Yakiton Hayashiya is on the west side of the Ikebukuro Station. It has a nice wooden interior and a warm atmosphere. But above all, the grilled skewers here are beyond compare! You can get skewers of liver, heart, cartilage, balls of chicken meat called tsukune and many other for about 150 to 250 yen. The restaurant actually specializes in "yakiton" which is grilled pork, so a popular order here is the combination platter of yakiton for 890 yen.
Yakitori Omoya is located to the south-east of the station. From the East Exit, walk along the Meiji Dori Street for about 7 minutes and you should find it. The place has an exceptionally good way of seasoning its yakitori grilled on charcoal. Not only that but they will also recommend which sake best matches the food you are having. They have popular lunch specials too. You can have a very succulent kara-age (deep fried chicken) and a bowl of rice topped with yakitori for 1,300 yen.
Yakiton Mitsubo is located on the east side of the Ikebukuro Station, at a 5-minute walk from the East Exit, or 2-minute walk from the South Ikebukuro Park. The tavern-like eatery has amazing yakiton at really affordable prices! The one showed below is a liver skewer flavor with soy sauce. It has a deep, slightly salty taste that most people love! Aside from the skewers, you can get interesting side orders such as Okinawa's bitter melon goya champuru, rich miso soups in which pieces of pork are added, cabbage salads and pickled ginger.
BETTAKO is a 4-minute walk to the north of the Ikebukuro Station (East Exit). The place has an izakaya-like atmosphere and its yakitori is great, but the specialty here is actually Japanese shochu. The thing to try is the chilled Japanese beer-like drink called hoppi which contains the shochu. The prices here are average but you get a taste that is beyond that, which explains why BETTAKO is so popular!
Kameya is located very near the West Exit of The Ikebukuro Station. There is a large sign on the door that reads "you can drink from noon". So unlike some other places that are only open for dinner, you can have drinks here for lunch time while eating delicious yakitori. A particularity of this restaurant is that you'll find a bowl of red miso at your table. It is a special home-made recipe used for dipping your skewers for an extra deep and spicy flavor!
This article presented some of the best and most popular yakitori restaurants around Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo. Hope you've found the information useful and that you'll get to enjoy some delicious yakitori in Ikebukuro!