Capsule hotels might seem strange for people living outside of Japan.
However, for the Japanese folk, these efficient hotels are pretty standard.
Since the ”rooms” are just capsules with a bed, many people are wondering if they can take a shower when staying in a capsule hotel.
The answer is yes, but there are some things you need to know…
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Can You Take a Shower When Staying In a Capsule Hotel?
When I stayed at a capsule hotel during my trip to Japan, the shared bathrooms were actually one of the highlights of my experience there because I thought there is no way that these tiny accommodations will have a shower facility.
The showers were spacious and had great water pressure, which was perfect for washing off all the sweat and grime from a long day of exploring.
One thing to keep in mind is that you may need to bring your own towels or rent them from the front desk. Additionally, make sure you pack any toiletries you might need since many capsule hotels don’t provide them.
Overall though, taking a refreshing shower after sleeping in one of those cozy capsules was always such an invigorating way to start each day during my stay at the capsule hotel!
What Are Showers Like In a Capsule Hotel?
The showers in a capsule hotel can vary depending on the establishment, but from personal experience, they are compact yet efficient.
The shower rooms typically have one or two stalls with private doors and basic amenities such as:
- and body wash provided for guests
Moreover, the water pressure is usually strong enough to provide a refreshing cleanse, which is especially appreciated after a long day of exploring the city.
However, due to limited space in these hotels’ bathrooms, you may find yourself bumping into walls while trying to move around during your shower.
One drawback I’ve noticed is that some capsule hotels don’t offer towels; therefore it’s advisable always to carry a towel with you just in case.
Overall though if you’re looking for an affordable accommodation option without sacrificing cleanliness be sure to give staying at a capsule hotel serious consideration!
Tips For Using Shower Facilities in Capsule Hotels
If you’re planning on staying at a capsule hotel, it’s important to know how to use the shower facilities.
As someone who has stayed in one before, I can tell you that it’s not as intimidating as it may seem.
- First and most importantly, make sure you bring your own towel and toiletries as they are usually not provided.
- Once you have everything ready, head to the designated shower area. Most capsule hotels will have separate male and female sections that will be marked with signs, so be sure to go into the correct one.
- When you enter the shower room, take off your shoes (even if there is no sign or requirement to do so) and put them in the cubby provided.
- There should also be lockers available for storing any valuables or extra clothes (avoid leaving your valuables in the capsule because there are no locks there).
- Choose an available cubicle with its own door – this is where you can strip down and prepare for your shower.
- After you are done with your shower, suit back up and head back to your capsule. Don’t forget to return the used towels and clean up any mess you may have made in the shower cubicle.
In most cases (so far in all 4 capsule hotels I have stayed), there will be a time limit for how long you can use the facilities so please be mindful of others waiting their turn.
Some hotels also provide hair dryers and other amenities but it’s best to check with reception beforehand.
While you can definitely take a shower while staying at a capsule hotel, it is best if you bring your own shampoo and towel.
Some capsule hotels do tend to provide these amenities, but some just don’t. This is why it’s better to be safe than to have a bad shower experience.