Sunshine City Ikebukuro. Updated 2018.
Where in Tokyo can you find a rooftop aquarium, TWO indoor theme parks, a planetarium, a Pokemon shop, AND the chance to try EEL flavoured ice-cream?
You can find this AND SO MUCH MORE at our favourite family friendly shopping mall in Tokyo – Sunshine City Ikebukuro.
- 1 Sunshine City Ikebukuro
- 2 The Best Things To Do at Sunshine City Shopping Mall with Kids
- 3 World Import Mart
- 4 Sunshine City Aquarium
- 5 Namco Namja Town
- 6 J World
- 7 Pokemon Center Ikebukuro
- 8 The Sunshine Starlight Dome Planetarium
- 9 Alpa Shopping Mall Building
- 10 Sunshine 60 Building
- 11 The Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory
- 12 Eat and Drink at Sunshine City Ikebukuro
- 13 Near Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
- 14 Tokyu Hands
- 15 Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center
- 16 Otome Road, Anime Strip for Cosplayers
- 17 Sunshine City Playground for Kids
- 18 Sunshine City Toddler Toilet
- 19 The Inside Scoop for Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
- 20 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do in TOKYO with kids?
Sunshine City Ikebukuro
Sunshine City Tokyo is located just 3 minutes walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station.
There are SHOPS galore of course, but also a whole bunch of kid-friendly activities! Here’s our pick of whats on offer for families at Sunshine City Tokyo Japan, and just outside the complex too.
The Best Things To Do at Sunshine City Shopping Mall with Kids
Sunshine City Ikebukuro shopping mall is a giant complex of five buildings. Most of the family friendly stuff is in the World Import Mart building (the main shopping mall), the Alpa Shopping mall building, and the Sunshine 60 building. They are all adjoined so don’t worry if you don’t realise you’ve entered a new building!
Here’s a list of the best stuff for kids in the different sections.
World Import Mart
Sunshine City Aquarium
Rumoured to be the world’s highest aquarium, it is located on the 10th floor of the World Import Mart Building.
More than 20,000 fish and animals, including dolphins, octopuses, eels, piranhas, sea horses, sea otters, seals, giant crabs, and other rare and weird species of fish are housed here.
The aquarium features popular attractions such as the “Sunshine Aqua Ring” with its view of sea lions swimming overhead and the dreamlike “Jellyfish Tunnel.” You can also enjoy performances by sea lions and underwater divers, as well as sea otter and penguin feeding shows on Sundays and holidays.
Entry from 10am to 8pm during summer and spring, 10am to 6pm during autumn and winter months.
Namco Namja Town
Namco Namja Town is an indoor theme park located on the 2nd floor of the World Import Mart Building. You wander through recreations of old Japanese towns, and themed areas with parlour games and a couple of cute kids rides.
There’s a GIANT “gyoza” food court, arcade games, claw machines, a haunted house alleyway, AND a DESSERT street! Don’t miss the Best Ice Cream Shop in Tokyo! There’s over 50 flavours to taste including EEL icecream. It’s as quirky as Japan gets.
Read more about it here – Namco Namja Town.
J World on the next floor above is a super-fun anime/manga-inspired amusement park. The attractions here are based on the most famous and popular Shonen Jump manga characters including Dragonball Z, One Piece and Naruto. Fun for all but a must-do if you are a SUPER FAN!
Read it all about it here – J World
Pokemon Center Ikebukuro
The Pokemon center in Ikebukuro is one of the only shops dedicated to Pokemon characters in Tokyo. Located on 2nd floor near the entrance to Namco Namja Town, this shop is dedicated to the phenomena that is Pokemon.
Take a sneak peek inside here: Pokemon Center
The Sunshine Starlight Dome Planetarium
The Sunshine City Planetarium is located on the 10th floor of the World Import Mart Building.
The planetarium is equipped with the digital image system SKYMAX, which gives the feeling of being right in the middle of stars. More than 400,000 fixed stars are projected onto the dome, while special programs, like a footage on the Aurora Borealis, are shown on a rotating basis.
NOTE: For primary school aged children and above only.
Alpa Shopping Mall Building
Head to the Alpa Shopping Mall building to find the best kids shops in Tokyo.
- Disney Store – B1, Shop 52
- Toys R Us – B1, Shop 57
- Sanrio Vivitix – B1, shop 49 – For lovers of Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, and all the Sanrio gang.
- Loft – 2nd Floor, Shop 6 – For bento and bento accessories (Take a sneak peek here)
- Gapkids – 2nd Floor, Shop 10
- Nippon Animation Official Shop “Ani-cute” – 2nd Floor, Shop 15 near entrance to Namco Namja Town. (Take a sneak peek here.)
Sunshine 60 Building
The Sunshine 60 Building is a 60-story building at one end of Sunshine City. Offices and shops are located on all the floors of this 240-meter-high building, topping with the Observation Deck on the 60 th floor.
The Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory
The observatory at Sunshine 60 reopened after a big renovation on April 21, 2016.
There’s now a 360 degree panorama of the city from the Deck, which also boasts of an open air “sky deck”. On the days when the weather is clear, you might even spot Mt. Fuji.
