CAPSULE HOTELS IN JAPAN
A friend from Assam, India, likes to stay in capsule hotels whenever he goes on business.
I have always avoided these places… believing that they are a little too sleazy for my taste…
For one thing, I like to sleep and do not take it kindly when disturbed while in dreamland.
Furthermore, I value my privacy while I sleep.
Plus, my snoring would disturb other people.
Next week, I shall be heading to Tokyo University for the first time since February 1990, when I sat for (and failed) the entrance exam for the doctorate course.
I shall be there to attend a seminar on the Japanese policy towards foreign students.
Not expecting too much of a change from the status quo, but let’s see…
Meanwhile, I thought, why not take this opportunity to experience how it is like to stay in a capsule hotel?
See picture here.
The ‘rooms’ resemble honeycombs; compartments large enough to just accommodate a human body.
They have private mini televisions attached on the ceiling and of course, reading lights.
Guests share bathrooms and toilets.
There is a large common-use Jacuzzi as well as a sauna facility.
The restaurant is opened 24 hours.
I have just requested a room, I mean, a capsule, at ‘Dandy’ near Ueno station.
It is strictly a men’s joint and it costs 3900 yen (about 140 ringgit) for a night, no meals… only sleeping, Jacuzzi-ing and sauna-ing…
Looking forward to this experience…