I would like to know how a capsule hotel looks and feels like in Japan. Is it an good idea to try it during a trip?
Hey Kent, it looks and feels like what it sounds like, a bee hive for humans, with less activity. It's really meant for businessmen who've missed the last train and have a long commute to work. They crash here (as a last resort) and it provides everything you need for a good night rest, quiet, clean, beds. And nothing more.
It's great to check out and experience as a traveler, but not for families or even couples, this is a singular experience, and sadly, only for men.
Capsule hotels are popping up all over the world these days as a cheap, comfortable, quick option for travelers that need a place to crash for a few hours. If you're going to Japan via Malaysia and happen to be transiting through KLIA2, there is a new one that recently opened at the airport that will provide you with the sleeping experience without the usual confusion that accompanies first time capsule sleepers. They have amazing showers too.
Things to expect: capsules can be noisy as they often are poorly soundproofed and fellow nappers will be coming and going constantly. Although people attempt to keep quiet, if you're a light sleeper you should invest in ear plugs and a sleeping mask (many places provide them).
The front 'door' to your hidey hole rarely offers privacy so don't be surprised if your neighbour's glances linger for a lot longer than expected.
Normally a male-only thing, unisex capsules are starting to open up (mainly for tourists), proving a much more relaxed atmosphere compared to the inner-city capsule hotels that sometimes are bit run down and full of tired businessmen, full of drink who missed the last train home.