- Chisa Nishimura
APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU: A Spacious, Relaxing Stay in Central Tokyo [PR]
APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU is a very convenient hotel with many locations scattered around the popular sightseeing areas of Tokyo and Kyoto. Each of the rooms are equipped with a large kitchen, making them great accommodation options for families and groups. On November 14, 2019, a new branch called MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST celebrated its grand opening in the Ginza area, which is among one of Tokyo’s busiest neighborhoods and features shopping spots such as high-brand stores and shopping complexes, as well as a wide collection of restaurants and entertainment facilities. This hotel is not only situated in an ideal location, but they also offer guest rooms that were specially designed by an emerging spatial architect. In this article, we will go over in detail what makes this location particularly noteworthy.
- A Convenient Apartment Hotel That Makes You Feel at Home
- A Comfortable Space for All Your Needs
- Kitchens Fully Equipped with Cooking Utensils
- Design Rooms Specially Designed by a Spatial Architect
- Taste a Wide Variety of Japanese Cuisine
※This article was written in collaboration with APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU.
※The header image is of the hotel’s Deluxe Family Apartment.
A Convenient Apartment Hotel That Makes You Feel at Home
All of the rooms at APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU are designed to look similar to a typical Japanese apartment and come equipped with a kitchen, a dining room, and a separated bathtub and toilet area. They aim to provide guests with “a home away from home”, making it the perfect place for families and groups to stay.
Although MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST is located in Ginza, a lively area bustling with crowds of locals and tourists every day, it is tucked away in the eastern part in a quiet neighborhood. At the front desk in the stylish and elegant entrance hall, 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.
A Comfortable Space for All Your Needs
The guest rooms at MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST can accommodate either four or six guests, depending on the room. Even the smallest room is a spacious 38sq.m., which is not common for hotels in Tokyo, as they are usually smaller in comparison to other cities due to the dense population and limited space. Guests can also choose the type of room they want to stay depending on their individual needs. For example, you can choose rooms with bunk beds, loft beds, Japanese-style rooms, and home theater rooms that come with so called Projector popIn Aladdin, which functions as a ceiling light as well as a screen projector. With popIn Aladdin, you can relax after a long day while watching your favorite movies and videos on a big screen.
Even if you are staying here with a large group of people, you won’t have to worry about the bathrooms and toilets, as they are not connected in the same room. In addition to free Wi-Fi, each room is also equipped with humidifying air purifiers and safety boxes, as well as a free rental smartphone called “handy” (available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and many other languages) that can be conveniently used for free domestic calls as well as some international calls, both within and outside the hotel. There are 24/7 coin-operated laundry machines on the first floor, so long-term guests can enjoy a comfortable stay here.
Top left: Deluxe Theater Family Apartment, Maximum occupancy: 4 people
Top right: Deluxe Theater Apartment with Loft Beds, Maximum occupancy: 4 people
Bottom left: Sink, Bottom right: Bathroom
Kitchens Fully Equipped with Cooking Utensils
APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU’s rooms are also fully equipped and stocked. There is a kitchen in every room, which includes an induction stove, a microwave, a fridge, cooking utensils, chopping boards, tableware, and cutlery. Everything you need can be found here in this compact space. You can even use the paper towels and saran wrap as you wish, and a rice cooker can be rented out at the front desk for free. Guests who have dietary restrictions or are traveling with young children can comfortably prepare meals suited to their preferences and store foods for later upon returning to their room. At this hotel, you will be able to enjoy your meals just as if you were at home.
Design Rooms Specially Designed by a Spatial Architect
The editing team of WOW! JAPAN was able to meet with Natsumigumi founder Natsumi Sakata, the designer of the special design rooms at MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST.
Natsumigumi is an up-and-coming company that has participated in “MAISON& OBJET PARIS,” an international exhibition on interiors and design. They are well-known for their sustainable approaches and practices towards creating spaces. The design rooms showcase Natsumigumi’s expertise in every detail, so each room will bring you a series of pleasant surprises.
