Ikebukuro Underground

Name: Ikebukuro

Kind: Town

Free Wifi: Yes

Location: 35°44’05.39″ N 139°42’27.83″ E

Station: JR Ikebukuro Station, Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Marunouchi Line, Yurakucho Line, Fukutoshin Line

Worth it? A must-see.

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

Updated 7/31/2021

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Also see our Ikebukuro Superguide.

While the town of Ikebukuro in west Tokyo is interesting in its own right, many people don’t know there is a vast + interesting underground area below the city.

Most of it is shopping, of course, including the mixed-use Sunshine City at the east end.

But there are loads of other goodies to be discovered beneath the streets – including the ISP and Echika centers. On the west side of the station is a street entrance to TOBU Hope Center – an oddly named shopping area underneath the station which extends southwest into the basement of the TOBU department store (depato, in Japanese).

ISP does have an English website.

One can spend hours under here roaming around, so next time you’re in Ikebukuro, check it out.

Sunshine City

Info desk.

At the very east end of the town is the oddly named Sunshine 60– the tallest building in Ikebukuro, but underneath, to the east of the actual building is an an underground shopping mall called Sunshine City. The place is vast and you can walk around for hours and not see it all. The entrance is just on the east end of Sunshine 60 Street, on the south side of the street.

As a historical footnote, at the end of World War 2, Imperial Japanese Army General Hideki Tojo was executed at the site where Sunshine 60 now stands. The building is said to be haunted by many Tokyoites, and several Japanese have committed suicide by jumping from its rooftop.

Entrance to Sunshine City @ Sunshine 60.

Entrance to Sunshine City @ the east end of Sunshine 60 Street.

ISP

ISP entrance just outside the east exit of JR Ikebukuro Station.

It turns out the ISP complex is especially vast. There are 3 entrances: 2 on the east side of the station just outside, and 1 inside before the east exits. The complex extends all over the east side of the station below street level. There’s a floor guide.

The ISP entrance inside JR Ikebukuro Station.

ISP entrance across from JR Ikebukuro Station. The large Bic Camera is straight ahead.

TOBU Hope Center

TOBU Hope Center extends below the west side and under the central part of the station. There are 2 entrances: one just outside the west exit (directly across from the JR Service Center), and one inside the station. While not as upscale or elegant as Sunshine City or ISP, it’s still worth a look.

There is also a separate food basement (depachika) in TOBU which is quite good.

There are also a lot of coin lockers near the underground entrances to Hope Center.

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ECHIKA Ikebukuro + Esola

Perhaps the best + most upscale of the underground supermalls in Ikebukuro is ECHIKA Ikebukuro – another vast and upscale mall. There is a long food court tunnel which has endless smaller food shops as well as a larger mall area. Definitely check this one out.

A must see in the Echika food court corridor is Mr.WAFFLE. Some of the best waffles in Ikebukuro – a definite must-try.

On the west side, the ECHIKA complex also extends to the Esola complex, which also has a Metro entrance just outside, although underground you have to walk 2 long empty tunnels to get to it.

As a footnote, most of the Metro subway line platform entrances are in the ECHIKA Ikebukuro floor level underground.

Esola complex on the west side of the station. Note the Metro entrance.

Conclusion

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Food seller under Ikebukuro Station.

West side of JR Ikebukuro Station. The TOBU Hope Center entrance is on the right.

East side of SEIBU Ikebukuro Station.

There is also a complete 3rd-party Ikebukuro Guide site.

Another quick tip is if you find Ikebukuro Station crowded, you can go downstairs below the normal station level and walk underground in nearly empty tunnels, all of which have signs for platforms + station exits. There’s almost never anyone in the tunnels.

If you’re ever in Ikebukuro, be sure to drop below street level and check out a whole hidden world full of delights.

Enjoy!

LINKS

Ikebukuro Superguide

https://sunshinecity.jp/en/

ISP

Echika Ikebukuro (Ikebukuro|Shopping Malls) – LIVE JAPAN

https://ikebukuro.guide/en/facilities/echika/index.html

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-ikebukuro/spot-lj0002506/

https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-ikebukuro/spot-lj0003053/

Japan’s Massive Depato Food Courts

Esola Complex Ikebukuro

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

https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/customer_support/service_center_ikebukuro.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hideki_Tojo

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CexIjNk4muw

The Great Tokyo Donut Post

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Updated 3/12/21

Like the current pancake craze in Tokyo at the moment, Japan is crazy for donuts. There are so many cool donuts in Japan it’s hard to know where to start.

The real donut crazes hit around Halloween + Christmas – 2 major holdays in Japan. Halloween especially is huge. Spring is also a big donut time in Japan – mostly with all kinds of Sakura donuts everywhere.

