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Ikebukuro Area Guide

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Ikebukuro is located in Toshima Ward about 4km north of Shinjuku. For high-school and university students living in the neighboring prefecture of Saitama, it is also the first major commercial center before Shinjuku and Shibuya. Because of this chain restaurants and cheap eateries are aplenty.

Ikebukuro is also a good area for shopping and discount-hunting, and many of the major department chains (Seibu, Tobu, Marui) have a store near the station. While it may not be able to compete with its bigger siblings Shinjuku and Shibuya for neon lights and cachet, it does nevertheless offer visitors several attractions, including one of the best observation decks in the capital.

There is also Mikuni-koji—a short side street of izakaya and eateries that preserves the atmosphere of the Showa era better than many other yokocho in the capital.

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JR Ikebukuro Station, 4 stops from Shinjuku on the Yamanote Line. Major transport hub so many other lines go through the station.

Things to Do & See in Ikebukuro