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[Chanwon Travel in Japan #23] IKEBUKURO | Where To Go & What To Do

January 7, 2016

Konnichiwa I feel better today and guess this is the best time to blog about another guide post on my favourite place ever! This place is known as IKEBUKURO. For those who missed out some of my post , just for your information I always search for homestay or place to stay at IKEBUKURO because this place have everything I need + SUPER DUPER CONVENIENCE. For those still struggling where to stay I strongly recommend this place for you. Another convenience spot again. If you stay around this Ikebukuro subway station you basically can spend 1-2 days just to explore and discover here.


IKEBUKURO has everything you need! If you are a Pokemon or anime lover then this is another place you should plan in your trip. If you prefer shopping and lazy to grab those cosmetic in diff place then this is the place has the best shopping spot too. From cosmetic to beauty supplement or Donki shop is everything here! The whole building that has more than 7 floors for you to shop til drop. Next, if you want to grab some camera digital item then you can visit the 2 big building of BIC CAMERA. Sounds interesting right? Then let's follow me to discover this small lucky town now!!! 

This post contained lots of guide and travel tips for you. So it's better if you can write it down or else just save this link up. I combined everything and place I went for you here :) Let's get started!


It's my outfit today! Love the super thick outer and the weather here because i won't have the chance wear this if i'm back to Malaysia. Since I brought my bro to Japan and I knew he love Pokemon and animate ...why not we plan a day for just hanging around Ikebukuro? But before that I need to kickstart my day with yummy sushi! lol Just to let you know that there are few shopping mall nearby Ikebukuro Station.


It's super easy to find and this is why I call this as convenient spot! If you ask me where to stay in Tokyo I will always tell you the same answer...it's IKEBUKURO. ahahahah So there are few place I need to cover in this post and highlight to you:-



#1 IKEBUKURO (WHERE TO GO) :-

#1 Lumine
#2 SEIBU
#3 TOBU
#4 Animate
#5 Sunshine City
#6 Pokemon Centre
#7 TOKYU Hands
#8 Don Quijote (Donki)
#9 BIC CAMERA
#10 Matsumoto Kiyoshi
#11 Sunshine Aquarium
#12 UNIQLO
#13 NAMJA TOWN & J-World


I went to every place I wrote on the above except the aquarium and J-world because we are not interested to visit aquarium + the J-World need to buy ticket + not enough time because I planned to visit donki and the local drugstore Matsumoto Kiyoshi with my bro. So if you have more budget and don't mind to pay for the entry ticket or you interest with aquarium + all anime (one piece manga stuff) then J-world definitely suit your travel plan.

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#2 SEIBU , LUMINE , TOBU *TAX-FREE SHOP:-
As I mentioned earlier this 3 shopping place is where you can get the most popular japanese merchandise and luxury brands. For example Samantha Thevasa bag  , Samantha Vega, Jill Struat , Landuree cosmetic & so on. Here's the place where you spend your money (mostly girl suitable to come here) and buy something for your girl friends. If you are hungry don't worry because there are a basement floor for food too. But it's slightly pricy one! One pros was it's TAX FREE!!



Ikebukuro Station! I went here every morning! HAHAHA
Lumine Ikebukuro

You can easily find it and it's just diff exit from the Ikebukuro Station only. If you are not sure about your location or you wish to go to any one of these just write it on the paper and ask people or the guard / police at the subway station. This is what I did most of the time because I'm confuse with the entrance and exit number when I'm in the subway station wtf* But still I'm able to survive so this means that YOU CAN DO IT TOO! lol

So since it's my brunch now I decided to have my brunch (sushi) at one of the shopping complex and at the same time I can grab and shop for some stationery stuff. lol

JUST RM60!

I tell you lo! You will never find this because it's so cheap and FRESH AND NICE! Even my bro also shocked with the taste of sushi that selling here. It's just like even at the normal booth you can get the best sushi ever. The sashimi itself so fresh and all taste like heaven. Taste like those exp sushi in Malaysia wtf! But this is cheaper!


Don't be greedy like me because I bought 2 biggest set for my bro and me but end up both of us can only finished one set ONLY. The sushi damn big and easy to feel full with the size of it. WAHLAO CAN I LIVE HERE?


Next, we just walk around the shopping place and I saw a Tokyu Hands , Hands Be here too. You can skipped this because there are a HUGE BUILDING of Tokyu Hands around Ikebukuro. Yea..it's a BUILDING not a booth like this.

Google+ing the map and searching for the location.



Opposite and around the Ikebukuro Station you can find everything I listed on the Ikebukuro List above. Yea honestly, you won't sesat jalan here as long as you bring your pocket wifi + phone with you.


But it's quite a challenge for me because I'm a 'direction stupid' and I don't even know how to see a map.wtf it's my first time to use google map in my phone. I just download the subway app and google map when i'm in Japan. This is the first time in my life and get scolded by my bro because I keep walk to the wrong way or direction. I really can't differentiate each of the direction T.T HELP!!


