|JR Ikebukuro Station Sign|
The Tobu Department Store here is the largest department store in Japan and major branches of the other depachika are located here such as Seibu. Large outlets of Tokyu Hands, and Bic Camera are also here. Accomodations are usually somewhat cheaper here and there is plenty to do in the area without having to take the train somewhere. If you are coming in from Narita Airport you can take the Keisei Skyliner to Nippori Station then transfer to the Yamanote Line. Connections via the Narita Express are not as good and it takes longer if you can line one up.
|Ikebukuro at night|
|Sega Game Center with the crowds|
|Anime is everywhere.|
|New Animate Flagship Store|
The new Animate flagship store here is not just for the ladies though, even though it does have an extensive selection of anime, goods, and doujinshi geared towards them. Recently moved, it has 9 floors of anime goodness and a cafe, but only 7 floors dedicated to merchandise! It is packed full of merchandise and is a welcoming environment for men and women. I didn't notice as many of the ladies in the anime stores in Akihabara, but they made up a good percentage of the customers here. The old Animate store across from Sunshine City is still open too, with 3 floors of cosplay related goods, but the rest of the building is mainly devoted to exhibition or event space at the time of writing.
7F：DVD's, CD's Games
6F：Character Goods, T-shirts, Cushions
5F：Trading cards, Figures, Shokugan, Fancy Goods
4F：Manga (Shojo, BL, Girls) Novels, Doujinshi, Drawing Tools
3F：Manga (Shonen, Seinen) Comic Bunko
2F：Manga (New, Shonen, Seinen, Anime)
1F：Magazines, Food / Snacks, New products
New Animate Store Address:
Tokyo toshimaku higashiikebukuro 1-20-7
Inside the new Animate Ikebukuro
|Picture of the old Animate store across from Sunshine City|
|Mutekiya Ramen. Mutekiya is legendary for its tonkotsu (pork-bone) broth painstakingly prepared for 20 hours a batch. Lineups are not uncommon (I've seen it myself). See map below for location.|
I have compiled a list of locations of interest for Ikebukuro below and you can see a guide and the locations on the map if you click through.
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