Staying in a Capsule Hotel-Osaka, Japan

Sometimes when traveling, you will have experiences because it’s something you have always wanted to see or do. And other times you will choose to experience something for the sheer bizarreness of it all. Sleeping in a capsule hotel-Osaka was definitely the latter. In our one night in Osaka, we booked four ‘capsules’ at Eco Cube in the Shinsaibashi neighborhood.

eco cube capsule hotel
We had originally decided to stay in a capsule hotel because Jeremy’s brother and sister were going to stay with us and we wanted them to experience plenty of weird and out of the ordinary experiences. Plus, we just really like to watch their faces when we propose these plans. But after staying here for a night, I would definitely go back, even if it were just Jeremy and I.
eco cube capsule hotel

The hotel is just as it sounds, column upon column of capsule like beds, large enough for just one person to fit inside. It reminds me of a beehive but my sister in law felt it looked more like a morgue. It probably didn’t help that before we went I told her that the beds slide out and there was a plastic door that slid down to close you inside. Sorry Aimee. I couldn’t resist.

The place we stayed was just recently renovated and while it looked a lot like the photo above, when you see it in person, it doesn’t have the same creep factor. Although the cubes themselves haven’t been renovated and are a pale green with an awesomely 70’s screen that rolls down to close off your capsule to give you some privacy; the rest of the place received a very modern redo recently. Plenty nice enough to forget about the 70’s touches and the spaceship like control panel inside of the capsule itself.

capsule hotel in japan
inside capsule hotel in japan

So how was it? Surprisingly quiet and comfortable! Each capsule has it’s own air con, radio and TV up above. I only woke up once during the night and fell right back to sleep. It was very clean, well maintained and they even had individual lockers, makeup station and extra security door and camera on the women’s floor for protection.
staying in a capsule hotel in japan

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  • Corinne

    Oh wow! I love that you all stayed in one, but I don’t think I could do it. I would be a little too paranoid about claustrophobia creeping up on me!

  • Annabel Krantz

    Sounds like fun! Now I want to try it. I like sleeping in train bunks, and this can’t be any smaller than those!

  • Ryan Myers

    That is fun y’all did that – I wish I could see you guys climbing in & out of those in the middle of the night… And if each one had its own radio I’m sure J-Dizzy had to try out some beats!

  • Daisy L

    I love this post!!! I’ve been so curious about these hotels! I would try it once but I do see where that morgue comparison comes in. Still, pretty cool, especially for the price!!!!!

  • pieces of the reese life

    These photos are awesome! I have read a lot about these hotels here lately. We are currently in Finland and sadly there isn’t one around here. I enjoy reading about others experiences living overseas. It sure is an amazing adventure!

  • Jenna

    This looks absolutely awesome! I’ve heard of these before, but never actually known someone who stayed in them. You’re making me want to re-visit Japan in a bad sort of way :) xxx

  • Sherbet and Sparkles

    I’ve stayed there before! You know it’s the only one that lets girls stay!

  • Liz Yoon

    This is so cool! Such a unique experience!
    :) Liz @

  • Lauren Roerick Miller

    I originally thought it would be super creepy and claustrophobic, but they are bigger than I expected after seeing that man sitting up in one. Looks like a cheap fun option. I’ll definitely have to try one of these when I make it over to Japan.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Wow what a unique experience and so cheap!

  • Rachel

    So this is cool…. but also freaks me out for some reason. I’d be able to sleep there only if I left the door open. :)

  • Michelle Kaye

    Yes, definitely!
    They need to start putting these in airports for people with huge layovers. It would make things so much more pleasant! Were there bathrooms and showers?

    Michelle @ Mishfish13

  • Flirty 30

    I wanted to try this while in Japan recently. But instead we stayed in a traditional hotel. A win anyway, but I love your article!

  • Marisha Bailey

    This is SO cool! I’ve seen this in a magazine before, but your pictures are much more cozy. I definitely will try one of these out when I get the chance!

  • Caroline

    It DOES kind of look like a morgue, but I’d still want to try it out – I feel like the pro’s outweigh the con’s!

  • Kayli Schattner

    So funny that you actually stayed here- I was just reading an article about the Capsule Hotel and was saying how I’d like to try it out! Glad I was able to read your recap :)

  • Yuen Lim

    That looks like a super cool sleeping arrangement! Definitely want to experience this!

  • Bev Feldman

    This looks pretty incredible. I hope to travel to Japan some day, and if I do I will definitely have to try this out for a night!

