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This Tokyo hostel lets literature lovers bed down behind the bookshelves

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Like the tourist who got trapped in a Waterstone's after closing, don't some people just have all the luck?

Now it's those lucky enough to visit or live in Tokyo inspiring jealousy in literature lovers with the opening of an “accommodation bookshop” in the Japanese capital.

Book and Bed in the Ikebukuro district of the city offers beds that at first glance might seem standard hostel fare – reasonably priced, no frills compartments in the same tiny dimensions seen all over Tokyo.

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More than 1,700 books are yours for the reading

But this particular budget hotel has 12 of its 30 beds tucked away behind shelves housing more than 1,700 books, allowing bookworms to read to their heart's content before dozing away happily among their favourite tomes.

Each compartment has a power source, curtain for privacy, free WiFi and an all-important book light allowing guests to read all night long should they so desire.

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Book and Bed in Tokyo, Japan, offers a place to rest your head among literary loves

The “readers paradise” has a growing collection of both English and Japanese books, but those behind Book and Bed are upfront about the fact it's not somewhere you're going to find a chocolate on your pillow each evening.

According to the website, bookandbedtokyo.com, “The perfect setting for a good night's sleep is something you will not find here. There are no comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows nor lightweight and warm down duvets.

“What we do offer is an experience while reading a book (or comic book). An experience shared by everyone at least once: the blissful ‘instant of falling asleep’. It is already 2am, but you think just a little more... with heavy drooping eyelids you continue reading only to realise you have fallen asleep.”

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Cosy, mind-expanding and reasonably priced – wait, this is sounding like a better option than our London rent

There are two sizes of compartment to bed down in when the hostel opens 5th November, and prices start from approximately £18. Books can't actually be bought from the hostel, but guests are obviously encouraged to read as much as they fancy.

The website adds: “Dozing off obliviously during your treasured pastime is the finest ‘moment of sleep’, don't you agree?”

Yes, yes we do.

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The Book and Bed hostel also offers standard bunks



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