Staying at a Tokyo Capsule Hotel


Seriously, why did I eat all those wasabi KitKats before bedtime, and drink all that Calpis? It’s never, never a good thing to do. You know, I always eat and drink before bedtime, and pay the price for it later on. Yeah… Idiot. So today we’re in Ginza Shopping District. It’s one of the world’s largest upmarket shopping districts; it’s right in the heart of Tokyo, a stone’s throw away from the Emperor’s house, Tokyo Station and Tsukiji fish market. And I wanna stay here the night because tommorow I’m gonna be leaving from Tokyo Station to go back to Sendai on the bullet train. Staying at a hotel for the night, in this area, costs just a staggering amount of money. But fortunately, there is an alternative: Capsule hotel. It’s good. Good ice coffee, that was. Check-in at capsule hotels usually kicks off at 4PM. But the hotel has kindly let me in an hour early, so I can wonder around freely without filming… … half-naked Japanese salarymen moping around on-screen. (inside hotel) Going up. Third floor of an inconspicuous building just off the high street of Ginza. It’s a pretty good location, actually. Best thing about capsule hotels, after the price, is they always tend to be, like, pretty well located. … pretty centrally located and uh… (whispers) The lobby. So after checking in, the first thing you gotta do, first thing you always gotta do, take off your shoes. Put on some slippers. And that is how you know that you’re in Japan. Slippers. So, because the capsules aren’t that big, it’s just a bed, you wanna have as much space as possible. So each capsule comes with its own locker. Put in your ridiculous, massive luggage in. The capsule room in all its glory. So there’s about, must be about 15-20 capsules in this one little area. And our one… 307… is over here. And actually, this one is one of the only rooms in the hotel which comes with its own little “second room”. A kind of tatami mat room. I’ve never seen anything like that. That’s really cool, so you got your own private little space under there. But most capsules, this is it. This is your bedroom for the night. Welcome to Abroad in a Box. I still prefer this to staying in a hostel where you just get a bunk bed, you know, cuz you’ve got your privacy. Not only do you have more space than a bunk bed, but a TV as well. TV, headphones, an alarm, with a light, it’s exciting, isn’t it? A mirror, and a coathanger. But yeah, that’s it. I mean you’re not gonna really be in here for doing a lot apart from sleeping anyway, so it’s pretty ideal. I’ve often wondered if a capsule hotel would work in the U.K., but I dunno. Maybe British people don’t like the idea of climbing up a tiny ladder and getting into a box. Look you can pull this down. Haha! And now you can’t see me! … There we go. Haha! I win. Unsurprisingly, capsule hotels are separated by gender, with this hotel keeping men and women on separated floors. The only space shared by everyone is the communal area. “For both genders”. “both genders”. As if you’re a girl or a guy. The sky’s the limit. I can sit here, and think about how to make the world a better place. I’ll do that later though. I’ll do that later. Alright so apparently, there are 250 capsules in this one hotel This is the shower room. Pretty big shower. That’s ridiculous, it’s huge! It’s like a four-star hotel room shower. As well as the beds, the communal area, the showers and the toilets, some capsule hotels also have bonus amenities thrown in. For example, this one randomly has a free footbath. It’s pretty surreal just sat here in a footbath in the middle of Tokyo. Got loads of people walking past on the street, just staring in surprise. Maybe it’s cuz there’s a foreigner in the footbath, or maybe it’s just because there’s a footbath. But, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a footbath in the centre of Tokyo like this, so it’s pretty cool. So today, I came here with a ¥10,000 budget which is about $100. and I’ve spent ¥4500 on the capsule hotel for one night giving me ¥5500 spending money, pocket money, to do with whatever I want. So, let’s go out into the local area and let’s check out Ginza and let’s see what we can get with ¥5500. But first, more footbath. Everything’s better with a footbath. Whenever I come to Ginza, I do feel a bit out of my depth, you know. There’s a sense that ¥5500, you can spend that on one pair of socks. One upmarket pair of socks. So I don’t know exactly what I’m gonna be able to get for my money’s worth The trick to Ginza, right, is all the best little restaurants are hidden down alleyways and I can see one there that has the word “Yakitori” which is… “Yakitori”‘s meat on a skewer and its one of my favourite Japanese dishes and it looks quite cool. “TORIGIN”. “TORIGIN”. “TORI” means “CHICKEN”. “GIN” means… “GIN”. And so, wow. There you go. Very popular Japanese restaurants that out the front you can see kind of the food they have. In plastic food form. And it looks pretty good. I’m excited about the yakitori. So, beer, ¥650. Yakitori, this was about ¥1500. So, we’re ¥2100 in. And that’s quite a lot of food for what we paid so, pretty reasonable. So simple. I always wonder why we don’t have this in the U.K. Just food on a skewer, for God’s sake. Perfect. Having spent almost half my budget on a fine yakitori dinner and a decent bottle of Sapporo, it now makes sense to grab a desert to go down with it. My lord, my god. So rich, I don’t even wanna think about how many calories are in this. Honestly, I’ve never seen a shop in Japan so busy this time of night. If the manager of Lindt is watching, you’re onto a winner here. There’s a lot of business to be had in Japan. Make some serious money. I don’t know why I’m giving business advice to Lindt. Chicken, beer, chocolate and coffee. The only thing I need now is just one more little late night snack. You know, just something small to enjoy back at the hotel. Wasabi KitKats. I’ve looked far and wide for these, many a time. They’re unique to Shizuoka Prefecture. But apparently, you get them in Ginza. Didn’t know that. Alright so I got KitKat Wasabi, and to wash that down, some Calpis, Calpis water. Delicious! The verdict. Oh, it was just as bad. It just taste like chocolate gone wrong rather than chocolate with wasabi. No. Won’t buy again. Seriously, why did I eat all those wasabi KitKats before bedtime, and drink all that Calpis? It’s never, never a good thing to do. You know, I always eat and drink before bedtime, and pay the price for it later on. Yeah… Idiot. So there you have it. Capsule hotels. Cheap, convenient, and absolutely everywhere in Tokyo. If you’re travelling on a budget or travelling solo, I can’t recommend them enough. For more details on where I stayed, check out the description box below where you can also find links to other capsule hotel-related videos from other vloggers, and useful advice for travelling on a budget in Japan. Many thanks for watching, guys. I’ll see you next time.

