Tokyo’s Kuramae district, not far from Asakusa, has established a reputation for itself as a manufacturing hub. The area came into its own when toys were first produced there. The owners of Nui. hostel are four friends who share a passion for travelling. After visiting almost a hundred hostels around the world, they developed their own concept of what a hostel should be, then brought in designers and carpenters to make their vision a reality. The reception and lounge café, formerly a warehouse used by a toy company in the Edo period, form an open space decorated by vintage furnishings, a single-piece wooden counter, high tables and sofas. Every evening, it proves a popular destination for locals and travellers alike. All four storeys boast modestly priced bedrooms. The showers and toilets, meanwhile, are communal. There’s also a hostel kitchen and a lecture hall. ‘Money means that people can cross borders, but doesn’t bring people together. You’ve created somewhere that lets people come together.’That’s the view of a young married couple who met at the café at Nui. What better way to illustrate the philosophy behind the hostel?
Words: Chikako Tonoi
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