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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 Tokyo's third busiest railway station after Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station, 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 furthermore has a stake in Sunshine City, a large shopping and entertainment complex not far from the station.

Ikebukuro has also become the site of a more recent clashing of two of Japan's largest electronic retailers, Bic Camera and Yamada Denki. Bic Camera had been dominating the district for decades with its main store until Yamada Denki opened its first outlet there in 2007. Since then, the two retailers have been engaging in fierce competition in multiple branches around the station.

While not as large or 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 such as Animate, Mandarake and K-Books. 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: 10:30 to 19:00 (some floors open until 21:00 except on Sundays and holidays)
Restaurants: from 11:00 (closing times vary)

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, restaurants from 11:00 to 22:00.

Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1200 yen

Namja Town

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 800 yen (entry only), 3500 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: 2400 yen

Electronics Stores

Bic Camera

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Closed: No closing days

Yamada Denki

Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Closed: No closing days

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 200 yen by the Marunouchi Subway Line or 25 minutes and 200 yen by the JR Yamanote Line.

From Shinjuku Station:

8 minutes and 160 yen by the JR Yamanote, Saikyo or Shonan Shinjuku Lines.

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Hotels around Tokyo

Top rated in Ikebukuro
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    • Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo
      Luxury
      Right next to Otsuka Train Station on the Yamanote Line, the elegant Hotel Bellclassic features French and Japanese restaurants. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire property, and rooms come with a 40-inch flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom. Guests at Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo stay in classically decorated rooms with a wood desk and a fridge. All are air-conditioned and have an electric kettle. The private bathroom is fitted with a bathtub. Raconter Restaurant serves French-inspired cuisine amid traditional Western elegance. Mimatsu offers authentic Japanese dishes with seasonal ingredients. A Western or Japanese-style buffet is available for breakfast and guests can enjoy a reduced rate if they reserve the day before. The Ikebukuro area is just 1 train stop away. Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ueno can all be reached within 20 minutes via the Yamanote Train Line.
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    • Eisei Stay
      Mid-range
      Situated in Tokyo, within 700 metres of Ikebukuro Mitake Shrine and less than 1 km of Ikebukuro Nishi-guchi Park, Eisei Stay features free WiFi throughout the property. This property is located a short distance from attractions such as Wacca Ikebukuro, Ikebukuro Suiten-gu Shrine, and Ikefukurou Statue. The hotel has family rooms. 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 wardrobe and a kettle. Popular points of interest near Eisei Stay include Ikebukuro Marui Shopping Center, Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro and Koyasuinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 21 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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    • House Ikebukuro
      Budget-friendly
      Just 500 metres from JR Ikebukuro Train Station, House Ikebukuro offers Japanese rooms with free Wi-Fi, tatami-mat flooring and traditional futon bedding. It is completely non-smoking, with a common-use kitchen and living area. All rooms at Ikebukuro House are fitted with air conditioning and some rooms have shared bathrooms and toilets. Rooms in the annex come with a private bathroom, living area, fridge and microwave. From nearby JR Ikebukuro Train Station, the Yamanote Line offers direct access to Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ueno in about 15 minutes. Rikkyo University is 350 metres from the hotel, and the Sunshine City complex is 1.5 km away. The hotel is equipped with coin-operated laundry facilities and a free-use internet station. The lounge has free Wi-Fi. Limited luggage storage services are available.
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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.
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    • Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro-Eki Kitaguchi
      Mid-range
      Situated just a 5-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station, the Super Hotel Inn Ikebukuro-Eki Kitaguchi offers cosy guest rooms and paid Japanese-style breakfast. Free WiFi is available in all areas. The Sunshine 60 Observatory is a 16-minute walk from the hotel. Shinjuku and Shibuya areas are accessible within 15 minutes via the JR Yamanote Line. There are numerous dining and shopping options around the hotel. The rooms at Ikebukuro Super Hotel are all air conditioned and equipped with a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Basic amenities are also included. Guests can enjoy breakfast featuring a daily Japanese dish and salads at the dining room. Coin-operated laundry machines are on site and a trouser press is available for use upon request. Free luggage storage is also provided at the front desk.
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    • Super Hotel Tokyo Otsuka
      Mid-range
      Situated in Tokyo, within 500 metres of Sugamo Park and 500 metres of Miyanaka Park, Super Hotel Tokyo Otsuka features accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. Popular points of interest nearby include Otsuka Mosque, Shusseinari Shrine and Hojo-ji Temple. The property is 700 metres from Otsukadai Park and less than 1 km from Sogo Recreation Park. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. Guest rooms have a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Super Hotel Tokyo Otsuka include Nishisugamo Park, Tenso Shrine and Koyasu Tenman-gu Sugawara Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 20 km from the accommodation.
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    • HOTEL GRANHILL (Adult Only)
      Budget-friendly
      Well situated in the Toshima district of Tokyo, HOTEL GRANHILL (Adult Only) is set 500 metres from Miyanaka Park, 500 metres from Nishisugamo Park and 500 metres from Shusseinari Shrine. This 2-star love hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is close to popular attractions like Tenso Shrine, Koyasu Tenman-gu Sugawara Shrine and Otsuka Mosque. The units at the love hotel feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, blu-ray player, and a private bathroom with a bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. At HOTEL GRANHILL (Adult Only) every room includes bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Otsukadai Park, Sugamo Park and Hojo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 20 km from HOTEL GRANHILL (Adult Only).
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    • HOTEL VARKIN ANNEX
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the Toshima district of Tokyo, HOTEL VARKIN ANNEX is located 500 metres from Ikebukuro Marui Shopping Center, 600 metres from Ikebukuro Mitake Shrine and 700 metres from Ikebukuro Nishi-guchi Park. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Guest rooms at the hotel include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, blu-ray player, and a private bathroom with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near HOTEL VARKIN ANNEX include Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, Metropolitan Plaza and Wacca Ikebukuro. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 21 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sunshine City Prince Hotel Ikebukuro
      Luxury
      The stylish Sunshine City Prince Hotel features 4 dining options, a spa and a 24-hour convenience shop. It's located in the Sunshine City complex, only 800 metres from JR Ikebukuro Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Rooms at Sunshine City Prince Hotel are fitted with a cable TV, a desk and an electric kettle. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a bathtub, amenities and yukata robes. Nearby Ikebukuro Station offers direct train access to Ueno, Shinjuku and Shibuya within 20 minutes. Higashi-Ikebukuro Subway Station is 500 metres away and has direct links to the Ginza and Tsukiji areas. Coin-operated internet stations are provided. Guests can find buffet meals at Bayern Restaurant. Musashino Restaurant serves a variety of Japanese dishes, while Kokiden Chinese Restaurant offers Cantonese food.
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