Cuddling up with your favorite literature in hand is something every book lover does. There is nothing better than reading a book in bed and ending up getting put to sleep by a favorite author. While your room may seem like the only place to get comfy and read your most beloved novel, one hotel in Japan promises to be by far, the best place to curl up with a good book and fall asleep.
What sounds like the perfect place for lovers of books and travel, a hotel in Tokyo and recently, Kyoto, designed a space that allows travelers to get some rest, while cuddling up to over 3,000 books. Book and Bed is a hostel that’s designed to look exactly like an old library, with books in both English and Japanese. Book lovers can literally stay in a bunk surrounded with thousands of books at their disposal.
There are already two hostels opened for travelers. The first hostel is located on the seventh floor of a high-rise in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood. The second hostel is located in Kyoto. According to Rocket News 24, Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto has inspired writers for centuries, so it was only right to create a space for book worms and lovers of all things literature. The second brand new space is even grander than the first with 5,000 books for guests to read.
The Book and Bed Kyoto might be your best bet since it also has a special bar stocked with local beers, and bunks inside the shelves to sleep in. It is centrally located in Kyoto’s famous Gion district and visitors can browse through at their leisure. What is even cooler is that the hostel is located behind a grand arched doorway on the 9th floor of a building, where there are a total of 20 beds available. There are 18 “Standard Bookshelf Bunks” measuring 86.6 inches x 43.3 inches. The rooms are priced from 5,300 yen (US $46.80) a night. There is also a slightly narrower “Compact Bookshelf” bunk measuring 86.6 inches x 35.4 inches. The rooms are priced from 4,800 yen per night. So, it’s a pretty reasonable price for travelers who want to experience cozy book reading like no other.
The types of beds available are different than the hostel in the Tokyo location. Kyoto offers its travelers a lot more to do besides resting and reading a book. Kyoto added the “Book and Bed and Beer” bar space, which is stocked with a selection of local brews for guests. However, each bunk has luggage space under the bed, with a personal lamp, power outlet, hanger and private curtain. While in the hostel, there are public lounges with endless novels lining the walls. Guests in both hostels can also enjoy free Wi-Fi and the use of shared showers and bathrooms during their stay. If you forget your essential items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and shampoo, you can rent a pack for an extra 540 yen.
If you decided to check-in on the 8th, 18th or 28th of a certain month, guests are provided with stylish NOWHAW-brand robes to wear during their stay. Staying at one of these hostels is definitely something you should put on your bucket list if you are a book lover, and with its affordable cost, any bookworm can experience it. According to Rocket News 24, check-in time at the hostel is between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm., with check-out available until 11:00 a.m. the next day. Hopefully, they give guests a little leeway on check-out time since they’re probably too engulfed in a book to even realize the time.
If you aren’t too keen on staying in a hostel, the two locations allow guests to stop in for a quiet read on the lounges during the day, with a charge of 540 yen per hour, or 1,620 yen for an unlimited period during their daytime hours. To book your stay at either the Tokyo or Kyoto locations, check out their website for more details in either English or Japanese. Reservations are a must here, especially since the hostels have gained quite the popularity.