In the district of Toshima in the capital of Japan, Tokyo, is one of the most active centers in the city. Being the third busiest station in Tokyo, Ikebukuro is a place that offers a variety of activities for all audiences.
The shopping center "Sunshine 60" is in Ikebukuro, and it is a large tower that at the time of construction was the tallest tower in Asia. The Pokémon center of Ikebukuro in the tower attracts thousands of fans of the franchise due to its stuffed animals and objects that can only be obtained here. A large Pokedex along with a Pokeball and several statues of famous Pokémon adorn the whole place. A true dream for the Pokémon trainers of the world.
Sunshine 60 also has a large aquarium and multiple fashion stores of international brands as well as Japanese.
Another attraction is the large apartment "Bic Camera", a multi-story complex where you can find almost any technological device, from cameras and telephones to televisions, household machines or watches. Floors and floors of everyday objects at a relatively affordable price. Due to its great success, this store also has a slightly smaller branch in Shinjuku.
Ikebukuro is home to the official store of the legendary anime "Evangelion". The "Eva Store" has shirts collection, the entire series in its different formats, cups, key rings, plush toys and even prestigious jewelry. Evangelion became a cult anime, so many jewelry companies have collaborated with the store to make expensive necklaces, watches and rings for the most devoted fans of the series.
Another interesting attraction of this city are the thematic cafes mainly aimed to ladies, for example the "Butler Café", a place that makes the counterpart of the Maid Café in Akihabara. Here clients are served by handsome butlers who call her "princess", and they put a small tiara on her head and for about two hours continuously praise the client to make her feel spoiled.
Ikebukuro being a downtown Tokyo, has many restaurants of traditional Japanese food and typical Western or Chinese food, as well as hundreds of clothing stores for all tastes and sizes. There are also many places specialized in body waxing, both for women and men.
The "Chinatown" of Tokyo is in Ikebukuro and it is a good experience to see the differences of these two cultures that once supported each other.
Ikebukuro is one of the meeting places for young people, so you can see groups of friends walking through the district.
There are at least three different stores dedicated to the particular dish "Abura Soba" in Ikebukuro. This food is a combination of east and west and it is very delicious.
Competing with Akihabara, Ikebukuro has recently become a city dedicated to the culture of anime and video games, having branches of the classic store "Super Potato" and the famous "Animate" along with many other well-known stores for fans.
Visiting it has become an unmissable option.