On all my trips across Japan, I’ve always wanted to stay in one of those tiny yet cool looking capsule hostels that you see all over Tokyo. You know, those small pod-like sleeping spaces that are just big enough to fit a single bed and a couple of your belongings.
Luckily, after our family vacation in Tokyo, I had an extra day and some alone time to spend a night in a popular capsule hostel in Shinjuku.
This hostel is so cool you’ll forget that it’s a shipping container!
VESSEL HOSTEL is a budget hostel composed of repurposed shipping containers stacked on top of each other. Designed by surfer architects Buji Libarnes and Nikki Dela Paz-Libarnes, by transforming vessels originally designed for transporting cargo into this small, efficient, mobile hostel that offers an interesting alternative to the traditional lodging.
With over 22 cozy capsules and 5 suites inspired by modern and minimalistic living for discerning travelers and surfers. It features some of those cool looking pod-style beds complete with neat pull-down privacy shades. Free breakfast is one of the perks in addition to a pretty sweet location near the surfing shores of San Juan, La Union, you’ll have all the restaurants, cafes, and bars right around the corner.
Here’s a quick look inside our favorite hostel in San Juan, La Union…