Capsule hotel opens at Tokyo’s Narita Airport

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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 minimum time needed to shower, sleep and groom — offers guests 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 of the hotel, in door-less pods that are 43 inches http://stuckattheairport.com/wp-admin/plugins.phpwide, 86 inches deep and 43 inches tall. Prices start about $39 for one night and about $15 for one hour if you’re just in need of a nap and a shower.

Narita’s nine hours is the newest addition in the airport “capsule” hotel trend.

Yotel rooms – they call them “cabins” – 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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(My story about Narita’s capsule hotel first appeared on NBC News Travel)