Lonely Planet Writer

You can catch a sleeper train to the land of Nod in a hostel in Tokyo

A decommissioned sleeper train in Japan will be recycled into a hostel, where travellers can enjoy the feeling of sleeping in a carriage while staying in one place.

Hokutosei was an express sleeper train that travelled between Tokyo and Sapporo, but had its final run in 2015. While many people love the idea of a sleeper train, the route was later serviced by high-speed trains that only take a fraction of the time.

But, lovers of trains can still get the full experience in Tokyo, as the retired locomotive becomes Train Hostel Hokutosei. According to the website, the train will be revived as accommodation with the co-operation of East Japan Railway Company and JR East Urban Development Corporation.

The hostel is connected to JR Bakurocho station, and the train will contain dormitory-style shared and private rooms, which will use the actual sleeper cars and furnishings to make it feel like the real thing. Thankfully, it will also have amenities like a shower, laundry, a kitchen and a lounge, so train-loving travellers won’t have to go without.

The hostel is opening on 15 December and is now accepting reservations from that time until 28 February, 2017. The price is listed at 2500 Japanese Yen, or 21 US dollars, per night but the website notes it may vary based on the season.