We wanted to dedicate this day for Ikebukuro only, but since we have more free time in the morning (or so we thought), we added a destination to our itinerary. We rode the Tokyo Metro and headed to Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo! Afterward, we ate… a lot. We visited many attractions in Ikebukuro, which involved food, and we didn’t regret it. In fact, we were so full that we didn’t need dinner lol.
Anime Plaza is known for collaborating with famous anime titles, like the ones I’ve been to (Yu Yu Hakusho and Yuri!!! on ICE) earlier this year, but the catch is their cafe reservations are strict for members only. While you think you don’t have a chance, it’s actually easy even if you’re from overseas — all you need is to register, join a lottery, and wait for an e-mail for your reservation. No payment needed yet!
The second part of our Ikebukuro food hopping is… NamjaTown! Instead of having desserts at J-World, we decided to go one floor down and get our sweet fix of a particular anime. I wouldn’t say I’m a die-hard fan of Yuri!!! on ICE, but many of its events coincide with our trip, so we don’t want to miss the chance.
After our little adventure at Ueno Park and Ueno Zoo, we went straight to Ikebukuro. It was already 2 P.M. and we haven’t had a decent meal. As a result, we went food hopping at three different places — J-World Tokyo, NamjaTown, and Adores Collaboration Cafe.
My friend, Khryss, and I watched Kimi no Na wa. together when it was shown here. We both loved it, so when we found out that there will be a collaboration cafe, we decided to drop by before going to the Touken Ranbu exhibit at Grand Front Osaka. I can’t count how many collab cafes we’ve already been tbh. Haha.