BEST 3 Hot Entertainment Spots in Ikebukuro, the Treasure Trove of Subculture

Ikebukuro is home to a long list of urban-type amusement spots such as Sunshine City. There are also many commercial centers there, and in recent years, the vibe of subculture has also intensified in such areas as Otome Road that is lined with shops selling anime-related merchandise. Below are the three best entertainment spots in Ikebukuro that continue to transform the district into a new town of culture.

<1> Sunshine City, a place for leisure and shopping!

Sunshine City is a large-scale commercial facility that houses a shopping center, aquarium, planetarium and observation deck. It offers a wide variety of shops, from shopping to gourmet food, allowing customers to have fun indoors without worrying about the weather.

At the Sunshine Aquarium on the rooftop, the new areas called Tenku no Penguin (Penguins in the Sky) and Sogen no Penguin (Meadow Penguins) are scheduled to be opened in summer 2017 as the first of their kind in the world. With the Tenku no Penguin, you will get to see penguins swimming in the water tank overhead, making it seem like they are swimming on air in the city. Meanwhile, the Sogen no Penguin will let guests see up close the natural state of Cape penguins that live in the meadows.

Sunshine Aquarium

Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. Rooftop, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

This is J-WORLD TOKYO, a theme park that is inspired by and decorated with works from weekly magazine Shonen Jump such as ONE PIECE and Dragon Ball. This facility is filled with attractions and food with which guests can enjoy the worldview of the items on display.


Sunshine City World Import Mart Bldg. 3F, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

<2> Ikebukuro PARCO, the Mecca of young people in Ikebukuro!

Aside from selling fashion items and food, Ikebukuro PARCO was also reinforced in 2016 with the transfer of THE GUEST cafe & diner and PARCO Museum from Shibuya. As a result, it now caters to a wide range of genres, from fashion, up to subculture.

This is THE GUEST cafe & diner, a cafe that is being operated through collaborations with various characters and anime. It serves new dishes that are fun to eat and look at.

THE GUEST cafe & diner

Ikebukuro PARCO Main Bldg. 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

The EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01 is the official shop of EVANGELION. It has musical instruments, videos and figurines, as well as apparel that can be worn every day.


Ikebukuro P’PARCO 2F, 1-50-35 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

<3> The intriguing Otome Road

Otome Road, also known as the “sacred ground of women who like comics,” is home to many shops that handle anime merchandise and magazines published by fans that target female customers. There is even a butler’s cafe that is packed with good-looking people, making people experience an extraordinary world.

This is Butler’s Cafe Swallowtail, a place where a woman can become an “ojosama” (daughter of a high-class family) and be served by butlers. Here, you can enjoy authentic teatime in a fantasy world, while the interior decorations that resemble those found in English mansions will surely uplift your mood.

Butler’s Cafe Swallowtail

Showa Bldg. B1F, 3-12-12 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 07.03.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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