Travelling can be tiring stuff, what with long-haul flights, lengthy stopovers and sporadic leg cramps. All that’s missing is a convenient and affordable place to fit in a quick power nap or freshen up — and it’s just arrived at Narita International Airport in Tokyo.
Nine Hours is a hotel chain opened in 2009 and boasts properties in four other locations — Kyoto, Sendai, Shinjuku-North and a women-only establishment in Kanda, also in Tokyo. Similar to The Capsule Hotel that opened in Sydney this year, the newest addition offers amenities like private pods, fresh bedding, communal bathrooms, and a lounge area.
The pod’s compact design allows for several to be stacked on top of one another, accommodating as many guests as possible. Still, the pods are spacious enough for guests to sit up and move around.
The Nine Hours hotels are known for their sleek, minimalistic design and all-white colour scheme. Catering to an international clientele, signage is word-less with universal illustrations telling visitors everything they need to know.
Best of all, pods are affordable for anyone travelling on a budget, with a single night’s stay setting you back just $55 (¥4900). They’re also available to rent for a few hours for just $15 (¥1350) or, if you just want to freshen up for your next flight, you can shower for just $11 (¥965). Just make sure you leave enough time to get to your gate.
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