The biggest donut chain in Japan is Mr. Donut – a US chain that went bankrupt in the US, but was bought by a Japanese company. There are 1000s of Mr. Donut stores all over Tokyo and Japan. We have some more info on Mr. Donut on our other post Inside a Japanese Post Office.

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Mr. Donut right next to Akabane Station in Akabane.

Another Mr. Donut.

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A Mister Donut “set” from back in 2001. Today’s donuts are a bit more colorful + themed.

Donuts @ Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station and it’s underground shopping area, Tokyo Station City are vast and there are lot of doughnut options here:

Angelique New York

Dunkin

Siretoco Factory in Keiyo Street area

Yurakucho

The Doughnut Plant: There’s a great little donut shop in Yurakucho called The Doughnut Plant. Well worth a stop. It’s 1 block to the north and west of Yurakucho Station and 1 block west of the Tokyo International Forum around 35°40’35.99″ N 139°45’47.31″ E. They close nightly @ 7PM. Yurakucho is just south of Tokyo Station.

Krispy Kreme: Just to the south of Tokyo Station is Yurakucho Station and right next to its east exit is the ITOCIA dept. store. There’s a Krispy Kreme shop inside.

Yurakucho Station ahead, and ITOCIA dept. store, left.

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Another view of Yurakucho Station right, and ITOCIA dept. store, left, out of view.

ITOCIA dept. store, right.

AkihabaraJack In The Donuts, Mr. Donut + More

Jack In The Donuts: Just outside Yodobashi Akihabara is a small donut shop called Jack In The Donuts. You can watch workers prepare donuts live + they have a great variety of donuts including matcha donuts. The shop is hidden in a small shopping tunnel just on the south side of Yodobashi Camera. Well worth a stop.

There is also a Mr. Donut about 5 blocks northwest of the JR Akihabara Station.

Fukushima Tasting Market: 2 blocks to the east of the Mr. Donut here is the Fukushima Tasting Market which also has a pastry shop with lots of donuts. Well worth a stop and nearby.

Mont-Thabor Tōkyō: A little to the west just across the Kanda River is a shop called Mont-Thabor Tōkyō Waterras Mall Shop. It’s actually in Ochinamizu in the Waterras complex. There is also a Mr. Donut on the north side of Waterras.

Akasaka/Nagatcho

To the east of Akasaka near Nagatcho is a small donut shop called Hocus Pocus which is well worth a stop.

Donuts in Ikebukuro

There are no less than three Mr. Donuts‘ in Ikebukuro in western Tokyo. All of them are great. There is also the Roasted Coffee Lab in the Esola complex just across from one of the Mr. Donuts.

There is also a Krispy Kreme shop 2 blocks west of Ikebukuro Station on Mizuki Dori.

Donuts @ Tokyo Sky Tree

At Tokyo Sky Tree there are lots of places to find great donuts. Head into the Solamachi Bldg. next to Sky Tree to discover its food arcade:

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Right out front near the door is this pastry shop with donuts.

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There is also a western-style Krispy Kreme on the Food Marché floor – as well as other donuteries.

Just to the south of Sky Tree is this Mister Donut. There are also a few more to the west on the way to Asakusa.

Halloween

Halloween is huge in Japan and most cafés go nuts trying to out-do each other in the madness of the Halloween donuts they can come up with. This selection is from Mr. Donut:

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Halloween donuts @ Mr. Donut.

Even chain cafés such as Tully’s gets into the act. There are others in smaller privately owned cafes and smaller places such as Peace and Lamb in Q Plaza in Ikebukuro. There is also a CAPCOM Café in Q Plaza.

Halloween treat coming from Krispy Kreme - Japan Today
Mister Donut - Wikipedia
Mmmm...Donuts... - Mister Donut, Japan. | Mister donuts, Food humor,  Japanese dessert
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Arnold’s

In Kichijoji is a nice donut shop called Arnold’s. They have some very unusual and interesting doughnuts and it’s worth a look.

Courtesy Arnold’s

Floresta nature doughnuts

To the west in Koenji around is Floresta Nature Donuts. Well worth a stop.

Ginza

For a more upscale doughnut experience, try Antique Ginza 2 blocks east of Yurakucho Station. There’s also a Mr. Donut in Ginza: Mister Donut Ginza Nine.

Dumbo Donuts + Coffee

In Azabujuban is a small donut shop called Dumbo’s. Also worth a stop. Also in Azabujuban is Bryant Coffee.

Harajuku + Omotosando

Higuma Doughnuts + Coffee Wrights

There’s a great little donute shop around 35°40’01.62″ N 139°42’35.34″ E in Omotosando called Higuma Doughnuts along with a coffee shop called Coffee Wrights.

