Let’s visit cultural spots around Ikebukuro and Mejiro with a volunteer guide!

Having a local guide who knows a lot about the town makes your trip even more fun. Nagashima-san, a Toshima Ward’s volunteer guide for tourists from overseas countries, accompanies Yumi-san from Hong Kong and Ludo-san from Belgium in their brief cultural exploration of the Ikebukuro-Mejiro area.

Their first destination is the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, which is located just next to the west exit of JR Ikebukuro Station. The Theater offers a wide variety of programs from regularly-held concerts to experimental stage shows.

Tokyo Metropolitan Theater
1-8-1 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.geigeki.jp/

Their next destination is Jiyugakuen Myonichikan, which used to be a school for girls. Designed by the architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright (and completed in 1921), the buildings, furniture and lighting are all exquisite and precise. It is, says Yumi-san, a place that calms the mind.

At the ample Myonichikan Hall, you can enjoy tea and buy original goods, which will make a splendid souvenir from Tokyo.

Jiyugakuen Myonichikan
2-31-3 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://jiyu.jp/

The Mejiro Teien is a circuit-style garden with a pond around which you can have a 360-degree stroll. The carefully-positioned trees and flowers provide beauty all year round. “I should come here again when sakura is in bloom”, says Ludo-san. Spot-billed “karugamo” ducks residing the pond have adorable babies every spring.

The photogenic weeping cherry blossoms are popular among visitors with a camera. The sakura flowers are particularly spectacular when illuminated at night.

Mejiro Teien (Garden)
3-20-18 Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.seibu-la.co.jp/mejiro-garden/

They wrap up the tiny trip with lunch at “egg Tokyo” , the first overseas branch of the café restaurant “egg” in New York City. The traditional American Southern dishes served here are voluminous and satisfying.

egg Tokyo
IKE Biz 1F, 2-37-4 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.eggrestaurant.com/tokyo

Toshima City Volunteer Guides for International Visitors (GIV)
(Office) Toshima City Tourism Association, 3F, 1-19-7 Nishi-ikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://guide-toshima.tokyo/en/guide_services/index.html

Our motto is “Free & Friendly” . You can enjoy your excursion of Toshima as if you had a friend living in the town. Why not contact us if you come to Toshima Ward?