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Tokyo's Vibrant Ikebukuro Neighborhood : Budget Friendly Travel Tips

A Perfect Hub for Adventure

Nestled within the heart of Tokyo lies the bustling district of Ikebukuro, a vibrant blend of modernity and tradition that beckons travelers with its variety of attractions, delicious restaurants and lively ambiance. As budget travelers who want to see it all, but also go home to a quiet spot after a day of filming, we found Ikebukuro to be the ideal base for our three-week vacation in Tokyo, offering a perfect mix of excitement and convenience.


Hakata Furya Ramen One cannot explore Ikebukuro without indulging in its culinary treasures, and at the top of our list was our favorite type of Japanese Ramen: Hakata Style. Hakata Furya Ramen has multiple locations around Tokyo, and lucky for us, one just a 7 minute walk from out Airbnb. Nestled within cozy eateries and bustling streets, this savory delight captivated our taste buds with its rich broth, signature from, straight noodles, and flavorful toppings, offering a true taste of Japanese comfort food.

Ikebukuro Department Stores

From the small shops tucked away in cozy corners to the bustling streets brimming with gastronomic delights, Ikebukuro offers a plethora of options to indulge in this savory delicacy. Whether you're exploring the basement food halls or ascending to the top-floor food courts of department stores, you'll find an abundance of eateries serving up t


Sunshine City For those craving a bird's-eye view of Tokyo's sprawling landscape, Sunshine City stands tall as a beacon of excitement. Housing an array of attractions, shopping boutiques, and entertainment venues, this iconic complex boasts an exhilarating observation deck that offers panoramic vistas of the cityscape below, including glimpses of the majestic Mount Fuji on clear days. It is home to one of the world's fastest elevators ascending 600metere/minute, launching you 60 stories high in just 20 seconds! Sunshine City also hold the world's largest Pokemon Store: Pokemon Mega Center. Complete with arcade, trading card station, Go-Lab, souvenir shop and cafe!

Claw Game Shops Embrace your inner child and dive into the whimsical world of claw game shops scattered throughout Ikebukuro. From adorable plush toys to delicious snacks, these lively arcades provide hours of entertainment and friendly competition, making them a must-visit for gamers and enthusiasts alike. Just make suer to bring enough 100 yen coins!

Access to Shinjuku and Shibuya One of the prime reasons we fell in love with Ikebukuro is its unparalleled accessibility to Tokyo's major hubs, including the bustling districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya. With seamless transportation options, including the JR Yamanote Line and Tokyo Metro, navigating the city becomes a breeze, allowing us to embark on spontaneous adventures and explore Tokyo's vibrant city with ease.

Whether you're seeking culinary adventures, sky-high thrills, or arcade escapades, Ikebukuro promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you enchanted and eager for more. Join us on YouTube, as we delve into the less-touristy side of Tokyo in the sub-city of Ikebukuro and uncover the treasures that await in this captivating neighborhood.


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