Over the weekend, we ventured a bit outside of our COVID quarantine bubble and made our way to Sumida Ward! Our latest mommy-daughter adventure consisted of a magical stay at Bloom Hotel Asakusa and Asakusa-Tokyo Skytree Strolling.
Disclaimer: Accommodation provided by Bloom Hotel Asakusa.
About Bloom Hotel Asakusa
It might have been a few days before the official start of fall. But, spring was in full bloom at Bloom Hotel Asakusa! Our room was tastefully decorated in lovely shades of pink and lavender, right down to the dishes.
To top it all off, there was even a life-sized artificial tree in the middle of the room!
So, what do pink, flowers, and trees have to do with Asakusa, anyway?
Bloom Hotel Asakusa is on the Sumida Ward side of the Sumida River, and it’s near Sumida Park. The park is one of Tokyo’s premier hanami, or cherry blossom viewing spots. Connecting the two sides of Sumida Park is the Azumabashi Bridge that leads right to the historical Asakusa district where Edo culture thrived.
Aside from the incredible décor, we also loved the view of Tokyo Skytree!
But, we didn’t stay long because we were on a mission — walk from Asakusa to Tokyo Skytree.
Bloom Hotel Asakusa — Asakusa — Tokyo Skytree Stroll
Bloom Hotel Asakusa is located in front of the Sumida River, the natural boundary between Tokyo Skytree and Asakusa. With Bloom Hotel Asakusa as our base, we were in the perfect location to enjoy the best of Tokyo’s shitamachi, or retro-kitsch, district.
Bloom Hotel Asakusa — Sakurabashi Bridge — Asakusa
From the hotel, we crossed the Sumida River via the X-shaped pedestrian bridge, Sakurabashi Bridge. Though it was cloudy, the generous views of Tokyo Skytree were pretty impressive.
On this side of the river is the Taito Riverside Sports Center and the Asakusa portion of Sumida Park. Right after Kototoi Bridge, there’s a small park with wooden playground equipment to test a child’s stamina and physical strength. ( Dougu Hiroba | 遊具広場 | MAP)
After playtime, we continued along the Sumida River and reached the intersection leading to Asakusa Station. Here, we headed to the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center for a much needed toilet break! There’s a free observatory on the 8th floor. But, we forgot about it in our rush to take pictures in front of Kaminarimon.
The Silver Week crowd was more than we anticipated. So, we ended up taking an ice cream break at Baskin Robbins before heading back across the Sumida River. (I finally put some of my pre-COVID coupons to use and earned a point/stamp!)
For this leg of our journey, we used the Azumabashi Bridge and took in the sights of the Asahi Building, the Golden Flame, and Tokyo Skytree.
Azumabashi Bridge — Tokyo Skytree — Bloom Hotel Asakusa
We took a very leisurely walk to Tokyo Skytree, soaking up the shitamachi weekend vibes along the Kita Jikkengawa River. Along this river is Tokyo Mizumachi, an urban waterfront development project that utilizes the space under the rail tracks serviced by Tobu Railways.
For dinner, we headed to the Food Marche at Tokyo Solamachi for bento meals.
On the way back, we cut through Sumida Park and played at the playground in front of Koume Elementary School (小梅小学校). Once we returned to Bloom Hotel Asakusa, it was time for us to get ready for a good night’s sleep fit for princesses!
Bloom Hotel Asakusa is a Bloom Hotel Asakusa is a fashionable boutique hotel in Sumida Ward. It’s 20 minutes away from Tokyo’s historical district, Asakusa, and 20 minutes away from Tokyo Skytree. The “hotel” is actually what’s classified as a minpaku in Japanese, privately owned spaces registered with the government as accommodations for travelers. There are no elevators, and the rooms are located on the 3rd and 4th floors, so please do keep this in mind.
Bloom Hotel Asakusahotel is accessible via Asakusa Station or Oshiage/Skytree Station. The nearest bus stop is Mukojima 2-chome (向島二丁目) and is right in front of a 7-Eleven.
Bloom Hotel Asakusa
2-8-1 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Prefecture