NINE HOURS, KYOTO
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); ninehours.co.jp