How to Enjoy Ikebukuro in A Day

There is absolutely no mistake to come to Ikebukuro if you want to enjoy shopping and gourmet. Ikebukuro is a very popular spot to foreign tourists. How to enjoy Ikebukuro that can meet various needs? Here we are going to introduce the recommended tourist spots, shopping information, delicious gourmets, etc.!

Visit Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Aquarium, Ikebukuro Park!

Apart from shopping, there are many places that you can relax yourself and walk around in Ikebukuro which answers to all kinds of needs. The places that we are going to introduce are those where you can enjoy the different aspects of Ikebukuro. If you get a little bored of shopping, then pay a visit to these places and get some healings.

Ikebukuro West Gate Park

The first spot is the Ikebukuro West Gate Park which is the filming site of Japanese drama “Ikebukuro West Gate Park”. The park, which is close to the west exit of Ikebukuro Station, has a fountain in the middle part and it always feels cooling there. The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, adjoining the park, holds performances like play, dance, music, etc. regularly. There are also many events being organized in the park during public holidays.

Spot Information

  • Ikebukuro West Gate Park
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro 1-8-26
  • Access: About 1-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station West Exit

Ikebukuro Sunshine City Aquarium

You can see penguins in this lively city! If you want to see penguins swimming on top of you, then pay a visit to Ikebukuro Sunshine Aquarium. Not only penguins, there are also many other sea creatures exhibited here. Enjoy yourself in the beautiful ocean world!

Spot information

  • Sunshine Aquarium
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 3-1-1 Sunshine City
  • Access: About 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station

Minami Ikebukuro Park

In fact, apart from West Gate Park, there are other parks in Ikebukuro area too. In Within the Minami Ikebukuro Park, which is in the middle part of the city, is a lawn and it is like an oasis. There are also playgrounds and table tennis tables in the park. Families can enjoy relaxing and happy time here.

Spot information

  • Minami Ikebukuro Park
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 2-21-1
  • Access: About 5-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Shopping in UNIQLO!

Never miss this, shopping lovers! Other than department stores, there are various kinds of brands stores nearby Ikebukuro Station. The popular UNIQLO has even 4 stores here. Two are super-large stores and sell various products such as the latest release and limited-edition items.

Spot information

  • UNIQLO Ikebukuro Higashiguchi Store
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 1-26-9, 2nd MYT Building 1st floor
  • Access: About 5-minute from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Eat Sushi in Ikebukuro and enjoy your lunch!

When visiting Japan, Japanese food is certainly a must try. The sushi with fresh seafood is especially delicious and has received good reviews from tourists. There are many sushi restaurants in Ikebukuro such as the normal sushi restaurants and “conveyor belt” sushi bars. So, how about have sushi for lunch?

Don Quijote, Sunshine City, LOFT for fun shopping

Go to Ikebukuro if you want to do shopping. There are various department stores and shops that cater to different needs. Go to Don Quijote, Sunshine City and LOFT in Ikebukuro for a fun shopping experience!

Don Quijote Ikebukuro Higashiguchi Ekimae Store

Don Quijote Ikebukuro Higashiguchi Ekimae Store is located just in front of Ikebukuro East Exit. The entire building is an area that sells various kinds of products. All daily necessities for people of all ages and both sexes can be bought here. And, they are cheap and worth buying!

Spot Information

  • Don Quijote Ikebukuro Higashiguchi Ekimae Store
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 1-22-5
  • Access: About 3-minute walk Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Ikebukuro Sunshine City

Speaking of Ikebukuro, the Ikebukuro Sunshine City is the most recommended. Shops of different genres, from daily necessities to clothes, can be found from basement 1st floor to 3rd floor. Furthermore, there is an observation deck at the highest floor and one can enjoy beautiful night view from here.

