Go to Tokyo: Ikebukuro and Sunshine Metropolis

Some information books inform you that Ikebukuro, to the north of metropolitan Tokyo, Japan, is especially a enterprise district. Actually, these days it is a vigorous leisure space with many eating places, cafés, bars, pubs and karaoke, arts and tradition and the compulsory high-end buying.

Ikebukuro is a handy location to base your self because it has an enormous subway practice station, connecting many traces together with the JR Yamanote line, JR Saikyo line, Tobu Tojo line, Marunouchi line and Yurakucho line.

The Ikebukuro space may be very constructed up and is, to be honest, a little bit quick on inexperienced areas. There are small parks however they have an inclination to include a lot of timber round a paved sq. slightly than the attractive gardens of Shinjuku Koen or the West Backyard of the Imperial Palace. Nonetheless, for those who’re up for buying and leisure then this is a superb district to go to.

Ikebukuro station is bounded on each side by the splendidly huge department shops of Tobu to the west and Seibu to the east. Each are stuffed with all the same old stuff you’d anticipate from a very good division retailer akin to perfumery and cosmetics on the bottom flooring, racks and racks of designer clothes, toys, furnishings and bustling meals corridor within the basement. I am not joking after I say that it is fully doable to get hopelessly misplaced in these shops. In the event you see one thing you need, you’d higher purchase there after which as you might not have the ability to discover it once more later!

When you handle to extricate your self from the station space, to the west aspect you’ll find the Tokyo Metropolitan Artwork Area. The live performance corridor hosts primarily classical and orchestral live shows and additionally, you will discover a espresso store, reward store and artwork exhibitions inside the entrance corridor. In entrance of the primary constructing is an open plaza which turns into the venue for a second-hand ebook market on Sundays.

Following the roads spherical to the north after which the east aspect of the station you will notice many giant shops together with a number of branches of Bic Digital camera for electronics, Marui, Parco, Mitsukoshi, Tokyu Fingers and Uniqlo.

One of many highlights of the realm has bought to be Sunshine Metropolis which lies about 15 minutes stroll to the east of Ikebukuro station. Sunshine Metropolis is an enormous buying advanced which additionally homes giant company places of work, an aquarium and a planetarium. There are two flooring of retail buying, most of which is girls’s trend and sneakers and, refreshingly, consists of many smaller boutiques in amongst the extra unique designer retailers. Other than girls fashions, there are additionally some pretty homewares retailers, a Three Cash store the place you will get some nice bargains as every thing prices 300 yen (plus tax, making it about 312 yen!) and a Ghibli store for all of your Totoro, Kiki and Spirited Away merchandise. The biggest unit right here seems to be occupied by Toys R Us within the basement.

There are, in fact, many eating places and cafés as nicely for whenever you get drained. You will see every thing from fast-food akin to McDonalds and Ten-ya, to European-style patisseries to quieter, dearer Japanese eating places.

Outdoors the Sunshine Metropolis constructing there are numerous Manga and Anime retailers and it is also on this space that there was a pattern for ‘butler cafés’, the women’ equal of Maid cafés!

Visiting Ikebukuro will be exhausting nevertheless it’s nice enjoyable and has a lot to supply in the best way of buying and night-life.