Paul Whisler

100 Comments

  1. hum then i put the video in fullscreen i have like 40 dead pixel in the 1rst minute at the bottom left corner

  2. Oh my! This is the hotel next to the hotel I had stayed at the last few times I visited Tokyo! I always wondered what's up with the foot bath at the entrance lol had no idea it's a capsule hotel. It looks much better than I thought it would be.

  3. The only reason I watch you is because of your accent I don't know why but I love that accent

  4. Yes, it is for BOTH genders. Not for special snowflakes!!

  5. You went to the exact same one that Safiya Nygaard went to!😮😮😮😮

  6. Biting into the kitkat I thought he ate it with the fucking wrapper still on

  7. just gonna throw this out here: lindt is undeniably the BEST chocolate in the world and if you havent tried it i feel truely sorry for you

  8. Good to know Japan isn’t into the 1,000 genders like the western world

  9. Both genders? What about the other genders the liberals made up the past few years?

  10. Safiya Nygaard did a video at a very similar capsule hotel not too long ago.

    Yours is like a TV travel guide and hers is vlogger style. Both are very cool! (But I prefer yours. Cheers from America!)

  11. Midway through Chris video I went on eBay and checked prices on Wasabi Kit Kats, WOW expensive!!!! Then continued watching Chris do his tasty review on them…Thank goodness I didnt order that crap lol

  12. This is the same Hotel that Safiya Nygaard stayed at in her video of Japan. I just noticed, I knew it looked familiar.

  13. I have a very concerned question. You get those slippers right? What size are those because my feet are massive (EU49,UK14.5) do you have to wear them or not? I really want to check out japan some time next year and have been bingewatching your videos filled with envious feelings. 😀

  14. I won’t mention names because I don’t want to sound like an ad bot, but look online at japanese sites for hotel prices. Once, using a regular American app, an American booking company listed $80 for a night in a capsule hotel and a Japanese company listed the exact same thing for $30.

  15. So where do you get changed?? That's the one thing I've never seen someone address in these videos. If you leave your luggage in the locker room do you get changed in there too?

