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Since launching its first innovative capsule hotel in Kyoto little over a decade ago, ninehours has gone leaps and bounds, opening a number of alluring properties across the Land of the Rising Sun. The hotel concept is based on the simple addition of overnight time spent at a hotel when traveling – that’s taking a shower: 1 hour + sleep: 7 hours + getting dressed: 1 hour = 9 hours – but is captured by acclaimed modern design, technology and architecture which takes the capsule hotel experience to the next level. The hotel chain’s newest property, ninehours Hanzomon, is no exception. Situated in Tokyo‘s downtown neighbourhood of Hanzomon, only a stone’s throw away from the Imperial Palace, the hotel occupies a multi-storey building by Tokyo-based architect Akihisa Hirata who has worked on a number of other ninehours properties. Mimicking the many office buildings in the area, the façade is clad in a grid of mirrored glass, featuring playful pixel-like cut-outs filled with lush trees. The mirror façade amplifies the green effect, creating a visual oasis in the area. The nifty sleeping pods, designed by acclaimed designer Fumie Shibata, measure 110cm wide by 220cm deep by 110cm tall (43in wide by 87in deep by 43in tall) and each have a Sleep Ambient Control System. The advanced design ensures maximum comfort and a good night’s sleep. Similar to the majority of other properties, ninehours Hanzomon has separate facilities for men and women, and comes with ample locker space and shower facilities. If you feel like breaking sweat, the hugely popular Imperial Palace Loop, a run around the grounds of the emperor’s residence, is nearby. Sister establishment ninehours Otemachi sits on the other side of the palace and rents out Nike Zoom Fly and Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 running shoes for free.

ninehours Hanzomon
3-5-30 Kojimachi (Hanzomon)
Tokyo 102-0083
Telephone: +81 3 69100940

© ninehours / Photography: Nacása & Partners