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5 Things to Do in Ikebukuro: Not just anime - top tourist attractions for first-time visitors

5 Things to Do in Ikebukuro: Not just anime - top tourist attractions for first-time visitors

Date published: 18 November 2019
Last updated: 6 August 2020

Ikebukuro is listed along with Shinjuku and Shibuya as a huge city within Tokyo. Ikebukuro is known for its lower-priced hotels, busy downtown street, and it has different faces such as an entertainment district around Ikebukuro Nishiguchi (west exit of Ikebukuro Station) area, students area where universities are, and cultural facilities like theaters.

Here are some of the main things to do in Ikebukuro you should take note of before you visit!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. The Main Park to Visit in Ikebukuro
  2. 2. Ikebukuro's Main Shopping Street!
  3. 3. Famous performances by fish and sea lions
  4. 4. You can enjoy both attractions and food!
  5. 5. You can get rare anime-related goods!
  6. Planning on Staying Here?
  7. Recommended articles about Ikebukuro

1. The Main Park to Visit in Ikebukuro

1. The Main Park to Visit in Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro Nishiguchikouen (West Gate Park) is located near Nishiguchi area of Ikebukuro Station. It is in the central area of downtown, so many people from teens to business people gather here. There is an outdoor stage for some events to be held during the weekend. At night, young people can be seen practicing street dance. The park is also a popular meeting place.

  • Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park
    • Address 1-8-26, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0021
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    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3981-0534

2. Ikebukuro's Main Shopping Street!

2. Ikebukuro's Main Shopping Street!

The street, from in front of Ikebukuro Station leading up to Sunshine 60 building, is called Sunshine 60 Street. Of Many downtown areas in Ikebukuro, this is the most prosperous area, and it is always packed with people by day or by night. There are many character goods shops and game arcades, so it is where you can enjoy Japanese hobby culture.

3. Famous performances by fish and sea lions

3. Famous performances by fish and sea lions

Sunshine Aquarium is located on the rooftop of the World Import Mart Building in Sunshine City complex. Its concept is “Oasis in the Sky”, and you can enjoy this extraordinary space enveloped in water and greens. You can watch well-trained sea lions do some tricks, and penguins and pelicans getting fed. Creative exhibitions are simply fascinating.

  • Sunshine Aquarium
    • Address World Import Mart Building/Rooftop, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8630
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    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3989-3466

4. You can enjoy both attractions and food!

4. You can enjoy both attractions and food!

Namja Town is an indoor theme park. It consists of 3 areas: a play area called Dockingham Plaza where you feel like you have wandered off into a picture book, an area called Fukubukuro Nana-chome Shotengai with the recreated old Japan from the 1950s, and a town called Mononoke Bangaichi which has been taken over by monsters and ghosts. You will enjoy not only attractions and fun traps but also a variety of food such as gyoza (fried dumplings) and desserts. Both children and adults can have a great time here.

  • Namja Town
    • Address The second floor of the sunshine city world import Mart Building, 3, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013
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    • Nearest Station Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5950-0765
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5. You can get rare anime-related goods!

5. You can get rare anime-related goods!

There are many shops that carry anime-related goods in Tokyo, but Otome Road is an especially unique street as there are many shops that carry items aimed at ladies. You will find an array of shops that carry manga created independently by anime lovers, and costumes and wigs for cosplay. You may find some rare anime goods if you spend time looking around the shops. Make Otome Road your last stop in Ikebukuro.

  • Otome Road
    • Address 3, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013
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    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)
      8 minutes on foot

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  • Daiichi Inn Ikebukuro
    • Address Toshima-ku, HigashiIkebukuro 1-42-8, Tokyo-to, 170-0013
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    • Nearest Station Ikebukuro Station (JR Shonan Shinjuku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Saikyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line / Seibu Ikebukuro Line / Tobu Tojo Line)

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