See penguins that fly in the sky as well as famous architecture. Discover many things as you stroll through Ikebukuro.

Ikebukuro offers many memorable things including the first penguins in the world that fly in the sky, a cutting-edge VR experience, famous architecture, and a Japanese garden. Christopher, an overseas student from Sweden, gave his friend, Sophie from England, a tour through Ikebukuro, which is full of discoveries and surprises.


The aquarium where you can watch adorable penguins flying in the sky

Sunshine Aquarium
Sunshine City World Import Mart Building roof, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Sunshine Aquarium is a much-talked-about facility that surprises visitors, “What!? Penguins fly in the sky!?”. Your heart will melt at the first sight of these penguins. Take a photo together with tall buildings and adorable penguins for everlasting memories.

A relaxing and comfortable atmosphere is presented in the facility with an exhibition of underwater life. The jellyfish floating in the water are so close that you can almost touch them.


A VR experience that lets you jump through the Ikebukuro sky

SKY CIRCUS Sunshine60 Observatory
60F, Sunshine City Sunshine60 Building, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

The Sky Circus is an observatory that can be enjoyed on the top floor of Sunshine60, which is the tallest building in Ikebukuro. Activities here include speeding through the Ikebukuro sky on a swing-type thrill ride and a virtual tour of famous spots in Tokyo in the future on a cannon-type machine. You can get hooked on the exhilarating sensation of flying through the sky as you feel real wind blowing at you.

A kaleidoscopic world where you can experience the four beautiful distinct seasons of Japan with cherry blossoms in the spring and autumnal leaves in the fall. This mysterious atmosphere may make you lose track of time.

A gorgeous view of the Skytree and on clear days, Mount Fuji, from 251 meters-high. Both adults and children can enjoy themselves taking photos with smartphones of the kaleidoscope that is embedded into a wall, being amazed at mysterious mirrors that make stars appear before your eyes, and more.

Sunshine City also offers an experience in the world of Japanese anime and games as well as eating and shopping.


The “sanctuary for maidens”, which lets you observe as you walk

“Otome Road”, which is located adjacently to Sunshine60, is a sanctuary for women from all around the world who love Japanese anime and comics. It is lined with shops specializing in cosplay, as well as those specializing in comics and merchandise.


A new form of dining in Ikebukuro, right by a lawn

Minami Ikebukuro Park
2-22-1, Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Minami Ikebukuro Park, Toshima, 2-22-1, Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo2-22-1, Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Minami Ikebukuro Park, which has a spacious lawn that is green all throughout the year, is adored by the residents of the city for the sense of openness it offers, making it hard to believe that it is located in an urban area. The adjacent cafe is also very popular and serves large hot dogs, which are new favorite Ikebukuro dishes.


Teatime in a 100 year-old architectural masterpiece

2-31-3, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan was designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who also designed famous buildings such as Tokyo Station and the Imperial Hotel. Wright, who identified with the education philosophy of the founding married couple, paid close attention to detail in his designing even down to the furniture, fixtures, and lighting equipment. Refreshments such as coffee and tea can be enjoyed in the spacious hall.


A Japanese garden with the Japanese natural view condensed in one spot

Mejiro Garden
3-20-18, Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Mejiro Garden is a place where the Japanese view of nature has been packed together in a limited space. There is a large pond in the center that visitors can walk around while taking in the stunning natural scenery of the four distinct seasons. Surreal lighting is used to light up the grounds in the spring, when beautiful weeping cherry trees bloom, and in the fall, when the leaves turn red.

“Although it is not as famous as Shibuya or Shinjuku; Ikebukuro offers a wide variety of attractions and discoveries. I hope you can also enjoy Ikebukuro, which is a place that I really like.” (Christopher)

I was able to enjoy many kinds of things ranging from Japan’s cutting-edge technology, comics, and anime to even traditional culture in just half a day. I am now a fan of Ikebukuro.” (Sophie)