If you ever make your way to Kyoto, try staying at the 9 hours capsule hotel. Yes, it’s not a traditional Japanese ryokan, but you if you’re into modern Dieter Rams-ish design, then you’ll appreciate this place. You can find an extensive write up about 9 hours here.
When you compare the sleek, minimalist look and feel of the 9 hours concept with that of the zany designs and themes of common love hotels or “rabu-ho” (condensed term for “love hotel”) in Japan (see pic below), you will definitely get an idea of the head-scratching stuff this country has to offer. Don’t get me wrong – the spectrum of extremes (not only in design) is one of the things that makes it so exciting to live in Japan.
Note to self: whip out that camera and start that coffee table book project of Japanese love hotels.