Business Traveller - - HOTELS -

Opened at the end of 2009, this is the brain­child of Fu­mie Shi­bata and her De­sign Stu­dio S. To­day the chain has branches in ten cities across Ja­pan and is per­fectly suited to both busi­ness trav­ellers and back­pack­ers on a bud­get. The Nine Hours Kyoto branch has a space­ship-like de­sign of clean lines and calm spa­ces in a mono­chrome pal­ette and is lo­cated within walk­ing dis­tance of Kawara­machi train sta­tion and Kyoto’s renowned Yasaka shrine. The ho­tel has sep­a­rate floors for men and women, and each cus­tom-de­signed cap­sule in­cludes an alarm clock that wakes you through the use of light rather than sound; spe­cialised pil­lows de­signed to max­imise the space avail­able; and high-qual­ity Ja­panese wo­ven linen sheets for com­fort.

From ¥4,900 (£33.50); nine­

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