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Would you stay in a capsule hotel? At 9 Hours in Tokyo, an ultra-efficient vacation

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Would you sleep in a sleek, spotless hotel room that's no bigger than a tent? At 9 Hours hotel in Tokyo, you won't waste an inch.

Would you sleep in a sleek, spotless hotel room that's no bigger than a tent?

At the 9 Hours capsule hotel in Tokyo, travelers get Japanese service and precision without paying for all the wasted space of a traditional hotel room.

"Capsule" hotel, of course, because each person gets just enough space to sleep.

Amenities for the hotel were designed by Fumie Shibata of Design Studio S, and cater to the ultra-dense traveling populations of Asian cities such as Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolitan area.

At nine stories tall, the hotel hosts 125 capsules, as well as locker rooms, showers and a lounge. Each capsule has a light system designed by tech giant Panasonic that allows you to wake up without requiring any noise.

The hotel is the work of parent company Cubic Corp., and was first unveiled in Dec. 2009.

Here's a look, in a video from Monocle:

[via DesignBoom]

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