Book and Bed is the Japanese dream hostel for every manga aficionado. With locations in Kyoto and Tokyo you can sleep behind a wall of comics and choose from hundreds of various titles. The actual sleeping cabins are behind the bookshelves and are available in two different sizes.
The standard size measures a cozy 110x220cm, the compact size (which is just a tad cheaper) is even smaller and will grant you 85x220cm. If sleeping behind books isn’t quite your thing you can choose a “room” with river view as well (in the Kyoto location at least). Surprisingly without a price difference and pictures. Really intrigued how this “river view” looks like so if anybody has already been to a Book and Bed, please share your experiences.
The Tokyo location is located in Ikebukuro. A busy district with lots of business hotels and places to shop. It wasn’t exactly my favorite part of the city but it never hurts to try out a novelty. The rates for the standard room are 4,800¥ and 3,800¥ for the compact one.
If you’re actually looking for a cheap place to stay I only heard good things about Juyoh. Very affordable rates and it has a family like atmosphere to it. But with the drawback that it’s not exactly in the heart of the city. I can personally recommend to stay at a guest family which should be on par price wise with a cheap hostel and give you lots of things no Hotel can provide. There is nothing better than staying with a friendly Japanese family in an area where real locals are living. And if you’re lucky your hosts may even be so nice as to show you their favorite parts of their city.
All pictures via Book and Bed