There’s something so cozy about a good bookstore… they’re just so warm and inviting! If you’ve ever felt like you could spend all day inside your favorite book shop, even after closing time, just browsing and skimming the offerings, then we’ve found the perfect hostel for you: The Japanese Book and Bed hostel. The name pretty much says it all, but let’s take a moment to appreciate just how cool this place is.
The dorm-style hostel space, which has locations in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Fukuoka, has more than 1,700 books that range from international fiction in English and Japanese to translations of some of Japan’s most important historical texts, like the collected works of 14th-century Buddhist monk Yoshida Kenko, among others. They plan to grow their collection to eventually contain at least 3,000 books, so you might need to stay for a few nights to give yourself time to check all of them out. Plus, since the hostel is in a prime location, on the seventh floor of a skyscraper in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood, you won’t have to walk too far to get coffee or a snack to enjoy with whatever book you happen to be reading. They also cater mostly to tourists, so you definitely chat up the other guests– they’re sure to have interesting suggestions on what to read!
You’re more renting a bed than a full room– it’s a hostel, after all– but all of the private bed spaces double as the bookshelves, which is pretty freaking cool. Since it is a hostel, the cost of a cubby, which comes complete with lighting for late night reading sessions and breakfast in the morning, as well as access to all of the books, is pretty reasonable (between $30 and $50 a night), and they make no bones about how bare bones their accommodations are. Because, in the end, the thread count of the sheets doesn’t matter if you can read yourself to sleep with a good book!
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