Spots in Ikebukuro / Sugamo Area

  • Sunshine Aquarium
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    4.0
    721 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 3-1 Sunshine City World Import Mart Bill/rooftop
    "This aquarium was designed to be an ""oasis in the sky."" Located inside Sunshine City, an Ikebukuro landmark, in addition to being visited by tourists from across the country and the world, the aquarium is also a favorite destination for couples, friends, families, and people of all ages. Along with exhibits modeled after actual coral reefs, lakes, rivers, and other scenery, the aquarium's new atmospheric jellyfish exhibit, remodeled and reopened on July 9, 2020, is also popular. In the aquarium's outdoor area, visitors can see seals and penguins swimming overhead as if they were flying through the sky."

    A cool location for an aquarium and lots of different animals, both fishes and mamals. We visited in the evening which was nice because we were almost alone there, staff exepted.

  • Maenohara Onsen Saya-no-Yudokoro
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    4.0
    234 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Itabashi-ku Maenochou 3-41-1
    This day-trip onsen facility allows guests to enjoy real hot spring water fed non-stop directly from a natural source while still being in Tokyo. Using a renovated old Japanese home that was built in 1946, the attractive onsen has a relaxed, nostalgic ambience. There are fourteen types of baths with greenish brown mineral water, including the rotenburo (outdoor bath) that is surrounded by greenery, the indoor bath with highly concentrated carbonic spring water, and two saunas. The restaurant is also popular as guests can enjoy soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles) and set meals while gazing out at the kare-san-sui dry landscape that recreates a Showa-era garden. The closest station is Shimura-sakaue Station.

    The onsen is just an hour away from Shinjuku by trains. It is small but new and clean. It is not touristic and has less people there, so it is quiet and relaxing. A few outdoor hot baths and a...

  • Sunshine City
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 3-1
    This mixed-use commercial complex located in Tokyo’s Toshima City Higashi Ikebukuro district is a famous landmark in Ikebukuro. Comprised of five buildings, the Sky Circus observatory complex and a restaurant floor offering good views can be found in the tallest Sunshine 60 building. Inside the other buildings are many popular sightseeing spots such as the Sunshine Aquarium, the Konica Minolta Planetarium “Manten,” NAMJATOWN, and the Ancient Orient Museum, while guests can also enjoy gourmet food and shopping on the shopping center “alpa”.
  • Kishimojin
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    4.0
    233 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    3-15-20 Miscellaneous Shogo Gorge Toshima-ku, Tokyo
    A shrine which worships Kishimojin, the goddess of easy childbirth and child rearing. The name of the shrine’s famed osen dango (sweet dumplings) is a play on words—Kishimojin had one thousand (sen) children (ko – changed to “go” in dango), and thus these little treats also serve as a prayer to be blessed with children. The gingko trees on the shrine grounds are said to be some 700 years old and have been designated Natural Monuments by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The Oeshiki Taisai festival commemorating the Buddhist priest Nichiren’s death is held at the shrine each year from October 16 to 18. During the festival, the approach to the shrine is lined with bustling street stalls.

    Kishimojin (Hariti) was originally a Persian (Iran) child eating demon, who converted to Buddhism and wowed to protect the faithful and especially children. This deity is hence very popular among...

  • Pokemon Center MEGA TOKYO
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 3-1-2 Sunshine City Specialty Store Area Alpa 2F
    An official shop for the popular Pokemon video game located inside Sunshine City in Ikebukuro. The shop carries all manner of merchandize sure to delight any Pokemon fan, including games, stuffed animals, and original goods. Events are also frequently held at the shop, and shop highlights such as Pokemon card game classes for beginners and presents for visitors on their birthday are fun for children as well as adults.
  • Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro Store
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Nishikebukuro 1-1-25
    This department store directly connected to JR Ikebukuro Station’s West Exit opened in 1962 as the Terminal Department Store and boasts the largest sales space in the Kanto region. With a total of 18 floors including two underground floors and 16 floors above ground, it features shops covering fashion, lifestyle accessories, and toys, and also includes gourmet food, restaurants, a Uniqlo and a fitness studio. One characteristic is that each floor is divided up into 11 avenues. The section from the 11th floor to the 15th floor is full of restaurants, and the five floors have an assortment of cuisines from all over the world.

    東武百貨店本館地下二階にあります。 青果はありませんが少しの精肉や豆腐類などを除けば乾物がメインです。

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Nishikebukuro 1-8-1
    This performing arts cultural complex opened in 1990 but was renovated and reopened in 2012, and is used for various performances including music, dramas, opera, musicals, and dance. Mainly comprised of four main halls which include the Concert Hall with the world’s largest pipe organ, the mid-sized Playhouse, Theatre East and Theatre West, it also has meeting rooms and exhibit space. There are dining establishments on the first floor which can be used for meals before the program begins or as a rendezvous area. The closest station is Ikebukuro Station.
  • Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nerima-ku Shimoshakuji 4-7-2
    An art museum standing along Metropolitan Road 245 in Shimoshakujii, Nerima City. The museum displays works by Chihiro Iwasaki, a painter with a home and studio in Shimoshakujii known for her watercolors and picture books depicting children. The museum also holds exhibitions on related themes.