  • Emmy Hornburg

    I think these would be so cool to stay in! The only thing I wonder is… where do you keep the luggage? Also, do the hotels have anything else like laundry, restaurant, etc.?

  • Just Dont Tell Anyone

    geez! this looks so weird, and so cool in a meantime! definitely would say yes! Keeping in mind the price – what a great opportunity :)) !

  • Rachel

    I wouldn’t mind trying it just to say I’d had the experience, but that does look pretty unusual!

  • Megan C. Stroup

    That looks really neat! And it’s more private than a hostel. I would definitely try it!

  • Jenn @ A Country Girl’s World

    Definitely an interesting idea. Being as claustrophobic as I am I don’t know if I could do it but the idea seems kind of cool :)

  • Mallory @ Sweet Smores

    I’ve considered staying in a capsule hotel a few times since it’s cheap, but whenever I look at the pictures, I change my mind because of how enclosed it is. I love my space haha! But maybe, eventually… maybe… one day I will. Maybe I’ll make Mark experience it with me, because I know that some of the friends I have here will definitely not be down for it.

  • Georgina

    Aw I was so tempted when we were travelling around Japan – it feels like something you should experience – but I couldn’t quite get over the morgue resemblance, honestly. You’ve made me wish we had been braver!

  • Treasure Tromp

    amazing. we thought about trying to stay in a capsule hotel while in japan but I get claustrophobia if I sleep on the side of the bed closest to the wall so I passed :)

  • Deanna H

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea these were a reality. I’m not sure I could do it but it does sound like it could be a fun experience!

  • Marielle K.

    On one hand, it looks cute. On the other hand. . .it looks like a row of dryers with mini people in them. Like at a kennel. Officially freaked out, but curious enough to try it.

  • ariyona Febly

    if u come to bali dont forget to review our villa

  • Kate

    Wow! This is awesome, I want to stay in one of these at some point!

    Kate | Diaries of an Essex Girl

  • Saxon @ Lets Drink Coffee, Darling

    I don’t really get the creep factor in it…I think they look really cool! And SO wish that America had hostels and cheap places to stay…we’d definitely travel more!

  • Jay

    I think I might feel a little claustrophobic in there too but certainly a unique experience to try out. It reminds me of the new-ish ‘hotels’ they’re putting in airports.

  • Jessa @ Life of A Sports Wife

    That would be really cool. We need that over here!

  • The Happy Type

    I would be up to try this, but I bet I’d wake up and forget where I was….which would result in a round of me trying to punch through the ceiling of the capsule.

  • M. at Making Sense of Cents

    HAha I don’t know if I could do it. I’m pretty claustrophobic!

  • Britta Marie

    Honestly, it looks kind of creepy to me but I would probably give it a try if I had the opportunity. How did you change your clothes??

  • a_est

    Man! Very cool, but I just don’t think I could do it.

  • VintageLoveandPhotographs

    Yet another interesting (i.e. cool) thing in Japan.

  • Anna

    I would definitely try a capsule hotel. I have always been curious about these!!

  • Sunshine and Sinatra

    I’ve always wanted to try one out! But clearly it’s not everyday I’d make it to Japan. I agree with the morgue feeling though. I’d probably think the same

  • Laura Cristina

    OH MY GOD!!! i am visiting Osaka for a night as well this December and i am going to try and sell my husband this idea because OH MY GOD it’s awesome!!! hahaha like you said, i basically just want to do it so that i have a fun story to tell and you can’t really beat $30 a night!! I’ll let you know the verdict! 😛

  • typewriter poetry

    Amazing! I’d love to try this. Didn’t even know it existed…thanks for sharing!

  • Chantal

    Sooo cool! I don’t think I could do it with the toddler though 😛

  • Lisa

    This is a really cool concept. It would be interesting to actually sleep in one.

  • Rima

    YES YES YES. I would definitely try this. There are some similar hotels like this in Singapore when I did the research, but I ended up not booking (cuz I stayed at a friend’s for freee). I really want to try this!

  • Lix Hewett

    I do want to try these hotels, even though they totally do look like cemetery niche walls. I’ve always had a weird thing for tiny living spaces.

  • Eloise August

    Cool idea, but I feel a claustrophobia attack coming on just reading this post! Ack!

    • Cornelia

      Hahaha, I thought the exact.same.thing. It does look like something you have to see, though!

    • Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

      Me too, I had to force myself to read the whole post!