HomeArticlesHOTEL CÁPSULA no JAPÃO | o DIFERENTE do JAPÃO | Travel and Share | T4. Ep.142
HOTEL CÁPSULA no JAPÃO | o DIFERENTE do JAPÃO | Travel and Share | T4. Ep.142
August 14, 2019
We are at a capsule hotel here in Japan. When you think of Japan, you think of a capsule hotel. As I guess many people have no idea of what a capsule hotel is, like I didn’t… we’re gonna show you all the details. I guess many of you have never heard about a capsule hotel. I learned about them when I started researching about Japan. There are many of them all over the country. They are very common for the locals who work late… and don’t want to go back home… because they’ll have few hours of sleep… so they go to a capsule hotel, sleep a few hours there and go right back to work. We, tourists, use the capsule hotel because it’s cheaper. This is the reception. It’s not very fancy… because things here are prepared so that you don’t have much interaction. When you arrive at the hostel, you speak to the receptionist… basically for her to give you the key to the room or the capsule you’ve booked. and the payment is made at this device. It’s all done as if you’re paying a bill in a teller… There’re options in Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English. Insert the room key. Here is my room number. And here is the price… [Mirella: You’re forgetting to put it in English.] Yeah, English… but let’s put the bill here… [ Japanese ] I don’t know what she said, but… Here… we put 20,000, it’s 13,600 and here’s the change of 6,400 Here, there’s not only the facilities in the bedroom, but as soon as you arrive at the hotel you’re entitled to get some free slippers, There’s a hair brush here, some swabs. We love swabs! Some toothbrushes. We didn’t get them because we brought our own. As in any other place in Japan, they also have a beverage machine here where there’s water, tea… there’s no coffee… Oh, this one is very interesting. Do you want to get it?
What is it? This is a surprise product! You don’t know what is inside. It costs 50 yens. You’ll buy it without knowing what it is. I haven’t brought change. It’s upstairs. We don’t have coins here, but we’ll come back and buy this one. I guess it’s a Red Bull. No, because Red Bull here in Japan is smaller. I was thinking about that. This is very interesting… I saw on some channels… They go on these machines, they buy boxes and they don’t know what they are And they pay a lot… And when they see, it’s a letter or something. It’s a surprise. Sometimes you’re paying not only for the product, you’re paying for the curiosity of learning what’s inside the package. This machine is different than anything we’ve seen… because here you can buy postcards. This capsule hotel doesn’t offer breakfast. But it offers a kitchen… for those who stay here prepare their breakfast. There’s a fridge, a microwave oven, a coffee maker, a toaster… There’s everything you need to prepare your breakfast, your lunch. I’ve heard this restroom is special. The toilet lifts its lid by itself! Going inside the capsule hotel there is a common area here… There’s a lot to do in this area. The first thing we see is that the Japanese are kind of obsessed with recycling garbage. The first thing you see is the garbage cans… And here behind there are the showers The floor here is mixed. It’s not sandwich. It’s mixed because men and women may stay here. There are floors where only women are allowed. There are capsule hotels where only women can stay. And there ones where only men can stay. This one is mixed. Three showers. Here is a normal shower. There is this small area for you to change… a shelf… and here it’s the shower cabin. What calls my attention is the size of this wastebasket. Look at the size of my hand. There’s a normal shower. One thing I noticed… at least in the hotels we’ve stayed so far… they always offer shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap… They offer a big pot and everybody uses them. Super cool! We’re feeling very comfortable… In front of the toilets there are sinks, four sinks… And it’s interesting that here we have a hair dryer You can only use it from 7 am to 11 pm… after that, it’s forbidden, due to the noise. They also give you hand soap… Here are the toilets… There are two kinds of switches… The green one turns on the light Red is to turn on the fan… As there are no windows, there’s a fan to throw the smelly air out… As we are in a mixed floor,… there’re these signs to show where men and women can go… And here there’s a cabin that only women can use. Here in Japan, things are extreme… either there’s a technological toilet, full of buttons that heat the seat, throws a jet water to clean your butt and everything… or they’re that kind of toilet that it’s just a hole on the floor. This button for the back,… this is for women… this one is the speed of the water,… it can be speed 1, 2, and 3… and one of these is to heat the seat. Remember the wastebasket at the shower? Now, this is the wastebasket of the toilet. It’s the size of a toilet paper. when you come from the street, everybody has access to this area… Here in Japan, as well as in other countries such as in the USA or in Europe… in the majority of the countries in Europe, you use the toilet paper and throw it inside the toilet. you don’t throw it in the wastebasket, like in Brazil. That’s why the wastebaskets are this tiny size… It’s only for some other things that you throw there. This is the community area. When you come from the street, everybody has access to this area. Although, in order to enter the room, you need this key. Everything is electronic here. You place the key here, … and get in. As it’s electronic, and for security sake, … if you lose this key, they’ll charge you a fee of 1,000 yens, which is around 9 dollars. When you get in this place, you must take your shoes off. and you place them up here. This number is the same of your bed. We are at beds 319 and 320. So, this is my cabinet and this is Mi’s. So, before you enter the bedroom, you can leave your bag and your stuff here… You leave everything here and it’s safe. Here we have to speak lower because it’s where the sushis are sleeping. Look at the sushis here. We have a flashlight… It’s not a bedroom in this hostel, they’re called capsules. In each of these spots there’s a bed, Here is a capsule, two… so there are several capsules. Ours is this one, which is very messy… I’ll open it… It’s interesting… you have light, and electricity. So I can stay quiet here. I can work on my computer, I can charge my batteries, … And here I can hang a jacket, a coat… It’s big here, look! A single bed, look! The only thing you’re entitled to when you rent a capsule,… it’s a blanket, a pillow, and in this one you get a bath towel. Usually, you have to rent a bath towel or bring your own. Here it’s how you receive your bed. That bed was already messy because we have already slept here last night. But when you arrive at the capsule hotel, it’s this way. And that’s not all, wait… Here it’s another communal area you have inside the capsule hotel for you to hang your towel. Here is the number corresponding to your capsule. This is Romulo’s towel. This is my towel. It’s very silent. You must respect this. But it’s very comfortable, very clean… the quilts, the sheets, everything extremely clean and the price is nice! At this hostel, we’re paying 25 euros for each bed, what it’s okay for the values of Japan. We’re now on another floor, also a communal floor. Washing and drying… 30 minutes cost 100 yens, what’s less than one dollar. Most people who come here have just one backpack and a very small amount of clothes. Besides sleeping here, for a low price, in those capsules, you can also wash your clothes. So, folks, I hope you have enjoyed learning how the capsule hotel is here in Japan. I didn’t know them. I’m getting to know it now, so as it’s new for you, it’s for me too. It’s late, so we’re going inside our capsules. Do you wanna sleep at the top or bottom? I’m gonna sleep at the bottom, which is my capsule. I’ll sleep at the top. So, we see you guys tomorrow with more videos. And more stories. Bye!