The One about Ikebukuro Suitengu

When I am heading out to Ichiran Ramen, often I pass by an area of Ikebukuro that I usually don’t visit. There is a shrine in the location known as Ikebukuro Suitengu and for those who enjoy exploring small shrines, this one is a little interesting. Interesting that because where it’s located, chances of finding homeless, people smoking, cats gathering and litter are probably to be expected.  It’s always a […]

The One about SKY CIRCUS Sunshine60 Observatory in Ikebukuro (for Photography or Video)

In Tokyo, there are numerous observatories that really give people or photographers and videographers a great look of the city skyline. While the World Trade Center tops my list for best observatory for photographers and videographers, primarily because it gives you a look of all surrounding areas, their is seating and most importantly, the lights are dimmed.  One location I wanted to try is SKY CIRCUS Sunshine60 Observatory in Ikebukuro. […]

The One about the Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Located in Ikebukuro is the Ikebukuro West Gate Park. While most people tend to head to the station or the massive shopping mall at Metropolitan Plaza, which is 22 floors and 4 stories down in the underground (the plaza is connected to the LUMINE department store and the Tobu department store). Go past the Taito Station and you will see Ikebukuro West Gate Park. I think for some people, they […]

The One about J-World at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Part 2

As I have written about the indoor theme park, J-World, located at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, one of the things I am often asked about is the store. What items are sold?  Is it a great place for souvenirs?  Yada yada yada. And for the most part, the answer is yes.  If your friend is into anime and manga, then the store has a good number of things for sale.  […]

The One about J-World at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Part 1

At Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City is an indoor theme park called “J-WORLD” for fans of the “Shonen Jump” manga and anime which is a collaboration between Shonen Jump. Price is about Y800 for admission for adults and Y600 for children, while Y2,600 gives you unlimited access for adults and Y2,400 for children, to the attractions, one can take part in various attractions for fans of “Dragon Ball Z”, “One Piece”, “Naruto”, […]

The One about Animate in Ikebukuro

One of the questions I’m often asked about Japan, especially from anime fans, which areas should they visit. While there are shops everywhere, Akihabara is a location where one should visit especially for the guys. For the female anime/manga fan, Ikebukuro is a location that is recommended thanks to Otome Road and a lot of the products offered at the stores are geared towards the ladies, while Akihabara, often you […]

The One about Bistro Tigre Bon Bon at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro

Are you a person who wants variety when you go to a Japanese restaurant?  Are you in Tokyo with your family and you have children who are not so open to different types of food? Fortunately, there is Bistro Tigre Bon Bon, a restaurant inside the Sunshine City mall which serves Japanese, Italian and also western cuisine. The restaurant is not huge but comparable to most restaurants you spot in […]