Many people who have been to Japan have heard about the capsule hotels where you have barely enough room to crawl into your space for a nights rest. The capsule hotel became popular during the bubble years when land was at a premium and quick easy accommodation was required for businessmen who were staying late at work.
Times have changed and capsule hotels are on the move. A company called “First Cabin” has just opened its first capsule hotel under the brand First Cabin (10 April 2009 in Osaka Minami).
According to their webpage at http://first-cabin.jp, the concept is:
- First Cabin is a new “cabin-style” membership hotel in the image of a first-class airplane.
- First cabin is available at low rates like a capsule hotel, lower than business hotel’s rates.
- Stylish and functional rooms (Cabins).
- We offer similar facilities to member’s lounge at an airport or on first-class airplane cabins.
- First cabin is available all day, every day.
- Separate Cabins for men and women
- Speedy mobile phone payment system, cashless system available.
Both a Japanese and English language website is available.
The overnight stay rate is set at Yen 4,800 for the first class cabin and YEN 3,800 for the business class version, with a 1 hour stay starting from YEN 800.
Television sets are said to be 32″ displays with full internet LAN capabilities. Separate lounge, counter check-in and shower facilities are available. Members can make reservations by mobile phone applications and once checked in open the key to their cabin with their mobile phone after having downloaded the application from within the hotel.
Having opened their first location in Osaka the company is looking to expand and is seeking investors.