.
Accommodation starts from around USD$50 per night. To find out more, visit booking.com to check out the best rates.