Step out of Ikebukuro’s train station in north Tokyo and step into a friendly kind of urban chaos. Anime enthusiasts, ramen sellers, and intrepid mega-mall shoppers crisscross Ikebukuro’s congested roads as corporate headquarters overlook the frenzy. Its famous mall, Sunshine City, is rivaled by the countless number of stores underneath Ikebukuro’s surface. As the site of Tokyo’s second busiest station, Ikebukuro feels heavily traveled and slightly maniacal no matter the hour.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
Commercial and Chaotic on the Yamanote Line
You will really feel like you are a local here, but at the same time have access to enough western food and conveniences to easily survive."
Sunshine City: A Complex Shopping Complex
[Take] a ride on the world’s longest escalator at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space. This is a Japanese concert hall and theater operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture. It offers fine arts shops, restaurants, exhibition galleries and conference rooms."
Otome Road: The Center of Ikebukuro Otaku
Everyday Eats and Exceptional Ramen
Ikebukuro Station: Tokyo's Second Busiest Transit Hub
Outside Ikebukuro Station: (Almost) Calm In Nishiguchi Park
From Dawn 'til Dawn: Endless Shopping In Ikebukuro
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Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.