A Happy Pancake – Ikebukuro Edition

Possibly the best pancake restaurants in Japan are A Happy Pancake chain of restaurants (aka “Shiawase no Pancake” – literally Pancake Happiness).

There are several all over Japan but the 2 most impressive ones are in Omotesando + Ikebukuro. There is also one in Shinjuku. The one in Omotosando/Harajuku is the newest, cleanest, and biggest of them all, but the others are just as worth checking out.

To find the one in Ikebukuro, exist the Seibu east exit from JR Ikebukuro Station + head south. A few blocks down, turn right, then turn left down the 1st alley (see map below). You can also use GPS on smart phones + simply type the name in – your smartphone should show you a map, the Happy Pancake location, and your direction relative to it. It’s one block southwest of the Baskin Robbins, also shown @ the bottom of this map:

The alleyway looks like this and at the far end is the entrance which leads back out to a street on the southeast side of JR Ikebukuro Station:

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A Happy Pancake is 2/3 down the alley on the left – and is in the basement shown here.

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Prices range from $8-$15. Lots of great combinations.

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To get seated enter the number of adults + kids at this machine, then press OK – you’ll be give a ticket with a number on it. You can also scan the QR code onto your smartphone.

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Be careful on the treacherous stairs – yikes! – which have no railing!

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Wait outside the door to be seated.

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Enjoy!

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‘Depachika’ – Japan’s Giant Food Basements

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.

One of many spectacular food displays in a depachika. You can eat yourself silly.

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