APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU: Easy Access to Popular Sightseeing Spots in Kyoto and Perfect for Groups [PR]

APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU hotels can be found in convenient locations for traveling to popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo and Kyoto. The rooms are very spacious, making it perfect for those traveling in larger groups with friends and family, and there are even kitchens in each room! On August 1, 2019, MIMARU KYOTO KARASUMA OIKE NORTH, the hotel’s fifth branch in Kyoto, officially opened its doors. This article will introduce all the amazing aspects to look forward to in the newest addition to the MIMARU family.

*This article is written in collaboration with APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU.

An Apartment-Style Hotel That Feels Like Home

APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU is an apartment-style hotel with numerous locations in Tokyo and Kyoto. Each of the rooms comes equipped with a dining area and kitchen, providing a comfortable stay for both short- and long-term guests. This hotel targets those traveling with family or in groups, and is branded with a concept of “a hotel where you can stay as if you were living in Japan.”
The entrance of MIMARU KYOTO KARASUMA OIKE NORTH has a modern Japanese design that blends in perfectly with the Kyoto townscape. After you pass through the noren (entrance curtains), the hotel staff cheerfully welcome you to the hotel. There are Japanese and English-speaking staff on site at all times, and there are also staff members who are able to provide support in Chinese as well. There are even tablets that can provide translation services in 12 different languages so that tourists from abroad can rest assured during their stay here.

Spend a Relaxing Moment Within a Spacious Room

There are 36 rooms at this hotel, all of which are over 40 sq.m., providing a spacious and stylish modern Japanese aesthetic within warm wooden interiors. There are 4 types of rooms that can accommodate from 5-8 people, so you can pick and choose according to your own preference (the picture below is a Deluxe Family Apartment with Sofa Bed (up to 5 persons)).
A large table and sofa are available in all of the rooms, allowing you to comfortably relax once you have returned to your room. The bathrooms provide ample space for adults to stretch out and unwind, and there’s even enough room to bathe with your children! They also offer great, attractive amenities.

A Comfortable Kitchen That Makes Cooking Enjoyable

The highlight of APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU is first and foremost the vast kitchens. Each room comes with a microwave, refrigerator, electric kettle, induction stovetop, cooking utensils, and even cups and cutlery. With this kitchen, you can bring back groceries from the nearby Nishiki Market or supermarket and prepare a dish, heat up food that you’ve purchased in the microwave, and then tuck into a relaxing meal on your own in the comforts of your room. It’s a highly recommended option for those with dietary restrictions or families traveling with small children!

Enjoy a Quiet Morning in Your Room

Slow, comfortable mornings spent in the confines of your room are very important for long term stayers or families with children. How about buying some delicious pastries from local bakeries near the hotel and basking in a quiet morning? (The picture features pastries from the bakery fiveran, which is introduced later in this article.)

Excellent Services and Facilities

All of the rooms are equipped with a TV, an air humidifier/purifier, a safe, and electric outlets by the bedside. In addition to free Wi-Fi in the hotel, there’s also a free smartphone called “handy” (English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese language support available) that you can take outside with you and use as much as you want. There are no fees incurred when making domestic calls as well as a few select international calls, and you can freely download any applications you want, so you can use it as if it’s your own personal phone! There is also a coin-operated laundry that is great for extended stays, as well as an iron, rice cooker, and toaster that you can rent out from the front desk.

4 Types of Japanese and Western Style Rooms

Including the room mentioned above, there are four types of rooms, such as Japanese-style rooms to revel in a traditional Japanese aesthetic, loft rooms that are fun for both adults and children, and 8-person rooms which can accommodate large groups. If you stay in a Japanese-style room, where you sleep on futons on the floor, there’s no need to worry about small children falling off the bed. Baby beds (additional fee, limited quantity) can also be rented from the front desk, making this hotel very accommodating for families. Pick the room type that best fits your budget and needs! For more details on the rooms, please refer to the official website.

Upper left: Japanese-Style Deluxe Apartment with Futon and Sofa Bed (Up to 5 Persons)
Upper right: Deluxe Apartment with Loft Beds and Sofa Bed (Up to 5 Persons)
Lower left and lower right: Japanese-Style Deluxe Apartment with Futon and Sofa Bed (Up to 8 Persons)

Official website:
Hotel address: 724 Shimomatsuya-cho, Kamanza-dori Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Accommodation fee: From 20,000 yen for 5-person room, from 34,000 yen for 8-person room
How to get here: About a 5-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway
About a 6-minute walk from Nijojo-mae Station and Shijo Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway and Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Railway
About a 14-minute taxi ride from the Central Exit of JR Kyoto Station

Recommended Spots Near the Hotel

There are many great recommended spots to check out within walking distance from the hotel. Here are some popular places to stop during your stay!

1: fiveran – A Bakery Popular with the Locals

This bakery is popular with the locals for their delicious, fresh bread baked by the skilled pastry chef who trained at a famous bakery in Fukuoka. They use only flour made in Japan, and their refined pastries are baked to bring out the natural flavors of the ingredients. Over 50 baked items line the counters, such as hard breads, Danish pastries, and deli sandwiches. You can enjoy your purchases at the eat-in space within the cafe.

