Route subway: Meijijingu-Mae Station > — Fukutoshin Line各停towards Wakoshi [6 Stop] — > Ikebukuro 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.
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo is located in Tokyo’s downtown area Ikebukuro. There is a famous shopping mall called Sunshine City, and the Pokémon Center can be found in this building too.
Address: Sunshine City alpa 2F 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-6002
Opening Hours: 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. (Based on Alpa opening hours)
Station: Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line “Higashi-Ikebukuro Station”
Access: 8 minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station, 3 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
Lumine Ikebukuro – @Cosme [Shopping]
This store offers quality Japanese cosmetics popular with foreign tourists. Of all the real stores set up by the cosmetics ratings website, @Cosme, the biggest one is in the Lumine department store in Ikebukuro. Inside the store, the top-rated products on their website are displayed by category, and you can look for any item that piques your interest while trying the testers. There are also staff members you can consult.
Fuji Soba Ikebukuro
Fuji Soba is one of the standing, or tachigui, soba restaurant chains and their branches can be found close to train stations in Tokyo. The menu displayed on the ticket machine varies from plain soba to katsudon (a bowl of rice topped with pork cutlet), and they offer wide selection of toppings as well. One of their most popular dishes is katsu curry, a curry and rice dish topped with fried pork. Each dish costs less than 700 yen.
Address: 第３ナカムラビル Japan 〒170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 1 Chome−2
Operating hours: 24 hours
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Sugamo (巣鴨) is a shopping district along Tokyo’s Yamanote Line that famously caters to the elderly. The district’s popular, 800 meter long Jizo Dori shopping street is also affectionately known as the “Old Ladies’ Harajuku” in lighthearted comparison to the Harajuku district’s status as one of Japan’s foremost youthful shopping and fashion destinations.
The original reason for Sugamo’s popularity is found at Koganji Temple halfway down the shopping street. The small temple is home to the highly popular Togenuki Jizo statue which depicts the popular Jizo Bodhisattva and is thought to help heal ailments. People line up in a queue to wash the statue with small hand towels which they then press to their ailing body part in hope of relief.
Tsuta (Japanese Soba Noodles 蔦) [Sugamo]
No.1 in Japan chosen by Ramen Walker is also newly awarded as one-star by Michelin in 2016. All of Tsuta’s ramen are special. The soups make perfect balance with house-made noodles. Shoyu soba, their specialty, comes with the original soup made of several kinds of soy sauces and truffle oil based on the broth of potherbs, chickens, and clams. The owner chef still wants to make progress. It’s surprising that this luxurious dish costs under 1000yen.
Address: 1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
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Route Subway: Ikebukuro Station > –Yamanote Line各停towards For Ueno / Tokyo (Clockwise) [2 stop]– > Sugamo Station > — Mita Line各停towards Nishi-Takashimadaira [6 Stop] > Shimurasakaue Station [25 Mins]
Ranked as one of the best onsen in Tokyo. Pretty garden and has individual rooms you can rent for 2 hours at a time and even enjoy a meal in (extra fee)
800 yen on weekdays/ 1000 yen on weekends
Address: Itabashi-ku Maenocho 3-41-1
Location: 8 minute walk from Shimura-Sakaue Station 志村坂上 on the Toei Mita Line
Hours: 10:00-1:00 am
Facilities: outdoor onsen bath (straight from the source), assorted other outdoor baths, 8 different types of baths indoors, dry sauna, steam sauna
Non-Bath Facilities: restaurant, resting room, private rooms