Nakagin Capsule tower
Version française après l’anglaise.
One of the many reasons that I love living in Japan so much is that the cities are built to prevent any inconvenience : Konbini (convenient stores) everywhere opened 24/7 where there are ATMs, food, washrooms, and anything you need for the basic daily life (you can also pay your bills there or buy tickets), trains always on time and clean, amazing customer service, shops opened until very late (also on Sundays), and clips to prevent ruining your manicure when your nail polish isn’t dry yet.
One of these amazing inventions that make the daily life stress free is the Capsule Hotels.
The Japanese lifestyle is famous for long working hours and Tokyo is known as the city that never sleeps. The very expensive rent for small apartments draws people out of the big cities and when they are as gigantic as Tokyo, Osaka or Fukuoka are, sometimes it takes a couple of hours to make it back home.
What do you do when you went to a nomikai (after work drink) or worked past midnight and there are no trains anymore? You can stay for a very cheap price at a Capsule Hotel.
the concept is very simple: very small rooms (the size of a coffin) for the sole purpose of staying the night.
Today I want to introduce you to the iconic capsule hotel in Tokyo: the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Ginza.
It was built in 1972 and hasn’t changed since. The tower has two main towers (eleven and thirteen floors) composed of 140 prefabricated capsules (2.5x4m). Each capsule has a tiny bathroom, bedding and office space (you can still see radios and phones from the 70s inside).
I was lucky enough to visit this hotel that is now in despair during an editorial for Fudge Magazine
We went shooting on a rainy day: it was dark and the whole hotel smelled damp and stale, drops were dripping from the ceilings.
Sitting in the circle boat like window looking down outside, I could imagine being in a spaceship and felt serene.
You can visit the tower, but hurry because it might be destroyed soon : https://www.nakagincapsuletower.com/
Photos by Fudge Magazine & me
La Tour de Capsules Nakagin