Translated by Jelena Kitamura
Is It A Hostel? A Bar? A Lounge? Presenting CITAN At Nihonbashi Area!
Welcome to Nihonbashi, once an important cross-section connecting Tokyo with various other destinations. At this famous place, an interesting hostel named CITAN was opened in March 2017. We bring you its greatest charms!
Written by misaki
You might have heard about a hostel called CITAN, located in the Nihonbashi area. It was opened in 2017 by a company called Backpackers’ Japan co., ltd (Japanese). Ever since the day of its founding a single wish remains the basis of its owners’ ideology –“overcoming the boundaries that separate people, and unifying them in one place”.
This hostel’s bar & lounge is the place destined to gather people and bind them together – or so the owners intended for it to become. It was designed to welcome not only the hostel’s guests but also the people residing nearby, so the owners put great effort and thought into making it a first-class quality dining and enjoying space.
So, what kind of a bar & lounge will you find at CITAN’s?
The Three Hopes Behind Its Name
CITAN is a seven storey facility (including the underground lounge), located in a quiet alley in the eastern Nihonbashi area. Next to the entrance you’ll find a cafe stand (opened from 8:00 until 19:00), which gives the hostel a sophisticated and a charming look.
Of course, one of the most important traits in a good hostel is its location, or the accessibility. However, this hostel doesn’t have to worry about that problem, since there are three different stations nearby – Bakuro-Yokoyama Station of Toei Subway Shinjuku Line, Higashi-Nihonbashi Station of Toei Subway Asakusa Line, and Bakurocho Station of Sobu Line (rapid). This superb location makes it very easy to get to Narita or Haneda Airports, Shinjuku, Asakusa, and other attractive tourist spots.
The name CITAN was created after a Japanese word that is pronounced the same (始端, shitan). The meaning of the word is “start edge”, and they decided on this name to make this hostel a (travel’s) starting point that brings luck to people. The owners wanted to create a brand new, refreshing place for the people from the neighborhood, something like they’ve never seen before. And for the staff working at the hostel, they wished to create a great starting point that will lead them to a bright and happy future.