This page is a little out of date. I will be updating these area guides soon but until then, please visit my Tokyo Shopping Guide for my favourite shops and My Japan Trips page for sightseeing ideas and lots of Japan links and guides.
Ikebukuro. Photo by knightboat82
Ikebukuro is cut in half by the enormous and confusing railway station – the West Side has hotels, galleries and theatres while the East side has some great shopping. There are branches of most major and independent chains here, so you can get round a lot of shops in a small area.
My Ikebukuro Highlights
A 60 floor skyscraper with an observatory on the top floor, plus an aquarium, a planetarium, an Egyptian museum, a food theme park, a hotel and two huge shopping malls. You’ll find lots of cute shops selling all things Ghibli, Sanrio, Pokemon, Hannari Tofu and more,plus restaurants and cafes. See my full post.
Sanrio Gift Gate
The place to go for Hello Kitty everything, plus a smaller selection featuring Gudetama, My Melody and friends. See my full post.
Where to buy all the stationery, craft supplies, kitchenware and crazy souvenirs you need. This is possibly the best branch as it’s also home to the Nekobukuro cat cafe. See my full post.
One of my favourite stores ever, with a great selection of cute homewares and pillows. See my full post.
Pokemon Masters should head here for trading cards, plush toys, gashapon and some great photo opportunities, plus exclusive downloads. See my full post.
Inside the Seibu department store is a branch of ace homeware/stationery/toys shop Loft. See my full post.
There’s a small branch of this great ¥100 shop in Sunshine City. See my full post.
Ikebukuro station is a pretty big hub and connects to JR lines, subway and private railways.