Sunshine City Tokyo Japan – Super Dooper Kid Fun in Ikebukuro!
Sunshine City Tokyo Japan is located just 3 minutes walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station. 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.
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 Kid-Friendly List
World Import Mart
- Sunshine International Aquarium – Said 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. Image credit.
- Namco Namja Town – an indoor theme park located on the 2nd floor of the World Import Mart Building. Don’t miss the Best Ice Cream Shop in Tokyo! Plus a Gyoza food court, arcade games, claw machines, a haunted house alleyway, AND a DESSERT street! Yummy!
- J World – 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!
- Pokemon Center < — click on the link on the left to take a peek at this shop. Located on 2nd floor near the entrance to Namco Namja Town, this shop is dedicated to the phenomena that is Pokemon.
- The Sunshine Starlight Dome Planetarium – 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
- 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 has reopened following renovation on April 21, 2016. People are treated to 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 may even get to watch 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. New to the site, and under the concept of an observatory to “experience,” 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. Enjoy a completely different “panoramic experience”!
Eat and Drink
- Bakers Diner has ‘Omellet’ desserts. Kids will LOVE these! Alpa B1- Shop 2
- Moomin Stand, B1, Stand 55
- Pikachu and Pokemon Music Cafe 1st Floor, Shop 26 (Limited time shop)
- Visit the 3rd Floor for an entire floor of Cafe’s and Restaurants. Try your luck!
Near Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
- 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 this Ikebukuro Life Safety Training cultural centre. 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 things here for the kids to enjoy. Read all about our visit and get all the details of how to get there at this link.
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.
The Inside Scoop for Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- Shopping 10am to 8pm
- Restaurants 11am to 10pm
- Phone: 03 3989 3331
- Sunshine City Website
Travel options to Sunshine City Tokyo Japan
- 3 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
- 8 minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line)
- 4 minutes on foot from Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-Chome Station (Toden Arakawa Line)
From Ikebukuro Station
- 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.
From Higashi-Ikebukuro Station
- Walk toward exit 6.7, and a sign should direct you to the “Underground Passage” to Sunshine City.
Location and Map
- Address: 3−1−3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0013
Guest relations & Facilities
- 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 we love the Japanese’s attachment to the philosophy of ‘Everything has a Place, A Place for Everything’. Makes life so much easier.
- 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!
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