We recently took a trip round all three of the big islands of Japan, and we can say without a doubt that it was the most spectacular trip of all time.
We loved every minute of it, from the deep tradition and culture that is still present today, to the amazing and strange new foods that we would try on a daily basis.
We firmly believe that Japan should be a destination that is on everyone’s bucket list, even if you just go and stay in Tokyo for a week, you will not regret it.
While we were there we stayed in some brilliant accommodation, with first class service and excellent rooms.
However, for a few nights, we thought we would try one of Japan’s famous capsule hotels, which are very common in big cities like Tokyo.
When you go to a big city like Tokyo, you realise just how well the Japanese people optimise what little space they have.
Space is at a premium in Japan’s major cities, so they have learned to adapt and built houses and buildings that make the most out of every inch of space.
Capsule hotels were born out of this need to use space to its full potential, and make the most out of a certain size of building.
Capsule hotels, also known as pod hotels, is a hotel that features many small bed-sized rooms known as capsules.
They offer cheap and accessible overnight accommodation with no bells or whistles.
The capsule is essentially a bed sized chamber with enough height to crawl in and sit up on the bed.
They usually come with shared amenities like bathrooms, internet and a dining area.
Although many people have tried them and hated the experience, we actually found our stay to be pleasant and cosy.