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Tokyo's Largest Shopping District - 7 Department Stores In Ikebukuro

Tokyo's Largest Shopping District - 7 Department Stores In Ikebukuro

Translated by Hilary Keyes

Written by Jumpei Kawashima

Tokyo 2016.07.22 Bookmark

Ikebukuro stands with Shinjuku and Shibuya as one of the biggest shopping areas in Tokyo. Easily accessed by many train lines, let's check out 7 of the biggest shopping centers in Ikebukuro!

Busy Ikebukuro is another of the major hub stations in Tokyo, along with Shibuya and Shinjuku. With the Yamanote line and many other private railways stopping here, Ikebukuro is a popular area, visited by many people every day.

Today, let's check out the top 7 shopping spots in Ikebukuro!

1. Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store

Known for its bright blue signs, the Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store found at the east entrance of JR Ikebukuro station is one of the largest department stores in the area. With a direct connection to the station building, this department store is easy to reach no matter which train line you use.

The store is split into a north, central and south building, where you can purchase everything from groceries and other foodstuffs in the basement levels to brand-name fashions and interior items on the upper floors.

Of the many shops found in this department store, in the southern building there is Japan's largest LoFt store, taking up floors 9 through 12.

If you are struggling to find something, from stationery and household goods, to beauty products and travel items, look no further than Ikebukuro's LoFt.

2. Ikebukuro PARCO

Ikebukuro PARCO is adjacent to the station building.
With many shops selling accessories and Onitsuka Tiger (ASICS) brand shoes, PARCO is well-known as a mall for women. One of its special features is that its basement floor is also full of women's fashion stores.

PARCO may be easily reached via Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store or its direct connections to the many train lines that run through Ikebukuro station.

Read also: PARCO - Special Feature

3. Tōbu Department Store Ikebukuro

The Tōbu Department Store Ikebukuro is directly connected to JR Ikebukuro station's west exit.

Standing with the Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store, here you will find many domestic and international brands, such as Uniqlo, gathered here. And from the 11th to 15th floors there are restaurants of many different varieties to choose from.

This is definitely a department store that the whole family can enjoy together.

4. Lumine Ikebukuro

Lumine Ikebukuro may be reached through direct connections from the station and through the adjacent Tōbu Department Store as well.

Several of its floors are also connected to the Tōbu Department Store.

Compared to the Tōbu Department Store, here you will find more goods directed towards the younger generations. In particular, cosmetics, fashion and miscellaneous goods are sold at Lumine.

On the 8th floor are plenty of cafes and restaurants, but there is also a rest area that may be freely used.

5. Esola Ikebukuro/Echika Ikebukuro

Esola Ikebukuro/Echika Ikebukuro are run by the Tokyo Metro system.
The above ground portion is called Esola while the underground passageway is Echika Ikebukuro.

Esola's distinctive point is that it is quite compact. There are only four shops on each floor, making it impossible to get lost in the building.

Echika is broken down into five different areas based on particular concepts, such as fashion, food and so on. This store is on a single level, making it easy to leisurely look about at the various zones as you walk.

The main point of both are that they are right by the trains! Escola is accessed by the Yūrakucho line, while Echika is closest to the Marunouchi or Fukutoshin lines.

For all of these shops you don't even have to go outdoors, making them ideal stops on a rainy day!

6. Sunshine City

Sunshine City has an aquarium, planetarium, entertainment center, theater, museum, cultural facilities, hotel and many shops all within a massive building complex.

Located a 5 minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro station, Sunshine City is accessed via an escalator that leads downwards. Right next to the escalator is a Tokyu Hands store.

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From the Sunshine 60 Observatory you can see a nearly panoramic view of the city.

7. Bic Camera Ikebukuro

Selling every brand of home electronic that you can name, Bic Camera Ikebukuro is a cell phone and other electronic gadget mass retailer, known for its fashionable structure.

This shop is particularly useful for travelers looking for SIM cards and other items. And you can easily shop here even if you aren't a Japanese speaker as there are plenty of English, Chinese and Korean speaking staff on hand.

Ikebukuro station is best known for the number of large department stores that are gathered right in front of the station, all of which may be easily accessed by any of the train lines that run through here.

If you are looking for something and aren't sure where to start your search, head to Ikebukuro, home of the largest shopping district in all of Japan.

Information

Ikebukuro Shopping Spot Map

TOKYO Travel Guide

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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