The Best 10 Places to Eat in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Ikebukuro is famous for Ramen because it’s a student quarter. However, there are many other kinds of great restaurants apart from Ramen. Ikebukuro has many restaurants with new food trends, so you can enjoy both good old and new sides of Japanese cuisine. In this article, we will introduce the best 10 restaurants and stores you must try in Ikebukuro.


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1. Sakura Sushi

1. Sakura Sushi
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“Sakura Sushi” is the stand-up eating style sushi restaurant which is quite rare in Japan. It’s not only unique but also cheap! Sushi in the restaurant range from 70 yen to 350 yen.

Popular dishes are Tuna (100 yen) and a set of fatty tuna, medium-fatty tuna and tuna (600 yen) and raw sea urchin (200 yen). All the dishes are very tasty and good value for the price. This is the reason why the restaurant is always busy.

Sushi started as a stand-up eating style stall back in the Edo period, so you can enjoy sushi as if you were in the 16th century at this restaurant. We promise It will be an unforgettable experience for you!

■Information
Name: Sakura Sushi
Address: Tobu Hope Center, Nishi Ikebukuro 1-15-9, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-5960-3242
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Open all year round
Access: 1 minutes walk from Ikebukuro station

Map: Map to Sakura Sushi

2. Hayashi Ya

2. Hayashi Ya
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The speciality of this restaurant is “Yakiton (grilled pork on skewers)”. You can enjoy Yakiton at affordable prices (150 yen to 200 yen) and side dishes such as Yakitori (grilled pork on skewers) and grilled offal that go perfectly with alcoholic drinks.

We recommend that you also try “Tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette)”, which is one of the most popular home cooking dishes in Japan. It is cooked by the mother of the owner of the restaurant, so you can enjoy “Ohukuro no aji” (mother’s cooking)! Try some Yakiton and Japanese dishes with drinks!

■Information
Name: Hayashi Ya Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Store
Address: Shogetsu bldg. 1F, Ikebukuro 2-36-11, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-6915-2107
Opening Hours: 5:00pm – Midnight
Open all year round
Access: 7 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Map: Map to Hayashi Ya Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Store

3. Kabuto

3. Kabuto
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Kabuto is one of the most popular eel restaurants in Ikebukuro. A variety of eel dishes such as “Shirayaki (grilled conger eel without seasoning)”, “Kabayaki (conger eel basted with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and sake)” and “Kabutoyaki (grilled eel head)” are cooked with carefully chosen ingredients.

The dishes are not very cheap, but we promise it will be worth trying. Having eel dishes while seeing chefs cook will be an unforgettable experience for you!

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■Information
Name: Kabuto
Address: Ikebukuro 2-53-2, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-3983-8608
Opening Hours: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Closed: Sunday, Public holiday and Thursday
Access: 7 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Map: Map to Kabuto

4. Suzumeya

4. Suzumeya
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Dorayaki (a bean‐jam pancake) is a popular Japanese confectionary. You can try Dorayaki made from a lot of eggs for 180 yen in “Suzumeya”. It consists of two fluffy pancakes and moist bean-jam and has the best balance of sweetness.

There are other Japanese confectionaries available such as “Monaka (bean‐jam‐filled wafers)“ and “Chadama (bean-jam coated with sugar and matcha green tea)”. The store also has seasonal confectionaries, so you can enjoy the taste of the season. Let’s head to this store if you want to try some traditional Japanese confectionaries in Ikebukuro.

→The Best 10 Dessert Shops You Must Eat in Tokyo, Japan

■Information
Name: Suzumeya
Address: Minami Ikebukuro 2-18-5, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-5391-0196
Opening Hours: 10:00am – until sold out
Closed: Sunday and Public holiday
Access: 7 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Website: http://www.d-suzumeya.com/
Map: Map to Suzumeya

5. Anpuku

5. Anpuku
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You may already have tried udon with soy sauce based soup. The taste was boring? Try unique udon in “Anpuku”!

The restaurant has a variety of Japanese-European fusion udon dishes. The most popular dish is “Carbonara Udon (udon in carbonara sauce)”, which uses udon noodles but it’s creamy and milky. You should definitely try this unique udon even If you don’t like normal udon!

■Information
Name: Anpuku
Address: JP bldg. 1F, Nishi Ikebukuro 1-37-8, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-6915-2646
Closed: New Year holidays
Access: 5 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Map: Map to Anpuku

6. Kitchen Check

6. Kitchen Check
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“Kitchen Check” is a Yoshoku (good-old western-style) restaurant with a retro atmosphere. Let’s start with a bowl of soup such as vichyssoise and creamy corn soup, and then go for main dishes. There are a variety of main dishes based on Yoshoku.

