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Tokyo Trip: Most Popular Spots in Ikebukuro (November 2019 Ranking)

Tokyo Trip: Most Popular Spots in Ikebukuro (November 2019 Ranking)

Date published: 18 December 2019

These are the top recommendations for Ikebukuro, with travel tips and more, according to LIVE JAPAN, a top-class travel website for visitors to Japan. Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in a given category.

For instance, Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, Myouhou: Japanese public bath, Rikugien Gardens and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Ikebukuro!

1.Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro

1.Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro

Directly connected to Ikebukuro Station, Tobu Department Store is located in Ikebukuro with easy access to both Narita and Haneda Airports. Thanks to its direct station connection, you don’t need to worry about getting wet when it rains and can enjoy shopping all throughout the day.

There are two “depachika” (underground department store) levels here, selling a wide variety of goods including Japanese and Western sweets perfect for souvenirs, seasonal fruits, and so much more. Some shops also have eat-in areas for a quick and convenient bite to eat. Extending from the 1st floor up to the 8th, the shopping section presents you a huge variety of products, with the cosmetics brand stores and shoe brand shops being particularly worth a visit.

If you’re looking for Japanese-made souvenirs, we recommend the kitchen utensils and Japanese tableware section on the 6th floor. The famous unisex clothing chain Uniqlo has a shop on the 9th and 10th floors, and from the 11th up to the 15th you’ll find the largest department store restaurant area in Tokyo, with 46 different restaurants inviting you to enjoy not only Japanese staples like sushi, sukiyaki, and tempura but meals from all around the world, including Chinese and Italian. What’s more, the area’s open until 11:00 p.m. so you can eat late.

  • Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro
    Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro
    東武百貨店 池袋店
    • Address 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8512
    • 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)
    • Phone Number 03-3981-2211

2.Myouhou: Japanese public bath

2.Myouhou: Japanese public bath

Myohoyu is a public bath with a bright atmosphere, and their glass-sided building allow the view of the lobby from the street. It has a big dressing room, and in the resting space, a wide selection of the beverages are available for purchase.

Bath info
- Hot-water is heated using firewood so it has an established reputation of the water being soft and not stingy
- Shampoos and such are available in the bath room, so it is ok to bring only the towel with you
- The crib is placed in the ladies’ side of the bath room
- Provides lavender bath every Sundays
- Clean washing place
- Sauna available

  • Myouhou: Japanese public bath
    • Address 4-32-4, 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)
      15 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3957-8433

3.Rikugien Gardens

3.Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien is a landscape garden created in 1695 by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, soba-yonin (chamberlain and aide) of fifth Edo shogun Tsunayoshi, who gifted the land. It took seven years for Yoshiyasu to complete the spacious garden, which was designed to allow appreciation while freely circling the pond.

The garden area, originally flat, became an atmospheric scene of Japanese aestheticism with spacious ponds reflecting verdant trees, and tsukiyama or raised mountains symbolizing the relationship between man and woman. Weeping cherry trees blooming around late March are another draw. Edohigan (Cerasus spachiana var. spachiana forma ascendens) is a genus of Cerasus, known as weeping cherry, with blossoms cascading like waterfalls on pliant branches. The garden's significant artistic value earned its selection as a Special Site of Scenic Beauty.

Guided tours are available for overseas visitors. A seven-minute walk from Komagome Station on either the JR Yamanote or Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.

4.NEKOBUKURO

4.NEKOBUKURO

Welcome to the Nekobukuro district, a mysterious town of cats.

This is a fun play on words, with "neko" meaning cat, and "bukuro" coming from "Ikebukuro". In this weird and wonderful land, you can have a stroll around with a group of 30 cats!

When you enter this cat community, you can learn and experience many things you didn't know was even possible about cats, including their mysterious social interactions, their natural behavior, and how they spend time with us humans. You can also, of course, pet them.

But, when spending a little time in the world of cats, please make sure to ensure the cats also enjoy themselves too, and don't go overboard with your interactions.

There are so many different breeds and personalities, so you are certain to find your perfect feline friend.

Seven minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station's East Exit. Go to the eigth floor of Tokyu Hands and look for our large, distinctive cat-shaped door.

【How Nekobukuro works】
・There is no time limit to your visit.
・Same day re-entry is allowed.
・Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

  • NEKOBUKURO
    • Address Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro store 8F, 1-28-10, 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)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5953-5628

5.Ikefukurou Statue

5.Ikefukurou Statue

Ikefukuro or Ike-fukuro is a stone statue erected in September 1987. It was created because there was no outstanding meeting spot in the Inkebukuro Station when the JR (Japan Railways) was launched in March of the same year. Fukuro (an owl) is a pun on the ”bukuro” part of the word ”Ikebukuro.” Initially, the station staff tried to carve an owl out of wood, only to fail.

