Capsule Hotel Asakusa Riverside
Tokyo’s army of grey-suited grey-faced salarymen may be an unlikely starting point when picking a place to stay. But those with a spirit as adventurous as their budget is tight – not to mention short legs – would do well to follow their lead: by checking into a capsule hotel.
A distinctly Japanese affair, capsule hotels enable salarymen who have missed the last train home to slip into slumber in a space the size of a coffin at a minimal cost. Located on the Sumida River just a stone’s throw from the atmospheric temples, shrines and back lanes of Asakusa, Capsule Hotel is the place to try a dose of capsule culture.
Crawling into the not-so-spacious confines of an open-ended capsule will lead to the discovery of a mini TV, adjustable lighting an alarm clock and a curtain to promote the illusion of privacy. Bathroom facilities consist of traditional single sex public baths, vending machines provide refreshments and clean underwear and shirts are for sale at front desk.
A word of advice: pack a pair of earplugs to block out the sake-fuelled snores of dozing salarymen.