Lucky the girls who went to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 'School of the Free Spirit' (Jiyu Gakuen). Built in 1921, it functioned as a...
On the outskirts of Ikebukuro, this cemetery has the city's largest collection of literary greats. Pick up an English-language map from...
Ikebukuro Earthquake Hall
This public safety centre has a room that simulates a real earthquake. It's obviously intended for school children, but travellers are...
For Tokyoites who may not have the time or space to keep their own pets, Nekobukuro provides a venue for short-term cuddling with...
Takadanobaba's Myanmar community gathers here for mohinga (rice-noodle soup) and laphete thote (salad of pickled tea leaves) made with...
Though Ikebukuro once boasted the world's largest department store, tallest building and longest escalator, these former glories have since been outshone elsewhere. But Ikebukuro's Sunshine City (サンシャインシティ) is still perfect for rainy weather, since you could spend 40 days roaming the humongous mall, visiting the aquarium – the highest in the world – and sampling enough ice cream and gyōza to last you a biblical deluge. The neighbourhood shouldn't rate high on a busy schedule unless you're looking for manga and girl-geek culture, in which case you'll want to walk down Otome Road (乙女ロード), the female version of the overwhelmingly male-centric otaku zone in Akihabara.