Erika Owen
June 16, 2015

While not for everyone (claustrophobics, need not reserve), Tokyo’s capsule hotels are a sight to be seen. Photographer Won Kim took to the city’s streets on a mission to capture the incredibly small capsule hotels—and when we say small, we mean downright miniature. Better described as person-sized shipping containers, these often-wooden cubes fit a bed and not much else. It would be all too easy for these rooms to come off claustrophobic, but Kim’s photos show a different—if even comfortable—take on the capsules.

The tiny accommodations—which usually feature a small mattress and a single light—are perfect for a backpacker looking to take in as many sights as possible without spending much money on lodging. Kim’s series, “Living Close” brings us to the bedside of many of these travelers, allowing us a front-and-center look at the person and all of their (sometimes not-so) neatly packed belongings. All in all, the bare-walled cubes come off more personal than some spaces twice their size.

Head on over to Kim’s website to check out more of the photos.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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