  16. I was on submarines in the U.S. Navy and the sleeping quarters are similar to the capsule hotel in theory. However the space is significantly smaller.

  17. Did not realize how cheap it is to visit japan. I plan on going in 2021 (avoiding the chaos of the olympics) and for two weeks it would roughly cost 3000 CND. That price is capsule hotel + roundtrip flight and the Japan rail pass. I could even go cheaper if I wanted to but I was planning 5k for travel+hotel anyways

  18. 2:51 I stayed at Kick Ass Hostel in Edinburgh and they have sleeping capsules very similar to these! So I guess it does work in the UK 🙂

  19. watching Chris' videos gives you a really compelling reason to be fat. I'm in the middle of my diet and this is making me hungry!

  20. Have you seen the stuff police is confiscating in the UK? The would probably send in the military if you tried selling food on skewers.

  21. Why don't they have them in the UK or America?

    Because they'd be vandalized and covered in puke, lol.

  22. How tall are capsules average? I hear taller people have trouble existing in Japan.

  23. I think it's better to stay at Toyoko Inn.Breakfast included 4000~7000円https://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/

  24. i wish they had these in the european cities-very convenient. i think they have one in A‘dam but i did not get to use it, because you have to reserve it in advance.

  25. Hey, in you video of what not to do in Japan one of the things was not to eat or drink on the go but in this you were drinking an iced coffee in the street.

  26. Wait?! Hanamasa in japanese is a Mini market? O.O wow! Because i just know Hanamasa is a Restaurant in indonesia O.O

  27. When I stayed in a capsule hotel I took my big backpack into the capsule with me.
    Probably wasn't allowed but hey ho.

  28. Chris, the sign behind you at 4:29 says "3,500", but shortly after that, you say you spent 4,500 on the capsule hotel. This sounds ridiculous, but is there a 29% tax on the hotel? I'm currently planning a trip to Japan, so cost details have become very relevant to me.

  29. He probably wont see this but the green tea kit kats are freaking amazing! I can only get them at ichi ban kans in america but it is always worth it!

  30. I know I’m 2 years late, but I need to point out that HE TOOK A BITE OUT OF BITH KIT KATS WITHOUT BREAKING THEM O-O

  31. My question is – how well do the capsules isolate sound. I couldn't do it if someone would snore 😀

  32. Swise fucking quality #Lindt
    Honestly Swiss brands have better representations abroad, that really frustrates me as a swiss citizen. Swissness just seems to sell better in foreign countries than in switzerland itself.
    Honest travelling tip for Switzerland: If you're after tha mainstream Swiss products such as Toblerone or fkin Lindt Chocolate, don't bother coming to switzerland.
    But i still recommand coming to Switzerland as there's a lot more to it than most people know.

  33. That was not Ginza. There was not one drunk salaryman with tie on his head carrying gift wrapped sushi to be seen.

  34. Ooo I liked his reactions…🤣🤣
    The best was the stupidly overpriced cake to kit kat😁😂😂

  35. I don't know why maybe the accent , but every time he sais Calpis I hear Cow piss xD and so far I loved that drink but with the image now it might change xD

  36. 45 dollar for 1 night still seems pretty price to me, but i guess tokyo real estate isnt cheap either and the rent for the space must be pretty high.

  37. Am I the only one who hot anxious as soon as he got to locker room, Thinking that they were the capsules?

  38. 7:16 7:58
    I was looking away and thought he had said "some cow piss!" So I burst out laughing.

  39. I stayed at this capsule hotel last week. It's absolute garbage. The entire place smells like cigarette smoke. Do not recommend.

  40. I’d live their. That’s looks spacious. And a locker for my stuff. A built in tv and alarm. I must be living the life of a king!

  41. karl pilkington did the same exact thing on an idiot abroad. Suprised chris didn't mention that when he wondered if it would catch on in England.

    Although, Karl did hate it lol

  42. Having a foot bath out side is kinda strange I could easily mistaken it for a fountain

  43. Great video dude! I'm going to be in Tokyo for all of January and spent DAYS scouring for some sort of reasonable accommodation. However I had to skip capsules as 1- I will have a large suitcase and nowhere to put it and 2- I'm 6'8" and literally won't fit in a capsule!

  44. U need to get a girlfriend that is what u need, a special Japanese waifu :3 girlfriend type.

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