Hotel or Library? Tokyo’s Book and Bed is blurring the lines

Any book lover will recall with pleasure a moment when they dozed off while lost in a good read, and a unique new Tokyo concept hotel takes this as its central theme.

Book and Bed Tokyo combines a bare concrete-walled reading room with affordable, ultra-compact wooden sleeping quarters that draw upon the Japanese capsule hotel model so that guests are arranged as if sleeping on bookshelves.


Designed by local architects Suppose Design Office, who have worked for clients ranging from Mazda automobiles to directional boutique chain Studious, 30 single beds are surrounded by a selection of around 1,700 books along with shared toilet and bathroom facilities.


Somewhat incongruously located in the less-than-bookish district of Ikebukuro, more famed for boisterously drunk salarymen and “adult entertainment” premises, Book and Bed turned to one of Tokyo’s hippest independent book shops, Shibuya Publishing Booksellers, to curate its library (both Japanese and English language titles are included, with plenty of city guides for the traveller’s reference).

Books hanging decoratively from the ceiling play up the literary theme, while wi-fi is offered for guests who wish to read digitally.


Project developer R-Store stresses that this is strictly no-frills accommodation, with the focus being instead on the pleasure of falling asleep whilst reading. But for the singular concept and great price for a bed on Tokyo’s central Yamanote loop line (from ¥3,500/around GBP £18.75 to ¥5,500/around GBP £29.50; daytime rates also available) we’d recommend trying it if only for one very well-read night.

Book & Bed Tokyo

Lumiere Bldg. 7F, 1-17-7 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku / 81 (0)3 6421 7595


Image courtesy of: bookandbedtokyo.com and fashion-press.net

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