    I went to Chihiro Art museum to see the Murakami exhibition and was greeted with a small and lovely place in a more remote part of Tokyo. It has a unique charm with a very peaceful and childlike...

  • Ikebukuro Shopping Park
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    3.5
    56 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minamikebukuro 1-29-1
    A shopping mall located underground below Ikebukuro Station which hosts clothing and accessory boutiques, side dish shops, Japanese and Western food shops, service establishments, and cafes. Open until 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, the facility is particularly valued by people traveling home from work. A variety of events, fairs, and sales are also held here-you'll be sure to want to come by and hunt for bargains.

    We aimed to go to the basement of Seibu Department Store, but we happened to take a detour to visit this shopping park. As we were not familiar with its floor map, we just window shopped and found...

  • Miyagi Products Plaza COCO MIYAGI
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashi-ikebukuro 1-2-2 Higashi Ike Building 12F
    A two-minute walk from the east exit of JR Ikebukuro Station. This Miyagi Prefecture specialty products showroom occupies floors one and two of the Touike Building. The first floor is a shop area carrying sake, rice, seafood products, confections, arts and crafts, and other specialty products. This area is also used to test sales of new products, and hold event sales where customers can meet staff from companies which make the shop's products as well as representatives from towns, cities, and villages in Miyagi Prefecture. One of the facility's biggest draws, however, is the Date Gyutan Honpo restaurant on the second floor, where you can enjoy the tastes of Miyagi, particularly set meals, Japanese-style curry, and creative cuisine made with beef tongue.

    This shop sells special products of Miyagi. There are good Sake and local delicacies foods. I often buy smoked beef tongue and Sake. It is also close to Ikebukuro station. If you go to Ikebukuro...

  • Animate Sunshine
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Higashikebukuro 1-20-7
    This eight-floor building located at the entrance to Otome Road in the Higashi Ikebukuro district of Tokyo’s Toshima City is comprised of floors with a lineup of products particularly for the benefit of female fans, more so than other Animate locations around the country. Inside is a cosplay shop as well as shops for second-hand character costumes and doll-related merchandise, a studio offering cosplay photography, and also an Animate Café where guests can enjoy a menu that collaborates with anime works. This building is constantly being visited by anime fans from all over the country.
  • Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo's Lobby Lounge Le Jardin
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    4.0
    112 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Sekiguchi 2-10-8 Hotel Chinzan-so Tokyo 3rd floor
    This restaurant and lounge is in Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo's lobby. Four different menus are available depending on the time of day. In the afternoon you can enjoy an authentic British teatime with a 3-level sandwich tray and baked pastries. Roast beef is served at dinner time, and a variety of champagnes with a snack are available during the premium champagne hour.

    After a delicious lunch at Mokushundo in Chinzanso Gardens, walked to Le Jardin (French for garden) for desserts. Excellent choice of teas, coffees and French pastries with a Japanese touch. Very...

  • Toshimaen Niwa no Yu
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Nerima-ku Koyama 3-25-1
    This adults-only bathhouse overlooks a tranquil, 1,200-tsubo Japanese garden by renowned Japanese landscape designer Kenzo Ogata. You can enjoy a moment of bliss in one of six bathing areas, which include an outdoor bath in a natural spring surrounded by a Japanese garden, a bedrock bath, bade zone, sauna and relaxation area, and savor specialty cuisine in the restaurant, bar counter and lounge.

    日帰り温泉を朝から晩まで満喫しつつ、ランチは施設内2階のお食事処で。温泉や岩盤浴で汗をかいた後、もりもり食べる気分ではなかったので、さっぱりともりそば780円を。 ラーメンから刺身定食までメニューは幅広い。また、アルコール系のメニューも豊富。ソフトクリーム390円やコールドストーンのアイスバー290円〜もある。

  • Junkudo Bookstore Ikebukuro
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minamikebukuro 2-15-5
    This is a large bookstore located five minutes on foot from JR Ikebukuro Station East Exit, and the sales floor is from the basement to the ninth floor. There are books of various genres ranging from literary books to magazines, comics, medical and other specialist books etc. Many people visit from far away to find the book they are looking for. Inside the shop, you can search for your desired book with the help of a search machine, or you can use the desks and chairs provided to choose your books carefully. There is also a café on the fourth floor.

