After a night at the capsule hotel 9 hours Narita, I also wanted to experience a stay at the historical Nakagin Capsule Tower which inspired the creation of capsule hotels. It’s a fantastic building from the 70ies planned by the architect Kisho Kurokawa.
I booked us a room through Airbnb and today was the day. Check-in was from 2pm. We were a bit early and therefore had time to walk around the building and take pictures.
For checking in we received detailed instructions how to find to tower, how to get the key, which elevator to take etc. As the capsule is rented out privately there is no reception service. The owner just put the key into the mailbox.
That’s the entrance to the building. Not very nice. And quite unwelcoming… “No Trespassing”, “No visitors” etc. But I guess they have a constant flow of architecturally interested people from around the world who want to pay their respect to this building :-)
We then walked to our capsule and had to get up a few stairs as the capsules are positioned spirally around the center with elevator and stairways. Ours ended up being closer to floor 10 than floor 9.
The capsule itself is about 10m2 large (or small…). The left side was covered by cupboards for storage and some of them you could fold out as tables. There was an old refrigerator (not working) and apparently there used to be a kitchenette.
The owner is part of a group who would like to save the tower as there are plans to demolish it and build some high-rise building. So there was quite some information about the tower, the architecture and their plans. As well as instructions for the use of the capsule.
And then there was the couch which also functioned as a bed. The description when booking said something about “squeeze” and as we both aren’t on the heavy side we thought it would be OK. Well, it wasn’t. We tried it out and snuggled up and of course we both fit on it, but we couldn’t imagine to spend a whole night like that and finally decided to go home again…. :-)
I’m not frustrated about it. We experienced the tower and the capsule. The charge will hopefully be used for the campaign to save the tower. And we will be sleeping in a more comfortable bed tonight. Good night!