Capsule hotels are a phenomenon especially popular in some Asian countries, like Japan. They are a less expensive alternative when compared with ordinary hotels - especially in an expensive country like Japan. They also have a capacity to accommodate way more people. When you look up the definition of a capsule hotel on the Internet, it says that it is a type of a hotel that has a large number of very small rooms called capsules. But this is not entirely true. The capsules are nothing more than a bed surrounded by walls and a ceiling. They offer more privacy than a normal dormitory in a hostel, however to call them a “room” is an exaggeration.
Japan has been getting extremely popular as a tourist destination in the recent years. The tradition, tranquility and old-style, magnificent architecture blends here with the ultra modern glass skyscrapers, world's most crowded streets and amazing technological advancement. Somewhere in the middle all of this, the Japanese culture is strongly rooted and there are lots of things at every corner that may come as a surprise for those who live in the West. This is the list of 10 things that surprised and shocked me in Japan the most.