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Q plaza Ikebukuro

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Name: Q Plaza

Kind: Shopping

Location 35°43’52.29″ N 139°43’01.10″ E

Just 3 blocks from JR Ikebukuro Station‘s east exit is a new and popular shopping mall called Q Plaza.

This is the new trendy spot in Ikebukuro.

To get here, exit the station’s east exit, cross the street, and at the end of the crosswalk, take the street entrance on the left straight ahead.

Walk about 3 blocks, and Q Plaza will be on your left on a corner.

There’s an entire CAPCOM-themed floor here, as well as lots of cafés, restaurants, stores, and other stuff to see.

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Side street next to Q Plaza.

There’s also an IMAX theater, a Tully’s Coffee with charge outlets, and a 7-11. That’s another café called Lamb + Peace (hey, it’s Japan), shown above.

Definitely worth a look.

As a footnote, Tokyu Hands Depato is just 1 block to the south, and the Sunshine City complex is just a few blocks to the southwest across the street.






Vending Machines in Japan

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Japan is crazy about vending machines.

Many models are shown below.

These contain mostly drinks, but in some areas hot + cold meals, and even T-shirts or electronics.

Drinks range from 100¥ – 200¥ and many of them are quite good, such as BOSS Coffee, shown below, CC Lemon, and lots of teas. Some also feature the usual western soft drinks – although most western soft drinks are not as popular in Japan as they are in the west.

You will find these machines on virtually every corner or shopping complex. Some take only coins, some take bills also, and newer ones also aceept the Japaneese train system’s IC card – Suica. The light green machine in the photo in the lower right corner below is one such Suica machine at a train station. To pay for a drink using Suica, just slap your Suica card on the IC card reader and you’re good to go.

If you have an NFC-F enabled smart phone, and have loaded a Suica app onto it, you can also trigger the machine’s Suica reader simply by holding your phone up to it. Note that some western phones won’t work with Suica readers since they use NFC and not the Japanese-specific NFC-J standard. If you use an iPhone you’ll need an iPhone 8 or later and the Suica app to use Suica on the readers. You can also use an Apple Watch Series 3 or later on the readers if your phone has Suica added to Apple Wallet, and Bluetooth is enabled on your Apple Watch.

In some stations there are new electronic models which don’t show the bottles themselves, but only an LCD image of them.

To use them, put your money in the top, select the small black button under the drink you want, and the drink will come out the slot at the bottom.

On a hot summer day, these are life-savers: if you’re walking a lot, you’ll also be sweating profusely and will dehydrate very quickly.

Sometimes you’ll find mega-banks of them in a row – 4-10 machines all lined up.

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Suntory BOSS coffee machine in Itabashi.

Suica-enabled vending machine in green, lower right. The IC card reader is the small oval in the center.

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Suica-enabled vending machine at the Narita International Aiport waiting lobby.

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A Good Vending/Happy Price machine, also in Itabashi. Note all drinks are 100¥ (approx. $1 USD).

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Vending machine bank on a corner in Toranomon.

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Modern all-electronic “acure” model at Ueno Station. Also note the small recycling slots on the right.

As an odd footnote Tommy Lee Jones is the official spokeman for BOSS coffee, and is featured in many Suntory BOSS TV ads in Japan.





Glitch Coffee, Kanda-Jimbocho

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Name: Glitch Coffee

Kind: Café

Location: 35°41’37.16″ N 139°45’40.90″ E

Hours: 8 PM weekdays, 7 PM weekends

Email: brewed@glitchcoffee.com, press@glitchcoffee.com

Site: http://glitchcoffee.com/

Phone: 03-5244-5458

Just 2 blocks northeast of the Imperial Palace, in south Kanda/Jimbocho, in a bldg. without so much as a sign is the very cool Glitch Cofee & Roasters. This is a very hip little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop with some premium varieties of coffee. Well worth a stop-in. To get here, take the Tozai line to Takebashi Station (T08 – 35°41’21.44″ N 139°45’40.89″ E), and walk north on Rt. 301 for a few blocks. You will pass a small street on the left with a 7-11 on the corner. Just down this street to the left happens to be 9 Hours Otemachi – a small modern capsule hotel, which is quite inexpensive.

Tozai Line Takebashi Sta. (T08), Exit 4. Head north from here and stay on the right side of the street.

Inside the somewhat Soviet-feeling Takebashi Sta.

Rt. 301 facing north on the left side of the street. 9 Hours Otemachi is to the left, Glitch Coffee is up on the right 2 blocks. Further up on the left side of the street is a Yamato Transport luggage delivery service.

Inside 9 Hours Otemachi.

You can also get there by getting off at Jimbocho Station (Z07) which is about 10 mins to the northwest if you take the Hanzomon Line instead, although it’s a bit of a longer walk than from Takebashi Sta. The Hanzomon Line also has the advantage of being 1 stop from Otemachi Sta. which shoots you right in near Maronuchi and Tokyo Station. Hanzomon can also take you out to Sky Tree/Oshiagé to the east quickly as well.

If you continue up 301, 2 more blocks on the right is Glitch Coffee. This is just before the main cross-street of Rt. 401, which if you head west (left) leads to Tokyo Dome, and if you turn right (east), leads to the WATERAAS complex, and beyond that, Akihabara.

Glitch Coffee, in south Kanda/Jimbocho – 2 blocks northeast of the Imperial Palace. The shop is on the east side of the street. This is facing southeast towards Tokyo Sta. There is no sign, except on the doors.

9 Hours Otemachi also has a deal with Glitch for a free breakfast every morning you stay there. Glitch has a nice pastry selection as well.

There are also other Glitches in Akasaka and Nagoya.

Of interesting note is the the fact that if you continue north past Glitch, in a block or two you’ll come to Rt. 302 (Yasukuni Dori), which runs east to west. This is a major street which has lots of sporting goods stores. There is a SuperSports Xebio store right across the street, as well as lots of ski + snowboard shops along the street. If you continue east on 302 for several blocks, you’ll come to Rt. 405 (Sotobori Dori), which, if you turn north (left) onto, will take you the WATERRAS complex, which is worth checking out, and which has a very nice Olympic Grocery store + Mister Donut in it. You can enjoy a nice stroll up and down these streets for all kinds of shops and cafés.

Less than a mile east of that is Akihabara.

WATERRAS Complex northeast of Glitch.

As a footnote, Meiji University is nearby and has an excellent museum. John Daub of Only in Japan on YouTube has a video walk from Akihabara to Meiji below.






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