For the second week of my stay in Japan, I stayed in the city of Ikebukuro, which is west of Tokyo Station on the Yamanote (train) Line. It’s an entertainment town that’s filled with things to do after 6pm (before then is pretty busy too, but it really opens up at night). The popular manga/anime Durarara is set there.
There are a lot of hotels/ karaoke joints/ traditional style fast food/cafe/bars there and a lot of stores have employees standing outside the door to vie for potential customer’s attention.
The pictures in this post is the view from my hotel’s communal kitchen. If you are looking for a cheap place to stay, try Sakura Hotel (5min from the station).