Town filled with attractiveness
Ikebukuro is one of major city centers in Tokyo. Compared to Shinjuku and Shibuya, Ikebukuro has more relaxing atmosphere. It is a commercial center, lined by department stores and electronics retailers as well as ramen (Chinese noodle soup) houses in fierce competition. It is also known as a center of anime culture, and there are many cultural facilities, as well. The town has cultivated its unique culture, affording visitors many places of interest. Its major tourist spots are as follows:
Sunshine City is a landmark commercial complex. Its core building, Sunshine 60 houses an aquarium, a planetarium, an observation deck, an indoor theme park "Namja Town" as well as shops of fashion and miscellaneous goods, restaurants, a hotel, a theater and a museum. You can see the whole Tokyo from the observation deck which is popular as a dating spot.
・Sunshine 60 Dori
Sunshine 60 Dori is the main street from Ikebukuro Station to Sunshine City, with a variety of shops facing the street crowded with people even on weekdays.
A street in front of Sunshine City is called "Otome (meaning maiden) Road", because there are many anime, manga and cosplay related shops catering a female clientele. Also "butler cafes" provide services for female otaku customers by the staff acting as butler.
・Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
A cultural complex located next to the Ikebukuro station/west exit presents performing arts in various fields such as music, drama, dance, entertainment, rakugo, etc. You can buy souvenirs at Museum Art Gallery offering the theater original items as well as items related to featured artists, and at a shop selling books and goods related to cinema, music.
By train, Ikebukuro station on JR Yamanote Line, Tobu Railway Tojo-honsen (usually called Tojo-sen) Line, and Seibu Railway Ikebukuro Line, or by subway, Ikebukuro station on Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line/Yurakucho Line/Fukutoshin Line is the closest. By car, exit at Higashi-ikebukuro Interchange on the Metropolitan Expressway Route 5 (Ikebukuro Line).
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