:Ikebukuro area is a very good café spot, but is also famous for its night entertainments. There are a lot of things to do here when night approaches, and we will help you to select only the best activities for your Ikebukuro tour!

1. Enjoy darts or billiards with a drink at BAGUS Ikebukuro

Darts are a very famous and kind of cool activity in Japan, so it’s a very good opportunity to show your talent and get some Japanese to know you! But, if it isn’t your thing, here at Bagus, you can find a bunch of night entertainments such as billiard, simulation golf, karaoke, etc. Bagus spaces are very elegant, to offer you a comfortable environment and a lot of party options!

Website: http://www.bagus-99.com/shops/gcc_ikebukuro/ (Japanese only)

Address: Humax Pavilion 4F, 1-22-10 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: may vary based on activity length and type

2. Observe cute penguins while drinking at Penguin No Iru Bar

In Japan, you can easily find cat cafes, dog cafes, even owl cafes and many others…like the penguin bar! This is kind of a rarity even in Japan, so make sure not to lose this fantastic opportunity! Here you can see penguins closely, feed them and even take pictures with them. The Penguin no Iru Bar also offers wide dining options, all western food in Japanese style. As this bar’s penguins are become quite requested stars, it’s best to book your visit in advance.

Website: http://www.penginbar.jp/ (Japanese Only)

Address: Tokyo COSMY 1 Bldg. 2-38-2 Ikebukuro Toshima, Tokyo

Average price: ¥3,500

3. Relax at Times SPA RESTA

If you are searching for a relaxing activity to relieve the stress of a long trip to Japan, this is the place for you! Here at Times SPA RESTA, you will find a wide variety of pools, divided for men and women, sauna, a lot of massage plans to choose from and one of the finest restaurants! This facility also organizes some special activities or plans from time to time, so you can’t get bored here!

Website: http://www.timesspa-resta.jp/ (Japanese only)

Address: Times station Ikebukuro 10th to 12th Floor, 4-25-9 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: the most basic plan is ¥2,750

4. Visit Sunshine Aquarium at night (only in summer)

To find some relief from Japanese summer’s heat, and have some fun, you can go for a night tour of Sunshine Aquarium. This service is available in summer only, and this facility is so big that is advisable to download the pdf map showed on the website to enjoy it to the fullest! If your time is limited, it may be best to decide in advance just the attractions that you want to see and stick to your program!

Website: https://www.sunshinecity-global.com/en/facility/aquarium/

Address: 3-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: adults ¥2,200, age 7 to 15 ¥1,200, children ¥700

Map download link: www.sunshinecity.co.jp/campaign/cp/pdf/aquaguide_english.pdf?_ga=2.14512055.1264505350.1522032619-445866787.1522032619

5. Enjoy the night view of Tokyo from Sunshine 60

Sunshine city has everything you need to spend a glorious day and night in Ikebukuro, from the aquarium to the planetarium, but we don’t want to forget the very symbol of this entertainment city, right? Sunshine 60 is a skyscraper, and at its top there is an observatory from where you can see the shining Roppongi Hills, Shinjuku and even the Tokyo Tower!

Website: http://www.skycircus.jp/english/index.html

Address: 3-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,200 (adults), ¥900 (high school, university, technical colleges students), ¥600 (elementary and junior high school students), ¥300 (4 years old or older)

6. Play board game until late at night at JELLY JELLY CAFE

What is best for a night spent with friends or family, playing some long, intriguing board game?  Jelly Jelly Café is an institution here in Tokyo, with a lot of facilities in the most important Tokyo areas including Ikebukuro. Everyone loves board games, and this café becomes crowded quite often, so we advise you to book in advance!

Website: http://jellyjellycafe.com/ (Japanese only)

Address: Hirose Bldg. 2-4 Floor, 3-27-16 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,500 for night time (18:00-23:00) and the fee comes with one drink.

7. Shop until you drop

Here is a list of four huge department stores to shop your way out in Ikebukuro! Here you can find the most famous European, American and Japanese brands, but also some small firms to take home with you something unique! You may also find some tax-free shops, so make sure to take a look around every floor map!

SEIBU IKEBUKURO

Barbie café or Winnie the Pooh cafe is the most particular lunch options that you can find here!

Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp.e.ld.hp.transer.com/foreign/ikebukuro/

Address: 1-28-1, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro

One of the best souvenir spots!

Website: http://www.tobu-dept.jp/ikebukuro/tnb/language/english.html

Address: 1-1-25 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

IKEBUKURO PARCO

Website: http://ikebukuro.parco.jp/page/storeinformation/index?type=recommend&lang=eng

Address: 1-28-2 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Sunshine City Shop

Website: https://www.sunshinecity-global.com/en/shop/

Address: 3-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

8. Relax at Planetarium Manten

Here we are at Sunshine City again! This time, let us recommend you the Planetarium, that always offers two kinds of shows that change periodically, and they are divided by night time and day time ones. The techniques used to relax you and show you a lot of interesting landscapes will surprise you, and if you care to book in advance you will also find some special seats available! We highly recommend the cloud seats, that will hug you and make you feel in heaven.

Website: https://www.sunshinecity-global.com/en/facility/manten/

Address: 3-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,500 for normal seats, ¥3,800 for the premium “cloud” seats

9. Play until morning at ROUND1

It is usually a bit difficult to find facilities open until really late at night in Japan, but you can always count on ROUND1! Here you can literally play until morning and even after and have plenty of time to try every activity, as this amusement facility stays open 24/7! If you are 18 years old or younger there may be some entry time restrictions tough, so make sure to check before going. At the website linked below you may find useful tips and instructions to play at ROUND1 that includes bowling, darts etc. Have a good sleepless night!

Website: http://www.round1.co.jp/shop/tenpo/tokyo-ikebukuro-eng.html

Address: Ikebukuro Square, 1-14-1 Higashi Ikebukuro Toshima, Tokyo

Price: may vary based on activity length

10. Enjoy different concerts and plays at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

Finally, a bit of artistic entertainment to end this top list! Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre is a huge building, so you can be sure you’ll find a show that fits your expectations. This theater’s shows include Opera, classical music, dance and of course theater. You can also have fun discovering Tokyo Metropolitan Theater’s special events; they are always original and interesting!

Website: http://www.geigeki.jp/

Address: 1-8-1 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo

 

Price: may vary based on the show

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