Could a Floating Capsule Become Japan’s Newest Hotel Craze?

Mar 20, 2017

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Japan is no stranger to high-tech hospitality innovations. In addition to being home to the world’s first robot hotel and an airport that offers toilet paper for your smartphones, it’s also the birthplace of the “pod hotel” concept, a sort of micro-hotel room where budget-minded travelers can trade in frills for dollars. And by the end of this year, visitors to Nagasaki will have a chance to take an extreme version of those pods to the open seas.

Earlier this month, Huis Ten Bosch — a Dutch-themed park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture (where, by the way, you’ll also find that aforementioned robot hotel) — announced a new floating hotel pod concept that will let you spend the night gazing up at the stars as you’re ferried away to an island retreat. While the pods don’t boast anything close to the same square footage as the typical presidential suite, the two-story enclosures are largely made of glass, which gives them a wide-open feel. The top of the capsule features a glass-ceilinged bedroom, while the bottom level has a lounge area with windows all around.

While The Telegraph reports that there’s been no confirmation of how the pods will get from dock to desert island, we do know that they’ll cost about $270 to $355 per night and can accommodate up to four people. Also still under wraps is exactly what sort of amenities will await guests when they arrive at their island destination; Huis Ten Bosch owns a nearly 130,000-square-foot private island on Omura Bay, where new adventure attractions are constantly being innovated.

H/T: The Telegraph

Featured image courtesy of Huis Ten Bosch Co.

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