Until now, APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU has exclusively incorporated wooden interiors with white and bright colors to create a warm atmosphere. However, all the guest rooms that Sakata designed include dark blue, which is a traditional Japanese color and the theme color for MIMARU. She hopes to convey the Japanese sensibility to guests visiting from abroad through this color. She displays her unique artistic insights as a female designer, with a distinctive design that can be seen everywhere in all of the details, such as the traditional kimono patterns in the wallpaper, pillows, and bed throws, and the picture of a pine tree on the wall of the entranceway that references the setting of kabuki, a traditional Japanese performance art.
All the furniture in the rooms, including the tables and chairs, as well as the home appliances are painted in a matching brown or black color. This particular decision was made with the aim of providing a relaxing and sophisticated space where guests can relax and feel at ease.
As the hotel is located in an area with high-brand fashion stores, department stores, and high-quality restaurants and bars, she strived to recreate the chic and calm atmosphere that is unique to Ginza.
Guests from abroad who stay at this hotel can relax comfortably and indulge in traditional Japanese arts and culture for a luxurious and unforgettable experience.
Hotel Name: MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/ginza-east/
Hotel Address: 1-4-4 Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Price: 4 guests from 30,000 JPY per room, 6 guests from 45,000 JPY per room
Access: 3-minute walk from Exit 2 of Shintomicho Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, 5-minute walk from Exit 1 of Takaracho Station on the Toei Asakusa Line, 7-minute walk from Exit A3 of Hatchobori Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and the Keiyo Line, 7-minute walk from Exit 10 of Ginza-itchome Station on the Yurakucho Line, 7-minute walk from Exit 1 of Kyobashi Station on the Ginza Line
Taste a Wide Variety of Japanese Cuisine
Ginza is a convenient area where you can enjoy both shopping and dining. In addition to the long-established stores and trendy shops, there are also many local antenna shops (specialty shops) from various prefectures around the country where you can buy local products such as vegetables, fruits, local dishes, sweets, and alcohol. The editing team has hand-picked some of their well-known products sold at the bakery close to MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST, which is also an antenna shop that is officially run by Nagano and Shiga. We also prepared a quick meal using the kitchen at MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST with the items we chose. Check out how convenient this hotel is! (The photo shown below features the bread from Ginza Kimuraya, which we will introduce later in this article)
1. Ginza Kimuraya
Established more than 150 years ago, Ginza Kimuraya is famous for being the birthplace of anpan (sweet red bean bread) and is visited by many people not only from Japan but also from abroad. They have nine different types of anpan and more than 120 types of sweet and savory breads every day! In the past, many tourists tended to choose more of the familiar Western style breads, but recently, Japanese breads such as black bean anpan, matcha scone, and curry bread with soft boiled eggs are becoming a popular hit. Be sure to try some of these breads for breakfast. You can also use the toasters in the rooms at MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST (only offered at this branch) to heat them up.
Name: Ginza Kimuraya
Official Homepage: http://www.ginzakimuraya.jp/
Opening Hours: 1F Bakery 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closing: None (except for January 1st)
Address: 4-5-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: A brief walk from Exit A9 of Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line, 5-minute walk from Exit 8 of Ginza-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
2. Ginza NAGANO
This Nagano Prefecture antenna shop, located a block away from a street in Ginza on Suzuran Street, has a stylish vibe with a wooden interior design. They have a wide range of Nagano specialties, including soba (buckwheat noodles), a local food oyaki (type of dumpling), and walnut snacks. Nagano is also famous for their fruits, so they have various fruit-based products such as fresh seasonal fruits like apples and grapes sent directly from the prefecture, jam, dried fruits, juice, and wine. How about buying a treat you cannot easily get in Tokyo to bring back to the hotel with you to enjoy as a midnight snack?
