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One of Tokyo’s city centers welcomes you into a world of surprises, with lively commercial avenues lined by intriguing entertainment and augmented reality hubs.

Anime, cosplay and other futuristic Japanese customs are celebrated in the lively district of Ikebukuro. Rising from its core is the Sunshine City compound, which provides a range of intriguing and otherworldly exhibits and experiences. Get a sense of modern-day Japan with a trip to the shopping kiosks and stores.

Immerse yourself in the district’s thriving otaku culture, which centers on a passion for online and virtual worlds. Drawings of popular anime cartoon characters and digital representations are draped across the sides of the market stalls and shops.

Get close to these imaginary figures in Namco Namjatown in the Sunshine City complex. Wander through its haunted house area and play a range of video games. On the top floors of the complex is the Sunshine Aquarium, with penguin, pelican and jellyfish exhibits. Admire the wonderful views of Tokyo’s skyline from its rooftop terrace.

In the western corner of Sunshine City rises the SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory, whose observation platform has a range of fun features. Walk along the transparent glass tiles and enjoy virtual reality experiences in this high-tech exhibit looking down on Tokyo.

Back on the ground, stroll along the busy shopping avenues and stop at the stores selling all types of souvenirs. The quarter is known for its boutiques specializing in high-end cameras.

Visit Ikebukuro’s more traditional highlights including the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and the Ancient Orient Museum. The latter sheds light on Ancient Egypt and the surrounding area. Wander through the leafy campus of the Rikkyo University and mingle with the students.

The district of Ikebukuro lies in the heart of Toshima, a little north of central Tokyo. Arrive via train at the Ikebukuro railway station in the northwestern corner of the Yamanote Line and get around the surrounding area by tram. Visit other nearby neighborhoods such as Minamicho, Mejiro and Otsuka.

Ikebukuro offers a glimpse of the future, with interactive exhibits on virtual and augmented reality.

Top Hotels in Ikebukuro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Ikebukuro-Eki-Kitaguchi
APA Hotel Ikebukuro-Eki-Kitaguchi
3 out of 5
2-48-7, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
$48
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Ikebukuro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nekobukuro and J-World Tokyo. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street ...

3.7/5Good! (872 reviews)

"Really love the close proximity to the Ikebukuro Station, that was the biggest plus for us. Also, the rooms were clean and they provided a lot of daily useful items which we used every day. The staff is friendly and helpful. The only thing we were concerned with was that sometimes the room felt too ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2019

APA Hotel Ikebukuro-Eki-Kitaguchi
Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro - Hostel
Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro - Hostel
2 out of 5
2-40-7 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
$43
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Ikebukuro, this hostel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nekobukuro and within 6 mi (10 km) of Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street. Yanaka Cemetery ...

4/5Very Good! (1,182 reviews)

"Staff are helpful and are all effectively bilingual. After I checked out, I was also allowed to leave my luggage at the hotel for a day before retrieving it the next day. There is a water dispenser to fill our bottles before heading out for the day. On the 6th floor there is also a communal kitchen ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro - Hostel
Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro
Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro
3 out of 5
2-12-2 Toshima, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
$80
per night
Jan 8 - Jan 9

Located in Ikebukuro, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Nekobukuro and within 6 mi (10 km) of Omoide Yokocho and Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street. Meiji Jingu Shrine ...

4.3/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"The hotel located near Ikebukuro metro exit C1-2 that is very convenient to travel around. The metro walk is connected to the JR line. There is a cloth washing machine provided in the room that is very useful for traveller who stays over a week. The lobby area and breakfast buffet line are small ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro
Toyoko Inn Tokyo Ikebukuro Kita-guchi No.2
Toyoko Inn Tokyo Ikebukuro Kita-guchi No.2
3 out of 5
2-51-2, Ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
$74
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Ikebukuro, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Nekobukuro and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Samurai Museum. Shinjuku Isetan and Omoide Yokocho are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (305 reviews)

"Convinence location. Breakfast is good. Staffs are friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Toyoko Inn Tokyo Ikebukuro Kita-guchi No.2
OYO 673 Chang Tee Hotel
OYO 673 Chang Tee Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2-32-4 Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
$65
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13

Located in Ikebukuro, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Rikkyo University, Sunshine City Shopping Mall, and Sunshine Aquarium. Waseda University is 2.3 mi ...

3.8/5Good! (70 reviews)

"The hotel is a short walk from the station and it was very easy to get to. The staff were polite and very helpful. I stayed in the twin bedroom which was clean and spacious."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

OYO 673 Chang Tee Hotel
Hotel New Star Ikebukuro
Hotel New Star Ikebukuro
3 out of 5
2-61-6 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
$60
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Ikebukuro, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from J-World Tokyo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tokyo Dome and Yanaka Cemetery. Mandarake Complex and Tokyo ...

3.6/5Good! (486 reviews)

"I like the staff’s friendliness and even though the building is a bit outdated, it’s clean. Just don’t like the voices of the visitor that I can hear from next door. Still I love my stay here for 5 nights. Will definitely come back."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Hotel New Star Ikebukuro

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Japanese Food tour in Ikebukuro (Tokyo)
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Japanese Food tour in Ikebukuro (Tokyo)

$115

Let's go to 2-hour food tour in Ikebukuro. Accompanied by a guide, visiting several popular bars and restaurants. Sample Japanese food is just like yakitori, japanese sake and monjayaki Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 15 people.

Enjoy Ikebukuro as a local
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Enjoy Ikebukuro as a local

$124

Starting from being in the middle of the two biggest shopping stores, Tobu and Seibu, the Sunshine Buildings. Ikebukuro has one of the biggest Aquariums in Tokyo. Moreover, Ikebukuro is also a centre of Otaku culture and includes many gaming centres.

Robot Restaurant Show
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Robot Restaurant Show

$60

Get ready for a night of eye-popping entertainment like nothing you've seen at the Robot Restaurant, where bright lights, techno music, dinosaurs, and dancers combine with—of course—robots for a sensory spectacle in the heart of the Kabukicho red-light district.

Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise
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Full-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour in Tokyo with Cruise

$100

Discover Tokyo's top attractions by bus. In morning you can feel the Japanese history going through Meiji Shrine, the imperial palace and Sensouij temple in Asakusa. In afternoon you will experience modern Japan at the Tokyo Sky Tree tower and Tokyo Bay Cruise.

Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train
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Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi & Hakone National Park by Bullet Train

$142

Leave the hustle and bustle of Tokyo behind on this escape to Japan’s highest mountain and volcano—Mount Fuji. Enjoy a scenic cruise on the immaculate Lake Ashi, and then take in stunning sights while soaring on the Hakone Komagatake Ropeway before returning to Tokyo by bullet train.

Japanese food tour in Ikebukuro (Tokyo)
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Japanese food tour in Ikebukuro (Tokyo)

$107

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: JR East Travel Service Center Ikebukuro Station, 1-28-2 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022 Tokyo Prefecture Let's go to 2-hour food tour of Japan’s capital.

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