Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan

Ikebukuro, a giant hub for the northern part of Tokyo. Perhaps less alluring than many other large districts, but it offers plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities. In many ways Ikebukuro contains a mix of what you can find in other places around Tokyo. Here is one of Tokyo's busiest train stations with over a million commuters every day, just like in Shinjuku. There are huge department stores, just like in Shibuya. There are cheap electronics, just like in Akihabara.

Ikebukuro Attractions

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Ikebukuro Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space is a Japanese concert hall and theater located in Ikebukuro, operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture. Check out the events calendar on their website (see link below). The building also contains fine arts shops, restaurants, exhibition galleries and conference rooms. While you're here, don't miss the opportunity to ride in the world's longest escalator.

Address: 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-5391-2111
Website: http://www.geigeki.jp
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00 daily

Sunshine City Complex and Sunshine 60

Sunshine City Complex and Sunshine 60, Ikebukuro Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Sunshine City Complex, a city within the city, was the first of its kind when it was opened in 1978. The 240 meter tall Sunshine 60 skyscraper at the center of the complex was Tokyo's tallest building at the time of its construction. The Sunshine City Complex also features a hotel, a planetarium, a museum, a theme park, a shopping mall and a convention center with exhibition facilities.

Address: 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-3989-3331
Website: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Shops 10:00 to 20:00, Restaurants 11:00 to 22:00

Sunshine Namja Town

Sunshine Namja Town, Ikebukuro Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Sunshine Namja Town is an indoor theme park within the Sunshine City Complex, built by Namco, the creator of Pacman and many other arcade games and leisure products. The theme park recreates Tokyo alleys of past decades and features among other attractions three food theme parks about gyoza, ice cream and chou cream.

Address: 2/3F Sunshine City, World Import Mart Building, 3 Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-5950-0765
Website: http://www.namja.jp
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 daily
Admission: 300 yen

Amlux

Amlux, Ikebukuro Attractions, Tokyo, Japan

Next to Sunshine City you'll find the futuristic Toyota Amlux Auto Salon, where you can view and touch Toyota's newest car models and car accessories. The cars are spread over 6 floors making it one of the largest car showrooms in the world.

Address: 3-3-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Exit 2) on Yuraku Subway Line
Telephone: +81 3-5391-5900
Website: http://www.amlux.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (closed Mondays)
Admission: Free

Nishi-Ikebukuro Park

This is Toshima City's largest park, located near Metropolitan Art Space and Rikkyo University. There are fountains in the center of the park, and they are lit up at night. Come here to watch the old men sitting in the shade playing the Japanese game shogi, or to try to get a glimpse of the many Yakuza members alleged to hang out here. There is an exercise area in the south portion, and is a mecca for street soccer come nightfall.

Address: 3-20-1 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station on Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Telephone: +81 3-3891-1111 (Ward Office)

Ikebukuro Shopping

Seibu and Tobu Department Stores

Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

The world's two largest department stores, one built by the Seibu Railway Company and the other by Tobu, cut the district right in half, forming as they say, "Ikebukero's Berlin Wall". Tobu Department Store is located on top of the west exit of Ikebukuro Station, and Seibu Department Store is located on top of the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. Both Seibu and Tobu are open seven days a week.

Seibu Department Store
Address: 1-28-1 Minami-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3981-0111
Website: http://www2.seibu.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 to 21:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 to 20:00

Tobu Department Store
Address: 1-1-25, Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station (West Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3981-2211
Website: http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/ (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 daily

PARCO

PARCO, Ikebukuro Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

With branches all over Tokyo, PARCO is a favorite haunt of locals in their twenties and thirties. The Ikebukuro store, with two buildings of 11 floors each, is full of Japanese clothing, CDs, books, beauty products and food.

Address: 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-5391-8000
Website: http://www.parco-ikebukuro.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily

Bic Camera

Bic Camera, Ikebukuro Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

Bic Camera is one of Tokyo's leading discount electronics retailers. Their main store is located at the east exit of Ikebukuro Station and there are several more branch stores located on both sides of the station. Bic Camera in Ikebukuro offers not only digital cameras, but also watches, household machines, computer games, sport equipment, home theater systems, cell phones, printers and much more.

Address: 3F Ikebukuro Kowa Building, 1-41-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5396-1111
Website: http://www.biccamera.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 daily

Japan Traditional Craft Center

Japan Traditional Craft Center, Ikebukuro Shopping, Tokyo, Japan

This store is worth a trip even if you can't afford to buy anything. This two-story center is a great introduction to both traditional and contemporary Japanese design. Crafts for sale include everything from pottery, lacquer ware and carving knives for your everyday needs to more esoteric bows and arrows, washi (paper products), calligraphy brushes, furniture, and sometimes even stone lanterns or Buddhist family altars.

Address: 1-2F Metropolitan Plaza Building, 1-11-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-5954-6066
Website: http://www.kougei.or.jp/english/center.html
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 daily

Ikebukuro Restaurants

Issui

Issui in Ikebukuro is one of the most welcoming and original izakaya in Tokyo. The menu is all in kanji, but offers a nice selection of food and drinks. Whether you want a night of drinks and food or if you are just in the area and need somewhere to relax with a beer, its location and atmosphere make it just the ticket.

Address: 1-1-10 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-3985-5155
Opening Hours: 15:00 to 24:00 daily

ZAO

This coffee shop is open around the clock for anyone who does not fall asleep - and order something at least every two hours. With an interior that probably hasn't been changed since the 70's this café primarily attracts college students pulling all-nighters and insomniacs. Try the huge jumbo parfait (ice cream sundae), which is literally served in a fishbowl.

Address: 1-18-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Opening Hours: Always open

Sasashu

For an old, traditional-style pub, with an excellent sake selection, visit Sasashu in Ikebukuro. It also serves some of the best izakaya food in town, the Japanese wouldn't dream of drinking well without eating well. Located in a rambling, two-story building, with thick beams and tatami floors, Sasashu is a wonderful experience, in victuals, libation and ambience.

Address: 2-2-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station (East Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-3971-9363
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 22:30 (closed Sundays)

Sui Sui

Sui Sui, Ikebukuro Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan

This upscale, tastefully decorated izakaya adds a touch of elegance to the neon-lit, seamy backstreets of Ikebukuro. A cozy atmosphere and an interior with wooden warmth awaits as you enter this stylish restaurant. The extensive menu and large selection of cocktails, makes this a suitable place for a romantic date as well as a drinking party.

Address: 2F, 1-20-3 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station
Telephone: +81 3-3983-1528
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 17:00 to 24:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 to 05:00