Traveling is not just about the destination; it’s about the experience. More than just a place to rest, travelers often seek a home away from home—a comfortable base from which to explore the wonders of a new city. MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa, located just a stone’s throw away from Tobu Asakusa Station, stands out as an ideal choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Asakusa, Sensoji, and the Tokyo Skytree area. Beyond its convenient location, this hotel offers a unique blend of homely comforts and modern amenities, making it a top choice for mid- and long-term stays. I recently had the opportunity to explore what the hotel offers guests and was encouraged to hear what they have in store for the future.*

Suites Asakusa Lobby

MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa is more than just a hotel, it is designed for extended stays. The suite rooms, each featuring two bedrooms, cater to families and groups of travelers looking for spacious and well-equipped accommodations. The inclusion of in-room laundry and kitchen facilities is a convenience that brings the comforts of home and allows you much more freedom and flexibility during your stay.

Upon entering your MIMARU suite, you’ll find a fully furnished kitchen and dining area, equipped with everything from an IH stove and cookware to a refrigerator and tableware. The thoughtful inclusion of a washer/dryer in every room ensures that your stay is as seamless as it is enjoyable – and you can fill your suitcase with souvenirs instead of dirty laundry. As the suites are designed for families and groups, there are two bedrooms, two showers (one ensuite to the main bedroom, the other with a bathtub), and two powder rooms. To make your stay feel even more like home, the front desk has many items available to be borrowed – from high-end rice cookers to Apple TV streaming boxes. (The front desk service is available from 7AM to 10PM. There will be security staff during the night for guest’s security.)

One of the reasons for my visit was to discuss the needs of travelers with accessibility requirements so they can better serve their customers. MIMARU is also working to improve the availability of accessibility information on their website so that their guests can be assured their needs are met, and get back to the joy of planning their trip. This information will be incorporated into the website, but also as downloadable documents including disability specific information. Keep an eye out for these changes as they are rolled-out!

MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa already has many great accessibility features. With a flat entrance, large wheelchair-accessible toilet in the lobby, and designated accessible parking, the hotel ensures that every guest starts their stay with comfort. An elevator with wheelchair-height buttons, makes it easy for all visitors to access their room.

The hotel offers four distinct room types, each featuring two separate bedrooms with twin beds. From the Premium Two-bedroom Suite to the Two-Bedroom Japanese Suite with a tatami room, there’s a variety of options to suit different preferences. As listed on the website, “Dog-friendly” versions are available for all room types except the Premium Two-bedroom Suite. Please note that the “dog-friendly” designation is referring to pet dogs. Licensed guide dogs are permitted in all rooms regardless of the room type. The hotel website has floor plan for each room type which is great because the layout of some rooms may be better than others depending on if you are a wheelchair user or not.

Since I was staying the night, I wanted to take advantage of the hotel’s great location. There are many covered shopping arcades nearby that are full of snacks, souvenirs, clothing, restaurants and more. Compared to other areas of Tokyo, a large number of the shops are completely flat or only have a small step of less than 5cm, allowing wheelchair users to enjoy shopping with their friends.

Situated just a 5-minute walk from Sensoji, MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa provides easy access to this historic temple. And while most visitors come during peak hours and get pushed along with the crowds, hotel guests can enjoy a serene visit when it’s less crowded and witness the enchanting light-up of the temple and gates at night.

For those seeking some fun and local culinary delights, nearby Hoppy Dori offers a plethora of dining options. While the restaurants technically have an “inside”, most of the seating spills out onto the street – eliminating the worries of trying to find an accessible place to eat. Even in the rain and winter cold, the street seating is available thanks to vinyl curtains and heaters. Most establishments have a staff member outside to bring in customers and are more than happy to move things around to help you find a seat. The street is named after the Hoppy, a beer-flavored, almost non-alcoholic drink with 0.8% alcohol content, commonly used as a mixer for sake and other liquors, be sure to give it a try!

Hoppy 4

On my way back to the hotel, I picked up some food for breakfast to enjoy at my own leisure before check out instead of worrying about getting up early to make it in time for a typical hotel buffet – really bringing home the way MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa allows you to do things your way, at your pace – just like being at home.

If you are staying longer, the hotel is a great location for exploring the rest of Tokyo. In addition to the convenience of Asakusa and Sensoji, with Tokyo Skytree just one stop away and Shibuya accessible with a single train ride, the hotel’s location opens doors to a myriad of experiences. Whether you’re a family, a group of friends, or a solo traveler who prefers a more home-like experience, MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa is a great place to make your home base for an unforgettable Japanese adventure.

For more accessibility details and booking options, please be sure to read our listing for the hotel or the MIMARU SUITES Tokyo Asakusa website.

*While MIMARU sponsored this article, all views are my own.

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