It was late in the evening when I finally touched down on Japanese soil. As this was my first time to Japan, I was doubtful of my navigational skills and concerned that I’d miss the last train into Tokyo or get lost trying to find my hostel at nearly midnight. To avoid any problems, I decided to spend the night at First Cabin at the Haneda Airport, then get the train into the city tomorrow.
First Cabin is similar to a capsule hotel but allows male and female guests (many capsule hotels are only for men). The hotel is cute and models itself after an airport and airplane. Each capsule or room accommodates one person and you have a choice between two different sizes of rooms. The capsules are lined up next to each other and separated into sections or gates. Men and women have their own gates.
Inside your cabin you’ll find a bed, pajamas, nightstand, hanger, slippers, body towel, face towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, television and headset. Shared bathrooms are down the hall, and again, men and women have separate facilities. First Cabin provides everything you could possibly need. Inside the showers, you’ll find shampoo, conditioner and body soap. Along the vanities there are many beauty products for your pleasure, including make-up remover, lotions, hair dryers, curling irons, tissues and q-tips.
This was a great experience for me (I’ve wanted to try a capsule hotel and this is probably as close as I’ll get to one) and a good start to my Japanese adventure.