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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro - Shopping And Leisure At Your Fingertips!

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro - Shopping And Leisure At Your Fingertips!

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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is a comfortable accommodation located within a few steps away from Ikebukuro Station. This article introduces the features of this select facility that is ideal as a base for exploring Tokyo.

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Tokyo's Ikebukuro Area: Amusement, Shopping, and Leisure - All in One Place

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Ikebukuro has a highly urban, refined side but is at the same time a center for art and pop culture.
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Ikebukuro, one of Tokyo's most vibrant areas, is loved by locals and international visitors alike for its excellent shopping and entertainment facilities. Though often mentioned alongside Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza as a popular area to visit in Tokyo, Ikebukuro has a more laidback atmosphere.

In this article, we introduce Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro, a comfortable hotel located just three minutes away from Ikebukuro Station. First of all, here is why you should consider Ikebukuro as the place to stay during your Tokyo trip.

5 Reasons to Stay in Ikebukuro on a Tokyo Trip

1. Great Access to Tokyo's Major Points of Interest

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

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Many of the places that one shouldn't miss out on a visit to Tokyo are located in Ikebukuro or in an area that's very easy to reach from Ikebukuro. Because of its extremely convenient location in the metropolitan area, Ikebukuro is ideal as a base for exploring Tokyo and its surroundings.

Ikebukuro Station, the hub of several metropolitan railway networks, is a station on the JR Yamanote Line that connects the major stations in Tokyo. From Ikebukuro, you can access Ueno, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya within a few minutes.

2. Only 30 Minutes away from Kawagoe and its Famous Historical Town

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Ikebukuro offers great access not only within Tokyo but also to Saitama, the prefecture neighboring Tokyo to the west. The most famous place to visit in Saitama is Kawagoe, a city that preserves its traditional townscape with architecture from the late Edo period.

History fans and travelers who wish to see authentic Japanese culture should definitely visit Kawagoe. The city can be reached by train directly from Ikebukuro Station in about 30 minutes.

3. Excellent Shopping Facilities - For Every Budget and Occasion

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

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While most shopping districts focus on a certain type of style or budget, Ikebukuro has a wide variety of shops that respond to any kind of needs. Popular miscellaneous goods stores such as Don Quijote, Tokyu Hands, and MUJI co-exist with high-end fashion brands, affordable clothing stores like UNIQLO and shops dedicated to anime culture.

4. Shrines, Observatories, an Aquarium, and More! Great Entertainment and Leisure

Ikebukuro offers excellent entertainment facilities including the popular Sunshine City with its aquarium, planetarium, and observatory. The city is dotted with theaters, shrines, museums, and live music venues, all available within walking distance.

Ikebukuro is one of the rare places in Tokyo that is great to visit with one's family and also enjoy while hanging out with friends at night. Anyone can surely find a fun activity in Ikebukuro to enjoy, no matter their age or interests.

5. Casual Dining and Bars - A Local Atmosphere

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Every area in Tokyo is associated with a particular image. Ginza is known as a luxury shopping area, Shibuya is famous for its youth culture, while Shinjuku is mainly a business district.

Ikebukuro is well known as a place where both young people and adults can entertain themselves all day long. The city offers a wide variety of dining options, being particularly popular for ramen.

In the evening, you can unwind at casual local bars or sing your heart out at a karaoke facility.

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro - The Ideal Base for Your Tokyo Explorations

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is a comfortable hotel located just a few steps away from Ikebukuro Station. We will introduce the features that make this facility the perfect choice for staying in Tokyo.

1. Great Access to Ikebukuro Station and Tokyo's Airports

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is located just three minutes away by foot from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station. You can reach major shopping facilities in about two or three minutes, while Sunshine City and other amusement facilities can be reached in about five to ten minutes.

Guests can come anytime to drop off their shopping bags or take a rest in the hotel room and then carry on enjoying the city.

The Airport Limousine Bus to the Haneda and Narita Airports stops at Hotel Metropolitan so you can get to the hotel as soon as you arrive in Japan. This eliminates any bothersome train transfers while carrying a suitcase.

