Yep, that’s right. The Akihabara district in Japan is now home to “capsule hotels”, or small cube-shaped sleep pods where users can cramp up and sleep off train delays or just take a nap in the comfort and relaxation provided by a…small box.

As the website states, these “capsule hotels” contain  public lounge space including bathing, and the other is a private space where the sleeping rooms (capsules) are arranged. The actual sleeping room is a capsule unit made of reinforced plastic and designed in the image of a jet airplane’s cockpit. In the capsule unit, all the required amenities are provided; TV, radio, alarm clock, adjustable lighting… almost everything is provided! Every device is within your reach and you can control everything in a sleeping position.

they're smiling, so it must be fun

Now, I’m not really claustrophobic, but I can just imagine how horrifying it would be to sleep in one of these pods if you were. They kinda look like the sleep chambers from science-fiction movies like AVATAR where the characters hibernate while on some space ship rocket thing in the future. Or something.

Either way, these capsule hotels are interesting, but I just don’t think I’ll be trying one anytime soon.

If you’re interested, though, check out the site and all the fine print/details about how much they cost and where.

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  1. It looks like a glorified pet shelter. the only thing missing is the lock. Well when it comes down to it we are highly intelligent animals that just needs shelter.. Im building a temperature controlled portable sleeping pod for those people who are always on the road and dont want to pay lodging. That can fit suvs and up.

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