But as long as I try and error each time, I learned something from it. Luckily end up after 20 mins of walking. I found the place we want to visit liao!!!

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#3 Matsumoto Kiyoshi :-
This is the Japanese Drugstore shop that selling lots of beauty / cosmetic and supplement for girls like us. If you are a guy dunno which or where to buy just go here and find everything label as NO.1 BEST SELLING , HOT ITEM, or those chinese words. Just buy! HAHAHA Kose cleanser drugstore packaging one also available here and the kose steam eye mask and some haul that I mentioned on my previous japan haul post available here too. If you think your time is so limited and wish to grab snack and beauty product all together in one time you can skip this and just go to Donki. Donki has more choices and even selling gudetama stuff too lol

Matsumoto Kiyoshi is more like Japanese beauty store + 药妆店



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#4 Parco :-
I didn't go here because here's full of Japanese fashion trends and brands. Don't have extra budget for shopping here since I bought tons of item before this! lol if you have extra budget or love to see more about Japanese fashion brands then you can give yourself 30 mins to window shopping here. But it's better don't go in later spend too much :p HAHAHAHAHA Left some for donki later lol!



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#5 MUST DO Japan :-
If you walk around or happen to see one of this UFO machine of random machine like this. Please some of you money here until you grab something! lol joking la!! But this is a MUST TRY / to-do thing in Japan. Try your luck but don't spend too much because you wallet might cry after this! HAHAHAHA

Where's my gudetama!

Oh!!!! well...I found you! HAHAHA

Spot the neko atsume behind me :p






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#6 Animate :-
If you are a anime lover or you watch those anime series one then you might love it. Okay, I'm lost myself here because I thought most of them were male but...in reality here was full of GIRLS! Seems Japanese Girl love to watch anime than boy. Seriously, like my bro was 1 out of 20% of the male in this whole building. But there are two diff location / building for ANIMATE.

Building #1

Another building again!

It's just nearby but both selling diff style. The first building we found on google map was the one selling those anime merchandise or comic books while the second one (we accidentally found) it's more on selling cosplay items and animate CAFE. Too bad need to make appointment and reservation one the animate cafe :'( If not I wanna see pretty cosplayer too!


So as you can see this is the first animate building we went. Both have more than 6-7 floors! Wtf earn a lot of money now!! HAHAHAHA

Opps, i'm wrong this has 9th floor! wtf?!!

ONLY IN JAPAN!



Pilot?! wtf?!!!






I tell you most of the people here was female. Shocked until the max because everyone look so excited and they keep talking and discuss with friend which to get or to buy. Then my bro and I were like...hmm...why so excited? But all the character (male) in the comic so handsome one. They even have the whole real size standee place on each floor and the girls just keep talking photo with the paper. lol Okay....i'm old now..  I just don't understand how a person can fall in love with a 'not real person' lol

I think I love one of the character last time when I was 15 years old. I forgot the name..the manga series...call..Negima! Magister Negi Magi. Yea! I have no idea why I love that so much but I kept all the books before I moved to my new house. wtf


Negima! Magister Negi Magi

Have no idea why I love this so much but I love how funny the story was and the main characters have a love + admire relationship toward the super short magician teacher! lol I think I love manga series that related to magic one. Yea this is why last time my email address was xxxmagiclove@xxx.com lol!!! Time flies! wtf

9th floor (highest floor) of animate. This is a whole floor that full of animate characters. Everyone jumping around and taking photo with the manga. I can't act excited at all so I guess I should pose and take some photo and show you! ahhahahaa


Sorry for the expression because I don't know what to pose HAHAHAHAA



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#7 Animate (Cosplay items & Animate Cafe):-
This was another completely diff building of animate! I thought the same until I spot the ANIMATE CAFE board on the building. I guess there are someone who dress up like a maid inside the animate cafe. Fully reserved -.- Need to make your reservation one for this cafe :( too bad!


 30 mins only and IT'S FULLLLLLLL! SO FULLLL

 So as i mentioned earlier this is more on cosplay stuff from head to toes!! Contact lens, colourful hair , outfit, kimono or eyelashes & so on!!

I feel like want to grab this home T.T So nice hor!!
BUT VERY EXPENSIVE! RM700-800 if not mistake!

 Sailor moon! I WANT THIS! OMG I WANT!!! DIE DIE WANT
RM800-900 wtf?! now i know why people told me cosplayer normally is rich one!



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#8 Sunshine City:-
You can see lots of dining place here and Sanrio Vivitix shop selling lots of hello kitty stuff. I just pass by here and rest in front of Sunshine City + shoot for tourist photo! HAHAHAHAHAH Here's my tourist pose photo lol!





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#9 Pokemon Center MEGA TOKYO:-
Ikebukuro can be known as the centre of manga and anime culture in Japan because I just realise that there are so many fun stuff to play / to visit here. Especially here the POKEMON CENTER. I saw lot of young children from other country purposely came here with their parent then they BOUGHT LOTS OF POKEMON STUFF. My bro too -.-




I watched pokemon with my bro when we were still young. Miss the moment we spent in Japan and my favourite character in Pokemon was Pikachu , miu and a star pokemon that only appear one week every thousand years. Yeah!! The Pokémon Jirachi! Still remember the melody of the song too! This is a sad Pokemon Movie that make me cry a lot :'(

Pokémon Jirachi~ So cute right!

