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8 Ikebukuro souvenirs that we recommend buying!

When you think about great souvenirs, you think about buying something unique, pleasing, that is only available at the place you are visiting! Let us introduce our top 8 choices for shops in Ikebukuro (池袋) that offer this type of special souvenir!

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Enjoy these sweet, lovely shaped “dorayaki”(pancakes with azuki bean) souvenirs at Ikebukuro’s Suzumeya!

suzumeya
dorayaski
Their elegant atmosphere seems a bit out of place in Ikebukuro. But Suzumeya popularity is proven by the long lines that form every day. If you are looking for dorayaki, this is the place. They feature a delicious dorayaki with sweet azuki beans wrapped in a soft thick pancake ( 1 for 160 yen). The cute shape reminds you of a sparrow and makes for a special souvenir of Tokyo.
 
【Spot name】Suzumeya
【Address】2-18-5 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】10:00 a.m. until sold out
【Closed】 Sunday and public holidays.

Enjoy their Ikebukuro sweet and tasty good luck charms!

hukuoru
These tasty sweets (monaka) shaped like the owl symbol of Ikebukuro, are very popular. They use azuki beans from Tokachi to make this long time popular souvenir ( 1 for 190 yen). It was a favorite of the famous author Edogawa Rampo. This Tokyo souvenir is believed to the bring good luck!
 
【Spot name】Ikebukuro Mihara Dou
【Address】1-20-4 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (eating in from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
【Closed】(eating in section closed on Thursday)

This convenient souvenir shop is located just outside the East exit of Ikebukuro station!

takase
almond
This shop features butter cookies that are covered with sliced almonds which were cooked in butter, honey, and whipped cream! When you open the box you will appreciate the rich and savory smell. This popular Ikebukuro souvenir keeps well at room temperature for a whole month (1,200 yen per box).
 
【Spot name】Takase Ikebukuro
【Address】1-1-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
【Closed】Open all year round.

Their Sanukiwarabi mochi is an unforgettable Ikebukuro souvenir!

kanesue
warabimochi
They use warabi mochi powder to create this mochi’s characteristic chewy texture! Its special flavor comes from their use of the gentle sweetness of wasanbon and kisho sugar combined with kinako powder (1 box 1100 Yen). They also sell their unique tasting black sugar. Both are recommended as an Ikebukuro souvenir gift.
 
【Spot name】Matsukazean Kanesue (JR Ikebukuro station branch)
【Address】Inside of JR Ikebukuro station south exit 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
【Closed】Open all year round.

Enjoy their cute “Suica,” (penguin seasonal cakes)!

bakery
pengin

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Hotel Metropolitan’s Pastry & Bakery boutique features seasonal cakes that change their flavor every season. (1 for 520 yen) They only make 50 each day but even if you don’t reserve one in advance you can usually walk in and purchase one. These cute smiling penguin cakes are a popular Ikebukuro souvenir!
 
【Spot name】Pastry & Bakery Boutique
【Address】1-6-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
【Closed】Open all year round.

This long established Ikebukuro shop is known for its quality, good tasting souvenirs!

akutagawa
chokolate
This head offices of Ikebukuro’s Toshima-Ku was founded in 1886. This long-established, Akutagawa confectionery shop features a 350 g special milk chocolate bar that is the perfect surprise gift! With its natural flavor of milk, this delicious chocolate melts in your mouth! They also have a rich assortment of other sweet souvenirs!
 
【Spot name】Akutagawa confectionery stores of Ikebukuro shopping Park
【Address】Ikebukuro shopping Park (ISP) (South Wing) 1-29-1 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
【Closed】Equivalent to an ISP

Enjoy Ikebukuro’s La Famille’s chiffon cake!

paundcake
la famille
Their chiffon cake is made of quality materials, prepared as much as possible without the use of additives. La Famille rising in popularity as one of Ikebukuro’s best places for souvenirs. Their chiffon cake comes in 4 varieties: classic plain, cocoa, fresh fruit, and vegetable. They are good to serve up to 2 days if kept chilled.
 
【Spot name】La Famille
【Address】Imamura building 1st floor 3-4-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
【Closed】regular holidays

Stop in for one of their amazing cream puffs!

chouxcream
sweets
These special cream puffs are made with a delicious three-layer structure. The outermost shell is crispy, the middle shell is a chewy dough and the inner shell is a very thin macaroon. This is a unique new taste is an Ikebukuro featured gift. (1 for 290 Yen).
 
【Spot name】Chouxcream Chouxcri
【Address】JR Ikebukuro Station South Gate (station) 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Hours of operation】10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
【Closed】 Open all year round.