Ikebukuro Area

J-World manga theme park, weird ice cream & dumplings from all over Japan

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I’ll take a scoop of togarashi pepper flavor, please!

I love to eat savory Japanese dumplings and weird ice cream in Ikebukuro, then roam around the LABI electronics superstore to see all the strange toys and appliances.

Inside Namco Namja Town – an odd only-in-Japan indoor amusement park – is an old-style food stand street called Gyoza Stadium. Stands there sell all the best kinds of savory dumplings from all over Japan.

Designed to look like an old street, you can wander from dumpling stand to dumpling stand at Gyoza Stadium, ordering savory bites from all over Japan.
Designed to look like an old street, you can wander from dumpling stand to dumpling stand at Gyoza Stadium, ordering savory bites from all over Japan.
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Japanese gyoza are traditionally filled with pork and veggies, but at Gyoza Stadium there are seafood dumplings, cheese-filled dumplings and even a few vegetarian versions.

Be sure you save room for dessert – there’s an ice cream shop at the end of the gyoza street with dozens of flavors that range from weird to fantastic. Not only do they have delicious fresh fruit flavors and various kind of chocolate, they also have really strange ones, like wasabi, curry, eel, and beer.

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Wasabi, oyster, miso ramen, muskmelon, and Indian curry are only a sampling of the flavors you can try at the Gyoza Stadium ice cream store.
If you're a big manga fan (especially if you love One Piece and Naruto) let's go to J-World before we leave Namja Town. More info on the attractions here.
If you’re a big manga fan (especially if you love One Piece and Naruto) let’s check out the rides and photo ops at J-World before we leave Namja Town. More info on the attractions here.

Afterwards, let’s wander into the magnificent LAB1 electronics superstore. It has a really quirky toy department and an indoor playground for tots.

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Isn’t an AnpanMan sushi roll maker at the top of every kid’s birthday list?
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The bullet train sushi delivery toy. Words fail me.

The Japanese appliance department at this store is entertaining too – they not only have a large selection of only-in-Japan appliances like electronic toilet seats and futon dryers, they also carry miniature countertop dishwashers

Tiny dishwashers for tiny apartments
Tiny countertop dishwashers for tiny apartments

And we can’t leave Ikebukuro before stopping in at the Mega-Pokemon Center!

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This shop often has only-in-Japan Pokemon merchandise for sale.

Most stores open from 10:00 am

DIRECTIONS & MAP

Nearby destinations: Koraku-en Garden, Koshinzuka Market, Rikugi-en, Shinjuku, Yasukuni Shrine, Yoyogi Park

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo

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