Immersive Book and Bed Hostel Experience, Tokyo

James Smart

If you’ve ever wanted to throw yourself into a novel, Book & Bed could be for you.

This family of Japanese hostels offers “bookshelf beds”, hidden behind drapes and accessed via ladders, in an artfully designed lair of bookcases and literary-themed displays.

In between the book shelves is your bed for the night

Cubby holes and easy chairs offer spots to browse a book, or guests can pop their head out of their bed cubicle, pull a tome from the shelves, and read till sleep comes.

The greatest moment of sleep

Book & Bed describes itself as an “accommodation bookshop”. But it doesn’t sell any books. Instead, fiction and non-fiction in English, Japanese and other languages is made available for guests so that they can get comfy and doze off mid-sentence – what it calls “the greatest moment of sleep”.

Staying at Book & Bed

There are six Book & Beds, with three Tokyo branches (in Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Asakusa) as well as hostels in Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. Accommodation is in basic cubicles with mattresses, although more spacious double rooms are available. In the communal areas, sharp lines and atmospheric lighting frame cubby holes, comfy chairs, bookshelves and artworks – plus hundreds of intriguing books. Bathrooms are shared, and the cubicles are a good option for anyone on a budget – a berth will set you back around ¥5,000 (£37).

The world’s great book hotels

Book & Bed is not the only place you can wrap yourself in words. In Portugal, Óbidos’s Literary Man offers 30 rooms and tens of thousands of books, plus cocktails inspired by Jack Kerouac and Herman Melville. In Russia, St Petersburg’s Radisson Sonya has rooms themed around Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (1866). On the south coast of England, Wonderland House is all about the fantastic journeys of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, and features tea-cup seating, a Jabberwocky toilet and a Laughter Gym. Other options around the world include Hobbit houses and Harry Potter hotels.

Culture Trips launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes places and communities so special.

Our immersive trips, led by Local Insiders, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences and an invitation to travel the world with like-minded explorers. Our Travel Experts are on hand to help you make perfect memories. All our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

All our travel guides are curated by the Culture Trip team working in tandem with local experts. From unique experiences to essential tips on how to make the most of your future travels, we’ve got you covered.

Culture Trip Spring Sale

Save up to $1,656 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

Edit article