Pika pika pika chu~~~


Candid shoot lol


Since the time i go was around the Halloween it's totally diff. The whole pokemon center was decorated with halloween decoration. Even selling limited halloween edition pokemon soft toys!It means that every season you come they having diff decoration and theme.




So cute!!!


I prefer miu than miu 2 lol I like cute cute pokemon xD

BUY ALL!

BUY THIS AS WELL


If only I can bring them home :'(


Is time to pay for it lol! Spent RM200-300 here! wtf
their merchandise is just too nice!



POKEMON CENTER MEGA TOKYO , Japan <3 more photo on my blog
Posted by Chanwon Tan on Thursday, January 7, 2016

Then opposite of this pokemon centre there are lots of diff shop too. So I just walk and shop around since we have extra time for this.
 Loft 
This is the shop that I mentioned on one of my Stationery / Where i buy stationery haul post 


 Again!! Product variety from hair to toes!






5% Off if you show them your passport!

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#10 NAMJA TOWN:-
For those who love this you should come too. It's located at the same building with pokemon center. We didn't enter this because my bro wasn't interested on this xD 

Walk walk walk until our leg almost break. lol so we just randomly sit on the front of sunshine city and enjoy our peaceful and joyful day! lol



Sky turned darker & darker is time to walk back to Ikebukuro station and shopping at the nearby BIC CAMERA & Donki!


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#11 BIC CAMERA:-
This is the place that I purchase my pink super useful and nice camera bag , my camera fish eye lens and basically just everything digital or relates to camera you can find it here. No communication problem here because all of them can communicate with basic English. You can get your camera SD card here too. There are total 4 BIC CAMERA here, the main store, east camera store, outlet east store and west store too. HUGE AND WALK UNTIL YOUR LEG PATAH. lol

If you wish to communicate in chinese you can ask them also. Someone who communicate well in Chinese will come to serve you!

TAX-FREE!!


Walk until so hungry so this is consider as our tea time meal lol xD




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#12 UNIQLO IKEBUKURO:-
This Uniqlo the most famous casual clothing shop in Japan. From ultra thin jacket to the special edition product collaboration with other brands ALL IN HERE! This is the largest UNIQLO that I ever seen. HAHAHAHAHA You can get a tote bag with your name printed on it here. So nice T.T


Gift Gate (this is something like kiddy lands) If you have extra time you can shop here!

IKEBUKURO!!



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#13 Tokyu Hands IKEBUKURO:-
Busy shopping until forgot to take picture of the building since the sky turned really dark. I mentioned this many time in my japan post. Something similar with Loft and you can find anything here. Like bento making stuff , beauty and stationery stuff as well. I realise that Ikebukuro mainly shop was a WHOLE HUGE BUILDING one. Included the uniqlo, animate, bic camera and now TOKYU HANDS!! Shop until you cry!


Then pass by this again! But I didn't go in here because I want to go to donki!! HAHAHAHAHAH



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#14 Don Quijote (Donki):-
No joke. This OPEN 24 HOURS EVERYDAY! WTFF nothing can be nicer than this.MIDNIGHT ALSO CAN SHOP and most scary is TAX FREE 8% too! The biggest discount store in Japan. T.T JAPAN WHY YOU MAKE MY WALLET CRY!!!!

This is just opposite side of the street of Ikebukuro Station. OMFG! SO BIG and so many floors. But this seems diff from the one i went in other place because this is more narrow and lots of product on placed between that tiny road for you to walk. When you need to walk around the product you have to walk for that person to walk first until your turn because bit crowded and narrow. Since it's halloween that time...that's more crowded!

The penguin building! WHOLE  BUILDING...24 HOURS!


7 floor + 1 basement! wtf?!!


Bra set
Fake hair / cosplay hair


Cosmetic / false lashes wtf wtf* DAMN A LOT




But here everything hot seller sold out one -.- SOLD OUT + NO STOCK! So hor..you better see got stock just grab only!




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#15 Sunshine Aquarium & J-World:-
I didn't went to the J-World because it need to buy ticket to enter lol. There are one piece and dragon ball stuff and my bro so regret because he ask me to go with him but I suggest him to go alone because I don't like dragon ball xD So end up we decided to skipped this J-world and the sunshine aquarium too. So again, if you have enough budget you can always go to see and experience it since the J-World only available in Japan.

To end this post I decided to place this photo until the end of this. HAHAHA This is my supper that I purchased at Ikebukuro Station! So yummy and I can die with the size of strawberry! OMG!!That's everything I do and went at Ikebukuro. Hope you find this useful and can help you to give you a guide in what to do / to go in Ikebukuro, Japan. That's all for today. Love,xx.



See you soon Ikebukuro ;)

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