The Hakone Book Box is an inn where you can stay as if you were “living” surrounded by books.
It is also called Book Hotel Hakone Honbako, and since its opening on August 1, 2018, it has been used not only by book lovers but also by people who don’t buy many books.
In this article, I’ll introduce in detail the charm, location, room features, and cuisine of this “place where books and people meet,” a hotel where you can stay as if you were living surrounded by books.
Location of Hakone Honbako
Hakone Honbako is located in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Hakone is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, attracting many visitors from Japan and abroad. The attractions of Hakone include hot springs, spectacular scenery, gourmet food, museums, and rare rides.
Each region of Kanagawa Prefecture has its own diverse charms, such as Kamakura and Odawara with their rich history, but Hakone is an essential part of Kanagawa Prefecture tourism.
Hakone is divided into six main areas: the Hakone-Yumoto area, which is the gateway to Hakone and is famous for its hot springs; the Miyanoshita area, which developed as a resort area during the Meiji era; the Gora area, which flourished as a luxury villa area; the Sengokuhara area, where you can feel the charm of nature; and the Sengokuhara area, where you can feel the charm of nature. Sounzan and Owakudani area” in the central part of Mt. Hakone, which is designated as Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, and “Ashinoko area” centered on Lake Ashinoko, a caldera lake of Mt.
Each of these areas has its own charm and discoveries that cannot be fully described, so it is a good idea to take your time to look around while staying at Hakone Honbako.
Hakone-Honbako is a hotel located in the best location to make your tour of these sightseeing spots comfortable.
Attractions of Hakone Honbako
The appeal of the Hakone Book Box, as I explained at the beginning of this article, is that you can stay here as if you were “living” surrounded by books.
The inspiration you get from opening a photo book for the first time, the unexpected facts and knowledge you get from a book you suddenly pick up, the peace you get from a book you pick up because you are curious about the jacket, and so on.
Furthermore, all rooms are equipped with an outdoor hot spring bath, so you can relax and enjoy the hot spring without worrying about your surroundings.
In addition, the large baths offer two types of spring water: milky white sulfur spring water and clear, colorless water for beautiful skin, so when you get tired of reading, you can enjoy a relaxing hot spring bath.
Hakone Main Box Room
The Hakone Book Box offers a total of 18 rooms, a “secret base” for adults who are responsible for culture.
Not a bookstore, not a library, not an inn, but a place where the story of a new future begins.
All the rooms have an outdoor hot spring bath and a “book box for that person”, and each room has a different interior, so no two rooms are the same.
If you stay in a different room each time you visit, you will feel as if you have never been here before.
Just like relaxing in the living room of your own home, you can enjoy a book in the bathroom, in the toilet, or anywhere else at any time.
In this space that induces creative thinking, you can indulge in reading, organizing your own thoughts, writing a proposal, or just doing nothing at all. This is the best room to spend your time as you wish.
Cuisine of Hakone Honbako
At the restaurant in Hakone Honbako, you can enjoy natural Italian cuisine based on the theme of “organic and cleansing”.
Yuji Sasaki, who has worked at Antica Osteria del Ponte in Milan, is the food director of the restaurant, and he expresses the local gastronomy of Hakone by using “powerful ingredients filled with the thoughts of the producers” as the main characters.
The food is not only delicious, but also beautiful to look at, so you can even take Instagram-worthy photos.
The cuisine at Hakone-Honbako is an extravagance that can be savored with all five senses.
Wouldn’t you like to stay at a book hotel in Hakone that is filled with such luxury?
Basic information about Hakone Honbako
|Facility Name||Hakone Honbako|
|Address||1320-491 Gora, Hakone-cho, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Budget||Approx. 50,000 yen for 2 persons (tax included)|
In this article, I introduced the charm of Hakone Honbako, a hotel where you can stay as if you were living surrounded by books, a place where books and people meet.
Hakone-Honbako is a hotel where you can enjoy books and hot springs, which was born from an unprecedented idea.
Book lovers and non-book lovers alike will definitely be satisfied, so if you have a chance to visit the area, please try to stay there.