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In Tokyo, book lovers can sleep in a hostel that is designed like a library


Boutique hotels with design interiors and unique rooms are becoming popular, perhaps as an alternative to global hotel chains. An example is a hotel in Portugal with a vast selection of books, and now, even hostels are adopting the trend. In Tokyo, Japan, a hostel lets you sleep on a bookshelf – literally.

Book and Bed hostel in Tokyo, Japan
Book and Bed hostel in Tokyo opened in 2015. The concept is simple: a massive bookshelf accommodates both the available books and the beds where guests sleep. Sofas and coffee tables in an open space invite people who may want to socialize with fellow book readers.
hostel for book lovers in Tokyo
There are no rooms for guests, but they sleep in capsules located in the bookshelf. A bed, safe, electrical outlet and a reading lamp help travelers to rest in their wooden pods. Two sizes of capsules are available: 120cm x 200cm, and 80cm × 200cm. Claustrophobic tourists will stay away from these beds, but travelers who love books and want to stay a night in a cozy, low-priced hostel in expensive Tokyo, Book and Bed is a choice worth considering.

The concept has already been so successful that owners are opening their fifth hostel in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo in the mid-2018.
hostel where guests sleep in a bookshelf, Tokyo, Japan
The price for a night is about $50. The book selection consists of 5000 titles with a few English books as well. If you want to buy a book for a souvenir, you have to find Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers bookstore, because the hostel doesn’t sell them. The bookstore curates the book selection for Book and Bed hostels.

Free Wi-Fi, showers, bathrooms, basic toiletries, and rentable towels are available for guests as well.

All the photographs by Book and Bed. They have been taken in more than one location.

Book and Bed hostel in Tokyo, sleeping pod
Book and Bed hostel, Tokyo, sofas and coffee tables
sleeping in a capsule in a bookshelf in Tokyo hostel

Tips for managing overflowing bookshelves


Moving to ebooks will help you to find a balanced life among your (physical) bookshelves in the long term, but if you have a serious book surplus right now, help is needed. Our number one tip is to pack books that you may want to get rid of into a box and hide it for a month in a closet. If you find the box untouched after a few months, you can rest assured that those books were meant to be thrown out of your apartment. Here are a few more tips for managing books and bookshelves.

For every book lover, there comes a time when it is not possible to buy more bookshelves. There is not enough space in the world if you imagine that you can continue buying bookshelves that you are going to fill with books. Something has to go. We moved four years ago. We had adopted ebooks before the move, so it was clear that we use the opportunity to reduce the number of books and bookshelves in the new place. It succeeded well.
ipad tablet in a bookshelf
Books that we need in our work occupy some shelf space, but getting rid of two large bookshelves made a lot of space available for things we actually need in our daily life and work. In a closet, we still have a stash where three boxes full of books are waiting for their destiny. Their fate will be resolved on day, but we have already proven that we don’t really need those books. They are just something that we want to have, for now. Many boxes full of books have ended up in various places already.

Jessica Pryde at Bookriot has developed a book stack system for managing her book chaos. Here is her advice. Start by creating six stacks of books:

1. Never going to read it -stack. Give it to someone (or ask your local library).
2. Read it and liked it. Loan the book to a friend.
3. Enjoyed it. Wasn’t impressed.
4. What was that book about?
5. I haven’t read it yet.
6. I have to keep it. Don’t know why, but this book cannot leave my apartment.

Pack the books in stacks number 1, 2, 3 and 4 in bags or boxes and get rid of them. Simple and straightforward process. You need quite a lot of courage to do it, but if you can, you will be happy.

From our experience, we can tell that it is surprisingly difficult to carry out boxes full of books from an apartment when their fate is unknown (or even if it is known). That’s why we have to be absolutely sure that we are not throwing away anything we might regret later. Hiding book boxes in a closet works for us, because it tells us that if we haven’t missed, touched or needed books in those boxes in a while, they are ready to go.

How do we prevent new books filling up the space that was freed by obsolete books? Ebooks don’t require any shelf space.

ernster bookstore, book pyramid