Nothing beats cocooning yourself up in bed with a nice cup of tea and a good book, or in the case of this Japanese hotel wonder, a few thousand great literary classics.
Book and Bed, a small but charming 30-bed hostel in Tokyo, gives guests the opportunity to sleep and snuggle up in little cubbies, hidden behind tons of library shelves that are laden with all sorts of cool books.
Located in the buzzing Ikebukuro area and designed by Hiroshima-based architects Suppose Design Office, it’s been lovingly dubbed an ‘accommodation bookshop’ for book nerds.
What to expect? Well, the website makes it very clear that you won’t find any ‘comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows nor lightweight and warm down duvets’ inside. Instead, guests are invited simply to read themselves to sleep – we can’t think of a better way to enter the land of nod.
Rikimaru of R-Store, the company that owns the space said: ‘Even if there is a comfortable bed, sometimes you still want to be in a more interesting place… We wanted to make a place where people can just have a good time and sleep.’
Regardless of being comfortable or not, the hostel is a haven for book fiends from all literary walks of life. If you’re a sucker for Japanese literature, you’ll find English translations of Natsume Sōseki’s Kokoro or Essays in Idleness, the collected works of the 14th-century Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenko.
If any of those don’t tickle your literary fancies, you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel also stocks a huge selection of international fiction and nonfiction too – Harry Potter included.
Bunks cost upwards of $34 a night. Each ‘room’ is kitted out with a simple mattress and reading light. You’ll be happy to know there’s also free Wi-Fi, so you can ‘gram your adventures whilst you’re lost in a book.
And if you’re visiting Kyoto, there’s good news. They’ve recently just opened another Book and Bed in the heart of the city. Even more excuse to visit.
‘Have a book night’, as the hotel says.
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