Good Town Donuts Shibuya

In Shibuya there’s a nice spot called Good Town Donuts. They have some very interesting low-sugar Vegan donuts. There’s a good post on the place over at grapejapan.com

Yoyogi

If you’re near Yoyogi Station, check out Harrits Donuts & Coffee just to the northeast a few blocks around 35°40’09.07″ N 139°40’56.20″ E. Unfortunately their site is in Japanese only.

Conclusion

Well that’s about it for now. Tokyo is a donut-lover’s paradise and there’s no end to the funny + delicious donuts you can find here. Enjoy!

LINKS

All About Mr. Donut Japan + Its Awesome Menu

Sakura and matcha star in new Mister Donut collection

Mr. Donut preps more Pokémon donuts

Start summer early with these fruity donuts from Krispy Kreme

Mister Donut creates Uji matcha chocolat doughnut line with green tea specialists Gion Tsujiri

“Glossy green tea donuts” sound weird, look amazing in Mr. Donut team-up w/Kyoto matcha master

Japan Gourmet Guide: Recommended Doughnut shops in Tokyo

http://www.jack-donuts.jp/#

http://www.noacafe.jp/en/harajuku/

https://www.higuma.co/

https://www.misterdonut.jp/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Donut

Ikumimama Comes up with Kawaii Animal Doughnuts for the Easter Season

Japan’s Mister Donut revamps introduces new sweet potato doughnut lineup

Best doughnuts in Tokyo? Sweet floral creations cause a stir on social media

Savor some Sanrio chocolate costume cuteness with organic Halloween Cinnamoroll donuts

Mister Donut rolls out new collab sweets with Belgian chocolatier for Valentine’s

Pokémon doughnuts from Mister Donut are bigger and better than ever this year

Gudetama makes doughnut debut at Floresta with adorable organic New Year greetings doughnuts

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/restaurants/tokyos-best-doughnuts

Sakura Flavour Cherry Blossom Doughnuts from Japan’s Mister Donut

Doughnuts in Tokyo – Floresta, Krispy Kreme and Mister Donut

Get A Bite Of Spring At Krispy Kreme Japan With New Doughnut Flavors Including Matcha, Sakura, And More

Krispy Kreme Japan’s cherry blossom season 2021 creation is an adorable sakura rabbit doughnut

Krispy Kreme’s new line of doughnuts offers plenty of Japanese tea goodness

https://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/en/shop/887/

https://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/en/shop/?m_category=27&page=7

https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20130911-krispykreme-halloween/

Mister Donut Releases “Ronuts”–Doughnuts Served With A Slice Of Creamy Roll Cake On Top

Rainbow mille crepes brighten up the food scene in Tokyo

https://www.roadarch.com/sca/donutsmr.html

https://www.fukushimaya.net/

https://mont-thabor.jp

https://www.waterras.com/

Cute bear doughnut from Hokkaido available at Tokyo station

https://rb.gy/qtl7je

http://www.dumbodc.com/

https://siretoco23.com/free/shop

https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20170925-misterdonut-halloween-my-melody

The Mister Donut Ice Bar: “When donuts become ice cream”

VIDS

Darcy’s Beer + Burger Ikebukuro

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Name: Darcy’s Craft Beer and Burger

Kind: Restaurant

Location: Ikebukuro, Tokyo @ 35°43’40.07″ N 139°42’48.35″ E

Address: Japan, 〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima City, 豊島区Minamiikebukuro, 2−24-1 八大ビル

Phone: 03-5927-8791

Email: Unknown

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? Yep.

Our Rating: ★★★

Last updated 9/5/2020

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Darcy’s Craft Beer and Burger is a really great burger restaurant several blocks southeast of JR Ikebukuro Station in west Tokyo. They also sell a variety of craft beer + drinks. It’s 3 blocks southeast of Coffee Valley. Minami-Ikebukuro Park is 2 blocks to the northeast.

They have awesome triple-decker burgers that are really great for around $12-$15. They also have seafood, chicken, and deserts. Tables are indoors and out and they just installed a nice new tile sidewalk out front next to the tables.

Inside is a relaxed bar-type atmosphere with wood paneling, and subdued lighting. You may want to arrive early in the evening because apparently they run out of burgers early.

To get here, exit the east side of JR Ikebukuro Station, head south 3 blocks, east 2 more blocks, then south one more block, then east 2 more blocks. It’s on your left on the corner as you face east.

Ikebukuro facing north. JR Ikebukuro Station is in the upper left corner, Darcy’s is on the corner of the small white building in the lower right. Coffee Valley is just one block to the northwest.

Enjoy!

LINKS

https://darcys.info/

https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13166174/

VIDS

Tokyo Drew has a vid showing Darcy’s: