Sleeping in Japan’s Narita International airport: Nine Hours capsule hotel

The Nine Hours hotel at T2 of Narita International airport in Japan is a 1-star accommodation option offering international travellers a convenient solution to relax, sleep, work and refresh themselves either before departure or upon arrival at the terminal. If you sleep in a capsule hotel inside Narita airport, you will not only be within short walking distance to most restaurants and amenities for passengers in the facilities, but also right by the train station from which you can travel to Tokyo city centre in just forty minutes.

The space provided by this sort of accommodation is considerably reduced, yet comfortable and practical. The cabin or capsule allows for the utmost privacy and tranquillity, while creating a suitable ambience to get some work done, charge the battery of your phone and laptop or simply get some good rest before the next flight.

The reception at the Nine Hours capsule hotel in Japan stays open round the clock and, after checking in, guests are given a WiFi password, breakfast coupons (accepted by a nearby café), towels, a toothbrush, toothpaste and pyjamas. Shared bathrooms are available, as well as lockers where two large bags can be stored. Both the capsules and the lockers are cleaned on a daily basis, and that is why you must check out and check in again in case you are staying more than one night.

Capsules are divided into female-only and male-only. You can book your sleeping cabin in Narita International airport and there is no need to make any payment in advance; however, once there you will need to pay the due amount before entering the capsule. Also, make sure you check whether your flight lands in Japan after 8p.m., if it does, you must let the hotel staff know so that your booked space is still waiting when you arrive.

This kind of hotel, already traditional in Asia and undeniably an inspiration for the many sleeping pods and cabins that are gradually being incorporated to European airports, has ended up as yet another tourist attraction, since world travellers and backpackers alike dream of spending the night in a genuine capsule hotel.

If you are taking a business trip to Japan, you may want to sleep in Narita airport; nevertheless, for longer stays, we recommend you find a hotel in Tokyo that suits your travel needs.