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Claustrophobic? Pod-Like Hotel Opens in Tokyo Airport

Image: Numbered sleeping pods at the nine hours capsule hotel in Tokyo's Narita Airport.
Could you sleep here? Catch a cat nap between flights in one of the numbered pods at the nine hours capsule hotel in Tokyo's Narita Airport. Courtesy nine hours

Travelers now have a snug option for sleeping and showering between flights at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. The first airport branch of a capsule hotel called nine hours — the estimated time needed to shower, sleep and groom — offers individual pod-like sleeping spaces, luggage-storage lockers, high-speed Wi-Fi and shared shower and lounge facilities in a pre-security area at Terminal 2. Men and women sleep in separate areas, in door-less pods that are 43 inches wide, 86 inches deep and 43 inches tall. Prices start about $39 for one night and about $15 for one hour if you're in need of a nap.

The nine hours is the newest addition in the airport capsule hotel trend. Yotel rooms at Amsterdam’s Schiphol and London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports measure about 75 square feet. And napping rooms by Minute Suites, at the Atlanta, Philadelphia and Dallas-Fort Worth airports have enough space for daybeds, HDTVs/computers, desks and office chairs.

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