Ikebukuro is a walkable, family-friendly neighborhood known for being economical and having ample choices for restaurants, bars, and cafes. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the parks. Ikebukuro has hotels to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around Tokyo.
Sightseeing around Ikebukuro
The monuments and many other highlights await you. For cultural attractions, head to Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, and Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center. Some landmarks that can't be missed include The Sunshine 60 Observatory, Gokoku-ji Temple, and Togenukijizo Kogan Temple. Nekobukuro, Namco Namja Town, and J-World Tokyo will provide enjoyment for the whole family.
Shopping and taking a tour are a couple of popular activities in the area. You can spend a leisurely afternoon outside at Shinedogawa Park, Chinzan-so Garden, or Edogawa Park. At University of Tokyo Botanical Garden, Nanushinotaki Park, and Sotobori Park, take some time to really appreciate nature. Plan to do some shopping while in town? Consider Sunshine City Shopping Mall, Studio Alta, and Isetan Department Store Shinjuku. If you've got some more time, you won't be disappointed by Ajinomoto Field Nishigaoka, Konica Minolta Plaza, and Shinjuku Isetan.
A few of the most popular sights in the area include Meiji Jingu Shrine, Sensoji Temple, and Tokyo Tower. You can also visit Sunshine Aquarium, Ancient Orient Museum, and Rikkyo University.
Getting around Ikebukuro
For a quick way to explore the city, catch a ride on metro transit at Ikebukuro Station, Toden-Zoshigaya Station, or Higashi-Ikebukuro-Yonchome Station. If you want to venture out of town, Tokyo Ikebukuro Station is the closest train station. You can also catch a ride at Tokyo Otsuka Station.
Tokyo (HND-Haneda) is the closest major airport, 13.2 miles (21.2 km) from Ikebukuro. You can also fly in and out of Tokyo (NRT-Narita Intl.), which is located 38 miles (61.2 km) away.