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Box Hotel in Hakone, Japan: A New Boutique Lodge with Views of Lake Ashi

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Box Hotel in Hakone, Japan: A New Boutique Lodge with Views of Lake Ashi

February 7, 2018

Overlooking Lake Ashiniko (known as Lake Ashi for short) in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshu, Japan, Box Hotel opened in the summer of 2017, offering five guest suites outfitted with vintage furniture, fully equipped kitchens, and turntables in some rooms. Owner Shihomi Sakai Borillo was born and raised in Tokyo and attended college in San Diego, where she is a partner in Azuki Sushi.

“During the restaurant’s construction,” she says, “I developed a passion for interior design and went back to college to pursue a second career as an interior designer. Last April, when my best friend and soulmate from Japan, Sayaka Doi, called about a hotel opportunity in Hakone, I said yes in a heartbeat.” Shihomi and Sayaka collaborated on the renovation and pulled it together in a matter of months. Join us for a tour.

To see the Instagram feed, go to @box_hakone. And for booking information, go to Airbnb.

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Above: The hotel overlooks Lake Ashinoko and is surrounded by forest; on clear days you can catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji.
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Above: A woodstove heats the hotel’s lounge area, where barista coffee and cocktails are on offer (there’s also a full restaurant on site called Azuki).
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Above: A collection of Japanese wares and bags of Arabica Kyoto coffee. Shihomi and Azuki collaborated with San Diego–based Andrew Spurgin on the menu.

Annette Suite

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Above: The kitchen area in the Annette suite (each suite name starts with one of the first five letters of the alphabet).

Beauvert Suite

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Above: The Beauvert suite has an open plan kitchen with a dining area.
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Above: Bunkbeds have louvered doors for privacy.

Cavel Suite

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Above: The Cavel suite overlooks the lake.
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Above: Most of the furniture is 1960s vintage, collected by the owners.
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Above: A vintage Nelson Ball Clock Multicolored by George Nelson is mounted on a bedroom wall.

Dorothy Suite

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Above: The Dorothy suite has a pair of twin beds and vintage lighting.

Edith Suite

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Above: A pair of vintage Eames Case Study Upholstered Rocking Chairs is perched in a corner of the Edith room; all mattresses are memory foam from German company Schlaraffia; bedding is from Japanese company Sembella.
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