How are the Japanese capsule hotels
Japan - a country of new technologies, and one of the things that I wanted to see when flying in the "land of the rising sun" - a capsule hotels, which are heard, while still a schoolboy. Hotels Budget, where the person is located not in the room, and in the capsule. I decided to go "on tour" in one of these hotels in Tokyo. The hotel, which I chose, called Gotanda Central Inn and is just two minutes walk from the station "Gotanda" Bahn Tokyo.
I lived in a normal hotel near the Shinagawa station and went to the capsule hotel, the nearest to the place of my residence, which I found-Japanese girls with "reception" my hotel.
I looked for it for a long time, t. To. No names of streets in Tokyo, but only quarters and house numbers. But the friendly Japanese people, almost all of which honored the works of Steve Jobs, on their iPhones, according to a map showing me the way.
The small capsule hotel reception, "stuff" that does not speak in English, and to communicate with me, he used "voice-translator" again iPhones. at cost 3,300 yen per night - that's about 35 US dollars, well, or 1000 rubles for Russian money. The hotel can also be removed and for an hour for 500 yen, but only in the daytime. I spent 15 minutes talking about what I'm willing to pay him PERSONALLY 1,000 yen just to go see and do not have any receipts, but it has ruined and had to buy the whole night. The Japanese, in contrast to our Russian, because of their mentality, clearly follow the rules and reject all suggestions of corruption.
Around the hotel space needed to move around in socks, outdoor shoes surrender immediately to the reception in the special "lockers."
The population of Japan is almost equal to the population of Russia, and the area is much smaller, maybe that's why they are the first in the world in 1979 and invented the capsule hotels. The first hotel was built capsule type in the high-tech Japanese city of Osaka. Ceychas capsule hotels have appeared in Russia, namely in the area of 1st Tverskaya Yamskaya Street Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, but the prices in Moscow is much higher than in Tokyo.
Judging by the number of available keys, the hotel was not full.
As in the Japanese bath, access tattooed faces and drunk forbidden.
registration procedure took exactly 5 minutes, and then I got the key to the "cherished numbers'.
Then you go down down to the ground floor and leave your belongings in the "locker", and there is also a shower room, but there were Japanese and I did not dare to shoot.
The rise of the elevator and I was in their apartment on the third floor. I was in a capsule hotel only for men, there are also hotels for women only, on some "common" capsule hotel I did not hear and can not say with certainty whether they exist "in nature." Toilets are appropriate designations - "men". Showers are located only on the ground, and there are toilets on each floor.
Well, the rooms themselves - capsule. They are arranged in two tiers, and at the reception you ask what kind of room is suitable for you. I chose the number "higher" - on the second floor. Climbs the stairs quite convenient and you find yourself in his capsule - on the second floor. Dimensions of capsules approximately 2 meters long, 1 meter wide and 1, 25 meters in height, with such dimensions constricted itself does not feel.
My capsule was elegant room - 324.
Each capsule has a "Mission Control Center" and a convenient shelf to put on her mobile phone, wallet or something else.
After the above-mentioned center through client configures itself comfortable temperature, the desired brightness of the light can be put to bed. Each capsule is equipped with a TV.
Then there is the phone for "emergency communication with the reception." All labels are made only in Japanese, no dubbing on Inglish is not provided, and it is unlikely Europeans are frequent visitors. With a guy at the reception, as I wrote above, we communicated through a dedicated voice translator mounted on its "iPhone". In general, the Japanese are very bad speak in English, only about one in seven Japanese, according to my calculations, telling me where to go. And it's not dependent on the age and the social status, the youth says little more Japanese working in a suit with a tie, can help. Japanese hard given the English language, because many sounds, such as "E" and "ET", simply does not exist in the Japanese language. In other words, do not speak the English people - is a kind of problem, "the rising sun".
Once settled back, you need to create obstanovochku "pointimnee" and zadornut curtain on the window.
This curtain is attached to the bottom of the two special lock and light in the capsule does not get.
Then I tried to take a picture of himself lying in a capsule, alas, there was no one to ask, t. To. On my floor there was almost no one, and some employees were sleeping capsules Japanese.
Mattresses are also quite thick, about 10 cm, and the linen very clean.
Also in each capsule there is a mirror in the morning and you can see yourself "with a hangover."
There is a hotel and a small cafe, but in order to save space and money, sells drinks machine.
The cafe had only one visitor, not in English, even knowing the word "Hello". After I took a picture of him, he suddenly called a guy with a reception, five minutes later, they were talking in Japanese, then it is something typed on his iPhone and showed me an inscription which read, "The ban on filming the surface." Google certainly is not perfect yet, but it seems that after some five or six years, transfers will be almost exact.
What surprised me the most - the fact of the hotel as much as eight floors. When I was here, the hotel was filled only by 2-3%, not the season, do not know if it is fully loaded.
That is very strange at the hotel worked vayfay in Japan today is not very common, for example, in the hotel where I lived in Tokyo, vayf was not, it was only a wired LAN-free connection. Vayf absence in many public places is also a problem of modern tourism in Japan.
That's what I saw for myself capsule hotels, it had long heard of and wanted to see ...