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Enjoy Ikebukuro for a Whole Day! Anime, Events, Sunshine City

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ReleaseAugust 7, 2019

Ikebukuro is a bustling place which is only eight minutes away by train from Shinjuku. Since Ikebukuro Station is a terminal station, many people go through this area for connection to other lines. However, Ikebukuro is also a fun place to stroll around. We will introduce you to lots of attractive and fun aspects of Ikebukuro, such as anime culture, events, entertainment, and delicious food!

Anime, Manga, and Cosplay…


Centering on Otome Road, the street located at the west side of Sunshine 60, specialty shops and variety stores selling anime-related goods and items can be found here and there.

Otome RoadOtome Road

 

Animate Ikebukuro Flagship Store

A specialty store for anime, comics, and character goods that is deployed nationwide such as anime-related character goods, comics, novels, games, CDs and DVDs.

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There are original fairs held regularly and products with special benefits can be only obtained here.

ACOSACOS Ikebukuro Flagship Store

Nearby “Animate Annex” has “animate cafe” which is a collaboration/concept cafe and “ACOS”, a cosplay shop.

ACOSACOS Ikebukuro Flagship Store

https://www.animate.co.jp/

 

K-BOOKS

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There are 14 branches of K-BOOKS, each of which is specialized by type, such as anime, cosplay, games, and entertainment, around Otome Road.


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K-BOOKSK-BOOKS

http://k-books.co.jp/

 

Events


Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2019

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The Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival is one of the largest Halloween events in Japan where 100,000 cosplay fans gather around in Ikebukuro. You can enjoy the event safely and securely as the event is operated in an orderly fashion with a specified start/end time as well as providing a place for changing costumes. Additionally, you can buy a costume from a nearby cosplay shop and join the event impromptu!


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Time: Oct. 26 (Sat) and 27 (Sun), 10:00-18:00 (Stage Event: opening from 11:00 and schedule to end by 17:00)
Venue: Ikebukuro East Exit Area
http://culturecity-toshima.com/event/1006/

 

Daidengaku Ikebukuro Emaki

“Dengaku,” a traditional performing art from 800 years ago has been revived and re-created today to be “Daidengaku.” Performers dance in costumes with five Japanese ancient colors dance with flower-decorated hats and musical instruments. There will be a performance in collaboration with cosplay culture.

Daidengaku Ikebukuro Emakiphoto: Kumi Akasaka
Daidengaku Ikebukuro Emaki

Time: Nov. 10 (Sun)
Venue: Around Ikebukuro (Hareza Ikebukuro, Brillia Hall, etc.)
https://ikebukuroemaki.tumblr.com/

 

Sunshine City


Sunshine City is a large-scale commercial building with leisure facilities, such as Sunshine Aquarium, SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory, and planetarium, along with a shopping center and other facilities.


Flying Penguins at Sunshine Aquarium

Sunshine AquariumPenguins in the Sky

Sunshine Aquarium has an exhibition in which about 40 penguins look like they are flying in the sky.

Sunshine AquariumSuch an exhibition is reportedly the first one in Japan


Sunshine AquariumPenguins in the Sky
Since these penguins are often more active in the morning, it is recommended to visit the aquarium in the morning.


Sunshine AquariumIn addition to the penguins, you can see pelicans and sea lions freely swimming around as if they too are flying in the sky


Sunshine AquariumFrom below, you can see parts of sea lions which are usually hidden, such as their bellies and extremities!


You can also see various other creatures, such as ocean sunfish, rays, jellyfish, and frogs.

Sunshine AquariumSuper cute river otter!


Sunshine AquariumSunshine Lagoon


Sunshine AquariumColorful display of “Australian Ocean: Great Barrier Reef”


Sunshine AquariumBlue tang


Sunshine AquariumJellyfish tunnel


Various kinds of performances are shown several times a day.

Sunshine AquariumSea lion performance


Sunshine AquariumAquarium underwater performance


Sunshine AquariumPenguin feeding


An observatory where you can play: SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory

This is an observatory on the 60th floor of the Sunshine 60 Building. To enjoy the view is one reason to come here, but there is another reason. It is to play!

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatoryThis is an observatory on the 60th floor of the Sunshine 60 Building. To enjoy the view is one reason to come here, but there is another reason. It is to play!

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatoryNighttime view


SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatoryThe interior creates a fantastical atmosphere


SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatorySKY trampoline


You can even feel wind, so you can feel as if you are flying in the air.


SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatoryEnjoy “Mosaic SKY” along with the view


SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatoryWonder Mirror

You might see someone else in the mirror! A popular photo-taking spot.


SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 ObservatoryInfinitescape

You can experience a surprising, endless world along with videos of the seasons in Japan.


There are five kinds of VR (virtual reality) attractions.

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory“Tokyo Bullet Flight” offers you a bit of thrill where you can experience future Tokyo

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatory“Swing Coater” takes you to must-see spots in Ikebukuro


At the observatory, you can have fun even on a rainy day!


Now, Sunshine City has a new entertainment facility!

 

MAZARIA: immerse yourself into the world of anime and games


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This VR entertainment facility just opened in July 2019. You can enjoy 19 kinds of VR attractions, such as Taiko no Tatsujin, Mario Kart, Gundam, and Zombie Survival Game.


MAZARIA太鼓の達人


MAZARIA太鼓の達人


MAZARIAマリオカート



*The information herein is as of August 2019.