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Ikebukuro (r) is one of Tokyo's multiple city centers, found around the northwestern corner of the Yamanote loop line. At the district's center stands Ikebukuro Station, a busy commuter hub traversed by three subway and multiple urban and suburban train lines. It is one of Japan's busiest railway stations, handling over a million passengers per day.

Ikebukuro offers plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities. It is the battleground between the Tobu and Seibu conglomerates, which operate large department stores on each side of the station, as well as train lines from Ikebukuro into the suburbs. Seibu has also a stake in Sunshine City, a large commercial complex not far from the station.

While not as well known as Akihabara, Ikebukuro is also a center of otaku culture. Unlike Akihabara, Ikebukuro caters more to a female clientele with butler cafes and anime, manga and cosplay related shops. The center of the female otaku scene is located along Otome Road just north of Sunshine City. It is also said to be a good place to find dojinshi, or self published manga or novels, especially those produced for women.

Department stores

Tobu

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (upper floors 10:30 to 19:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 22:00

Seibu

Shops: 10:00 to 21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and national holidays)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00 (from 10:30 on weekends and holidays)

Sunshine City

Opened in 1978, Sunshine City is Tokyo's first city within the city. The focal point of the complex is the 240 meter tall Sunshine 60 skyscraper. The complex contains shops and restaurants, an aquarium, planetarium, museum, indoor theme parks, as well as the Sunshine Prince Hotel and offices. Sunshine City's shops are open daily from 10:00 to 20:00 and its restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00.

Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 700-1200 yen depending on the day

Namja Town

Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1000 yen (entry only), 3700 yen (entry and unlimited rides)

Sunshine Aquarium

Hours vary; typically 9:30 to 21:00 in spring and summer, and 10:00 to 18:00 in autumn and winter
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2600-2800 yen depending on the day

Electronics stores

Bic Camera

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00

Yamada Denki

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00

Other attractions

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space

Times and fees vary by event

Getting there and around

Ikebukuro Station is a major station on the JR Yamanote Line. It is also served by the JR Saikyo Line, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, Tobu Tojo Line, Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Marunouchi, Yurakucho and Fukutoshin subway lines.

From Tokyo Station

15 minutes and 210 yen by the Marunouchi Subway Line or 25 minutes and 210 yen by the JR Yamanote Line.

From Shinjuku Station

8 minutes and 170 yen by the JR Yamanote, Saikyo or Shonan-Shinjuku lines.

