Return to Itabashi – An 18-year journey – PART 3

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By Staff

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Name: Itabashi

Kind: Town

Location: 35°44’45.85″ N 139°43’03.77″ E

Also see Part 1, Part 2.

The West Side, Foot Paths, and Don Quijote

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The west side of Itabashi is a long 2-lane highway running north to east. Head south from here and you’ll end up in Ikebukuro.

If you head out to the west side of Itabashi you can get a nice neighborhood walk through residential backstreets, and along a nice brick footpath which will lead you out to a major 2-lane highway which leads south to Ikebukuro.

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Backstreets, Itabashi.

To get here from the west side square, follow the way we describe in Part 2 to the Yorkmart grocery, head south, cross the train tracks, and make an immediate right down the first street on your right:

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On the right side of this street is a long footpath which winds for several blocks, and then turns left:

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As you come to the end of this first part, be on the lookout for a turn to the left in the path shown here:

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You’ll pass this apartment complex, and the now-abandoned Ruhe Coffee Shop:

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On the way, you’ll also cross many side streets such as this:

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And more small houses such as this:

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As you pass this chomé sign, you’ll know you’re getting close:

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As you come to this part of the path, with lots of trees, you’re getting near the end. At the end of the path, there will be a big red Eneos gas station sign on the right. At this point, turn left.

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Along the way you’ll see many stop signs, which in Japan are red triangles:

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As you turn left, Don Quijote discount store will be on your left. There is also a nice bicycle shop and golf shop right next to it:

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Don Quijote discount store in Itabashi – look for the crazed penguin.

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The madness that is Don Quijote.

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In Don Quijote, you can even get a Press Sand Maker for a mere $15 USD.

Past Don Quijote, if you follow this highway and head south, you will arrive in Ikebukuro. But be careful – it’s very easy to get lost on backstreets and wind up on the other side of town in no time.

Well, that’s it for this 3-part guide to Itabashi. We hope you’ve found this guide useful – and we hope you will enjoy your trip to Itabashi.

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