They contracted the work to a masonry company in the Tochigi prefecture, which completed it. The history of the Ikebukuro area is inscribed on the post placed just behind the statue. In 2006, a new statue of three little owls was placed next to the original one. The three-little-owl statue was a generous donation from the 5th-grade class-1 pupils of the nearby Ikebukuro Dai-san (No. 3) Elementary School.

Both statues are now popular as the ”parent and baby owls.” If you take the JR Ikebukuro Station North Exit and turn right following the sign ”Ikefukuro” in front of you, you will find the Ikefukuro statues. Alternatively, if you walk towards the Higashi-guchi (East) Exit from the Central Exit, turn left onto Cherry Road, and then continue, you will also find them. Either way takes about one minute.

  • Ikefukurou Statue
    • Address The Ikebukuro Station yard, 1, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022
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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)
    • Phone Number 03-3988-2914

6.SEIBU IKEBUKURO

6.SEIBU IKEBUKURO

Seibu Ikebukuro is a high-quality department store conveniently connected to Ikebukuro Station where you can shop until 9 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays (and until 8 p.m. on Sundays and Holidays.)

The basement houses a fresh food market where you can pick up anything from Japanese sweets that make perfect presents, to alcohol, prepared food for take out, and other fresh foods. Our first-floor cosmetics department offers a selection of over 40 of the most popular domestic and overseas brands in Japan.

Furthermore, Dining Park Ikebukuro, our eighth-floor restaurant area, contains 24 restaurants where you can enjoy Japanese, Western and Chinese dishes until 11 p.m.
Our convenient rooftop garden and restaurant area is an oasis where you can take a break from shopping.
There are also large branches of various major retailers, including Muji, Loft, and Ainz & Tulpe.
We look forward to your visit.

  • SEIBU IKEBUKURO
    • Address 1-28-1, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-8569
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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)
    • Phone Number 03-3981-0111

7.Homyoji Temple

7.Homyoji Temple

Kishimojin-do is a detached part of Homyo-ji, a Buddhist temple housing the deity of easy childbirth, Kishimojin (originally Hariti in the sutra). The temple may have been founded on the same site as Iko-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple built in 810 A.D.

Although the buildings were all destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II air raids, Kishimojin-do has gradually recovered its former splendor thanks to post-war reconstruction efforts. Its tree-lined approach has been a popular cherry-blossom viewing site since the Edo period (1603-1868).

In Kishimojin-do Hall one finds a statue of Hariti, a bell inscribed with curious patterns, and a monument to the morning glory by late 18th- to early 19th-century haiku poet and painter Sakai Hoitsu. The temple grounds also contain Iko Inari Shrine with its many red torii gates. Close to Toden Kishimojin-mae Station on the Arawaka Line.

  • Homyoji Temple
    • Address 3-15-20, Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0032
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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 03-3982-8347

8.TiCTAC Ikebukuro PARCO Store

8.TiCTAC Ikebukuro PARCO Store

We are a specialist watch store handling a range of popular watches, including Japanese brands such as SEIKO, CITIZEN, CASIO (G-SHOCK) and current hot brands such as KLASSE14 and Skagen, the latest smartwatches, authentic mechanical watches, and comfortable casual watches.

They also stock great options such as original watch designs that can only be found in our store, and matching watches recommended for an anniversary present. Gift wrapping is free. We handle duty free purchases and accept Union Pay and other credit cards.

<Access by public transport>
One minute's walk from JR Ikebukuro Station's East Exit
One minute's walk from Tokyo Metro Ikebukuro Station's Exit 27

  • TiCTAC Ikebukuro PARCO Store
    Goods
    • Address Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building 4F, 1-28-2, Minamiikebukuro, Tokyo, 171-8557
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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)
    • Phone Number 03-5391-8376

9.Gokoku-ji

9.Gokoku-ji

Gokoku-ji was established by the wish of Keishoin, the real mother of the 5th shogun of the Edo shogunate named Tsunayoshi Tokugawa in 1681. The main hall was resumed in the Genroku period with the best available knowledge and crafts at the time, which are shown in its delicate sculptures depicting lions, tapirs, and elephants hanging on a pillar (kake-hana).

It is a precious building that is preserved as it was at the time of its construction despite it having survived several crises such as fires, earthquakes, and war damages. The principal image, Nyoirin Kanzeon Bosatsu, is exhibited on the 18th of each month. Many buildings on the temple ground, as well as the main hall, have been designated as international and domestic Important Cultural Properties. There is a graveyard in the precinct, and it is well-known for having graves of many historical figures such as Shigenobu Okuma and Aritomo Yamagata (both were politicians). It has great access with a one-minute walk from the exit 1 of the Gokoku-ji Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line.

  • Gokoku-ji
    • Address 5-4-1, Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-0012
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    • Nearest Station Gokokuji Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3941-0764
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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