    池袋駅のすぐそばにあるジュンク堂。フロア面積が広く,品ぞろえ豊富で,専門書も充実しています。本を買うときは必ずジュンク堂というくらいよく行くお店です。

  • Mutekiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minamikebukuro 1-17-1
    A ramen restaurant in Ikebukuro that only has counter seating. Mutekiya offers a menu which will satisfy both your stomach and soul, including the popular Honmaru X, a rich tonkotsu-based shoyu (soy sauce) ramen with plenty of back fat; and the One Pound Doka-Mori Chashumen, which comes with a mountain of thick-cut chashu roast pork. The restaurant also serves novel ramen varieties like the crab miso noodles, made with crab miso shipped direct from Sakaiminato in Tottori; the carefully devised karamen spicy noodles, and the mabodofu-like mazesoba. Another nice thing about Mutekiya is its large selection of toppings, such as ajitama marinated soft-boiled eggs and fried garlic.
  • Itabashi Tennen Onsen Spadio
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Itabashi-ku Miyamotocho 49-4
    "A day-use bathhouse which takes great pride in its natural hot spring waters drawn from 1,500 meters underground. The light brown waters come from an ancient sea dating to between two million and 130 thousand years ago and as such are what are called ""fossil water."" The sodium chloride highly saline spring contains an abundance of salt and organic compounds. Its waters have a slipper feel and are said to promote post-illness recovery and treat such ailments as nerve pain, chronic digestive diseases, and chronic women's diseases. The bathhouse is located an eight-minute walk from Itabashihoncho Station on the Toei Mita Line. Free shuttle buses operate out of Nishidai Station on the Mita Line and Tokiwadai Station on the Tobu Tojo Line."

    平日の午後、中年男性とシニア女性が多い。コロナ禍もあり、人出は少ないのかもしれないが、初来店なので何とも言えない。 リラクゼーションルームには薄暗い中、BSも見られるテレビ付きリクライニングチェアが50〜60席ほど並び、3〜4割埋まっていた。最前列(最奥)は女性専用エリアとなっている。居心地は悪くないが、Wi-Fiは入らない。 岩盤浴もなく、特筆すべきことはあまりないが、スチームサウナはなかなかよ...

  • Ikebukuro Engeijo
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Nishikebukuro 1-23-1
    An entertainment hall located close to Ikebukuro Station in Nishiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo. The Ikebukuro Engeijo is one of four theaters in Tokyo which host regular rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling) performances. Established in 1951, the current building was rebuilt in 1993. Open every day from January 1 to December 28 each year, from daytime to the evening the facility conducts performances of rakugo, kodan (storytelling), manzai (comedic duos), acrobatics, and more.

    I visited Saturday afternoon. I paid 2000 JPY. I watched Japanese talking show (Rakugo), and (Manzai). Only Japanese, so it is little bit difficult to enjoy, if you can not understand Japanese...

  • Homyoji Temple
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Minami-Ikebukuro 3-18-18
    This ancient temple is said to have been founded in 810 during the reign of Emperor Saga. After receiving an official seal from Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun, this historic location has been frequented by many that were high up in the Tokugawa lineage. The path toward the Sanmon Gate is noted for its famous cherry blossom trees that have been around since the Edo era. This spot is now one of Ikebukuro's foremost cherry blossom viewing destinations, which brings in large crowds every spring.

    We had a guide that showed us around, which we thought was a must to explain everything about the temple in English, other wise you would have a problem to understand the ritual.

  • Zoshigaya Missionary Museum
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Toshima-ku Zoushigaya 1-25-5
    A one minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Yurakucho subway line. Here you can commune with art and culture in a comfortable space which harmonizes with the surrounding trees and plants in the museum's garden. The museum building, a symbol of the area, was built by American missionary John Moody McCaleb in 1907 to serve as his home. It is the oldest modern-style Western wooden structure in Toshima City and has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The fireplace decorated with art nouveau-style tile, the bamboo slat latticework, and other beautiful architectural touches and furnishings implemented with attention to material as well as design all convey the history of the home.

    令和2年(2020)11月9日から修繕休館していましたが 修繕が完了し 令和3年(2021)4月1日...

  • Nakamoto (Kamiitabashi Main Shop)
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Itabashi-ku Tokiwadai 4-33-3 Asaka Building 201
    A ramen restaurant located close to the Kami-itabashi in Tokiwadai, Itabashi City. The most popular item on the menu is the Moko tanmen noodles; the restaurant also serves a variety of other miso tanmen and ramen noodle dishes with spiciness levels ranging from 0 to 10. Other menu selections include donburi rice bowls topped with tanmen noodles, set meals, and takeout bento boxes.

    With my family we went there and we were absolutely surprise by the quality of the food and the service.

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