Alright, here we go.
Originally I was planning on writing a post about how to even get to Japan (which in my case is through an internship) although your Japanese is pretty basic (like mine).
And I will still do that. That just requires a little bit more research and structure than just writing down what I’m experiencing in my every day life.
So my life here started with a pretty unusual but typically Japanese invention: a capsel hotel.
Okay so in the past whenever I saw those hotels on tv or online my initial thought always was „how could people possibly survive a night in a thing like that?! I can’t even ride the underground train without feeling trapped and a tiny bit claustrophobic..(in Germany, not Tokyo I might add)!
I booked my capsel a few weeks in advance in a brave moment (okay, maybe a little friend called ワイン encouraged me as well) and let me tell you, riding the underground train is way worse!
I actually really enjoyed „my“ little capsule and would recommend it to anyone – at least the hotel I stayed in (Shinjuku capsule hotel – which was a little bit hard to find.. definitely download an offline map beforehand).
Why? – for a bunch of reasons
Number 1: Location, Location and Location: most of them are pretty close to a train station (because they were invented for people on business trips) / easy to reach from the airport.
Number 2: The price: for central Tokyo it was cheap (35-40€)
Number 3: Very convenient: if you travel with a lot of luggage like I did the last thing you want to do after a long trip is to go through everything on the hunt for your toothbrush, shampoo, PJs and of course some slippers 😉 – because lets face it they’re always on the button of your suitcase, always. But luckily you don’t need any of that. Everything is provided by the hotel – for free.
Number 4: Very simple: it was clean and quiet (and after a few hours
on a plane that’s basically all I wanted)
By the way: most of the modern capsule hotels will have separate floors for men and women, so running around only in your PJs on your way to the bathroom is totally fine.
I hope with this I can encourage a few more people to just give it a try, I would definitely do it again.
Next post: a little summary of some (touristy) places I visited so far and my thoughts on them 🙂