Ikebukuro is home to many of Japan’s large department stores and is also home to a large shopping centre known as Sunshine City that houses a planetarium, observatory, aquarium, indoor theme park and an ancient orient museum. Across the road from Sunshine City is Toyota Amlux.
Sunshine City is around 600m east of Ikebukuro Station accessible from Tokyo on the Maurounochi subway line. To the west of Ikebukuro station is the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.
Ikebukuro is a large, popular shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo’s Toshima ward, north west of central Tokyo. Ikebukuro is best known for its great shopping and huge department stores, including the massive Sunshine City Shopping Centre. Ikebukuro is also home to auto giant Toyota’s Interactive showroom known as Toyota Amlux. This showroom spans 5 floors and is a cross between a museum, theme park and Toyota dealership.
Below is a Map of Ikebukuro with the major attractions numbered. Ikebukuro is a popular shopping center with the majority of the shops east of the station. Attached to Ikebukuro station are the Seibu and Tobu Department stores. Like in many Japanese cities these stores are owned by private rail companies of the same name and are positioned over their respective rail terminals.
Sunshine City is a huge shopping and entertainment mecca with four towers, including a 240 metre high skyscraper with an observation deck on the top. The main tower building, is actually the second highest building in Tokyo. The Sunshine City Prince Hotel is housed in one of the smaller towers at the complex. The lower levels of Sunshine City are a monstrous maze of shops and tourist attractions, as well as a theatre and exhibition space.
Toyota Amlux is another of Toyota’s large presence in Tokyo. Amlux is a bit more of a technical centre and museum than the more entertainment based Megaweb at Odaiba.
Ikebukuro is home to some of Tokyo’s and, in fact, some of the world’s largest department stores. Here, you can buy just about everything.