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Q: Capsule hotel manufacturers ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Capsule hotel manufacturers
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: claude166-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 28 Nov 2006 11:31 PST
Expires: 28 Dec 2006 11:31 PST
Question ID: 786254
In Japan, "capsule hotels" or "pod hotels" are somewhat popular (see
links below for examples).  I am interested in getting a list of
companies that manufacture or export the individual "capsules".  I suspect these
will be Japan-based, but they could potentially be located elsewhere
in Asia.  (it really doesn't matter to me where they are based)

Many thanks!
Subject: Re: Capsule hotel manufacturers
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 02 Dec 2006 13:17 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear Claude166,

After an extensive search I was finally  able to locate one major 
manufacturer of the capsules used in the Japanese Capsule Hotels.

The name of the company is KOTOBUKI CORPORATION.


?KOTOBUKI's sleeping compartments have been used at capsule hotels
across the nation. Use of sleeping compartments, which require less
space, allows hotels to expand other spaces for saunas, massage rooms,
and large spas, etc.?

?KOTOBUKI not only offers sleeping compartments but also assists
implementation planning through its abundant experience and

Sleep Capsule 

?Cities never sleep. We help improve accommodation facilities for
those who take an active role in various service industries and those
who are called out regardless of day and night in case of an
emergency. We also offer planning assistance to an attractive capsule
hotel through our abundant experience and achievements.?


Models, Descriptions and Dimensions

NO 100N 
"Facilities of a budget hotel room, such as a writing desk and a sofa,
can be installed in an attached space efficiently.
A spacious and well-designed advanced-type sleeping compartment called
"Loeuf Capsule."
Dimensions: W2325xD1584.5xH2494
(Interior dimensions): W2073xD1116xH1055 
(unit: mm)

NO 91N 
"The No. 91 System, which aims at offering comfort as good as a
independent-type system in pursuit of a good night's sleep, is an
achievement of KOTOBUKI's pioneer spirit. It is massive and
comfortable to sleep in."
Dimensions: W2193xD1272xH2340
Interior dimensions: W2047xD1065xH1063 
(unit: mm)

NO 90N 
"The No. 90 System makes most use of a small space while maintaining
comfort for a good night sleep. With the layout using space
efficiently, this system is KOTOBUKI's masterpiece."
Size: W1100xD2365xH2340
Interior dimensions: W1065xD2047xH1063 
(unit: mm)

NO 81F 
"This is a sleeping compartment taking into consideration the ease of
getting in and out. In this well-equipped compartment, users can enjoy
pleasant and comfortable rest even if they have only a short time."
Size: FW2258~D1280~H2340
Interior dimensions  W2130~D1060~H1055
(unit: mm)

Detailed image of a capsule

TOKYO 101-0062 JAPAN 

TEL    81-3-5280-5470
FAX    81-3-5280-5774


You might also be interested in the following patent for Modular Sleeping Units 
United States Patent 4594817 

Inventors: McLaren, Charles L.; Hirsekorn, Franklin D.;  
Application Number: 413563 
Filing Date: 1982-08-31  
Publication Date: 1986-06-17  

?Sleeping modules are disclosed which are of elongated box shape
construction with open ends for access. The are about length and width
of a single bed and of sufficient height for an occupant to sit
upright. The modules assembled in stacks or columns of two or more
modules supported one above the other in parallel relation in a
supporting framework and arranged in rows together with bathrooms and
other accommodations. The sleeping modules are assembled into portable
building units which may be used for portable sleeping accommodations
at parks, sporting events, and other locations where temporary or
permanent inexpensive sleeping accommodations are desired.
Additionally, the sleeping modules may be assembled into larger
building units or other suitable accommodations to provide facilities
for dormitories, barracks, or places of confinement such as
correctional institutions. Portable buildings containing sleeping
modules are especially useful to provide sleeping accommodations in
places where access is limited and conventional sleeping
accommodations are difficult to construct. Buildings containing the
sleeping modules are especially useful for sleeping accommodations on
off shore oil rigs and for sleeping accommodations along highways,
e.g. truck stops and the like. ?

Free Patents

United States Patent  4,594,817 
McLaren ,   et al.  June 17, 1986  
See images and detailed information at the United States Patent and
Trademark Office

If the above link does not work, search for Patent 4594817 here:

Search terms:
accommodation module unit container hotel capsule

I hope this is helpful!

Best regards, 

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 04 Dec 2006 05:08 PST
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