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Ikebukuro Sunshine City

Sunshine City Alpa - Shopping complex: Ikebukuro
One of central Tokyo's oldest shopping malls, Alpa anchors the Sunshine City complex, which also contains the Sky Circus sixtieth-floor observation deck, the World Import Mart (where Sunshine Aquarium and Planetarium Manten are located), an office...
Namja Gyoza Stadium - Restaurant complex: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
Food-focused "theme parks" in Japan range from full-on amusement park style (Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum) to glorified shopping-mall food courts. The long-running Gyoza Stadium is at the themier end of the spectrum, with entertaining retro-style...
Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo - Retail: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-8pm daily.]
Open since the end of 2014, this mega-shop offers the biggest selection of Pokemon goods in Japan, including lots of limited-edition items. You'll find everything from Pokemon-themed ramen, curry and candies to tableware, slippers and stationery. ...
J-World - Amusement park: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-10pm (last entry 9pm) daily.]
J-World is an indoor theme park devoted to Dragon Ball-Z, Naruto, One Piece and other anime series from the Weekly Shonen Jump production company. Rather than just having rides, the park aims at creating an immersive experience for visitors. For...
Sunshine Aquarium - Aquarium: Ikebukuro
[Open summer 10am-8pm; winter 10am-6pm daily.]
You'll see marine life from all over the globe swimming and splashing around in this big, three-story aquarium, which was completely renovated in August 2011. The biggest draws are probably the giant manta rays and the huge sunfish (called mambo in...
Planetarium Manten - Planetarium: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
The planetarium was completely renovated in July 2011 and equipped with the latest computer graphics and high-quality audio systems. There are usually several shows on any given day, taking place in Planetarium A, Planetarium B and the very relaxed...
Ancient Orient Museum - Museum: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-5pm (entry until 4:30pm) daily.]
The exhibitions at this small museum focus on archaeological finds and fine arts from the Ancient Near East (Egypt, Mesopotamia) and Central Asia (the Silk Road). Standing in the entranceway is a replica of the stele of the Code of Hammurabi from...

Ikebukuro

Mocha - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.]
Located overlooking West Ikebukuro Gate Park, this cat cafe is a little oasis of relaxation in the heart of the city. As soon as you climb the stairs to the third floor and enter the cafe, the warm natural wood decor and cool instrumental jazz...
Owl Park - Bird cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.]
One of a growing number of owl cafes in the city of owls, Ikebukuro, Owl Park opened in September 2015 in the middle of a bustling nightlife district. A spacious room on the second floor of a busy entertainment building, it offers a dozen friendly...
Mimi - Rabbit cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
Mimi has some of the friendliest and most relaxed rabbits we've encountered in Tokyo - we were impressed with how well they get along with each other, and how easy-going they are with human visitors. Unlike other cafes that allow only one or two...
Tobu Department Store - Department store: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-8pm. Closed some Wednesdays.]
This massive department store is spread out over several buildings along the west side of Ikebukuro station, with dozens of brand boutiques and more than fifty restaurants.
Seibu Department Store - Department store: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
One of the biggest department stores in the world, this flagship branch of the international chain is spread out over fourteen floors and includes specialty shops Muji and Loft as well as dozens of restaurants. The two-level food hall is the...
Don Quijote Ikebukuro Higashi-guchi Ekimae - Retail: Ikebukuro
[Open 24 hours a day.]
This 24-hour branch of the discount store chain has seven crowded floors jam-packed with electrical goods, household items and beer and liquor, plus assorted novelties, junk, oddities and ephemera.
Nekorobi - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
One of Tokyo's oldest cat cafes, Nekorobi is a friendly, relaxed spot to hang out, although it's a lot better when it's not crowded, as there are only eleven resident cats to go around. You'll find the usual collection of cat toys, climbing trees,...
Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro - Retail: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-8pm daily.]
The incredible variety of merchandise here includes everything imaginable for outdoor explorers, campers, artists, craftsman, amateur chefs, and home repairmen. Even if you're not buying anything, it's always an entertaining place to browse around....
Nekobukuro - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-8pm daily.]
While it's not strictly a cat cafe, Cat's House Nekobukuro on the eighth floor of Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro is the oldest cat petting zoo in town. It's been open since 2000 and draws a crowd of tourists and regulars with its reasonable price,...
Sport Ikebukuro - Bowling alley: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-6am daily.]
A popular spot for late-night bowling as well as darts and billiards.
Ikebukuro Batting Center - Sports facility: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-11pm (Fri, Sat -5am). Open every day.]
Late-night sportsmen can use the batting practice area here until 5am on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hyper Lane - Bowling alley: Ikebukuro
[Open 9am-8am daily.]
Bowling 23 hours a day in the heart of Ikebukuro.
Amlux - Showroom: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.]
This five-story Toyota showroom has some seventy vehicles on display, including Formula-1 racecars. Other attractions include a racecar-driving game, road-safety driving simulators, and cartoon-themed entertainment for young children.

Takadanobaba

Nyankoto - Cat cafe: Takadanobaba
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
Nyankoto has some of the prettiest cats in town - all thirteen of the residents have impressive pedigrees, and the two frisky Exotic Shorthair kittens are especially cute. The little booklet introducing the cats by name also lists an unusual...
Citizen Plaza - Sports facility: Takadanobaba
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
This well-equipped sports center just east of Takadanobaba station includes a 30x60m ice-skating rink, bowling lanes, tennis courts, ping pong tables and a golf school. Ethnic dance classes are taught at the culture school, and coffee and snacks...
Intro - Jazz cafe: Takadanobaba
[Open noon-midnight daily.]
An old-fashioned "jazz kissa" where you can nurse your drink and nod your head to the music for hours on end.
Big Box - Bowling alley: Takadanobaba
[Open 10am-11pm daily.]
A conveniently located bowling alley in the sports/restaurant complex in front of Takadanobaba station.
Don Quijote - Retail: Takadanobaba
[Open 24 hours a day.]
Located right across the street from Takadanobaba Station, this 24-hour branch of the discount retail chain is a good spot to kill time in the middle of the night while you're waiting for the first train.

Edogawabashi

Hiromart Gallery - Art gallery: Edogawabashi
[Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.]
This local gallery puts on regular shows of up-and-coming international artists in their compact one-room exhibition space. It can be combined with visits to the nearby Gallery Niw and other galleries in neighborhing Kagurazaka, but you might want...
Gallery Niw - Art gallery: Edogawabashi
[Open 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.]
This small, three-room rental gallery has frequent short-running group shows of up-and-coming Japanese artists and art students. Although the space is small, there are a number of other galleries in the immediate neighborhood, so this can be one...
St. Mary's Cathedral - Notable building: Edogawabashi
Designed by Kenzo Tange and completed in 1964, St. Mary's has come to be known as a landmark of twentieth-century Tokyo architecture. The concrete structure is clad in stainless steel, and the swooping, parabolic curves of the walls evoke the image...
Printing Museum - Museum: Edogawabashi
[Open 10am-6pm (enter by 5:30pm). Closed Mondays.]
Run by Toppan Printing Company, this medium-size museum explores "printing culture," showing off interesting examples of both printed word and image. You can admire beautifully illustrated books from the 18th and 19th centuries, and see the...

Wakamatsu-Kawada

Bingoya - Retail: Wakamatsu-Kawada
[Open 10am-7pm. Closed Mondays.]
The main draw at this long-running folk craft store is probably their extensive selection of pottery - dishes, bowls and other tableware in various styles and price ranges - as well as a smaller selection of bamboo and lacquerware for the table. ...