Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel of Osaka, JAPAN Review: Elena’s Lost in Translation
This is a Guest Contributor’s story from a buddy, Elena Khoo. A client turned friend, Elena has traveled to various part of the world and her last year’s trip to Japan was a memorable one. Spent 14 days backpacking in Japan and traveled to 6 cities in 6 days, her trip to Japan was awesome!
Elena posing in front of the capsule hotel
Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel is the largest capsule hotel in Osaka and one of the largest in Japan. Capsule hotel is originated from Osaka since the first was opened in 1979. Ever since, the capsule hotel spreads to other parts of Japan.
Elena’s intention was clear which was to try out the capsule hotel at where it originated, Osaka. She went to Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel. The room rate was very cheap, it was around RM 120 or around 2,800 Yen. Together with her friend, they wasted no time to have their first capsule hotel experience.
Remember first thing first, always read the rules of the capsule hotel. Try to understand how it runs and respect the rules.
Before entering, always remember to put the bags and shoe into the lockers and changed to heavy slippers provided. It’s prohibited to wear your own shoe inside the capsule hotel.
There are 2 main sections inside the hotel, male and female section. Guests will be given an access card for the specific section only. Then, there will be a common bathroom and sauna area. Expect to see other guests in naked, the Japanese way. It is similar to the Japanese public bath room so it will take a while to get use to it. The sauna is free of charge. Anything else than sleeping will be chargeable, from electrical socket to TV show. No frills!
Like a Scene from a Outer Space Movie: The corridor of the capsules
Capsule F-426: Capsule is ready
The whole capsule hotel experience was fun! The capsule wasn’t really that small and it was a good sleep for Elena. The check in time for the hotel is 2.00 pm and the check out time is 10 am the next day. Any additional hour will be chargeable.
Chargeable: “Anything else” than sleeping will be chargeable!
The hotel is located in the center of Osaka Minami, American Village in Shinsaibashi and it is ideal for both business and sightseeing. Namba, Dotonbori, Minami Senba and Horie are all within walking distance of the hotel.
Sweet Dreams: Elena in the Capsule
Thank you Elena Khoo for this amazing experience story, there will be more from her very soon.
Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel Room rates:
Capsule room?with free TV and Sauna 2800 Yen
Capsule Nap plan?? hours??with free TV and Sauna 1900 Yen
Group room?with free TV and Sauna 15,200Yen/16,000 Yen
Group room is for a group of 2-4guests
This includes the following rental fee and a deposit to be returned at check-out.
Rental fee for Mah-jong tiles Full automatic table 0 Yen per table
Automatic table \2,000 per table
Limited Special Plans:
Capsule including dinner –\3,100
How to go to Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel:
From Umeda or Shinsaibashi
*By Subway Midosuji Line
Shinsaibashi station, Exit 7. Walk towards Namba, turn right at the third traffic light,
and go straight approximately 200 m.
*By Subway Yotsubashi Line
Yotsubashi station, Exit 5. Walk towards Namba and turn left at the third traffic light.
*From Kintetsu Line or Subway Namba station.
Take Exit 25, Turn left at the fourth traffic light and go straight approximately 200m.
*From JR Namba station.
Go North on Yotsubashi Street, cross Dotonbori river and turn right at the third traffic light at the ENEOS gas station.
*From Nankai Line, Namba station.
Take the West Exit and go north on Midosuji Street.
Turn left at the fourth traffic light after crossing Sennichimae Dori, and go straight approximately 200m.
Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsule Hotel contact:
Email: [email protected]