A Book Junkie’s Haven
Calling all globetrotting bookworms – it’s time you’ve seen the stuff of dreams. We all know you’ve thought about camping out in Kinokuniya after opening hours at least once in your bookstore hopping lives. Add in a sleeping bag and Hot Milo on the side, and your bookstore sleepover is complete.
But wait, there’s a catch. How many bookstores in Singapore actually offer these services? Well, none. Enter BOOK AND BED TOKYO, a gorgeous bookstore-themed hostel in the CBD-esque Ikebukuro neighborhood filled with over 1,500 English and Japanese reads. Just take a peek at what lies past the shiny escalators, and your perception of bookstores will change forever.
You might just miss the very low-key sign, with bigger, brighter signs around
But just knock and you shall receive…
What looks like your typical hipster bookstore?
Think again – these cubby holes are actually beds!
That’s right. Go ahead and lounge around in pods of classy wood surrounded by racks and racks of books. But only if you can prevent yourself from getting distracted from the soft lighting and eclectic interior. Eclectic, as in books hanging from the ceiling.
Yes, those are on the ceiling. Source
Choose from a rojak array of over 1500 mangas, English novels, art guides, recipe books… The list goes on.
Travellers will be happy to know that FREE wifi is available. None of those overpriced roaming charges, TYVM.
After that, lounge with your books in your choice of 2 bedspreads literally footsteps away. With up to 30 beds available, bring your book squad and bask in the amber coloured reading light together.
Much like a pod hotel but also much more comfy, the Standard Bed goes for ¥4,500 ($60) for a 19-hour sojourn.
While the slightly smaller Compact Bed costs ¥3,500 ($46).
Buf if you’re only stopping by for the day, the space is open to you for just ¥500 ($6.60) from 1pm-5pm.
Shared toilets and shower spaces are available at your convenience 24/7! Have a good read as you take that #2 in a bookstore located in the heart of Tokyo.
Fancy a midnight snack?
Book and Bed has got you covered with an extensive pantry with fragrant Jap tea and coffee that we carry back by the boxes to Singapore. One cup of coffee costs ¥150 without tax – worth it to keep you up for the long haul.
Transport yourself to your fave Murakami novel with an epic view of Tokyo that rivals our own Singapore skyline
Channel your inner Belle from Beauty and the Beast and have the experience of a lifetime living and reading in this ingenious establishment.
Read and sleep your troubles away…
You can now scrap that dingy hostel you on planned on staying in. Book lover or not, this is certainly THE destination for adventurous backpackers looking for a cool stay over.
Address: 1-17-7, Lumiere Building 7th floor, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo, Japan 171-0021
Timings: Check-in at 4pm and check-out at 11am
Nearest station: Ikebukuro Station