Enjoy Otome Road in just 3 hours,
the perfect day out for girls!

“Otome Road” is a mecca hankered after by “Otome” (romantic girls) around the world who love Japanese “anime” and cartoons. Special stores and cafes stand in a row on one side of a 200m-long street and its back street overlooked by Sunshine 60, the landmark of Ikebukuro. Federica and Ilaria, 2 Otome girls from Italy, fully enjoyed their time in the town that has the biggest collection of Otome girl items in the world.


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The mecca of Otome girls just 5 minutes walk away from Ikebukuro Station

Ikefukuro

“Ikefukuro”, a meeting spot in the concourse of Ikebukuro Station. This is the oldest of all the owl statues in Ikebukuro.

Start from the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. Walk through bustling Sunshine 60 Street where restaurants and video arcades line the street and get to “Otome Road”. This mecca that Otome girls long for is a refreshing and comfortable street with the open air. The 2 girls started to feel excited seeing vending machines decorated with animation characters and posters on the walls.


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Specialized shops take pride in the quality and the wide variety of products they sell

ACOS Ikebukuro Main Store
Animate Sunshine 2-3F, 3-2-1 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.acos.me/store/detail.php?store=ikebukuro (Japanese)

ACOS Ikebukuro Main Store is popular among cosplayers who pay attention to the small details. For instance, they can choose their favorite color of wig from a wide variety of options and wigs with the hairstyle of anime characters are also available for purchase.


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You can also buy recordings of character voices, one of the “Moe” (having a crush on a character) items

K-BOOKS Ikebukuro VOICE building
Ikebukuro Sunshine Plaza 1F, 3-tou 2-5, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.k-books.co.jp/company/shop/voice.html (Japanese)

This is a specialized shop that sells CDs and DVDs of male voice actors and live event goods. This is a mecca that voice actor fans cannot miss.


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Become a heroine of a story and enjoy tea time

Swallowtail Butlers Cafe
Seiwa Building B1F, 3-12-12 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.butlers-cafe.jp/ (Japanese)

“Welcome home, lady.” After being welcomed by a butler Mr. Iori, they walked into the mansion. When you enjoy the English-style afternoon tea served with a thorough hospitality, you will feel as if you are a heroine of a story. The tea “Chekhov” that Mr. Iori, who is a tea sommelier, chose is a popular tea for spring that has a cherry blossom aroma.


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It’s a fantasy yet an Otome moment of bliss

Costume provided by: A-MISH co., Ltd.
http://www.algonquins.co.jp/ (Japanese)

(Note) Entering Swallowtail with a cosplay costume is not allowed. We were given special permission for this photo shoot.

With a magic wand called costume, let’s head out to the deeper world of stories. This is the moment of bliss for Otome girls.


acosta!

Otome Road is also a mecca for cosplayers. At HACOSTADIUM Ikebukuro Cosset, you can take cosplay photos in your favorite atmosphere including a room made of sweets and a monotonal Gothic-style room. “acosta!” is a popular cosplay event held every month at Sunshine City and you can take photos outdoors as well. A parade to walk around Ikebukuro in a cosplay costumes is also held.

Acosta!
http://acosta.jp/ (Japanese)

HACOSTADIUM Ikebukuro Cosset
3-2-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://hacostadium.com/ikebukuro/ (Japanese)


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Lose yourself at a Cool Japan department store

Animate Ikebukuro Main Store
1-20-7 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.animate.co.jp/shop/ikebukuro/ (Japanese)

Animate Ikebukuro Main Store, where Otome girls line up before its opening time, is a department store of Cool Japan. The store is filled with the newest products including comic books, fanzines, Otome games and character goods and many Otome girls “lose track of time when they come here.” Sweets made in collaboration with popular characters are perfect for a souvenir.


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Immerse yourself in the world of story at a concept caf辿

CHARACRO feat. Gintama
Fujiwara Building B1F, 1-32-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.namco.co.jp/characro/gintama/ (Japanese)

There are many concept caf辿s around Otome Road where you can immerse yourself in the world of story. One of them, CHARACRO feat. Gintama, is a caf辿 & bar with the concept of Japanese style bar that Gin-san, the main character of a popular cartoon & anime ‘Gintama’, and his friends opened in order to pay off his debt. The mysterious world of Edo (currently Tokyo) in the 19th century where Amanto (an alien) and human being live together is fun to experience even for those who are not ‘Gintama’ fans.


Shiro
Fukuro

“Shiro Fukuro” (white owl) in Naka-Ikebukuro Park near Animate Ikebukuro Main Store is the guardian god of Otome girls. It gave its blessing to the 2 girls who have fully enjoyed Otome Road.

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