Ikspiari is a shopping mall at Tokyo Disney Resort, located between Maihama Station and the Disney Ambassador Hotel. It features more than a hundred shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as Cinema Ikspiari, a 16-screen movie theater.
The mall is divided into nine themed zones with a wide variety of shops selling fashion, accessories, household goods and travel services. Two of the zones specialize in food, featuring various restaurants and a food court, while numerous cafes and bars are found scattered all around the mall.
The variety of shops and eateries is what you might expect from a posh shopping mall. There are about 120 shops and restaurants including Mikimoto International, Godiva Chocolatier, a Planet Hollywood and a Rainforest Café. There are some neat specialty stores too, like a shop that sells model trains and another that sells seriously expensive kaleidoscopes. There is a children's play area called "Camp Nepos," and a 16-screen multiplex. A movie ticket will set you back about $18, typical for Japan.
Ikspiari is separate from the Parks so you don't have to worry about purchasing a ticket to get in. It is located just a short walk from Maihama train station. As mentioned above, Ikspiari is not Disney themed; that means it does not sell Tokyo Disney Resort merchandise. If you want to buy Resort souvenirs but are not visiting the Parks, you should go over to Bon Voyage which is next to Maihama train station and a short walk from Ikspiari.
Ikspiari is a beautiful place and a wonderful shopping experience. However, wonderful shopping experiences are not hard to find in Japan. If you're at the resort and have some time to kill but don't want to hop on a train and venture out in to Tokyo, then by all means pay a visit to Ikspiari. You might also want to visit Ikspiari if you're spending the day at one of the Parks but want to get away for a quiet dinner in a nice restaurant. The Resort monorail system has a station right at Ikspiari, which means convenient access from anywhere at the Resort.