The usual Toyoko Inn experience: efficient service, clean and comfortable air conditioned box (aka your room) with high speed breakfast the next morning to get all the guests through. BUT, surprisingly, this hotel has a quite interesting location if you want an authentic non-tourist evening. Leaving the north ticket gate of Akabane JR station and then immediate right for the... More
Akabane / Itabashi
In Akabane and Itabashi, visitors can get a glimpse of the ordinary day-to-day life of Tokyo. On the east side of Akabane station, there are many traditional shopping districts and small izakayas, while on the west side, there’s a modern shopping mall. Itabashi is currently being developed as a residential area with a huge 1.1km long shopping street that extends from east to west. Rows of shops and izakayas target the down to earth everyday needs of locals. Both Akabane and Itabashi are notable for their easy access to the city center as well as their proximity to Ikebukuro.
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