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November 1, 2012

One night in a Japanese capsule hotel: Think youth hostel with a tad more privacy

  • Getting into the capsule takes a bit of maneuvering. Imagine climbing into a torpedo tube on a submarine, but fortunately no one fires you out.
    Associated Press

    AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi [enlarge]
    Manager Akiyoshi Kaneko checks rooms at the Capsule & Sauna Century Shibuya in Tokyo. The capsule concept has been around in Japan for at least 30 years. They mostly attract business people but budget travelers and others curious about a unique lodging experience use them too.

    TOKYO — Tokyo is known for being densely populated and crowded. Living space is at a premium; hotel rooms are small or expensive or both.

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