Tokyo Walking

Backpackers in Ikebukuro

A few weeks ago I was sitting inside Cafe Pause, working on my laptop, when a girl walks by and notices me through the window. She walks in, comes up to me, and starts asking me if my friends traveled a lot. I was a bit confused, not really knowing where this was heading — and I said as much — but then she finally handed my a flyer for a guest house in Ikebukuro called Backpackers. I haven’t checked it out, but I figure I’d mention it (I was cleaning up my tote bag and found the flyer). Rates sound pretty good: 1800 a night, or 40 000 yen for a month.