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Awesome Things to Do In Japan: Most Popular Spots in Ikebukuro! (March 2020 Ranking)

Awesome Things to Do In Japan: Most Popular Spots in Ikebukuro! (March 2020 Ranking)

Date published: 26 March 2020

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, Myouhou: Japanese public bath, NEKOBUKURO, Ikefukurou Statue and other related spots will be listed. Be sure to check them out during your visit to Ikebukuro!

1.Myouhou: Japanese public bath

1.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.

[Regarding the bath]

- 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

2.NEKOBUKURO

2.NEKOBUKURO

Welcome to the Nekobukuro district, a mysterious town of cats.
You can spend leisurely days together with a group of 30 cats.
When you enter our cat community, you can get to learn and experience many things about the cats, including their mysterious social interactions, their natural behavior, and how they spend time with us humans. You can also actually pet them.
At our facility, in addition to marvelling at their cuteness, you can also enjoy the full cat experience.
When spending a little time in the world of cats, please make sure to ensure the cats also enjoy themselves by properly following the rules.

We have cats of many different breeds and personalities, so you are certain to find a feline friend that is the perfect match.

We are located 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

3.Ikefukurou Statue

3.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

4.Sunshine City

4.Sunshine City

Sunshine City opened in 1978 as the core project for development of the Ikebukuro area, and as the first large-scale private-sector initiative. In addition to shops and restaurants, there are many amusement facilities such as an observatory and aquarium. Furthermore, it also includes apartments and hotels, creating a space that contains many of the functions needed for urban life. The Sunshine Aquarium has a history of over 30 years as an urban aquarium, and there are popular performances of sea lions, pelicans and penguins that are held each day. The Konica Minolta Planetarium was renovated in December 2015. Under the theme of ”liberation of the senses”, it features full-dome projection of high-resolution full-color CG motion imaging accompanied by music and scents, making for an amazingly realistic experience. It is a 3-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line, .

5.Sunshine Aquarium

5.Sunshine Aquarium

Designed with ”Oasis in the Sky” as a concept, the Sunshine Aquarium is an extraordinary metropolitan aquarium in a high-rise, and you can experience the joy, comfort, peacefulness, and relaxation of an aquarium all at once. Its easy access is another attractive point as it is a 5-minute walk from the Higashi-ikebukuro Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line or a 10-minute walk from the Ikebukuro Station on several lines. Along with the observation of various creatures, the aquarium offers an entertaining space with a seal show, underwater performance show, and a feeding-time show of seals, pelicans, and penguins. There are also shops selling aquarium-original items and a stylish cafe that gives an impression of a resort beach. This is an aquarium that people of all ages-from children to the elderly-can enjoy.

  • 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

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.)
We offer a wide range of items from the world’s top luxury brands.
Our 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.Namja Town

7.Namja Town

Namja Town prides itself on being Japan's largest indoor theme park. Here, you can enjoy all sorts of attractions without worrying about the weather. The park consists of three towns. Dokkingamu Plaza is a European-style townscape with a large gummi (candy) tree as its symbol. Fukubukuro Nana-Chome Shopping Street reproduces a Japanese townscape circa 1955. Mononoke Bangaichi is a mysterious town overtaken by mononoke (ghosts). Each town has fun attractions for the whole family. When you get hungry, Namja Gyoza Stadium on Fukubukuro Nana-Chome Shopping Street serves up local gyoza from various places, while Fukubukuro Dessert Side Street offers decorated desserts. There is also a souvenir shop selling items such as original character goods. A three-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Yuraku-cho Line, and an eight-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station.

  • 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

8.Rikugien Gardens

8.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.

9.Sega Ikebukuro GiGo

9.Sega Ikebukuro GiGo

All game centers are packed into Ikebukuro GiGo!
We have a anime-themed reservation-only cafe on B2.
B1 to L2 are filled with a huge amount of crane games.
The prizes inside are items you can only get in a game center.
Every floor is packed with excitement: L3 has music games, L4-5 have video games, L6 has photobooths and L7 is our goods floor.
At the shop front on L1, we also sell taiyaki, a traditional Japanese sweet.
Come and play if you're in Ikebukuro!

  • Sega Ikebukuro GiGo
    • Address TECH35 building B1F - 7F, 1-21-1, 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)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3981-6906

10.EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01

10.EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01

The official Evangelion store.
We are an official store offering a huge line-up of Evangelion goods, from stylish apparel including T-shirts and bags, to miscellaneous items and food products based on the characters.
Our store is based on the concept of ””real EVA style!””
Why not incorporate some EVA style into your everyday life?
We also offer items that are limited to the TOKYO-01 (Ikebukuro) store, and hold various events each month and depending on conditions, hand out special gifts!
◆To customers visiting from overseas◆
We will give an official sticker to customers purchasing duty-free goods worth over JPY 5,000! Furthermore, customers who have a birthday within one month of their visit will receive a button badge!
The No.2 official store, Hakone Yumoto EVA-ya, is now operating in Hakone, the town that provides the setting for Tokyo-3 in the anime.

  • EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01
    • Address Ikebukuro P' PARCO 2F, 1-50-35, 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)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5992-3310
*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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