Spot information

  • Ikebukuro Sunshine City
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 3-1-1
  • Access: About 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Ikebukuro LOFT

Various kinds of miscellaneous goods and daily necessities can be purchased in LOFT. Among them are products shown on TV ads and interesting items. If you want to purchase such products, come to LOFT and look for them!

Spot information

  • Ikebukuro LOFT
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 1-28-1, Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store 9th~12th Floor
  • Access: About 2-minute walk from Ikebukuro East Exit

Interacting with animals, owls that call for good fortune, in Owl Café!

For those who lives in cities, there are times when you feel extremely exhausted mentally and physically. There is a café in Ikebukuro where you can get healings during times like this. A cat café? No, that is just normal. It is an owl café where you can interact with owls. The owls with round eyes are so cute to see!

Spot information

  • Ikefukurou Café (Owl Café)
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Minami Ikebukuro 1-17-1, Sakimoto Building 6F
  • Access: About 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Good bargain shopping at BOOKOFF and DAISO!

Go to BOOKOFF if you want to buy games or books. Of course, there are other items being sold here too. You can get Japanese dramas, animations and films at a reasonable price. Those who like Japanese entertainment can shop as freely as you like here. Although these are secondhand articles, don't worry, they are of good quality and condition.

Spot information

  • BOOKOFF Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Tori Store
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 1-22-10, Humax Pavillion
  • Access: About 7-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

The first thing that comes to mind is always DAISO whenever one wants to buy daily necessities. DAISO Sunshine City Store is in Ikebukuro Sunshine City. Although the store is slightly small, you can find the basic daily necessities here.

Spot information

  • DAISO Sunshine City
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 3-1 Sunshine City Alpa B1F
  • Access: About 8-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

A Must Go in Ikebukuro ~ Yakiniku and Izakaya!

There are many restaurants operating in Ikebukuro at night time. What you absolutely should not miss are the Yakiniku (grilled meat) and Izakaya (Japanese style bar). There are many restaurants that serve from normal Yakiniku to A5-ranked meat and are highly recommended to meat-lovers. They are all delicious. Furthermore, the night in Ikebukuro is always lively. Go to Ikebukuro if you want to have beers and relax. Various shops such as Tachinomiya (drinking establishment where one drinks while standing) that serve cheap and good beer as well as exclusive Izakaya can be found here. It can be hard to decide on which shop to go to.

Stay at Centurion Hotel, Royal Hotel in Ikebukuro and enjoy relaxing time!

Many tourists visit Ikebukuro every day. The train transfer is convenient here and you can go everywhere easily. Furthermore, not only shopping and gourmets, there are many facilities for making good travel memories in Ikebukuro. It is a good choice to stay in Ikebukuro.

Highly recommended are Centurion Hotel Ikebukuro and Ikebukuro Royal Hotel which are close to the train station. Both are about 4-minute away from Ikebukuro Station. If you shop a lot, you can easily go back to your hotel as it is nearby, put everything in the room and then continue your shopping.

Spot information

  • Centurion Hotel Ikebukuro
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 1-8-9
  • Access: About 4-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Spot information

  • Ikebukuro Royal Hotel
  • Address: Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro 2-41-7
  • Access: About 4-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit

Take a stroll around Ikebukuro Station!

There are 4 train companies operating in Ikebukuro Station. These are JR’s Yamanote Line, SAikyo Line, Shonan Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro’s Yurakucho Line, Fukutoshin Line and Marunouchi Line, Tobu’s Tojo Line and Seibu’s Ikebukuro Line. Although the train transfer is convenient, it is difficult to remember the route. Those who are here for the first time will surely get lost.

There are 6 major exits in Ikebukuro. East Exit, Seibu East Exit and Seibu Exit are at the east side while North Exit, West Exit and South Exit are at the west side. The station is connected to different department stores. If you want to go to Seibu Department Store, the Seibu East Exit is the fastest route. For Tobu Department Store, then the West Exit. There are many restaurants and shops along the passageways, take a stroll here if you have extra time! 

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