The popular dishes are seafood deep‐fried in breadcrumbs, sauteed pork, hamburg steak and “Omuraisu (stir-fried rice wrapped in an omelette)”. Yoshoku plays an important part in Japanese cuisine as it’s the Interpretation of Western cuisine by the Japanese. We highly recommend that you try Yoshoku at least once while you are in Japan!

■Information
Name: Kitchen Check
Address: Rosa Kaikan 1F, Nishi Ikebukuro 1-37-12, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-3985-1926
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:30pm
Open all year round
Access: 3 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Map: Map to Kitchen Check

7. Karukaya

7. Karukaya
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“Karukaya” was founded in 1968 on the rooftop of the “Seibu Department Ikebukuro Main Store”.

There are a variety of udon dishes available such as “Mori (plain)”, “Stamina (udon with meat)”, “Tanuki (udon with crunchy bits of deep-fried dough)” and “Kitsune (udon with deep-fried tofu)”. A bowl of udon is only 400 yen to 550 yen, so don’t worry even if you are on a tight budget. Enjoy udon under the sun and then look for souvenirs on the basement floors of the department store!

■Information
Name: Karukaya
Address: Seibu Department Ikebukuro Main Store Rooftop, Minami Ikebukuro 1-28-1, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-3981-0111
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Closed: Depends on the department store
Access: Directly connected from Seibu Ikebukuro Station

Website: http://www.sanuki-karukaya.jp/
Map: Map to Karukaya

8. Uchitateya

8. Uchitateya
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In this restaurant, you can enjoy “Musashino Udon” which is a kind of udon representing the Kanto region of Japan. “Musashino Udon” has a chewy texture and it’s served with dipping broth.

This restaurant is great for those who is a big eater because the restaurant offers a large portion of udon up to “1kg (it’s literally 1kg)”. If you don’t like udon with dipping broth, try “Miso Nikomi Udon (udon in miso broth)”. It tastes great as well, though the “1kg” portion is not available for this udon. Let’s enjoy “Musashino Udon” as much as you want!

■Information
Name: Uchitateya
Address: Minami Ikebukuro 3-13-17, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-3980-3361
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Open all year round
Access: 6 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Website: http://www.uchitateya.co.jp/
Map: Map to Uchitateya

9. Uokin Ikebukuro Store

9. Uokin Ikebukuro Store
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“Uokin” is an izakaya (a casual Japanese bar where you can enjoy a variety of food and drinks) specialized in seafood. The izakaya has a lively atmosphere as there are a lot of seats. Although an izakaya is a type of bar, “Uokin” offers great seafood dishes. Therefore, this restaurant is perfect for those who want to try seafood dishes but feel like drinking tonight.

We also recommend “Italian Bar Uokin” on the basement floor of the same building. You can enjoy seafood cooked in an Italian way in this restaurant! Pick either one or even try both of them if you have time!

→The Best 10 Izakaya You Must Visit in Tokyo

■Information
Name: Uokin Ikebukuro Store
Address: Nishi Ikebukuro 1-35-8, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-3986-2738
Open all year round
Access: 3 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Website: http://uokingroup.jp/
Map: Map to Uokin Ikebukuro Store

10. Sake Sakana Omata

10. Sake Sakana Omata
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If you want to try some Japanese sake with authentic Japanese side dishes, head to this restaurant! There is a wide range of sake available and therefore “Sake Sakana Omata” is loved by those who love sake.

There are also a variety of Japanese side dishes that go perfectly with sake. “Gyu-suji Nikomi (stewed beef tendon)” and “Kakiage (mixed tempura)“ would make you feel like drinking more and more sake! This restaurant is run by brothers and has a relaxed atmosphere. Sit back and enjoy sake with authentic Japanese side dishes!

■Information
Name: Sake Sakana Omata
Address: Seki bldg. 1F, Nishi Ikebukuro 1-7-8, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone: +81-3-3986-7770
Closed: Sunday, Public holiday and The second Wednesday of each month
Access: 5 minutes walk from JR Ikebukuro station

Website: http://www.amy.hi-ho.ne.jp/
Map: Map to Sake Sakana Omata

Let’s Enjoy Delicious Food In Ikebukuro!

As Ikebukuro is known for great restaurants, there are many restaurants you should give it a try. All the restaurants in this article are close to the station, so let’s visit some and find your favorite restaurant!

 
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