Name: fiveran
Official website:
Business hours: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm (Morning Set only from 8:00 am - 9:00 am)
Closing days: Tuesday, first and third Wednesday of each month
Address: 377 Ennogyojacho, Muromachi-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
How to get here: About a 4-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway

2: Kyoshoan – A Kimono Rental Shop with an Abundant Selection of Patterns

If you want to stroll through the quaint streets of Kyoto in a kimono, head over to Kyoshoan to rent a full kimono ensemble – kimono, obi, sandals, and bag all included! This rental shop is managed by a long-established kimono store, so they have an impressive line-up of different patterns to match each of the seasons, as well as kimono and yukata (light summer kimono) for children, and extra services like a hair arrangement plan and rental hair accessories (additional fee). The summer exclusive yukata plan is a fantastic special option where you can take the yukata, sash, and wooden sandals home with you!

Name: Kyoshoan
Official website:
*Reservations can be made by e-mail or phone (Check the website for more details)
Business hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closing days: Obon holidays, beginning and end of the year
Price (excl. tax): Kimono rental 3,900 yen/4,900 yen (includes kimono, sash, kimono fitting tool set, sandals, bag, and fitting services)
Address: 637 Mototakeda-cho, Higashinotoin-dori Nishikikoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
How to get here: About a 3-minute walk from Shijo Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway and Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Railway

3. Saryo-Suisen Karasuma Oike Branch – Indulge in Luxurious Japanese Sweets

Saryo-Suisen Karasuma Oike Branch is a sweets cafe within a modern Japanese space. The top recommendation here is the Suisen Parfait (1,180 yen), a luxurious treat in which you can savor the original, refined sweetness of matcha (powdered green tea). It consists of matcha ice cream, matcha warabi mochi (a type of traditional Japanese sweet made from bracken starch and sugar), shiratama (chewy sweet rice dumplings), and sweet red bean paste. The Fresh Warabi Mochi (w/ Gyokuro Stem Hojicha) (1,280 yen) is also very popular, with a chewy texture and exquisite warm sweetness that spreads in your mouth. You can get the homemade warabi mochi, matcha ice cream, fresh Japanese treats, and baked goods to go.

Name: Saryo-Suisen Karasuma Oike Branch
Official website:
Business hours: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm (L.O. 5:30 pm)
Closing days: Irregular
Address: Karasuma Oike Medical Mall 1F, 461 Kinbuki-cho, Ryogae-machi Oshikoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
How to get here: About a 5-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway

4: Rojimon – Savor Japanese Cuisine in a Traditional Japanese Townhouse

Rojimon is a tasteful izakaya (Japanese pub) located in a renovated 130-year-old machiya (traditional Japanese townhouse). They specialize in Kyoto-style cooking, such as their fresh homemade zaru tofu (tofu in bamboo basket), Kyo-namafu dengaku (miso-glazed gluten cakes grilled over flame), and yuba (tofu skin) dishes. They also offer fresh seafood delivered directly from the production areas and a wide array of Japanese alcohol. It’s only about a 2-minute walk from MIMARU KYOTO KARASUMA OIKE NORTH, so you can drink and eat as much as you want without any worries! Be sure to stop by during your travels in Kyoto.

Name: Rojimon
Business hours: Monday-Saturday, Day before National Holidays 5:30 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:15 pm, Drink L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closing day: Irregular
Price: 4,500 yen
Address: 71 Shinmei-cho, Oike Shinmachi-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
How to get here: About a 3-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway

If you’re staying in Kyoto, how about staying at MIMARU KYOTO KARASUMA OIKE NORTH, an exceptionally convenient hotel located in a quiet neighborhood? You’ll be able to enjoy your stay as you’re living in Kyoto like a local! Visit the recommended spots around the hotel and you’ll be sure to have a fulfilling Kyoto trip with your family and friends.


There are 5 APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU locations in total in Kyoto: KARASUMA OIKE NORTH, HORIKAWA ROKKAKU, SHINMACHI SANJO, NISHINOTOIN TAKATSUJI, and KYOTO STATION. The KAWARAMACHI GOJO location is set to open in the winter of 2019. Each of these branches are easy to access from anywhere in the city.

Official website:
Hotel address: 724 Shimomatsuya-cho, Kamanza-dori Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Official website:
Hotel address: 249 Tsuboya-cho, Horikawa-dori Rokkaku-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Official website:
Hotel address: 105 Machigashira-cho, Shinmachi-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Official website:
Hotel address: 782 Honryusui-cho, Nishinotoin-dori Takatsuji-agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Official website:
Hotel address: 15-1 Higashisanno-cho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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* Canceling 7 days or fewer before the day of your reservation will result in a 100% cancellation fee
* No-shows will be charged in full.
* Applicable until July 31, 2020
(Application period may be extended)

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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