tokyo: book and bed hostel opening

© r-store / photography: katsuhiro aoki – reception desk

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.

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. location: 1-17-7 nishi-ikebukuro [ikebukuro].

© r-store / photography: katsuhiro aoki - inside book and bed