Ikebukuro Guide

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Ikebukuro is one of the major stations on the Yamanote Line with termini for the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tobu Tojo Line. Despite a concentration of expensive department stores around the station and the nearby Sunshine Building – once the tallest building in Tokyo – the area is quite downmarket. So you’re pretty much guaranteed that if you’re looking for a cheap nationwide chain store, they’ll have a branch in Ikebukuro. There really is a large commercial district around Ikebukuro so there’s lots to explore for the avid deal hunter.

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List of places in Ikebukuro


Articles about Ikebukuro

  • May 1st, 2014
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    Top Hidden Spots for Drinking and Eating in Tokyo

    This article comes to you from the honorary cheapos over at Japan Trends. While we all know the main stretches of Shibuya and Shinjuku for their great selection of bars and eateries (in between all the gazillions of chain stores, of […]

  • April 22nd, 2014
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    Cheap Pizza in Ikebukuro: A Pizza

    Another contender in Tokyo’s slew of 500 yen-or-under pizza joints, A Pizza is a good spot for a light lunch or dinner if you’re roaming around Ikebukuro. There’s so much cheap pizza in Tokyo that one could justify dubbing the […]


Events in Ikebukuro

  • Tokyo Cheapo – Downtown Drinks #2

    Casual meet-up for Tokyo Cheapo readers and friends. Come chat with some of the Tokyo Cheapo team. Whether you’re a Tokyo newbie, old hand or laser cat all welcome! Entrance: Free Drinks + Food: Pay as you go at one [...]

  • Fukuro Festival

    The Fukuro Festival began in 1968 as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the west side of Ikebukuro Station. Since then, it has grown to be one of the largest events in the area, with the festival [...]

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