Sunshine Aquarium opened in 1978 as the first city aquarium located on the higher floor of the building in Japan. At the outdoor area, there are penguins, pelicans, and sea lions. Various fishes are displayed at the indoor area. You can have a relaxing time at this “oasis in the sky” in Ikebukuro!
Ikebukuro has lots of shopping centers, restaurants, and anime stores. The number of people who visit Ikebukuro is high as Shinjuku and Shibuya. There are also an aquarium and a planetarium that families and couples come for. Some people visit Ikebukuro just for Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO. You can see how Japanese love animations! It is also one of the best places to enjoy fast fashion or local shoppings.
Where is Ikebukuro
Sunshine city is the first commercial complex in Japan opened in 1978. The center of sunshine city is the Sunshine 60, the biggest building in Ikebukuro area. It has about 250 stores including the famous Pokémon Center MEGA TOKYO. Other surrounding buildings are also the part of this sunshine city. Ikebukuro is full of entertainments!
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo is located on the 2nd floor of Sunshine City Alpa building. It is the biggest Pokémon store in Japan that offers various Pokémon goods. You can get Pokémon dolls, Pokémon themed snacks, stationaries, clothes and more. It is a dreamland for Pokémon lovers!
At this observatory in sunshine city, you can enjoy the view of 251 meters above sea level. Of course, you can see Mt. Fuji and beautiful Tokyo views if the weather allows. Moreover, what makes here fun and popular is VR experiences! Few attractions including aerial swings are available.
J-WORLD TOKYO (a theme park for JUMP comics) was reborn to this MAZARIA in July, 2019. A totally new indoor theme park of anime and game! The concept is the world where you can have fun with anime and game characters. As the same as Namja Town, the leading Japanese game company ‘bandai’ operates and uses their latest technologies here. You’ll find here a new theme park.
Namja town is a famous indoor theme park operated by a leading Japanese game company, ‘bandai’. There are about 10 attractions and some temporal events collaborating with anime characters. Namja town also has popular gyoza (potstickers) stadium. About 9 gyoza stores are lined up so you can choose your favorite and enjoy gyoza!
Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten offers Japan’s high technological planetarium of combining video, music, and aroma. Konica Minolta is a Japanese electronics manufacturer company that also operates planetariums and makes planetarium equipments.
Ancient Orient Museum exhibits history of ancient civilizations. Mainly those are about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey but there are some studies of China and India too. What about a little study here while you’re in sunshine city?
Where you can buy anything from everyday items to high ends!
Ikebukuro has so many places to enjoy shopping besides the sunshine city! Ikebukuro station’s east and west exits are directly connected to Seibu and Tobu department stores and Tokyu Hands where you can buy anything from knick-knacks, stationaries, to party supplies! As major appliance stores are also located at Ikebukuro, it is one of the best places to enjoy shopping!
leading home appliance store! BicCamera Ikebukuro Main store is a leading home appliance store 1 minute away from Ikebukuro station East Exit. It is filled with various products from the 1st basement floor to the 8th floor! You can get anything from latest TVs, cameras, phones, beauty products, to toys, and more! It is a duty free store.
Ikebukuro Reading Glasses Museum, a glasses specialty store, is located near Ikebukuro station East exit. The shop is covered with numerous glasses and all of them are very cheap starting at JPY 48. You would see a number of glasses from outside as well. We would like you to visit this very unique and rare store.
The city filled with entertainments and culture!
Until recently, Akihabara and Shibuya were the top 2 places for Otaku (animation geek) culture and were the epicenter of entertainments in Tokyo! Yet, Ikebukuro is a hot spot now! Even Ikebukuro has been filled with lots of entertainment facilities, theme parks, and amusement arcades, the town is recently known as the Otaku city that many Otaku visit! Urban renewal is also in progress that makes Ikebukuro a very busy town!
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre reopened in 2012 with a high technological sound systems. Various stages from plays, opera, dance, to orchestra shows are performed! If you’re planning to visit, we recommend buying tickets online in advance.
Toshimaen is a retro amusement park with more than 30 attractions and activities! It is located at Toshimaen station which is about 15 minutes train ride from Ikebukuro station. Beautiful cherry blossoms bloom in spring, the swimming pools are open in summer, and ice skating is available in winter! What is more special here is ‘Niwa no Yu,’ the hot spring facility. You can have a relaxing time with looking over the beautiful Japanese garden after playing at the park!
A cityscape rich in nature!
Ikebukuro is also famous as a cultural city which has several universities. As big parks near the Ikebukuro station are maintained, it is recommendable to take some rests at the parks.
Minami-Ikebukuro park is just 5 minutes walk from Ikebukuro station! The park reopened in 2014 with a big lawn area, wood decks, and a cafe. Sadly, the lawn area is frequently not allowed to enter due to the maintenance. A great place to take some rests, eat takeout foods, and enjoy greenery!
Kishimojindo Temple located at the residential area of Ikebukuro is a famous temple to worship Kishimojin, the goddess of child birth and child care. The temple is filled with calm and quiet atmosphere that it makes hard to believe that you’re in Ikebukuro area. Try dango (sweet rice dumplings) at Daikokudo, a Japanese dango store in the temple!