The new pod hotel in Niseko modeled on first class plane cabins

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Japan’s luxe capsule hotel chain, First Cabin, has opened in Niseko for those wanting a first class experience on an economy budget.

The one star pod style hotel is modeled on airline first class cabins complete with pointy end pajamas and noise cancelling headphones.Ski hipsters will love First Cabin and not just for the cheaper prices.

Each of the 169 capsules has a flat screen television, 120 centimetre widened, power outlet, safety box and free wifi. There’s a hot spring onsen, a 24 hour front desk and a shuttle to the ski fields 10 minutes away. Hanazono is the closest, 5 kilometres down the road.

But that’s not all, you’ll get ‘cabin wear pajamas, disposable slippers, body towel, bath towel, face towel, toothbrush, hair products, soaps, cleansers, razors and more. Just like being in first class, but without a plane, and without flight attendants, and without a drinks trolley. At least you don’t have to go through customs.

If you’re traveling with friends or a family then you can upgrade to a Premium Class Cabin that features a king size bed (or two bunk beds) plus a sofa bed. These larger cabins also come with a coffee machine and fridge.

Add a restaurant and large lobby plus ski lockers and you’re good to go. First Cabin check in time is 5pm and check out is 10.00am but you can also pay for a short two hour stay should you find yourself needing two hours sleep in Niseko. Ok, then.

Prices start from 7000 Yen (AU$85) a night. 

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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