If you are up for a fun sleeping experience in Japan, here are some unique accommodations you can find around Japan.
Ryokans are traditional Japanese inns, usually run by families. If you want to experience traditional Japan – the hospitality, atmosphere and culture – a ryokan is the best option for an accommodation. Its rooms are usually of tatami mat flooring, sliding paper doors, low tables, and futons for a bed. They also have traditional baths – an onsen – both outdoors and indoors. Staying in a ryokan is definitely a different experience compared staying in a hotel, but it is also quite pricey. However, the hospitality and quality service you’ll receive in one is definitely worth it.
- Capsule Hotel
If you’re not claustrophobic, or you don’t mind being alone in a “room”, then you shouldn’t miss out staying in a capsule hotel. A capsule hotel has pods for a room, usually as big as a single bed, and each capsule hotel might differ with the features you’ll find in a pod. A pod usually has a bed, lights, a TV or radio, and outlets for your gadgets. Your luggage would definitely not fit; that is why these capsule hotels have lockers to store your other belongings that you could not bring in a pod.
- Sleeper Train
If you’re in a rush to see the different places Japan has to offer, or you want to always be in the move, then you should experience staying in a sleeper train. Today, there are only two regular sleeper trains running in Japan – the Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo. Both the Sunrise Seto and Izumo depart from Tokyo, and Sunrise Seto goes to Takamatsu while Sunrise Izumo goes to Izumo. These sleeper trains have private compartments and are usually carpeted since guests sleep on the floor – the train providing pillows and blankets. Facilities include showers, restrooms, lounges, and vending machines.
- Manga Café
While this is not usually an option for tourists or visitors to stay in, it is still an interesting way to spend your night in Japan. You can rent a cubicle in a manga café – the inside of a cubicle usually consists of a reclining chair (or sofa or a padded mat) and a computer. Manga cafés usually have unlimited drinks, unlimited internet, DVDs, manga, etc. Some people come here to hang out while some consider the café as their temporary home. Try staying for a night and see what a manga café has to offer.
- Temple Lodging
Another unique accommodation available in Japan is the temple lodgings or shukubo. These are Buddhist temples that offer visitors and guests to stay for a night in their homes. By staying in these temples, you are able to get a glimpse of the monks’ lifestyle. You’ll be invited to participate in their activities, eat their food, and even see parts of the temple not open to the public. If you’re interested in Buddhism and temples, this is one experience you shouldn’t pass up!