Coffee Valley Ikebukuro

Name: Coffee Valley

Kind: Café

Location: Ikebukuro, Tokyo @ 35°43’39.67″ N 139°42’47.06″ E

Address: 2-26-3 Minamiikebukuro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0022

Phone: 03-6907-1173

Email: info@coffeevalley.jp

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? A must-see

Rating: ★★★★

Last updated 6/28/2020

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Coffee Valley, Ikebukuro – A must-see.

Tucked down a little hidden side-street, 2 blocks from Tokyo’s JR Ikebukuro Station is one of the city’s best cafés: Coffee Valley Ikebukuro. This place is a must-see for anyone visiting Tokyo.

Coffee Valley offers gourmet coffees of all kinds, and small snacks such as pastries. It has an exceptional interior with rustic wood + nice lighting. Staff is very friendly. There is seating on the second floor with large windows with lots of light.

The quality of everything here is superb. This is one Tokyo café that is not to be missed. It’s well worth a trip to Ikebukuro just for the café alone, but if you’re in the area sightseeing anyway, you’ll definitely want to stop in.

Directions:

Take the JR Yamanote Line to JR Ikebukuro Station and exit the main east exit to street level. You can also take any of the connecting Metro Subway lines to any of the major stops on the Yamanote Line or Saikyo Line, change at Shinjuku, Shibuya, or Harajuku/Omotosando, and then get the Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro.

After exiting, turn right onto the sidewalk (south):

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JR Ikebukuro Station east exit. Head south as you exit (to your right as you face the exit from the inside, or straight ahead down the sidewalk in this photo).

Proceed 1.8 miles south. You’ll pass the large SEIBU + PARCO depato (department stores) as you go. As of this writing at the 1.8 mile point, you will see a large Starbuck’s in front of you on the corner across the street. Turn left (east) at this light (you’ll see a Komedia’s Coffee on the 2nd floor in the bldg. in front of you). Cross at the light. On the ground floor of this bldg. there will be a Yahoo! and a SoftBank. At this corner there will be a tiny narrow side street on your left. Head down it:

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Look for the tiny side street next to the SoftBank/Yahoo! bldg.

Go a block and the street will curve around to the right. Keep going and cross the next street also. You will see a Caffé Veloce on the corner on the right, and a Yoshinoya on the corner on the left. Enter the next small street straight ahead and Coffee Valley will be just inside on your left. Can’t miss it.

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Abandon all other coffee places, ye who enter here. Coffee Valley is just down the alley ahead on the left.

Footnotes

There is another railway + station in IkebukuroThe SEIBU Railway line which exits just to the south of the JR Ikebukuro Station on the same street.

Town Layout

JR Ikebukuro Station is shown on the left. The JR Ikebukuro Station east exit is just to the left of the small square in the upper center of the map shown above. The main street runs roughly north-south. Coffee Valley is shown at the placemarks in the lower right corner.

Additional Photos

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Main street in east Ikebukuro. The JR Ikebukuro Station is up on the left. You’ll exit here, and head down the street on your left (towards the camera in this photo).

LINKS

Coffee Valley

COFFEE VALLEY – Tokyo [Good Coffee]

JR-EAST Ikebukuro Station

JR Sightseeing Map

JR Yamanote Line for Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Akihabara, Ueno & Ikebukuro

SEIBU Ikebukuro Station guide map

Narita to Ikebukuro: The Best Transport Options | Tokyo Cheapo

Google Map

Ikebukuro | The Official Tokyo Travel Guide, GO TOKYO

Essential Tokyo: The Complete Guide to Ikebukuro Station

Ikebukuro Station: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Cracking This 3D Maze

Ikebukuro Station | Tokyo Creative Travel

Ikebukuro Guide @ The Best Japan

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Official Nintendo Store Opens

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Last updated 6/21/2020

Top Things to do in Tokyo: Nintendo Tokyo

Video game maker Nintendo opened its first official store in Shibuya in Nov. 2019. If you’re in Shibuya, check it out.

It’s in the PARCO bldg. @ 35°39’43.64″ N 139°41’56.36″ E – just south of Hotel Koé.

LINKS

https://store.nintendo.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Nintendo

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/japans-first-official-nintendo-store-to-open-in-tokyo-on-november-22

https://jw-webmagazine.com/nintendo-tokyo-the-first-official-nintendo-store-in-japan/

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/japans-first-official-nintendo-store-to-open-in-tokyo-on-november-22

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Ojima Komatsugawa Koén

Name: Ojima Komatsugawa Koén

Kind: Park

Location: 35°41’29.71″ N 139°51’07.44″ E

To the southwest of Tokyo Sky Tree, along the banks of the Arakawa River is Ojima Komatsugawa Park, in Tokyo’s Koto Ward.

