I love Disney!!! If you get a chance to go to a Japanese Disney Store, go!!!! It's got a lot of stuff you can't find in American Disney stores! It's fun, and if you can imagine Disney being cuter... it is!! In Japan i mean. The stationary is my favorite different section! Stitch is really really popular too, so good to go if you like him!
This place gets 4 stars for fun factor!!! I've been at lunch time, and it's a bit too crowded. But my friends and I would go after our club activities (around 8ish) and it wasn't as crowded. The customers were adults and not rowdy college students, and... on numerous occasions there were belly dancers!!! Not only were there belly dancers, but there were belly dancers that found it funny to pull people up on stage to dance with them (which my friends and I proudly did in our sweaty gym gear after practices haha). The food was alright too, not the best but not the worst curry in Tokyo. I like it because it doesn't taste like Japanese curry (it tastes like Indian curry!). Also, the staff are pretty nice, except one guy who at first is kind of stand off-ish. You get used to him thought, so it's all good.
The food here was not Mexican. It was tasty... but when it comes right down to it I ordered an omrice (omelete full of seasoned rice) that was served with ketchup. My friend's taco rice was also tasty, but didn't taste like Mexican food very much either. It's a quick, cheap meal that I would reccommend to people that go to Sophia University, because it is close to the campus. Also, the woman who works in there is very kind and patient with non-Japanese speakers.
The interior of the shop is it's best appeal. It is homey and a little bit cluttered looking with Mexican memorabilia and feels like you just walked into your Mexican grannies house (asuming you've got an abuelita, that is haha).
I went to this aquarium today for the first time even though I go to Sunshine City ever week (and I've been here a year). What was I waiting for?! It was a really fun time. It's not a very big aquarium but it has a good variety of fish and sea life ~ AND a good variety of random land animals like monkeys, macaws, armadillo, anteater and something that looks like a mix between a deer and a rabbit. REALLY! Also, the sea lion show was really cute and funny! They even have one that can do simple math ~ how? this, too, ended with a random appearance by a lemur... which I didn't understand. It was a nice addition to a fun day in Ikebukuro!
*If you go soon you'll be able to see a really cute exhibit that is up for the new Ghibli Studios movie (that Ponyo movie... if you've been in Tokyo for more than a day right now you've probably heard that cute little song somewhere). They have different fish from the movie on display in tanks that also look like scenes from the movie! SOOO cute! and half the kids in there were singing the cute theme song too hahaha!
This was a really fun time!!! I found the aquarium itself like most aquariums - a wide array of fish on display in tanks that mimic their natural habitats. There were some sea birds as well and some sea mammals. The really exciting part about Shinagawa Epson Aqua Stadium is that there's is.... AN AQUA STADIUM!!! There, my friend and I caught a great dolphin show! It wasn't just your everyday bottle-nosed dolphins either, there was one other type of dolphin and a whale (though since it was all in Japanese I'm not sure what kind). It was a pretty good length and it was so cute because the show I saw was aimed at kids ~ there was lots of singing and dancing! Another good point about this aquarium is the tunnel through a huge tank with fish and sharks swimming all around you. It's really beautiful. The aquarium is generally well kept and a good date place (there were SOOO many couples there, as well as parents with small children, a funny mix of people).
I'm not a burger person really but Kua'Aina's avocado burger has changed my life.... well, my liking for burgers. I went for lunch with my friend and he got a cheeseburger and I got the avocado burger and of course, we took bites of eachothers just to see how they tasted. I was infinitely glad that the avocado was mine! hehe. I got a set with fries and soup, which were both really good ( I had pumpkin soup ). The burger was a mess to eat because there was SOOO much avocado on it with ketchup and mustard it was sliding everywhere.... this may just be my lack of table manners? They also have really good onion rings. I make a point to try onion rings wherever I go and these are some of my favorites in Tokyo (Shakey's Pizza has the best, for your information).
Also, the inside of the restaurant and the hawaiian theme of the uniforms and decor made is a really comfortable experience! I recommend it to anyone who likes burgers or just really delicious flavors.
After a long haul of shopping my friends and I went to this cafe (which is more like a restaurant during the daytime). We all decided to get burgers and they were all amazing. The beef is of good quality and the toppings are delicious and abundant. It's a little bit more than I would have liked to pay for a burger but it was well worth it! The food was good, the drinks were also good, but it's pricey ~~~
And!! Don't be fooled!!! Their menu includes a veggie burger... but it's not actually a faux meat patty that tastes like a burger... it's a lot of onion and avocado and other veggies with sauce... a vegetable sandwich on a bun more or less. It's tasty, but misleading.
If you love manga and anime things and you don't have time to go all the way to Akihabara then this is a good place to go!! It is 8 or 9 floors of everything manga! It's not really my thing but I can't deny that this place is intense. The manga is organized by genre and different floors have different types of other merchendise like figurines and stationary type things :) It takes a while to go through, a nice place to add to a rainy day tour of Ikebukuro. Or a nice destination for the manga lover!
This is a pretty good electronics store which you'll probably notice for it's abundance of really high tech looking phones on the ground level which is mostly open-front. This is where I purchased my phone when I first arrived in Japan and I have to say that the customer service is impeccable! They were really patient with my vary vary basic Japanese. I wouldn't say they are an English speaking staff but they try.
The store also has TVs and other home media electronics, household electronics, digital cameras, video games etc. The prices are really fair too! Unless you have REALLY specific needs for your electronics, then I think that Sakuraya is fine if you're looking for something. :)
T.G.I.Friday's is reminiscent of most big chain restaurants in the states (Friday's being an American chain). It sells an array of burgers, sandwiches, pastas, fried appetizers (love the fried mozzarella!). The atmosphere is pretty upbeat and fun and the waiters and waitresses are all very friendly and fun.
