Tokyu Hands Sunshine City:
8 Floors of SUPER DOOPER FUN shopping for the whole family!
There’s ONE shop in Japan that you MUST visit. We guarantee you’ll love it as much as we do. It’s the only shop we know of that caters to everyone in the family – Tokyu Hands Sunshine City is 8 floors of every gadget, object, tool, toy, piece of equipment you can possibly imagine. There’s a floor or two for everyone’s interests.
Be sure to check out the 1st floor seasonal event space as you enter the doors. This area becomes a mini-exhibition area, showcasing some of Japan’s incredible things. When we visited, there was a Toadstool forest filled with handmade needle-felted toadstool toys, jewellery, ornaments, and artwork showcasing the work of a pod of local artists. Who knows what will be next?
Nekobukuro Cat Cafe
On the 8th Floor is an entire space dedicated to pet supplies, next to the Nekobukuro Cat Cafe/House. If you want to visit a Cat Cafe while you are in town, combine a shopping visit with a trip upstairs.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s on each floor.
1st Floor. Event Space. Plus in the corner by the stairs, the kids will LOVE the gigantic collection of capsule machines. With everything from Gudetama “raw egg” character dolls, love charms, Snoopy ornaments, lazy Zoo animals, cultural ornaments, to ballerina dolls, there’s bound to be at least one capsule treasure the kids will love. At ¥200 each, it’s a bargain souvenir too.
2nd Floor. Bags, Suitcases, Travel accessories, Bicycles, Wallets and Pass cases, Leather goods, and Business bags
3rd Floor. Kitchen supplies, (Do not miss this! So many cute things to make bento and pretty things for your home kitchen.) Confectionary supplies, Cooking utensils, Dental care, Tea-Making supplies (Wonderful souvenirs!), Health care products (Buy a bottle of Japanese shampoo and conditioner to take home. Decadent!), and Beauty supplies. Japanese ‘house mother’ aprons too. This visit, I bought a toadstool-shaped pastry brush, and a rectangular pan to cook ‘sushi roll’ egg. I’m still kicking myself for not buying this Sandwich Pocket press. Roam the Gnome is sure the kids would have loved to try a Sandwich Pocket for lunch!
In the beauty section, remember to pick up an Animal-print face mask. You must, if only to give the kids a big laugh.
4th Floor. DIY tools, Paint and plumbing supplies, Garden supplies, Woodworking craft materials, and all the stuff you’d find in a Japanese hardware store. (Dads will have a ball checking out all the Japanese ways of doing things!)
5th floor. Bed linens and bedding, Clocks, Slippers (bag a pair for home), Photo frames, Bath and toilet accessories (another place you must check out), Relaxation accessories, Towels and more.
6th floor. Stationery including pens and pencils, Photo albums, Design accessories, Retail and office supplies, Letter writing supplies, Notebooks and files, Personal planners, Diaries, Seals, Posters. Oh heart, be still.
7th floor. Roam the Gnome and my most important stop. On this floor, there’s Costumes, Wrapping materials, Party accessories, Games, Dressmaking materials, Metal craft supplies, Leather craft supplies, Greeting cards and postcards, Mobile phone accessories, Science kits, Flower making materials, plus all the other craft materials you can dream of including miniatures and ceramic markers too.
8th floor. Pet supplies and the Nekobukuro Cat’s House.
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- 10am to 9pm daily.
- Phone: 03 3980 6111
- Tokyu Hands Website – Check here to find out What’s On in the Seasonal Event Space.
- Nearest station- 7 minutes on foot from East Exit of Ikebukuro Station
Location and Map
- Address: 1-28-10 Higashi Ikebukuro Toshima-ku Tokyo 170-0013
Eat and Drink
The Ikebukuro branch of Tokyu Hands does not have a cafe or restaurant but there are plenty nearby in the Sunshine City building minutes away. BUT the best thing is to eat before you come, and work that meal off climbing the stairs! You can even tally up how many calories you are burning. What an incentive to climb instead of ride up.
Our Top Tips
- These Concert Lights are very popular right now. Kids, teens, and adults buy one (or a few) in their favourite colour/s and wave them around during dance and music concerts in time with the song. To us, they look a bit like shortened light sabres. We want one in every colour of the rainbow!
- In the Craft section, we love the Ceramic Marker pens. These are a great gift at just over ¥100 each. You can draw on any ceramic surface, then set them in the microwave or oven in just a few minutes. We LOVE giving the gift of creativity, and buying creative tools, especially when some of these things are impossible to come by in Australia. Coloured stamp pads for fabric is another thing to keep your eye out for.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
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