Life In Tokyo

Day 3 – Part 1

So it’s quite late in the evening at the end of a long day in Tokyo.  My feet are aching and my eyes are thinking of sleep.  Worse still, I have just learned Liverpool were bundled out of the FA Cup 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.  What a month it has been for the red men.  One win, three draws and four losses with league leaders, Chelsea in a couple of days.   Onwards and upwards.


My capsule hotel has been a dream as I move into the third night at Anshin Oyado which is located in the Shimbashu quarter of Tokyo.  The quality is second to none.  On the eight floor there are the showers, pool and heat sauna.  When you come out, you are greeted to hairdryers, soaps, free toothbrushes and paste, free deodorant, free shaving cream and razors as well as other hygiene essentials.


You want for nothing here.  As you collect you free towel and move in, there are multiple shower spots.  As is the Japanese style, you sit on a low set seat and face the wall as you clean yourself down.  And no less than Sheisado gels, shampoo and conditioner to boot.


Once you are scrubbed up, you have the choice of taking a dip in the pool, spending some time detoxing in the heat sauna or collecting your things and moving into the grooming station.


It’s in the grooming station where you can take a seat and begin sorting yourself out.  There was a cleaner who comes along every few minutes to make sure the stations remain clean and tidy.  No stone is left unturned to keep hotel patrons happy.


So now you have freshened up, where to next?  Why no head on up to the top level where you can take some time out to relax and unwind?  It’s here that you can really enjoy yourself and feel more like you are at home.


It’s here that you get the pleasure of free wine, free massage chairs, a selection of DVDs to watch, free soup and an endless supply of soup.  Oh, the DVDs are only anime so if that doesn’t take your fancy then you might prefer to decipher whatever is on the television.


It always seems busy though, as is with Japanese culture, everyone remains quiet and peaceful.  Now, one can only imagine in Australia with free wine on offer in a male only hotel that things would get quite rowdy.  Thankfully, I am staying in a country with a far more respectful culture.


All in all, you feel like you are in safe hands when you stay at Ashin Ayado.  For the sublime value of $60 AU per night, there is little to complain about.  First rate customer service and all the mod cons to make your stay one of absolute pleasure.  That’s what you get when you chose to stay at Ashin Ayado.


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Born and raised in Sydney. Well travelled. I have a deep love for live theatre, music and the arts. Ohh, I may also have a deep love for Liverpool Football Club!

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