โฮสเทล สำหรับพวกหนอนหนังสือในโตเกียว ประเทศญี่ปุ่น

Hostel in Japan for book worm สำหรับคนที่ชื่นชอบการอ่านหนังสือต้องเลือกพัก Book and Bed  ซึ่งเป็นโฮสเทล ที่มีชั้นหนังสือกั้น เป็นห้อง มีทั้งหนังสือภาษาอังกฤษและหนังสือภาษาญี่ปุ่นให้เลือก

มีจำนวนหนังสือมากกว่า 1,700 เล่มให้เลือก

Lodgings in Tokyo come in a wide, if not wild, range of options, and some you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. In the latter category falls Book and Bed, a hostel with a hybrid Japanese twist. Although opened a little while ago, we thought it would still be very worthwhile to bring it up. Conveniently located right next to Jr Ikebukuro station, a major transportation hub in Central Tokyo, and with direct and frequent connections to Narita airport, it’s an initiative of R-store, the managing company of Japan’s largest real estate website. As its name already implies, Book and Bed is a quirky fusion of hospitality and an ardent love for books.

Book and Bed is a small, 30-bed hostel in Tokyo where guests sleep in snug little cubbies hidden behind library shelves laden with books.

Some people love books, while other get put to sleep by them. Book and Bed Tokyo, a bookstore-themed hotel located on the seventh floor of a high-rise in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood that opens its doors on November 5th, is perfect for both. Designed by Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida of Suppose Design Office, it promises to be the best place to curl up with a good book and fall asleep.

The ‘Compact’ compartment measures 205 x 85 centimeters (80.7 x 33.5 inches), and the ‘Standard’ is 205 x 129 centimeters (80.7 x 50.8 inches); the price per evening can be 3,800 to 6,000 yen (US$32 to $50), depending on the size of accommodations. On opening day, there will be 1,700 English and Japanese language books available, but the hotel plans to eventually expand its library to 3,000.

(The word “snug” may even be generous here, as the larger of the two room offerings measures just 6 by 4 feet.)

On its website, the hostel — featured in a viral video posted on Facebook this week by INSIDER — is honest about what patrons should expect from the self-described “accommodation bookshop.”

“The perfect setting for a good night’s sleep is something you will not find here. There are no comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows nor lightweight and warm down duvets,” the establishment warns.

Instead, the hostel promises its patrons a special experience, known well by book lovers the world over:

“What we do offer is an experience while reading a book (or comic book). An experience shared by everyone at least once — the blissful ‘instant of falling asleep.’ It is already 2 a.m. but you think just a little more… with heavy drooping eyelids you continue reading only to realize you have fallen asleep… Dozing off obliviously during your treasured pasttime is the finest ‘moment of sleep,’ don’t you agree?”

It costs upwards of $34 a night to stay at Book and Bed. Each room comes with a simple mattress and reading light. There’s also free Wi-Fii.

The hostel, described by The Guardian last year as a “heaven for bookworms,” says its shelves can stock up to 3,000 books.

The books, a mix of English and Japanese offerings, are not for sale, however — they’re just there for the enjoyment of hostel patrons.

“When I go to five-star hotels, the bed is lovely but I find myself wanting to sleep in the bar,” So Rikimaru of R-Store, the company that runs the hostel, told The Guardian of the inspiration behind Book and Bed. “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.”

The interior design has been created by Hiroshima-based practice Suppose Design Office, and the abundance of books – mind you, they’re both Japanese and English titles – are supplied by Shibuya publishing & booksellers. The number of beds at book and bed is only 30 beds, making the atmosphere cozy, intimate, and yes, ideal for reading during your stay. Sleeping pods come in two varieties: regular ones, situated in rows, and slightly fancier looking ones, built right behind book shelves. Although varying slightly in size, the comfort is similar and all pods are fitted out with reading lamps. And you’ve guessed it, all hostel guests makes use of a well-equipped shared bathroom.

Images © R-store / photography: Katsuhiro Aoki

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