Manager Akiyoshi Kaneko inspects sleeping compartments at the Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya in Tokyo. The capsule concept started out as lodging for businessmen working or partying late who missed the last train home and needed a cheap place to sleep. But capsule rooms like these are growing more popular in these budget-conscious times.
Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya sleeping quarters in Tokyo
Akiyoshi Kaneko shows off the tiny lodgings avaiable at the Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya in Tokyo.
Micro-hostel sleepboxes in Moscow
A guest sits in his sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro-hostel. The hostel offers accommodation for more than 100 people in self-contained prefabricated sleeping cells, called "sleepboxes."
A visitor walks past rows of closet-sized sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro-hostel.
Moscow sleepbox micro-hostel
A guest in Moscow's micro-hostel is seen from the window of his "sleepbox."
Sheremetyevo International Airport sleepbox
Each "sleepbox" is a transportable miniature hotel room, providing customers with lodgings without having to search for a place to stay. Here a sleepbox is installed at the Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow.
Airport sleepbox in Russia
A view of the interior of a sleepbox at the Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow.
Sleepbox lodgings near Moscow
Sleepboxes like this one at Sheremetyevo International Airport were designed to fit into tight spaces, providing a place to bed down even in crowded public areas.
Capsule hotel in Qingdao, China
A reporter visits China's largest capsule hotel in Qingdao in Shandong province. The hotel has 100 capsule rooms, and all are equipped with an LCD TV, Wi-Fi connection, computer desk, dresser and comfortable bedding.
China's largest capsule hotel
Reporters check out a China's largest capsule hotel. Rooms cost less than $20 a night.
Qingdao capsule hotel
A reporter gets comfortable in a capsule in the Qingdao hotel. The rooms measure around 6 feet by 3 feet wide and are 4 feet high.
Capsule hotel in China
The capsule rooms in Qingdao cost around $7 a night in the off season and $13 during peak season.
Hong Kong capsule beds
Eric Wong, the managing director of a capsule bed manufacturer, and his son Osbert pose in capsule beds in Hong Kong. They are aimed at university students and budget travellers visiting the territory from mainland China.
Modified capsule lodgings in Hong Kong
Eric Wong stretches out in a capsule bed. The capsules, which are modified for the Hong Kong market, have adjustable ceilings, air conditioning and TVs.
Japan's Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya
Akiyoshi Kaneko, the manager of Tokyo's Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya, takes a look at one of the facility's sleeping quarters.
Capsule hotel in Shanghai
The capsule concept has also spread to Shanghai. Here is a typical capsule in the Chinese city's first such hotel.
Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya guest services
While the sleeping quarters at the Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya are tiny, guest have access to hotel facilities that are much like any other hotel.
Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya amenities
The Capsule and Sauna Century Shibuya also offers its guests places to stretch out with a little more headroom.