[Tokyo] A new community space in Kagurazaka Heading to a hostel that attracts overseas visitors
[Tokyo] Kagurazaka, a place you'll be glad you came!
On your days off, you might want to relax your mind, not just your body.
If so, let's head to Kagurazaka and look for some good places to enjoy.
We'll stroll up the sloped street filled with atmoshphere and stop by some shrines and temples.
We can see a movie, do some shopping, and just go with the flow of our mood.
Then when you finish with something good to eat, you should be feeling as good as new again.
[Tokyo] A new community space in Kagurazaka
Heading to a hostel that attracts overseas visitors
UNPLAN is a hostel that opened in 2016. Let's have a look at this new place in Kagurazaka where you might meet some new people.
A white three-story building just opened in a residential area at the top of the Kagurazaka slope. Facing the road is a space that looks like a café with a relaxing atmosphere where we saw a mother with a small child and a woman reading a book. When we went inside, there was a large table to the left with lots of guide maps on it, and a foreigner with a backpack was talking about something with a staff member. This is a hostel called UNPLAN that just opened in 2016 with 74 beds in dormitory-style and private rooms.
The owner wanted to create a place where people could gather and make new acquaintances. Many visitors from overseas stay here, they ask staff for information about the area, and they exchange information with each other. Events such as hotpot parties that are sometimes held on weekends help to make their stay in Tokyo more enjoyable. Since these events are open not just to guests but also to Japanese people living in Tokyo, it is a good way for visitors and locals to get to know each other.
Coffee is available in the lounge during the day, and at the end of the day, there are cocktails at the bar. Travelers who just happened to meet seemed to get on very well. Then if you have a bit too much to drink, you can just call it a day and head back to your room. This go-with-the-flow ambience is what makes UNPLAN special. It will no doubt grow to become a new attraction in Kagurazaka.
Dormitory on the 2nd floor. There are also accommodations on the 1st and 3rd floors for women only. The dormitory is ¥4500 per night, and the private rooms are ¥19,800. (Rates fluctuate with the time of year.)
Stretch out your legs and relax. A bathtub popular with guests.
There's a great lunch menu in the lounge! Green curry ¥980, chicken salad ¥880 (both include drinks). For ¥200 extra, you can choose a specialty coffee.
The lounge on the 1st floor is open to anyone, not just guests. It's a café during the day, and a bar in the evening. A neighborhood flower shop called Kojien provided the plants that make the space more at-home.
The friendly staff are quite international. From left to right are Magnus from Norway, Deris from America, and Yo Zu from Taiwan.
23-1 Tenjin-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Open: Lounge 8:00-23:00 （last orders 22:30）
* Open till 19:00 on Sunday （last orders 18:30）