Kyoto set to open first capsule hotel


A new stylish capsule hotel, named 9h, as in 9 hours, is set to open in Japan on December 9, 2009. Located in the heart of Kyoto and near the Pontochio-dori and Gion geisha districts, this new capsule hotel is ideal for visitors to Jpaan’s ancient capital who simply want a place to sleep, shower, and change clothes.

The capsule hotel, designed by Masaaki Hiromura and Takaaki Nakamura, will have capsule rooms that are modern, comfortable, and loaded with technology. Each capsule includes Panasonic’s advanced system for good sleeping by computerized control lighting. Using room environment by Panasonic/Matsushita Electric Works, the light will naturally wake you up according to the time you set. The hotel has 125 capsule rooms that are spread over 9 floors.

The hotels concept is that guests need three basic actions: taking a shower (1 hour), sleeping (7 hours), and getting dressed (1 hour), the time that this takes amounts to 9 hours. Rooms cost 4,900 yen (US$54/£34/€37).