And then there were three!
After spending ten days in Okinawa, my fellow bullies and I went back to mainland (Tokyo) while the bears headed back to the Philippines. Being the family's travel agency, I was able to squeeze in a couple of days to meet up with our cousin and fellow bloggers (but more on that later).
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Whenever we're going to Japan, I would always ask Papa Bear if we can stay in a capsule hotel even just for a night. But he would always say it's not convenient and it's actually cheaper to book a hotel room than seven capsules - plus, he can't shower in a common bathroom!
Spending a night in a capsule hotel is probably the weirdest but coolest thing I've ever experience in my life. It's like putting yourself in a Japanese-Blue-Collar Worker's shoes. I reserved via booking.com and paid in cash only upon checking-in. The capsule is bigger than I expected but it still gave me the feeling like I'm in a coffin with a built-in television, alarm clock, outlet (you can charge your phone/laptop), and an adjustable dim light! I felt creeped out and amazed at the same time. There's nothing more liberating and empowering than taking a bathe in a common bathroom with ten naked Japanese. It took me an hour to enter that room and almost considered not taking a shower for a day. My sister stayed in the women's floor with private showers and powder room -madaya! HAHA
My best advise is to stay for one night for the experience and then move on because: One, they have strict rules about shuffling the capsules daily so you have to check out before 10am and come back at 4pm to check in again (if you're staying for more than one night - you can leave your baggage in the lobby). Two, you can't stay in one capsule and girls stay in a different floor.
Guests are not allowed to take pictures inside but A and I were able to take a few photos for instagram. HAHA
All in all, I would recommend staying in a capsule hotel to solo travelers on a budget, looking for a convenient location and a different perspective of Modern Japan.
Check out my review on Trip Advisor for the "how to get there and booking procedures"
More shenanigans in Tokyo soon!