In Japan, the least expensive hotels are capsule hotels. The rooms are small capsules designed to accommodate one person. The bathrooms are communal, and many facilities have large communal baths. Did you know that capsule hotels originated in Osaka?
Osaka is proud of the fact that capsule hotels originated here, so for this article, we will tell you about five of the newest capsule hotels located right in the center of the popular tourist area of Namba and Shinsaibashi!
What exactly is a capsule hotel?
When they originated, they were envisioned as being like sleeping quarters on a spaceship. They were designed to provide a comfortable sleeping arrangement equipped with TV and other amenities in as small a space as possible.
The original capsule hotels catered primarily to men, but they increasingly became used by travelers and became more like dormitories, so women also began using them. Today most capsule hotels have separate floors for men and women, making them inexpensive accommodations where anyone can stay without hesitation.
Here are five capsule hotels in the Namba and Shinsaibashi area that we really recommend. You can use English at all of these hotels!
1. Nine Hours Namba Station: Simple & comfortable
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Nine Hours is a capsule hotel chain with facilities not only in Osaka but also Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Based on the concept of “9 hours in total,” one hour to bathe, seven hours to sleep, and one hour to get dressed/undressed, various ideas have been applied to maximize comfort in a minimum period of time.
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What makes Nine Hours Namba Station especially attractive is its location in the Namba Parks commercial complex adjacent to Namba Station which makes it especially convenient for those arriving at Kansai International Airport and taking the Nankai Line Airport Express directly to the Namba Station without having to change trains.
The lockers and washroom areas are very spacious, and there are plenty of very clean shower booths and private toilets. Amenities include bath towels, face towels, garments, and toothbrushes. Hairdryers are located in the washstands area while there are conditioners and body soaps in the shower booths.
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Inside the capsules are outlets and lighting fixtures, making them indeed compact and comfortable. These capsules are cocoons of comfort waiting to ease the fatigue of travel and provide a peaceful rest.
9h nine hours Namba Station
3F PARKS TOWER 2 Chome-10-70 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0011
Hours: Check In is between 1:00 p.m. and midnight; Check Out is until 10:00 a.m.
Rate: from 4,900 yen (tax included) per person per night
2. J-SHIP Osaka Namba: Japanese modern space
J-SHIP Osaka Namba is especially recommended for those looking for a more traditionally Japanese atmosphere. The front desk is chic and relaxed with a modern Japanese atmosphere, which will add to the pleasure of your stay in Japan. It is only about a 1-minute walk from the south exit of JR Namba Station, which is also close to where express buses arrive and depart.
There are two types of spaces: the Moderate Cabin, similar to those in capsule hotels, and the Deluxe Cabin, which has a more spacious interior and equipped with a single bed and table. Prices are very reasonable, beginning at 2,480 yen per night.
There is also a large communal bath just perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub. There are also individual shower booths. These are well equipped with amenities which include bath towel, face towel, a garment for wear in the hotel, toothbrush, shampoo and rinse, body soap, facial cleanser, lotion, milky lotion, shaving cream, razor, cotton swabs, dryer, and a hair iron (for women). Your stay here is sure to be a restful and peaceful one.
HOTEL J-SHIP OSAKA NAMBA
2 Chome-2-14 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0017
Hours: Check In is between 5:00 p.m. and midnight; Check Out is until 10:00 a.m.
Rates: from 2,480 yen (excluding tax) per person per night
3. Astil Dotonbori: Impeccable service
The Astil Dotonbori capsule hotel is located in the heart of Minami, just a short one-minute walk from the No. 25 exit of the Osaka Metro Namba Station. It is ideally situated in the Dotonbori area, which is perfect for sightseeing, which is about a 4-minute walk west from Ebisubashi Bridge, where you can see the famous Glico Sign.
This hotel is noted for not only its reasonable rates but also for its excellent service. Guests can choose from a variety of shampoos and conditioners, as well as their favorite kinds of pillow, foot pillow, and blanket. All guests receive a bottle of mineral water, and for a limited time, are provided with a free breakfast of bread and juice. Also, women guests are given their choice of hot eye masks, facial packs, and sole plasters.
