fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto
fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto
nov 10, 2009

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto

9 h (nainawasu) is a new capsule hotel that offers luxury in a minimum living space. the 9 h capsule hotel and all amenities were designed by fumie shibata of design studio s, which she founded in 1994. with her team, she defined the elements necessary for a ‘minimal transit space’ in big cities in japan. the product designer has been pursuing the 9h project as a creative director for 3 years.

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto

exhibition view



the first hotel will opened in december this year, located in shimogyo-ku, kyoto, located onteramachi street between department store fujii daimaru and convenience store AMPM,two minutes walk from kawaramachi station. the building itself will be 9 stories tall, will host 125 capsules, locker rooms, showers, and a lounge.

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto

a comfortable place to rest … 1 hour shower, sleep for 7 hours, have a one hour break / total 9h. guests can spend up to 17 hours in a single stay – the price for one night is ¥ 4900.

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyotoeach capsule includes panasonic’s advanced system for good sleeping by computerized control lighting

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyotoroom environment by panasonic / matsushita electric works — according to the time set, the light will wake you up.

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyotothe bed sheets are of the same quality as those that are used in a four-star hotel

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto rear view of capsule

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyotoside view

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto

graphic design by masaaki hiromura

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto toothbrush

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto shampoo, conditioner, body soap

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto bottled water taken at the foot of mount fuji

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto amenity slippers

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto images of the process of designing

fumie shibata's '9 h (nine hours)' capsule hotel in kyoto tooling prototypes



japan’s first capsule hotel made its appearance in osaka in 1979, and was designed by architect kisho kurokawa.

  • Wow. I am really amazed! Definetly a reason to plan a trip to Japan

    Jette says:
  • luxury?! are u serius?
    I think that luxury is to have the right time to do things… and right space to do things…
    and not sleeping like a chicken!!!

    Vk says:
  • This is not suitable for claustrophobic people like me! Too little space…no good!
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    Lara says:
  • i agree with VK i cant breath in such a place.

    hedieh says:
  • they should’ve invented it for homeless

    pp says:
  • brave new world.

    uwe says:
  • thats not a hotel its a kennel, they could have at least made them a little wider, a little less coffin shaped!

    andrew B says:
  • Its nicer than the living quarters of the commercial longline fishing vessel that I have lived and worked on for several years. So I guess it doesn’t seem so bad. Especially if you could save a lot of money over a traditional hotel. Logical idea for a crowded world

    陶明瀚 says:
  • Being nicer than a fishing vessel doesn’t exactly qualify something as luxury. Not to mention that it’s not that cheap because you’re paying for Mount Fuji water and the designer’s ego.

    jovin6 says:
  • I stayed one night in a capsule hotel in Shinjuku. There were some great things about the experience, like the enormous bathroom on the top story, including the option of having a delightful lady wash you if you felt like being pampered. Massage of course, nice ramen noodles and beer.

    The absolute worst was the fact that there was only a flimsy curtain at the “door” of the capsule. So starting at dawn and going on endlessly there was a chorus of other capsule dwellers alarm clocks to shatter my sleep.

    So, unless somehow this new deisgn addresses that issue, you are in for a dreadfully interrupted 7h.

    dave says:
  • I can see this as the future. As our communications become more mobile, we can also. Especially those who don’t feel the need to own a lot of stuff. These can replace houses, for those people.

    Dug says:
  • Are there optional bedpans to rent? I’d hate to have to get up and dressed and re-enter a public space, barely awake because of my bladder.

    Old dude says:
  • The majority of hotels in Japan are not designed for tourists – but instead for salary men. Salary men pass out just fine wherever they are.

    mxs says:
  • it’s awful!!

    boarderele says:
  • Great idea only if the capsules are sound proof, there are times I wish I could shut the world out for just a little while and enjoy complete silence.

    K says:
  • I just like the idea of the 1h shower.

    Ahhhhhh …………

    Mushi says:
  • haha use r forgettin this is not a hotel, have you never seen a capsule before they have been around a while now this is not new in japan, Like a comment posted above says, They are mainly used for a cheap overnight stay not for a holiday, And these compared to some of the capsules i’ve seen are pretty luxurious, Wait until you see the older capsules!

    MH 11.11.09 says:
  • is there a double room? 7 h in the tube can get lonely

    alf says:
  • I spent years riding around in US Navy nuclear submarines. This is infinitely roomier and better tricked out than a bunk on a sub. And an hour in the shower? Heaven!

    1963 VW Bug says:
  • Buzz Buzz Buzz… do they serve honey and is there a queen bee… oh I meant Queen bed size…LOL

    DIDOMAN says:
  • This is just a fresh look of the old Japanese cell hotel that exists since 15 years. Yotel is a new product inspired by the same concept but brought to a much higher level of sophistication . http://www.Yotel.com

    Fenianos Ramzy says:
  • Americans are such idiots. Get over yourselves. Welcome to the Real World, 2009.

    SickOfAmericans says:
  • I think airports are missing a trick by not having capsule hotels. Every time I’ve had a layover of longer than two hours, I’ve thought about how quickly I would shell out money for a quiet place, in the airport, to lay down and nap the layover away.

    jas says:
  • I;m not sure, but I wouldn’t expect an 1 hr shower considering how many people would like to use it too on the same time. Unless they have as many showers as capsules.

    junior archt. says:
  • a possible consensus after reading all the comments above is that these could be used for power naps in public places like train stations, near parks, in urban areas, large office buildings etc. Forget the 9 hour thing for now, give me 30 minutes of shut-eye for a modest flat rate.

    larrycastle says:
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey reminded me !

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey reminded me !

  • nice

    CALERO says:
  • i’m curious.. somebody know how much it for night?

    Francesco says:
  • You all sound so hopelessly uneducated. I will reiterate what I hope someone has stated before me: THIS IS NOT A NEW THING. Capsule hotels have existed in Japan for a long time now, this is a redesign, a new idea regarding capsules, if you will. This is not the invention of the house, it is a new take on the house. It’s all about an economy of means… The maximum function in the minimum of space.

    Lindsay M. says:
  • aldous huxley saw it coming

    jq says:
  • It would be great if you will try to improve your hotel. It is nice but not that luxurious enough to catch the attention of the people to check-in in your hotel.

    thea_rose says:
  • I have stayed at this capsule hotel for two nights in 2010 and plan on it again this year 2013. It’s in a wonderful location within walking distance to Gion district too. It was Very comfortable and clean. People there were so polite. It’s really larger than you think. I feel it’s large enough for two to sleep side by side in comfort. Shoes are checked in at front desk and then you have slippers they provide, towels, robes and everything needed for showering. It saves lots of money too as all I do in a hotel is sleep as I’m sight seeing during the day. Luggage can be kept in a locker safely. If you haven’t tried one you should to experience the culture. Sleeping pods were quiet too. Didn’t hear anyone snore. You do check out for part of day for cleaning of pods.

    David J says:
  • i can’t wait to stay there.. it’s way better than YHA backpackers.. esp one time i had a bad experience.. staying with 7 other blokes.. in the middle of the night the other side of my bunk started to shake at 4am… i sat up and found the guy was masturbating.. This capsule will definitely be more private and more comfy.

    ed says:
  • This is just a fresh look of the old Japanese cell hotel that exists….

    Hotel design says:

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