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Ikebukuro | The best commercial and cultural city in Japan

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Ikebukuro is the third busiest station in Tokyo. The area on the capital’s north-western side offers a variety of activities for all audiences. While it used to be a somewhat dilapidated area, it got cleaned up a big and became a meeting place for young people. There are many subculture-related shops, an active nightlife scene, and plenty of entertainment in the huge Sunshine 60 complex. Find out where to go in Ikebukuro!

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Sunshine 60

The shopping center and entertainment complex Sunshine 60 is in Ikebukuro houses plenty of shopping opportunities and entertainment for the whole family. The Pokémon Center of Ikebukuro in Sunshine 60 attracts thousands of fans of the franchise due to its stuffed animals and objects that can only be bought here. A large Pokedex along with a Pokeball and several statues of famous Pokémon adorn the place. A true dream for the Pokémon trainers of the world.

Namjatown is also found in Sunshine 60. It is an indoor theme park where you can enjoy many attractions such as detective games,  shooting games, and horror houses. There is a food court where you can try a variety of gyoza dumplings from different parts of Japan.

If you go up to the 60th Observation floor, you can enjoy the magnificent view of Tokyo. If you are lucky and it is a clear day, you may see Mount Fuji. Sunshine 60 also has a large Aquarium and multiple fashion stores of international brands as well as Japanese brands.

Sunshine 60, Ikebukuro guide, Tokyo

Other Attractions in Ikebukuro

Another attraction is the large Bic Camera, a multi-story complex where you can find almost any technological device. They carry everything from cameras and telephones to televisions, household machines, or watches. There are floors and floors of everyday objects at a relatively affordable price. Due to its great success, this store also has slightly smaller branches elsewhere.

Ikebukuro is also home to the official store of the legendary anime Evangelion. The ‘Eva Store‘ has shirt collections, the entire series in different formats, cups, key rings, and plush toys. They even have prestigious jewelry. Evangelion became a cult anime. Because of this, many jewelry companies have collaborated with the store to make expensive necklaces, watches, and rings. The most devoted fans of the series are loving it!

Other interesting attractions of this city are the thematic cafes mainly aimed at ladies, for example, the Butler Cafe ‘Swallow Tail‘, the male equivalent of the Maid Cafes in Akihabara. Here clients are served by handsome butlers who call them “princess”, and they put a small tiara on their head and for about two hours continuously praise the client to make them feel spoiled.


Ikebukuro being downtown Tokyo has many restaurants for traditional Japanese food and typical Western or Chinese food, as well as hundreds of clothing stores for all tastes and sizes. The Chinatown of Tokyo is in Ikebukuro and it is interesting to see the differences between this area and other areas in the city. Also, there are at least three different stores dedicated to the Japanese dish abura soba in Ikebukuro. This specialty food is a combination of east and west and it is very delicious.

Competing with Akihabara, Ikebukuro has recently become a neighborhood dedicated to the culture of anime and video games, having branches of classic store Super Potato and the famous Animate department store along with many other well-known stores for fans. So if you want to get a taste of Japanese-style nerdy culture, head to Ikebukuro!

If you would like to be able to enter off the beaten path places that you normally can’t as a tourist. If you don’t speak Japanese, booking a bilingual private guide would be a great idea.

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