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10 Best Things To Do in Ikebukuro – Awaken Your Inner Child!

Ikebukuro – a district in Toshima – is where you can find almost everything that you desire. Surrounded by great restaurants, extremely entertaining amusement centers, and great finds on every street.

Check out these 10 things that you can do in Ikebukuro and create good memories along with your travel journey!

【1】Take a selfie with Ikefukuro

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Name Ikefukuro Statue
Address 1−28−2 Ikebukuro, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022
Operating Hours 24 hours
Holiday None

Located in the basement area of JR Ikebukuro Station, Ikefukuro statue becomes a meeting point for most people here in Japan. Now the question is, how is this related to the place and why is it built in JR Ikebukuro station? With a little pun intended, fukuro in Japanese means “owl” which really rhymed to the “bukuro” part of the place’s name, it was then decided that the statue will be an owl figure that will become a symbol and sure spot when meeting someone at the JR Ikebukuro station.

The best way to reach this spot is by heading to the North exit and just follow all the signs to Ikefukuro statues once you get off at the station.

【2】Meet the sea creatures at Sunshine Aquarium

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Name Sunshine Aquarium
Address 3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro | World Import Mart Bldg. Rooftop, Toshima 170-8630, Tokyo
Operating Hours March 21, 2018 ~ September 24, 2018
10 AM to 9 PM

September 25, 2018 – March 20, 2019
10 AM to 6 PM

*No entry after one hour before closing.

Holiday None

The place is conveniently located on the rooftop of World Import Mart building, just 10 minutes away from Ikebukuro station.

A rooftop aquarium that is like a tropical resort area! The aquarium is also advertised in almost every area of Sunshine City so guess what, definitely not a hassle to find. My fascination with sea creatures has finally led me to this place though I have already heard from some of my friends that Sunshine City has a lot to offer. The indoor atmosphere is a dimly-lit area brightened by the lights from large tanks that are filled with mostly different sea creatures. It’s really easy to roam around even though the place is a little crowded.

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【3】Imitate favorite anime at J-WORLD Tokyo

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Name J-WORLD Tokyo
Address 3F Sunshine City World Import Mart Building | 3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-8630
Operating Hours 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
(last entry: 9 PM)
Holiday None

This amusement center will bring you to the world of your all-time favorite anime series like Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece, and a lot more! It’s also located in World Import Mart Bldg so it isn’t a hassle to find. The regular entrance fee is ¥800 for adults, and ¥600 for children. You can get unlimited pass to all attractions for only ¥2,600 and ¥2,400 for children’s. Sometimes they offer tickets for sale so make sure to check their website before purchasing your tickets upfront.

The most famous facility is the VR Flying Nimbus that has been gaining unstoppable popularity since then. Better try it out so you can share the same sentiments as other visitors had.

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【4】Awaken all your senses at Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

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Name SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
Address 60F Sunshine 60 Bldg. | 3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō 170-0013
Operating Hours 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
(last entry: 9 PM)
Holiday None

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SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

【5】Stroll down the Otome Road

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Name Otome Road
Address 3 Chome Higashiikebukuro, Toshima 170-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
Operating Hours 24 hours
Holiday None

Situated along west side of Sunshine 60 building, there’s a street that exhibits a few of Japan’s subcultures that are truly fascinating!

Otome Road or known as “Maiden Road” caters to the needs of almost 80% female visitors. It is considered as a haven for all otakus out there. Indeed close to what you can expect when visiting Akihabara but a little less crowded. If you’re into mangas, games, and a lot more… then you found a perfect place!

【6】Spot great performances in Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

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Name Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Address 1-8-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021
Operating Hours Business hours depends on daily events/performances
Holiday Irregular holiday

Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened this performing arts theatre with a vision to promote arts and culture which predominantly pivoting in music, dance, opera, and theatrical performances live for the audience to enjoy.

You can also find other facilities that cater to your needs like rehearsal rooms, galleries, ateliers, rooms for cultural activities, and a lot more. A souvenir shop is also available inside so you can check and buy some stuff before leaving the building.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

【7】Pet your favoured one at Ikefukurou Café

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Name Ikefukurou Café
Address Sakimoto Building 6F | 1−17−1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyo 171-0022
Operating Hours Monday – Friday
1 PM – 8 PM
Weekend & Holidays
12 PM – 7 PM
Holiday None

This is the best time to pet so many owls of different colors and sizes in one place! A true animal lover, or most likely a true owl lover wouldn’t mind coming here even if comfortable seats are lacking because it’s mostly occupied by cute owls that are also very easy to take care with. You can carry a max number of 2 owls at the same time.

If you want to have a sure entry pass, make a reservation before visiting the place because they only accept a limited number of visitors every day which is very understandable so as not to stress the owls.

【8】Act like a queen at Swallowtail

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Name Swallowtail Butlers Cafe
Address Masakazu Bldg. | 3−12−12 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013
Operating Hours 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM;
6:50 PM – 9:15PM
Holiday None

If Akihabara has the famous Maid Cafe, Ikebukuro has the iconic Swallowtail Butlers Cafe that will absolutely make your Japan trip unforgettable. Being treated like a queen is wht most women wish to experience in this lifetime and this place can make every women’s dream come true.

The staff can speak English and very passionate about their jobs. The food is also great and is reasonably priced. Make sure to pay a visit so as not to miss this incredible experience that this place has to offer.

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【9】Spare some time to shop at Seibu Department Store

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Name Seibu Department Store
Address 1-28-1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō 171-0022
Operating Hours Monday – Saturday
10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday & Public Holidays
10 AM – 8 PM
Holiday None

Shopping should not be put aside when you are in Ikebukuro. Being one of the biggest department stores in the world, Seibu department store offers varieties of products and facilities to all shoppers. It has basement levels that are dedicated for food and the other floor levels are for retail shops like women’s sundries, women’s and men’s clothing stores, stationery, household tools, and beauty products.

You need to be really patient especially when queuing for a place to eat as it can really BE overcrowded especially during peak hours from 12 PM to 8 in the evening.

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Seibu Ikebukuro

【10】Dine at some delicious restaurants

Food will always be part of every travelers journey. Taking a stroll or splurging on some good products can bed really exhausting and will surely make you hungry so better check these restaurants and see if one of these will be included on your fav list.

Gyukatsu Motomura

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Name Gyukatsu Motomura
Address 3-13-10 Minamiikebukuro | ISP 3rd Bldg. 2F, Toshima-ku 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Operating Hours 11 AM – 10 PM
(Last order: 10 PM)
Holiday None

This place is best known for its deep fried beef cutlet or commonly known here in Japan as “Gyukatsu”. Their beef cutlet is described as tender and juicy. It gives that satisfying taste to the customers! The order comes with a mini stone grill just for customers who wish to grill the inner part of gyukatsu longer than necessary. This setup mostly applies to foreign customers.

Location wise, it is really convenient because it only takes 5 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station. Absolutely worth spending money and time!

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Motsu Nabe: Arizuki

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Name Gyukatsu Motomura
Address 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro | 14F Tobu Department Store Main Building, Toshima-ku 171-0021, Tokyo
Operating Hours Mon – Sat:
11 AM – 11 PM
(L.O. 10 PM)

Sun, Holidays
11 AM – 10 PM
(L.O. 9 PM)

Holiday Irregular Holidays

There’s no way that you’d miss this restaurant because it is just 3 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station (JR line) – West Exit. Arizuki is really a great place to eat hotpot during cold days.

The specialty of the house is the Motsu Nabe (offal hot pot). It tastes so damn good, the soup with the perfect blend of ingredients, and the fresh offal which tastes so juicy and delicious.

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