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    • hotel hisoca ikebukuro
      Luxury
      Hotel hisoca ikebukuro is ideally located in the centre of Tokyo, and offers a shared lounge, free WiFi and a terrace. The property is around 200 metres from Ikebukuro Nishi-guchi Park, 300 metres from Nishi-Ikebukuro Park and 500 metres from Ikebukuro Marui Shopping Center. Private parking is available on site. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a toaster, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. Hotel hisoca ikebukuro offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. The accommodation can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Popular points of interest near hotel hisoca ikebukuro include Metropolitan Plaza, Ikebukuro Station and Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 24 km from the hotel.
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    • Dormy Inn Ikebukuro
      Mid-range
      Located in the centre of Tokyo, Dormy Inn Ikebukuro is situated 300 metres from Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park and 700 metres from Hinodechou Park. The property is set 800 metres from Shusseinari Shrine, 800 metres from Koyasuinari Shrine and 700 metres from Ancient Orient Museum. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, every room is equipped with a desk. All units will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Dormy Inn Ikebukuro offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. Speaking English and Japanese, staff are willing to help at any time of the day at the reception. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Wacca Ikebukuro, Ikebukuro Suiten-gu Shrine and Honryuji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 27 km from Dormy Inn Ikebukuro.
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    • MIMARU Tokyo IKEBUKURO
      Luxury
      Situated in the Toshima district in Tokyo, MIMARU Tokyo IKEBUKURO offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 800 metres from Ikebukuro Station, 700 metres from Metropolitan Plaza and 800 metres from Wacca Ikebukuro. The property is 500 metres from Ikebukuro Marui Shopping Center, and within 500 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At MIMARU Tokyo IKEBUKURO the rooms have bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ikebukuro Mitake Shrine, Ikebukuro Nishi-guchi Park and Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 25 km from MIMARU Tokyo IKEBUKURO.
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    • Eisei Stay
      Mid-range
      Situated in the Toshima district in Tokyo, Eisei Stay offers 3-star rooms with free WiFi. The property is close to Koyasuinari Shrine, Wacca Ikebukuro and Ikebukuro Suiten-gu Shrine. The property is 500 metres from the city centre and less than 1 km from Ikebukuro Marui Shopping Center. At the hotel rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a desk, a balcony with a city view, a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, bed linen and towels. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Eisei Stay include Ikebukuro Mitake Shrine, Ikebukuro Nishi-guchi Park and Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 27 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hatoya Hotel
      Budget-friendly
      A 7-minute walk from Exit C6 of Ikebukuro Station, Hatoya Hotel offers affordable accommodations with free Wi-Fi throughout. Each Western-style room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The lively Shinjuku Station is a 16-minute train ride away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a refrigerator. The en suite bathroom includes a bath and toilet. Slippers are available as well. En electric kettle, coffee cups, shampoo, body soap and hairdryer can be borrowed, upon request at check-in. The hotel offers luggage storage service. Hotel Hatoya is a 30-minute train ride and walk to the famous Meiji Shrine and the Harajuku shopping district. Convenience stores and supermarkets are located near the property.
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    • OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka by Hoshino Resorts
      Luxury
      Located in Tokyo, OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka by Hoshino Resorts is offers various facilities, such as a terrace, a shared lounge and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The property is a minute's walk to JR Otsuka Station and a 20 minute train ride to Tokyo Station. The units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom fitted with a bath and free toiletries, rooms at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka by Hoshino Resorts also offer a city view. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A Full English/Irish breakfast is served each morning at the property. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is 6 km from the accommodation, while Japan Imperial Palace is 6 km away. Tokyo Haneda International Airport and Narita International Airport are 1 hour away by train from the property.
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    • TIME SHARING STAY Ikebukuro
      Mid-range
      Set in the centre of Tokyo, 300 metres from Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park and 500 metres from Ancient Orient Museum, TIME SHARING STAY Ikebukuro offers free WiFi and air conditioning. This property is situated a short distance from attractions such as Otsukadai Park, Honryuji Temple, and Minami-Ikebukuro Park. This 3-star aparthotel offers private entrance. At the aparthotel, the units have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. At the aparthotel, all units are soundproof. If you prefer to cook in the comfort of your own place, you can make use of the kitchenette facilities, which include a fridge, kettle and kitchenware. A bicycle rental service is available at the aparthotel. Popular points of interest near TIME SHARING STAY Ikebukuro include Hinodechou Park, Wacca Ikebukuro and Shusseinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 26 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Wing International Select Ikebukuro
      Mid-range
      Hotel Wing International Select Ikebukuro features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Toshima district of Tokyo. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is close to popular attractions like Koyasuinari Shrine, Ikebukuro Suiten-gu Shrine and Honryuji Temple. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. The rooms come with a private bathroom with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Hotel Wing International Select include Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park, Wacca Ikebukuro and Hinodemachi Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 35 km from the accommodation. At the cafe corner on the 1st floor, between 6 to 23 o'clock, we offer petit cakes and drinks, including the hotel's original handmade bread "Owl Bread". If you would like to have breakfast, you can request to the front desk.
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    • Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
      Luxury
      Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is located in central Tokyo next to Ikebukuro Train Station, offering easy transport links. The hotel features a spa, 6 restaurants and free in-room wired internet. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro feature panoramic city views. Each room includes tea-making facilities and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Guests can relax in the spa bath, swim in the 2-lane indoor pool or work out at the fitness centre (all with minimum age limit and surcharge). The hotel also features an aesthetic salon. Dining options at the hotel include Japanese, Chinese and European cuisines. The 25th-floor Est Italian Restaurant and Ovest Bar offer spectacular city views. Cross Dine Restaurant serves an international buffet spread. Ikebukuro Station offers 5 train lines and 3 subway lines, including direct access to the Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya areas. Airport buses to Haneda and Narita Airport come directly to Metropolitan Hotel.(The limousine bus may be suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).)
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    • HOTEL APERTO (Adult Only)
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the Toshima district of Tokyo, HOTEL APERTO (Adult Only) is set 400 metres from Koyasu Tenman-gu Sugawara Shrine, 400 metres from Otsuka Mosque and 300 metres from Tenso Shrine. This 3-star hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The property is 300 metres from Sugamo Park, and within 1.5 km of the city centre. All guest rooms at the hotel feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, Blu-ray player, and a private bathroom with a bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At HOTEL APERTO (Adult Only) all rooms have bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Toshima Ward Minamiotsuka Park, Shusseinari Shrine and Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 26 km from HOTEL APERTO (Adult Only).
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