Ask any booklover and they’ll tell you how much they love reading a book in bed. How often they spend reading their favourite novel and deter the bedtime as it is just impossible to stop — only to realise the next morning they slept snuggling with their book.
But what about when we visit a bookstore or a library and start a book and just can’t leave it without going through what’s written in the last page? Not always can we buy them all, can we? Yes, some bookstores do provide comfy chairs or couch and the attendants don’t disturb, but there is always a closing time. Haven’t you ever wondered what if they just had a bunk or bed or just let you stay for the night to just get through the climax and finish the book? Of course, all book lovers have. Well, then congratulations as this dream has been turned into reality.
Understanding the genuine problems that we bookworms face, a recently opened Japan bookstore provides accommodation as well. Yes, beds and bunkers in between the bookshelves! Just imagine spending your day and night snuggled between thousands of books. We bet you’re super excited.
Described as “accommodation bookshop”, Book and Bed is a hostel, that lets one experience “the blissful instant of falling asleep” next to your cherished book. “Dozing off obliviously during your treasured pastime is the finest “moment of sleep”, says their website, and we agree.
Set up in two locations – Tokyo and Kyoto – each has many beds in two sizes, standard and compact. The stores also offer different types of beds. Little spaced out cabins called “bookshelf” that is positioned behind the shelves and little cheaper and cozy variant called the “bunk”. At their new Kyoto store there are beds with view too – yes, bedrooms overlooking the Kamogawa river.
During the day, people aren’t allowed access to the beds, but there is a comfortable lobby and couches. While the Tokyo store has over 2,500 books in both Japanese and English, the Kyoto store has over 5,000 books. Stacked up in shelves and hanging from the ceiling, it’s nothing but a “reader’s paradise”.
Among other facilities, there is free Wi-Fi, 24-hours shared showers and toilets, lockers (limited number), rental dryers. Each cozy set comes with under-the-bed storage space, a lamp, an outlet, and a curtain for privacy. The Kyoto store on ninth floor also has a trendy bar.
Both the centres are located very close to many tourist attractions and one can spend the day touring around and come back to the hostel to snuggle with the books and eventually sleep. Booking charges for public holidays and weekends are higher. The tariff at both centres for different rooms and beds varies between Rs2,250 and Rs2,900 a night.
So, are you willing to visit these experimental hostels on your next trip to Tokyo? If yes, then book your beds soon.