This is a massive park with all kinds of walking trails, bridges, lawns, and gardens.

The park design has a somewhat Soviet feel to it – very spartan, concrete, and modern, but interesting nonetheless. It’s well worth a day trip.

Higashi-Ojima Station on the Toei subway system is just to the east, right near the river.

If you are coming from Sky Tree, there are two possible trips – you can take Rt. 453 down, southeast, and the park will be to your left, but a better way from Sky Tree is to take Yotsume Dori south, stop first at Kinshi Park, then check out the area around Kinshicho Station 1 block to the south, then continue south a few blocks to Sarue-Onshi Park, check it out, then head east on Shin-Ohashi Dori (Rt. 50) all the way into Ojima Komatsugawa Park.

This might sound like a lot but it’s not really – the distances are only a few miles and if you get tired you can stop at one of the parks, or shopping malls to rest. You can also take a train to Kinshicho Station and then head east to the park. The area around Kinshicho Station is definitely a must-see.

Also, 1 block north of Kinshi Park is Olinas Core – a major shopping area worth a look. There’s a nice Yamada Denki store here as well. 2 blocks to the south is a big 3-story Doutour cafe.

Doutor @ Kinshi Park. Olinas Core is visible on the right up the street 1 block, facing north.

Also just a little east of Kinshicho Station is Komeida, another area worth looking at. There’s a small Don Quijote store here, and a Mr. Donut right across from it.

You can do all these on the way to the park, or just cruise through them for a look on your way. On bike the entire trip is only a few hours, on foot, a day-trip and back.

Ojima Komatsugawa Park is shown at the lower right corner next to the Arakawa River. Sky Tree is northwest – in the upper left corner, Kinshi Park is in the center left, and Sakuae Park is in the lower left. Rt. 50 runs left to right (west to east).

As you approach the park, 1 block before the entrance is a huge apartment complex with a Mr. Donut, MOS Burger, post office, and Aeon supermarket on the ground floor:

This is facing north. When you arrive here, continue east (right) for 1 block until you come to the park entrance.

Continue east on 50 and you’ll come to a big curve which veers south. This is where the park entrance is. Head up the stairs and into the park:

Next, you’ll come to a big tiled overpass. Cross over, head straight, and you’ll enter the circular path that rings the park:

Walk along the ringed path, and you’ll be in the park. Sky Tree is still visible in the distance to the northwest.

Park layout. The long tiled walkway after the entrance is shown in the upper center of the above map – just to the left of the large walkway ringing the park. Rt. 50 is just below it.

After the park, go back the way you came, hit the MOS Burger or Mr. Donut for some refreshment, then head back to your original location – or head back to Kinshicho and check out some of the shops at PARCO, Marui (OIOI), or Termina right near the station. There is also a very good SEIYU discount grocery in the basement of the PARCO complex.

As a footnote, on Rt. 50 (Shin-Ohashi Dori), between Sarue Park and Ojima Komatsugawa Koén is the futuristic capsule hotel, Moon Station Hotel located at 35°41’22.61″ N 139°49’37.57″ E. This is a mixed and women-only luxury capsule hotel with futuristic deluxe and small rooms with ambient lighting and a space-station design. Capusles are fairly cheap – ranging from $42-$78/night. Another futurisitc oddity that could only happen in Japan.

Enjoy.

LINKS

Arakawa, Tokyo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higashi-ojima_Station

https://taiken.co/single/best-5-spots-in-edogawa/

https://tokyo-tokyo.com/Kinshicho.htm

https://moonstationhotel.jp/room-introduction/

https://www.agoda.com/moon-station-hotel-tokyo/hotel/tokyo-jp.html?checkIn=2020-09-16&los=14&adults=1&rooms=1&cid=1720055&searchrequestid=c686d464-365d-43d2-9a8c-b55c78598821&travellerType=0

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Japan’s Massive Depato Food Courts

Japan is not only the capital of fashion – it’s the capital of food. There’s so much food in this town you can eat yourself silly.

By far the biggest food vendors are the huge Japanese depato stores and their huge food courts.

Usually in the basements of these stores, these food courts can take up and entire block and have every imaginable kind of food you can think of. Desserts are especially plentiful and good.

The kings of them all – IOHO – are the food court basements in SEIBU and TOBU departos in Ikebukuro. Come here to feast your eyes + pallete on every conceivable kind of food you can imagine.

Some of them are even in train stations (see below).

Seemingly endless food court in SEIBU Ikebukuro’s basement.

TOBU Ikebukuro also has a rooftop floor food court + huge shop.

PARCO @ the north end of Ikebukuro Station is a close 3rd.

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