How to use a Japanese capsule hotel


Surely you have heard about the incredible capsule hotel, where you basically do not have more space than your private bed, sleeping with a dozen other guests in a honeycomb similar constructed hotel. You might even want to try it out once you come to Japan or once you miss your last train home. Why not, it is definitely an exciting experience! But be warned, it is not for those who suffer from claustrophobia.

As it is always in Japan, there are certain rules and things done differently from other places, so if you want to be prepared, make sure to check out our tips on how to use a capsule hotel properly.


Similar to Japanese houses, the first rule to remember, is to take off your shoes. No shoes are allowed past the front desk. Make use of the shoe locker usually located nearby.
Check in

Once you check-in, you will receive a key, which is often attached to a wristband, similar to hot spas. The key is not a room key, it is the key to a locker in the changing room, where you can lock up your valuable belongings. The locker number is the same as your calluses number.

Change your clothes

You will receive a robe or a pajama-like sweats. You can get changed immediately after your check in to get comfortable.

Some capsule hotels offer a public bath to their guests. Similar to sento etiquette, you need to wash/shower your body before entering the bathtub. Needless to say, that the bath area is separated by gender.
Attention: if you have tattoos or piercings, you need to cover them, otherwise you can not take a bath.


Most capsule hotels offer food and drinks. You can purchase some by telling your capsule number. This way, you will be charged and pay during checkout. Some capsule hotels even offer free drinks! If you are a smoker: do not smoke in the capsule, there is a designated smoking area in the hotel.

Shutters at the capsule are provided, but the walls are thin, so make sure to be a quiet guest!

Check-out time will be told during check-in, but is usually by 10 AM.

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