Of course, the limousine bus can also be used to go directly from the hotel to the airport at the end of your visit.

2. Pleasant Rooms with a Great View

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The City View Twin Room offers a great view over Ikebukuro

The guest rooms are spacious, with a classic, elegant design. The City View Twin Rooms located on the 22 and 23 floors have large windows offering a great view of Tokyo. The rooms oriented to the west allow views of Mt. Fuji on days with clear weather.

The rooms are equipped with simple smartphones that guests can use to check travel information online. You can even take these gadgets outside with you.

To learn more about the guest rooms of Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro, please check the official homepage of the facility.

3. An Amazing Night View! Dining at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

Within Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro there are several dining facilities - from restaurants and cafes to cozy bars.

Their French-Italian restaurant Cuisine EST, which is located on the 25th floor, offers a great view over Tokyo. Guests can enjoy the unobstructed view while dining on refined cuisine.

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro Cuisine EST

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The cityscape is especially beautiful at night when the lights of the skyscrapers and trains create a dynamic, almost surreal image of the city. Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro's Cuisine EST is the ideal place to enjoy a special dinner with a brilliant image of Tokyo in the background.

Bar Orient-Express

Another unique facility within Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is the Bar ORIENT EXPRESS on the 2nd floor. Its design was inspired by the eponymous 19th-century luxury train that used to connect the cities of Europe.

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro Bar Orient Express

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Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

At this bar, guests can enjoy a wide variety of cocktails, including season limited beverages. It offers the ideal atmosphere for a casual talk while looking back at the events of the day.

All the dining facilities within Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro, including Cuisine EST and Bar ORIENT EXPRESS, are also open to customers who are not staying at the hotel.

For more details on the dining facilities within Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro, please take a look at their official homepage.

4. Exclusive Services: Special Afternoon Tea and a Tuna Cutting Show

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

All Day Dining CROSS DINE is a buffet style restaurant located on the first floor of Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro. In addition to their regular menu, they offer a special afternoon tea service that features delights made with seasonal fruit.

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

In early spring, they offered the Premium Strawberry Afternoon Tea, a menu consisting of refined savory items and sweets made with strawberries accompanied by delicious drinks. A menu based on mango is offered in the first months of summer.

The afternoon tea service is available only on weekdays and requires a reservation.

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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro also holds a monthly tuna cutting show, in which the chef demonstrates the Japanese technique of cutting an immense tuna into small, bite-size pieces. It is fascinating to watch the chef's precision in making sure that not a single piece of fish goes to waste.

5. Get Reliable Information on Places to Visit in Tokyo

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

Staying in Ikebukuro gives visitors to Japan the chance to explore Tokyo and go anywhere easily. If you are not sure where to go or how to get to your destination, the friendly staff at the Guest Relations counter will gladly help out, offering information in English.

For example, if you wish to reach the Sunshine City area from the hotel, the staff will tell you how to take a shortcut through Ikebukuro Station. The station building houses several shops and restaurants, bakeries selling sweets, convenience stores, and even seasonal pop-up stores.

At the Guest Relations counter, travelers are offered maps and information so that they can enjoy their Tokyo explorations hassle-free. The staff can even tell you the estimated train fares for travel in and around the Tokyo area.

Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro and Enjoy the City!

Tokyo’s Best Leisure And Shopping Before Your Eyes! Hotel Metropolitan Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro has a comparatively slower flow to it than places like Shinjuku or Shibuya. You can shop and explore the city to your heart's content at any time of the day. When you feel tired or hungry, you won't have to search long for the nearest restaurant or cafe because you are really spoiled for choice.

Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is a comfortable hotel with excellent services that make it ideal as a base for exploring Tokyo. Guests can enjoy a relaxing stay with great views and delicious cuisine while being in the heart of the city.


Written by Chiara Mischke
MATCHA photos by Chiaki Ono
Sponsored by Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro

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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