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the coffin hotel

A stay in Japan would not be be complete without a night in one of the ubiquitous coffin hotels. These are mostly male domains, but will also accommodate women if they're wearing a false beard or moustache (or preferably a real one).

Most coffin hotels are usually full of salarymen who've missed the last train back to the suburbs, or who simply don't want to go home. Each coffin is clean and well-equipped. Inside you'll find a futon, a light, alarm clock, radio and television.

The coffins are stacked two high and ten across. It looks rather like a mortuary, except that the people here usually have a bit more life in them than those in the mortuary. Usually.

There's a public bath for washing away the stresses of the day, a cafeteria serving dinner and breakfast, and a communal lounge area where most people sit in silence, staring at the wall.

They're quiet places, these hotels. In fact, oddly, the noisiest time is when everyone is asleep. Snoring. Ear plugs are recommended.

The stench of decomposing flesh will not be found here.

Taking a pre-coffin nap.
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On Sunday, 06 November, 2005, Blogger bigboy59 said:

How long before the coffins come to America? I can't, I won't no way, I'd rather be cremated. No sir, not even when I'm dead! I know curious man must try these things. The Japs are an industrious people. They have got to be running out of room there, they breed like rabbits. Where will they put them all with out such places? How are they on the atmosphere? Are they as careless as America in their efforts at conservation? Where we will and they all be when the oil is gone and the earth is cold and dead. Will there be enough coffin motels to go around?  

On Sunday, 06 November, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said:

How much are these a night... You have a fun blog by the way...


On Sunday, 06 November, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think the Japanese people are breeding like rabbits, according to this article at least:

On Sunday, 06 November, 2005, Anonymous dotty said:

Aren't similar ideas being touted as alternative, short stay accommodation in the UK? These sound like lonely places - like a DHSS bed and breakfast, but cleaner and with better facilities.  

On Sunday, 13 November, 2005, Anonymous Chizuru said:

My brother has a sleeping bag under his desk of his office. People who at least get to sleep on "peacefully" in private coffins are the lucky ones!  

On Thursday, 01 December, 2005, Anonymous Maureen said:

It seems like a very clever use of space to me.However, I should think it feels just slightly claustrophobic!

And yes, there is something similar that just opened in London this year, although the accomodation isn't nearly as tiny! It's a hotel run by the founder of easyJet with a total of 34 "rooms" categorised as “tiny” (60 sq ft), “very small” and “small” (80 sq ft).For £20, two people can have a double bed with a duvet and one pillow each, a flat-screen television that costs £5 extra to watch and a tiny private bathroom.You pay extra for a room with a window - only three rooms have one.  

On Sunday, 04 December, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said:

actually these "capsule" hotels as they are called
are quite nice for budget travellers -
at about 4000 yen they are by far the cheapest thing available.
Good sauna , restaurant and porn channels all included :)

Visa changers from Korea use em all the time..  

On Monday, 30 January, 2006, Anonymous Niels Brouwers said:

Hmm, how long are they? I wonder if I, a 1.88m gaijin could fit :)  

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