[Limited time selectable breakfast menu (1 set per person)]
A set: Sausage made of coarsely ground meat in a Danish roll and container of 100% pure orange juice
B set: Custard cream bread and container of 100% pure orange juice
C set: Dorayaki [two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste] and a container of 100% pure orange juice
The interior of the capsules is of Astil Dotonbori's original spacious design and each is equipped with a multi-smartphone charger. All rooms are equipped with a large TV and the beds have really comfortable Dreambed mattresses. Rates begin at the wonderfully low price of 1,880 yen per night. This is an excellent accommodation for those wishing to enjoy themselves to the fullest in the heart of this tourist area.
CAPSULE HOTEL ASTIL DOTONBORI
5F Rittsubiru 2 Chome-2-20 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0071
Hours: Check In is from 3:00 p.m. and Check Out is until 11:00 a.m.
Rates: from 1,880 yen (excluding tax) per person per night
4. Y's Cabin Osaka Namba: Full selection of beauty care goods! (For women only)
This capsule hotel for women only is also located in the heart of Minami, just a short one-minute walk from the No. 25 exit of the Osaka Metro Namba Station. This is a great place right in the middle of the tourist area offering many attractive services to ensure its women guests will have a pleasant stay.
The interiors of the floors are in soft colors, and each floor is equipped with powder rooms, toilets, and lockers for personal belongings. In addition to indoor wear, bath towels and face towels, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shampoos, conditioners, body soaps, lotions, milky lotions, cleansing cream, facial cleansing foam, and razors are also available.
There is a large communal bath with sauna on the 6th floor; the bath so spacious it is perfect for a relaxing, leisurely soak. For those preferring to bathe alone, there is a small bath that can be reserved for 30 minutes, however, it can also be used for bathing with family or friends. The fee is included in the room fee.
In addition, free rental of professional beauty equipment, such as ReFa and YA-MAN, is available at the front desk. This capsule hotel is a true delight enabling guests to take advantage of beauty aids during their stay.
Y'S CABIN OSAKA NAMBA
2 Chome-2-9 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0071
Hours: Check In is between 4:00 p.m. and midnight; Check Out is until 10:00 a.m.
Rates: from 3,060 yen (excluding tax) per person per night
5. a-STYLE Shinsaibashi: Cosmetics rental available (For women only)
a-STYLE Shinsaibashi is a capsule hotel for women only located just a one-minute walk from the Yotsubashi Station and about a three-minute walk from the Number 3 exit of Shinsaibashi Station. There are several fashionable cafes and apparel shops in the neighborhood of the hotel which is conveniently located within walking distance of Dotonbori.
Being a capsule hotel that caters exclusively to women, it offers a wide array of amenities. Steamer Nano Care, which can be used for free, has five automatic heating and cooling courses that firm up the skin. Here you can enjoy an authentic beauty treatment at no extra cost.
It is also possible to use only the powder room (300 yen for 40 minutes, including tax) and the shower room (600 yen for 60 minutes, including tax) even if you do not stay at the hotel. You can also use the straightening and curling hair irons freely. It is also possible to use various cosmetics for a fee to enjoy trying different makeup styles. If you find cosmetics that you like, it is possible to purchase them.
The capsules are immaculately clean, and there are lockers for storing luggage and valuables. Garments for wearing in the hotel, as well as bath towel, face towel, and toothbrushes, are provided. This capsule hotel is especially recommended for ladies wanting to shop in the Shinsaibashi area.
4 Chome-12-10 Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0081
Hours: Check In is from 3:00 p.m. and Check Out is until 10:00 a.m.
Rates: from 2,800 yen (excluding tax) per person per night
*Front desk on 8th floor
Stay at a capsule hotel in Osaka, where they first originated!
In this article, we focused on the Minami area of Osaka, where tourist spots are concentrated, but there are also Nine Hours capsule hotels in Shin-Osaka; Umeda also has a capsule hotel exclusively for men, and there are also capsule hotels outside the Minami area where you can stay.
Although they are compact, they are at the same time very comfortable and usually provide all sorts of amenities and garments you can wear in the hotels. But what really sets them apart from regular hotels is their very low prices.
If you’ve yet to stay at one, why not try spending a night at one of those mentioned in this article?
Written by West Plan