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.

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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Location
Ikebukuro Station, 1 Chome Minamiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0022
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Key Attractions

Ancient Orient Museum

A small private museum in Ikebukuro specializing in artifacts of the ancient Near East and Central Asia. Opened in 1978 it was the first such museum in Japan. Check the website for the latest exhibition details.
10:00-17:00
Adults ¥600 with discounts for students and children

Sunshine City

Major commercial complex 10 minutes from Ikebukuro Station with shopping, restaurants, an aquarium, and one of the best observation decks in the city.
10:00-20:00

Namja Town

An indoor amusement park that is a good choice for those with children. There are 13 attractions in total, a Showa era street replicating 1950s Tokyo, Namja Gyoza Stadium which serves the different types of gyoza found throughout Japan, and Ice Cream City which sells just about any variety of the stuff you can imagine.
10:00-22:00
Entrance starts from ¥800 for adults

Sunshine 60 Observation Deck

The observation deck in the Sunshine 60 building is on the 60th floor (251m above sea level) and provides 360° views of Tokyo. Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance on clear days.
10:00-22:00
Adults ¥1,200 with discounts for students and children

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

Major theatre and concert venue near the station operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
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