Lovers of literature, beware: you can now make all those dozy dreams come true by sleeping in a library (and no, this is not a drill).
Once again, Tokyo is smashing the hostel stereotype of fluorescent overheads and overly-bleached sheets with its new “accommodation bookshop”, Book and Bed – the perfect overnight stop for a word nerd.
Located in the entertainment hub of Northwest Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district, Book and Bed was designed by architectural geniuses Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshia. With 1,700 Japanese and English books filling the walls, the hostel bunks are also built into shelves with separate reading lights (so you don’t wake up your neighbour!)
Ladders aren’t there to help readers lug heavy books from up above, but instead, to help sleepy guests crawl into the 12-single occupant sleeping compartments on offer.
Unfortunately, you can’t buy the books yet, but you can read them till your heart’s content (as long as you’re willing to rent a bunk for the night). Prices range from $40 AUD for a “compact” bookshelf to $50 AUD for a “standard” spot (which is actually pretty food for a hostel located in one of the priciest cities on Earth).
Book worms; get booking.