Imagine the beauty of falling asleep with not one book-but 5,000.
Book and Bed, a no-frills Tokyo hostel, first opened in 2015. Owned by R-Store and designed by the acclaimed Suppose Design, the hostelry now has four locations, with a fifth opening in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo this spring.
For less than $50 per night, visiting bibliophiles can sleep in simple larch-wood bunks tucked into a massive central bookshelf. Each cubby has its own Edison-bulb reading light, electrical outlet, a safe, and a curtain to close when you just can’t finish that last sentence. The hostel offers thousands of titles, from Manga to Murakami, including English translations of classic Japanese literature. [ Read your way around the world with these 12 books.]
Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, super-clean bathrooms, basic toiletries, and rentable towels. While you can’t buy the books, you can purchase Book and Bed’s popular striped pajamas, complete with a book-sized front pocket. And if you do find a title you can’t live without, chances are there’s a copy at trendy Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers (Book and Bed’s official library curator).
Claustrophobics who can’t handle tiny bunking should stop by the lounge during afternoon hours. The TV-less common room is perfect for consulting helpful city guides, letting kids peruse the children’s section, or snagging some Internet-time.
Book a bunk at the Ikebukuro location for top-notch neighborhood ramen shops and a visit to Sky Circus observatory, Fukuoka for beaches and ancient castle ruins, or Asakusa for unbeatable proximity to Sensō-ji Buddhist temple and Suzukien’s addictive matcha gelato. Or opt for Kyoto to see cherry blossom allées, cushy moss gardens, and the city’s 17 UNESCO sites … that is if you can get your nose out of that book.