Ikebukuro's popular meeting place is none other than the bronze owl statue called Ikefukuro. It's near the north ticket gate in JR Ikebukuro Station, and makes it easy to meet up with people even when raining because it's indoors. Since it's within the vicinity of the station, try to go to Ikefukuro as soon as you get off the train.
Sunshine 60 Street is a street that heads toward Sunshine 60 from the Ikebukuro Station. Since it's in the middle of Ikebukuro's downtown, the street is crowded with people during both day and night. This street is also popular with people who want to go shopping, because there are clothing stores, restaurants, game centers, and more nearby.
This is Japan's major video community site Niconico Douga's showroom. Niconico allows individual users to host live broadcasts, and they also provide various anime and gaming shows catering to die-hard fans streamed live over the internet. The Niconico main office's studio is the one responsible for these live broadcasts. Aside from being able to watch public live broadcasts of some of the programs, they also have cafes and event spaces with electricity and Wi-Fi, as well as shops which sell original merchandise. Try to get a peek at their internet broadcasting office.
Nico Nico Main Office
Rakugo is a type of humorous storytelling which depicts the daily lives of townspeople, fairy tales, and more. This is an old tradition which has been loved in Japan since the Edo period. Ikebukuro Engei-jo is a place in Ikebukuro where you can enjoy rakugo. There are chair seats available, so you can sit for a long time without trouble. Let yourself get sucked into the world created by the rakugo storyteller.
Ikebukuro Engei Hall
In Japan, manga and novels on homosexual relationships are called BL (Boys Love), and girls who like these works are called fujoshi. This is a shop popular with these so-called fujoshi. Staff are dressed in school uniforms and there's this peculiar service called Moso Coupling Pocky, where male staff eat a pocky stick together.
Ikebukuro Danshi Boys Love Gakuen
This planetarium is equipped with the latest projection technology, which enables you to see a beautiful starry sky. The establishment is known for its elaborate music and presentation, which makes for a great experience no matter how many times you go. Aside from normal chairs, you can also lie down on their lawn chairs, or roll around on their cloud-shaped sofas. You'll want to come visit for the incredible views of the night sky.
Konica Minolta Planetarium “Manten”
This shop, which is a renovated glasses wholesale store, has a whole wall lined with reading glasses. First time visitors will receive a free pair of glasses, and reading glasses are sold for 48 JPY, while bifocals go for 195 JPY. They also sell stands for glasses, as well as sunglasses for affordable prices, so this is the place where you can get your hands on glasses-related items for a good deal.
Ikebukuro is a contested battle ground for ramen shops. Among these many shops is one where the lines of people never seem to die down know as Mensoubou Mutekiya. This shop sports various kinds of noodles you can enjoy like the thick, rich tonkotsu, soy sauce-based genkotsu noodles, and tsukemen, which is noodles dipped in soup, among others. During crowded times, you can be waiting in line for an hour, but since this is their only shop, you will definitely want to brave the wait and try a taste of these dishes.
Aside from a concert house equipped with the world's largest pipe organ, a playhouse for theater and dance, and two small theaters, this compound cultural facility is furnished with a gallery, practice rooms, and more. The establishment also has a cafe, restaurant, and shops, which all have free Wi-Fi. Various events are held intermittently in the plaza in front of the theater.
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
This is the famous structure designed by the American master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a classical, elegant building, which has been deemed an important piece of cultural heritage. The furniture, lighting, and doors that were built for this House of Tomorrow are striking from every angle. You might want to go here if you like buildings, and savor the dignified environment.
JIYU GAKUEN MYONICHIKAN
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.