Capsule hotel, ancient city: sleeping in a Kyoto pod for $40




In the late ‘70s, Metabolist architect Kisho Kurokawa (designer of the Nakagin capsule tower) dreamt up “a hotel for 2001”. The idea was to do away with rooms and implement simple crawl spaces for sleeping.

Today the capsule hotel concept is well-known in Japan. Originally popularized by businesspeople who missed the last train, these sleeping pods have been given a sleeker makeover.

Located near Kyoto’s Gion (the traditional geisha district), 9 Hours has re-developed the capsule concept befitting the iPhone generation: the pods are minimal, functional and easy to use (thanks to the icons on the walls and floors).

The *faircompanies family spent a night in these affordable ($40/night) pods and found these sleep crawl spaces (220 cm long by 108 cm wide and high) surprisingly spacious (even for sharing with a toddler).

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20 Comments

  1. Dorin Chirchelan
    January 11, 2018
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    Comme à la morgue…

  2. Lîttlê Ñîghtçørê Løvêr
    January 11, 2018
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    I feel like this is ideal for school trips, this way you won't have problems of your friends being in a separate room because there are so many little rooms and everyone has their own

  3. Shelbey Jeremy Salonga
    January 11, 2018
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    Dat looks so comfy perfect for ppl to sleep in

  4. Chibi_Girl_Loves_Chibi Yay
    January 11, 2018
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    I would actually like this cause I love comfy beds and just staying in a small room where I can just lay down

  5. kylie hirano
    January 12, 2018
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    Where is the bathroom and how do they get out?

  6. Bossin Shid
    January 12, 2018
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    Different elevator for men and women? even in fucking saudi arabia they dont do this lmao

  7. Natas Miller
    January 12, 2018
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    Omg these people are so loud and disrespectful to people I feel bad for them

  8. Kikina ikina
    January 12, 2018
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    To je super

  9. Claire Bear Cutie
    January 13, 2018
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    This is definitely not the place for a baby

  10. Miracle West
    January 13, 2018
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    The Mum is telling the kids to be quite and people are sleeping yet she's talking loudly herself

  11. Maria Markaki
    January 13, 2018
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    Is Tokyo not kyoto

  12. Matthew Wright
    January 14, 2018
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    Can u fuck in em!?

  13. Claire Rose
    January 14, 2018
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    In didn’t know that they were so sexist

  14. Melissa-May Francis
    January 14, 2018
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    Not good when your alone it makes you sad and cry

  15. Miss Oreo
    January 15, 2018
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    Was dat rlly only $40!?!?! Damn

  16. Fame Ans
    January 15, 2018
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    Claustrophobia

  17. Quân quân
    January 15, 2018
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    40$ per night per people, in Vietnam with 60$ per night you can have a room for four people in a decent 3 star hotel. Things are expensive in Japan i guess

  18. YurieMurgas
    January 15, 2018
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    Great informative video about 9hrs. Me, personally, I wouldn't of taken my kids (If I had any!) As I'd say capsule hotels are more designed for adults. But great experience for the kids ☺☺

  19. Jaziya Cherry
    January 15, 2018
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    I have been there that was so cool i have stayed there for 5 days and i came back and i stayed for 10 days i loved it

  20. dopey brother lps
    January 17, 2018
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    The man is hot

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