Have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a bookstore, or being surrounded by books all the time?
Book and Bed Tokyo Asakusa is a “Bookstore to stay”, and offers you all these experiences. With an interesting concept, this hostel is definitely a great place to stay in Tokyo for book lovers and travelers who are seeking an extraordinary experience.
Here is the review of my stay in Book and Bed Tokyo Asakusa. I cover all the necessary information that you need to know about this hostel, and also sharing my experience after staying in this bookworm’s paradise.
Located in the heart of Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, Book and Bed Hostel is only 3 minutes walk from Asakusa Station Exit 2, and 2 minutes from the famous gate Kaminarimon Asakusa of Sensoji Temple.
Also, if you need to exchange money, foreign exchange office is only 2 minutes from this accommodation. Surrounding this “Bookstore Hostel” are countless restaurants and shops, so you will definitely be able to find delicious Japanese dishes without going too far. If you’re a big fan of Starbucks, there’s one store just next to this building.
Address: 2 – Chome Kaminarimon 2 – Chome Taito – Ku, Tokyo 111 – 0034 Pagoda Asakusa 6F
You can buy the ticket either at the ticket machine or at the Information Stand. I bought mine from the Information Stand and received a small map of the train system in Tokyo, which was really useful.
Unless you’re super rich, you should not use a taxi to get from the Airport to Asakusa because it will be really expensive (¥20000 to ¥25000). Click here for my Japan travel budget tips to enjoy the best of Tokyo without getting broke.
3. The surrounding area
Here is the surrounding area of this hostel. Asakusa, Tokyo has a nice vibe of traditional Tokyo with shops and street-food stalls along the street.
You will see an elevator at the end of this path. Then, you just need to press number 6 to get to the hostel. Because the door is always closed, you’ll need to open it.
Let’s say hello to the receptionist! He will introduce you all the necessary information about this hostel.
5. The decoration
The hostel is divided into two sides. On the left side is a long bookshelf combined with guestrooms, while on the right side are only beds. If you prefer more privacy, I would suggest you choose the right side. You can ask the receptionist for your preference. It’s better to contact them by email first so you can arrange your bed better!
I was assigned the bed on the right side, but I wanted to sleep inside the bookshelf, so I asked for the left side instead.
You can relax and chill in the lobby (common area), which is a long desk in the middle of the hostel.
6. It’s time to read some books!
There are plenty of books in English and Japanese to choose from. I didn’t ask for books in other languages so I’m not sure if there’s any.
You can read book everywhere in this hostel (maybe not the restroom though). There are plenty of space that you can enjoy your night and have time with books.
Falling asleep while reading a book, or chilling around the lobby with nice music and environment will help you to relax after a whole day discovering Tokyo.
If you’re lazy and don’t want to disrupt your reading process, you can order drinks at the bar. You can choose from Coffee and Bagel to drinks with alcohol such as cocktails. The bar is literally next to your bed, so having a drink while reading some books is totally possible!