Japan’s capsule hotels, aging shelters once relegated to desperate salaryman who had missed their last train, are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance. After the 9h Hotel showed us how design could help breathe new life into what was thought of as outdated, a number of different iterations have cropped up. The latest? A minimal teahouse-inspired capsule hotel.
ZenTokyo, which is set to open this April in Tokyo’s Ningyocho district, fuses the capsule hotel experience with traditional Japanese teahouse architecture, set forth by Sen-no-Rikyu’s 16th century philosophy. At roughly 6000 yen per night, the sleeping pods are priced roughly in-line with other capsule hotels but visitors will be able to choose from 3 different styles. Public showers, bathrooms, study lounge and a bar in the basement that serves green tea-infused drinks, rounds out the amenities.