The elevator that goes up to the Observation Deck is the fastest in the world and takes only thirty five seconds to complete the journey from ground level to the top. In addition, it is packed with playful content such as the latest VR technology and a 4D simulation so you get a whole new experience with views that stimulate the senses of sight and touch and bring surprises.
The revamped space consists of seven zones that offer countless “experiences,” like:
- Tokyo Cannonball Flight, where a virtual video takes you zooming through Tokyo’s future sights
- Sky Trampoline, which makes you feel like you’re floating, and
- Infinitescape, where you take a fun stroll through a giant kaleidoscope.
This “panoramic experience” is a must do in Tokyo.
Eat and Drink at Sunshine City Ikebukuro
Bakers Diner has ‘Omellet’ desserts like the ones pictured above. Kids will LOVE these! Alpa B1- Shop 2
The Moomin Stand can be found on B1 at Stand 55.
Pikachu and Pokemon Music Cafe 1st Floor, Shop 26 (Limited time shop)
The 3rd Floor is a foodie’s delight
Visit the 3rd Floor for an entire floor of Cafe’s and Restaurants. Try your luck!
Near Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
Step outside of Sunshine City Tokyo Japan onto the streets outside, and you’ll find HEAPS MORE fun stuff for the kids.
Here’s our picks of the best things to do in Ikebukuro.
Our favourite shop in Japan is Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro. (It holds a special place in my heart as I first visited as a 15 year old and bought salt and pepper shakers for my mum and dad that talked! 28 years later, and nothing has changed except the goods on display and it’s equally as good, if not better.)
There’s something for everyone – Funky ornaments, Stationery, Design Tools, Health & Beauty supplies, Kitchenware, Bathing & Toiletry products, Cleaning & Laundry gadgets, Home Décor items, Bags, Wallets, Travel Goods, Rain Gear, Cycling, Variety Goods, Mobile Phone Accessories, Tools & Materials, Handmade Crafts AND best of all, lots and lots of Craft Supplies! You may even see an artistic exhibition as you walk in.
The Nekobukuro Cat Cafe/House is located on the top floor!
There’s WIFI throughout the store and a passport discount too.
Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center
Prepare for an earthquake with life safety training at the Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Center. Riding the Earthquake simulator is one of the most unique experiences you can have in Tokyo, and it’s great fun too.
While it can’t really be classed as a tourist activity, (it’s a working training facility for schools and workplaces), there are a few other things there for the kids to enjoy too. Click on the blue link to read all about our visit and get details of how to get there: Ikebukuro Life Safety Training cultural centre
Otome Road, Anime Strip for Cosplayers
Visit the streets around Sunshine City on a weekend to spy all the young (and not-so-young) CosPlayers who turn up in their favourite dress-up outfits. If you want to dig a little deeper into this world of manga and anime, walk to Otome Street (translation Maiden road) for a female approach to Manga comics. Here’s a link to walking directions to help you find it.
Otome road (a nickname) is home to Animate (an eight story giant of cosplay and related goods), K-Books with it’s the Swallowtail butler café, Lashinban, and a Mandarake store.
Sunshine City Playground for Kids
Sunshine City has a children’s play area located near the family toilets facility. It’s for children up to 4 years old, a place of respite for weary travelling mums and dads. Be sure to take your shoes off before you enter this soft-play area.
There’s interactive walls, padded blocks, and cushioning for a bit of tumble play to wear them out. There’s even the cutest shoe rack.
How I love the Japanese’s attachment to the philosophy of ‘Everything has a Place, A Place for Everything’. Makes life so much easier.
Sunshine City Toddler Toilet
Sunshine City Tokyo Japan has the BEST toddler help thingamabob we’ve ever seen in a toilet. Look! It’s a ‘baby rest’, a chair for the baby or toddler from 5 months to 2.5 years old.
Finally, a chance to go to the toilet in peace without the toddler opening the door on you (yep, has happened to me!), or trying to scramble under the door while you wee. We need these in every toilet around the world!
The Inside Scoop for Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
Opened in 1978, the Sunshine City complex is the oldest of Tokyo’s “city within a city”. The Sunshine City complex consists of 5 buildings – Sunshine 60, Bunka Kaikan, World Import Mart (ALTA), Shopping Center “Alpa”, and the Prince hotel.
Address: 3−1−3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0013
Phone: 03 3989 3331
Website: Sunshine City Website
- Shopping 10am to 8pm
- Restaurants 11am to 10pm
Sunshine City Map: Download the Shopping and Attractions map of Sunshine City Tokyo Japan here.
How to get to Sunshine City Shopping Mall in Ikebukuro:
- By train: 3 minutes walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line). Walk toward exit 6.7, and a sign should direct you to the “Underground Passage” to Sunshine City.
- By train: 8 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line). Go to exit 35 of Ikebukuro Station. Walk down Sunshine 60 Dori, and the underground entrance (escalator) to Sunshine City will be visible on the right-hand side next to Tokyu Hands.
- By metro: 4 minutes walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-Chome Station (Toden Arakawa Line)
Sunshine City Tokyo Map:
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