Name: Ginza NAGANO
Official Homepage: https://www.ginza-nagano.jp/en
Opening Hours: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closing: None (except for the New Year holidays)
Address: 1F/2F NOCO Bldg., 5-6-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit A1 of Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line
COCOSHIGA, the official Shiga Prefecture antenna shop, is located in Ginza’s neighboring area of Nihonbashi. The store welcomes you in with its bright and modern exterior. A great perk of this shop is their wide variety of products, such as local Shiga specialties like Omi beef, Omi tea, and raccoon-shaped luck-bringing ornaments made with Shigaraki ware. We particularly recommend the sweets made with Shiga’s local Japanese sake and the traditional foods such as Aka-Konjak and Funa Sushi. The item depicted in the center of the above picture is Cheese Funa Sushi, which is made with traditional methods by fermenting wild-caught nigorobuna (round crucian carp) from Lake Biwa in Shiga and compressing it and filling it with cheese. You may be surprised by the unique smell, but you will see how delicious it really is after one bite. Enjoy this with some local Shiga sake - just like how a local would eat it!
Official Homepage: https://cocoshiga.jp/
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Closing: None (except for the New Year holidays)
Address: 2-7-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: A brief walk from Exit B6 of Nihombashi Station on the Tokyo Metro and the Toei Asakusa Line, 6-minute walk from Yaesu North Exit of Tokyo Station on the JR Lines
4. KITKAT Chocolatory
When traveling to Japan, many people head to supermarkets and drugstores to buy souvenir KITKAT. The KITKAT Chocolatory in Ginza sells products made from carefully selected premium cacao beans. The flavor and scent changes based on the variety and the production area of the cacao beans, so we recommend all chocolate lovers to try them at least once. Popular products in particular are the fruit series, which has an exquisite balance of the tartness, sweetness, and juiciness of the original fruit. The Ruby Chocolate also has a beautiful, vivid pink color produced naturally from the carefully selected cacao beans without the use of any food coloring, and its cute, beautiful appearance makes it the perfect gift. You can get the surface of the chocolate bar designed with a personalized message. It’s a great way to express your feelings to your loved ones!
Name: KITKAT Chocolatory
Official Homepage: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/chocolatory/ginza/
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Address: 3-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2-minute walk from Exit A13 of Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, and Hibiya Line
If you’re planning on taking a trip out to see the sights of Tokyo, please consider staying at MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST in the Ginza area, a bustling neighborhood that is also very convenient for getting around. We hope you get a chance to experience a look into the life of a resident of Ginza. Be sure to check out the stores we introduced in this article and try some local foods from around Japan! You will surely have an amazing, fun-filled trip here with your family and friends.
APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU Locations in Tokyo
APARTMENT HOTEL MIMARU has a total of 7 branches in Tokyo apart from MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST: UENO NORTH, UENO EAST, UENO INARICHO, AKASAKA, NIHOMBASHI SUITENGUMAE, and HATCHOBORI. They are planning to open UENO OKACHIMACHI in January 2020 and SHINJUKU WEST in the spring. Every hotel is easily accessible!
Name: MIMARU TOKYO GINZA EAST
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/ginza-east/
Hotel Address: 1-4-4 Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO UENO NORTH
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/ueno-north/
Hotel Address: 7-14-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO UENO EAST
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/ueno-east/
Hotel Address: 4-26-3 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO UENO INARICHO
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/ueno-inaricho/
Hotel Address: 5-8-2 Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO AKASAKA
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/akasaka/
Hotel Address: 7-9-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO NIHOMBASHI SUITENGUMAE
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/suitengumae/
Hotel Address: 17-6 Nihombashi Hakozaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/hatchobori/
Hotel Address: 3-8-8 Nihombashi Kayaba-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Name: MIMARU TOKYO UENO OKACHIMACHI
Official Homepage: https://mimaruhotels.com/ueno-okachimachi/
Hotel Address: 1-17-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
※This hotel will open on January 9
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