The food is average, but it really hit the spot when i felt like some American food when I was missing home. The prices aren't too bad either. They serve steaks as well, which aren't my thing, but I always make deals with my friends to get the mashed potatoes side dish! I think their mashed potatoes are so good!! I think it's a good place to meet a group of friends and one of my friends had her birthday there ~ if you tell the waiter, they bring out a dessert and sing for the birthday person and take your photo and give it to you in a little Friday's card. It's sweet.
The drinks are really good! The cocktails are better than izakaya and bar cocktails, they're really tasty (but also really expensive).
Tsuki no Shizuku is a very trendy and mature Izakaya. When you walk in, you remove your shoes and are showed over a modern, dark wood bridge to the rest of the restaurant. The seating is also trendy and modern looking. Dark wood and glass seems to be the theme.
As far as the food, it's very good and kind of "trendy" as well. While there are usual izakaya foods, there is also updated versions. They are innovative with their combinations of flavors and textures. There are a few asparagus dishes that I really liked (i forget what they were called, sorry!). The drinks are normal izakaya drinks (beer, sours, nihonshu, etc). Everything is a little bit more expensive that you would expect to pay at an izakaya. Last time I went I paid about 6000 yen.
I think it's a good place for small groups or dates. It's a little more quiet than most neighborhood izakayas, which may or may not be your style. But I recommend checking it out at least once if you're near ikebukuro
This is a fun arcade in the middle of Sunshine Street in Ikebukuro. If you look at the picture for this entry, you'll see that there is a sign for Cinema Sunshine above the Adores logo. My friends and I go to Adores before we see a movie, just to kill time before the show. There's a lot of claw games on the ground floor, the second floor is medal games (you buy tokens and use them to hit targets, aim them into slots, etc to get more medals to be able to keep playing - addictive!!!) and the top floor has more standard arcade games. It's a fun time, but not as a destination, just a diversion. Try out the medal games!!! They're my fave!!! The one with the dragon is too addictive though haha beware!
If you like gyu-don things then I think you'll like this place. It's not somewhere you'd take a date haha, but it's good when you're just grabbing lunch or something. you'll be really full (or at least i was) for less than 1000 yen and i think that everything was pretty tasty. You can choose the size for the rice and the meat, and get a set or just gyu-don. They also have stuff that isn't gyu-don... like beef seasoned in other ways or kimchi or ... lots of stuff.
Just like any other fast food-esque gyu-don joint, it can be REALLY packed sometimes. These times are usually the times that you want to eat the most (lunch time, after work, etc) but if that doesn't bother you then go for it!
I think that more than the food, the atmosphere of Outback is why a weary American may want to go there for a dinner or a drink. It feels strikingly similar to the Outbacks in America and the food is all more or less the same. The staff is ll really friendly and most understood English pretty well. They also brought over an English menu which is nice for people who can't read Japanese.
Subway is a sandwich shop at which you choose your bread and your toppings and your sauce and they make you a sandwich. The toppings taste fresh and i think that what makes the difference is the sauces! I particularly like soy sauce wasabi or basil mayonaise. The store itself is small and not very comfortable so I reccomend getting your sandwich to go and eating somewhere else. Also good for if you're in a hurry because it's filling and quick to pick up.
I like Mexican food a lot and I like the atmosphere of Salsa Cabana but the food is not that impressive and a little bit pricey considering the small portions at dinner time. The lunch specials are worth the price though and I think the portions are a little bit bigger. Don't get me wrong, i enjoy the food when I go, but if you go with high expectations you'll just be dissappointed. They do have some of the best guacamole in Tokyo, however, which i go to eat every once in a while :)
These are some of my favorite bagels. I eat at this Bagel & Bagel store and one other closer to school about 4 times a week. It's a nice fast lunch or snack. They have a wide variety (at the Ikebukuro store) of toppings that you can put on a wider variety of bagels. They also have a menu of original sandwiches. My favorites for snacking: Volcano Bagel with plain cream cheese or Brown sugar bagel with banana cream cheese. My favorite sandwich is the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich. It also has onions and capers in!
Uniqlo is a really good place to buy basics and the color choices are really good. Mostly it's cotton knits and jeans. Also, they have a lot of anime inspired graphic tees (and other great graphic tees, non anime) though i'm not sure which shows they're based off of. Tetsuwan Atom is the only one I knew.
Anyhow, the boys and girls clothes are really cute and i think that girls can easily find something nice in the boys section as well (like a cardigan or tee).
Also, during summer you can buy yukata (summer kimono) at Uniqlo and it's only about 5000 yen for a girls and 4000 yen for a boys yukata. The other clothes are also really inexpensive. It's one of my favorite clothing chains.
Loft is a pretty fun store and a rainy day favorite. It's really big and has almost everything you could think of needing. Well... almost. It has furnishings and accesories and fun little things to play with and stationary and even toys. It's really trendy, and has a lot of things that i would probably find at a store like Urban Outfitters back in the states. A lot of the houswares have nice and fun patterns and i like the stationary/planner section a lot. It's similar to Tokyu Hands but a little it more upscale, I suppose. The prices are fair but to me (poor university student) a little bit expensive.
I like Muji a lot. It's not very expensive clothing and household goods and furniture. It makes me think a little bit of what it might be like if GAP and IKEA joined forces and tried to not be a name brand. Though I have to say, for a name that means "no mark" or no brand, it's something like a brand itself now.
I like the furniture better than the clothing that they have, but it's all good quality. I think that the simple style of everything is appealing and gives a nice clean feeling. The color schemes tend to be simple so maybe not a great place for people who like wild or bright colors