What is Ikebukuro?▼

Ikebukuro, known as the second busiest station just behind Shinjuku Staion, is the mecca for the ramen shops, izakayas, and conveyor belt sushi restaurants where they exist almost every block in town. Food lovers often visit Ikebukuro to "eat til drop" as the dining places in Ikebukuro are relatively cheaper and competitive enough to be much more higher standard in taste.

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Hulu-lu (フルル)
Hulu-lu (フルル)

Restaurant: Hulu-lu (フルル)

Phone: 050-5872-4667

Address: 2-60-7, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from the Ikebukuro Station west exit

Open Hour: [Mon, Wed - Sat] from 11:30 - 15:00

Close: Tuesday


Hulu-lu is a popular ramen shop in Ikebukuro and it has been widely accepted as one of the best spots for salt and soy sauce based ramen. The high quality of the food ...


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Hanada Ikebukuro Ten (花田 池袋店)
Hanada Ikebukuro Ten (花田 池袋店)

Restaurant: Hanada Ikebukuro Ten (花田 池袋店)

Phone: 03-3988-5188

Address: 1-23-8, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Higashi Ikebukuro ISK Building

Nearest Station: JR Ikebukuro Station 5 minute walk from East Exit

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] from 11:00 - 23:00

Close: Year-end and New Year holidays


Another place that is worth checking out at Ikebukuro is Hanada, which has long been a very popular spot with locals and foreigners who live in Tokyo. If you are a fan of miso ...


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Uchi (我家)
Uchi (我家)

Restaurant: Uchi (我家)

Phone: 03-5391-4448

Address: 2-23-9, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Kishino Building 1F

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station West exit, 8 minute walk

Open Hour: [Mon - Fri] from 11:00 - 15:00

Close: Sunday

Uchi is one of those hidden ramen shops far and away from the major streets that you would never stumble upon unless somebody recommends it to you and give you a guide specifically to look out for it.  When we first had the mixture of pork bone and ....

Ganko Souhonke (がんこ総本家)
Ganko Souhonke (がんこ総本家)

Restaurant: Ganko Souhonke (がんこ総本家)

Phone: N.A

Address: 1-13-12, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] 11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:00

Close: N.A


One of the very unique ramen shops around Ikebukuro that only has 5 counter seats available inside. After you pass those bizarre ornament of bones hanging on the wall at the entrance and get seated, you will ...


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Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)
Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)

Restaurant: Vegepota Tsukemen Enji (ベジポタつけ麺えん寺)

Phone: 03-3985-6405

Address: 2-48-2, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo reply Tague Ikebukuro 1F

Nearest Station: 4 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station North exit

Open Hour: 11:30 - 16:00, 17:30 - 23:00

Close: N.A


Another excellent Tsukemen shop near North exit of Ikebukuro Station.  What makes the bowl of Tsukemen in Enji eminent is its dense potage-ish soup ....


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Chisoumen Mamiana (馳走麺 狸穴)
Chisoumen Mamiana (馳走麺 狸穴)

Restaurant: Chisoumen Mamiana (馳走麺 狸穴)

Phone: 03-3982-4055

Address: 1-32-2, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Ogawa Building 1F

Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Open Hour: From 11:00 to 22:00

Close: N.A


For those who have never heard of Tsukemen before, it is like a cousin of ramen.  The big difference is you basically dip the noodles into the dense Tsukejiru soup ...


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Sake Sakana Omata (酒・肴 おまた)
Sake Sakana Omata (酒・肴 おまた)

Restaurant: Sake Sakana Omata (酒・肴 おまた)

Phone: 03-3986-7770

Address: 1-7-8, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Seki building 1F

Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station West Exit

Open Hour: 11:30 - 13:15 (L.O), 17:00 - 22:30 (L.O)

Close: Sunday, holiday

Dining out to find exceptional restaurants is not easy, and it is rare to find a Izakaya restaurant like Sake Sakana Omata where all food on the menu are stunningly delicious including the drinks. Although the  ....

Sumibi Yakitori Omoya (炭火焼鳥 母家)
Sumibi Yakitori Omoya (炭火焼鳥 母家)

Restaurant: Sumibi Yakitori Omoya (炭火焼鳥 母家)

Phone: 03-5950-0377

Address: 1-12-6, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Omoya Bld 1F

Nearest Station: JR Ikebukuro Station East exit

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] 11:30 - 13:30, 17:00 - 22:30 (L.O)

[Sun] 16:00 - 21:30 (L.O)

[Holiday] 11:30 - 13:30, 16:00 - 21:30 (L.O)

Close: New Year holidays, Obon Holidays, GW


A short walk and an easy access from the Ikebukuro Station.  Sumibi Yakitori Omoya is a fine local Japanese restaurant where ...


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Zubora (ずぼら)
Zubora (ずぼら)

Restaurant: Zubora (ずぼら)

Phone: 03-3985-6229

Address: 1, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 23-11

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station East exit

Open Hour: 11:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00(L.O.22:30)

Close: Sunday

Located at Ikebukuro, Zubora is a Japanese Izakaya restaurant which offers decent and well-made set courses including Sashimi, the Grilled Fish, and Boiled Fish at very reasonable prices.  If you are on a budget trip and do not have an idea where to eat especially for lunch at Ikebukuro, try Zubora.  The space ...

Ino (イノ)
Ino (イノ)

Restaurant: Ino (イノ)

Phone: 050-5868-7560

Address: 2F Daini Shanpole 2-40-1, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station West exit

Open Hour: 17:30 - 04:00 (L.O.03:00)

Close: Year-end and New Year (12/31 - 1/4)

For those who like having delicious Japanese sake more than beer while having slices of sashimi (fresh raw fish), Ino is the place to go.  The restaurant has a sharp sense of finding Japanese sake that goes quite well with ...


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