Capsule Inn Nagoya

Capsule Inn Nagoya

10.01 review
Ranked #14 in Nagoya hotels
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4-1-20 Kanayama, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0022, Aichi Prefecture
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Capsule Inn Nagoya is one of the trippiest places I've ever stayed. Capsule hotels are fascinating enough as it is, but this place threw so much more into the mix.

Nestled in a building adjoining a pachinko parlor, it carries a mood of mild Japanese vice. Being only for men, it's a mix of burnt out Japanese salarymen and quite aged retirees. The common room looks like one of the members of the Rat Pack had an Japanese-themed rumpus room. It's a retro throwback full of old Japanese men smoking while they watch sumo. To top it off, everyone is wearing the same pajamas that they give you when you check in. They're kinda like hospital scrubs with shorts. While they look terrible, they're super comfortable and the appeal is immediately recognizable.

With your check-in, you'll get a ticket to the building's sento, which serves as your shower/bath option. While the hotel common room is sleepy, the sento is where old guy social hour is going on. Even though most of the guys there are over 50, they have an awesome time drinking beers and playing games in the locker room. This place is all about what men are up to when there aren't any women to impress. There's arcade games, gambling and lots of tobacco. The sento itself is a bit of a wake up call about what your body will probably look like with another 40 years on it, but the "You gotta be kidding me" heat of the baths will scald away your fears of aging.

By the time you're boiled with bathwater and back in your Japanese pajamas, you'll be ready to pour yourself into your capsule. The capsule stacks are dark and quiet with upper and lower capsules available. Only the extremely claustrophobic would be bothered by their size. It's easy to sit up and they don't feel confining. However, I was surprised that some of my elders had made it their home for the night as I'm not sure I'd want to crawl into something so coffin-like when I'm past 80.

For how cheap it was, Capsule Inn Nagoya provided more than enough stories for friends back home. It's also near enough to the train station to make it an amusing place to stay on your way in or out of NGO.

Quick note: Like other places in Japan, tattoos are off limits. You can probably keep one covered in the capsule part of the hotel, but they may turn you away at the sento. The hotel rules clearly state, "We will refuse staying in the tattoo and drunkeness hard" (See picture in the Gogobot album).

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