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Ikebukuro (池袋?), a part of Toshima ward, is a large commercial and entertainment district of Tokyo, Japan. It is the location of the Toshima ward offices, Ikebukuro station and several extremely large department stores.

At the center of Ikebukuro is the train and subway station, a huge urban gathering shared by the JR East lines, the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tōbu Tōjō Line. It is one of the main commuter hubs in the western Yamanote area of Tokyo. Ikebukuro Station is the second busiest station in Japan, second only to Shinjuku Station.

Around the station are the Seibu and Tōbu department stores. Seibu, written with the characters for "West" and "Musashi (province)" 西武, is on the east end of the station and Tōbu, written with the characters for "East" and "Musashi" 東武, is on the west end. East of the station, on the site of Sugamo Prison, stands Sunshine 60, which was Tokyo's tallest building at the time of its construction. Otome Road, a leading shopping area for otaku products aimed at women, is located nearby. Marui and Mitsukoshi also have department stores in the area. The principal electronics retailer in Ikebukuro is Bic Camera. There is a small pleasure district similar to Shinjuku's Kabukicho, but less lively and less attractive for tourists.

The old village of Ikebukuro stood to the northwest of the station. Most of the area on which modern Ikebukuro is built was historically known as Sugamo. In the Taishō and Shōwa periods, the relatively low land prices attracted artists and foreign workers, who lent a somewhat cosmopolitan atmosphere to Ikebukuro. Until October 1, 1932 when Toshima ward was established, the area was an independent municipality of Ikebukuro-mura (池袋村).

The kanji for Ikebukuro literally means pond bag. Outside the west exit of Ikebukuro station near an entrance to the Yurakucho New Line is a small plaque explaining three origins of the name Ikebukuro. The first is that in the northeastern part of the village there was a lake shaped like someone holding a bag. The second is that there was once a large number of lakes in the area of various sizes (thus implying a bag full of lakes). The third is that long ago a turtle came out of the lake carrying a bag on its back.

There is a small statue of an owl located near the center of the city called Ikefukurō-zō (いけふくろう像), meaning lake owl statue. It may be a hint of the true origin of the name given to Ikebukuro, but it was more likely constructed as nothing more than a joke, a play on words and as a point of interest by the city administration. The play on words arises from the alternative meaning of 'fukuro' as 'owl' (although owl is pronounced with a long final 'oh', rather than a short 'o' in the word 'fukuro' for bag). Perhaps because of this, the owl statue has become a famous meeting place along the lines of the statue of Hachikō located outside of Shibuya Station.

 

Jūjō (十条?) is a working class district of Tokyo Japan about 10 minutes north of Ikebukuro by train. It is serviced by the Saikyo Line which stops at Jūjō Station.
It is particularly well-known for the long serpentine shopping arcade known as Jūjō Ginza, very close to the main entrance/exit of Jūjō Station.

At first glance Jūjō seems a run-down place but a real sense of community thrives here, evidenced by the large number of traditional shops, small scale public baths (sentō) and enthusiastic festivals.

 

Sugamo (巣鴨?) is a neighborhood in Toshima, Tokyo, Japan. It is well known for Jizō-dōri (地蔵通り), a popular shopping street for the older generation (the area is known as the "Harajuku of the old ladies"). It lies at the crossing point of the JR Yamanote railway line, and national road route Route 17.

 

 

History

Toshima was formed in 1932 by the merger of four towns, Sugamochō, Nishi-sugamochō, Takadachō, and Nagasakichō, bordered by the quickly expanding former city of Tokyo.

The area evolved from a suburban agricultural district in the Edo period to the urban commercial center that it is today. The growth was fueled by the construction of various rail lines built in the Meiji and Taishō period.

The former Somei village, now part of Toshima, is the birthplace of the Somei Yoshino, Japan's most popular variety of sakura (cherry blossom tree). The variety was developed at the end of the Edo period.

 

Hotel Bell Classic Tokyo

151 rooms

Yen 10,000-20,000 per night

170-0005 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Minami-Otsuka 3-33-6

Tel.: 03-5950-1200

 

Fax.: 03-5950-1291

DiningStarting rates for MealsJapanese Style Western Style
 

Breakfast: 

Lunch :     

Dinner:     

Yen 1,500

Yen 1.500

Yen 2,500

Yen 1,500

Yen 1,500

Yen 2,500

Credit Cards Accepted   
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, UC, Diners, UFJ, Nicos, and Saison
Transportation   
Nearest Subway Station : Otsuka

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking available for PHP 1,050 per night
Check-in : 14:00   || Check-out 11:00
Near the forest of the Imperial Palace and Yasukuni Shrine
Hotel Website:http://www.hotel-bellclassic.co.jp
Hotel e-mail address:reserve@hotel-bellclassic.co.jp

 

Otsuka Sun First Hotel

89 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0005 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Minami-Otsuka 2-40-8

Tel.: 03-3944-4141

 

Fax.: 03-3944-4146

DiningStarting rates for Meals   
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, UC, DC, MC, Diners, and Nicos
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Otsuka

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 15:00  || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website: 
E-mail Address: 

 

Hotel New Star Ikebukuro

91 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

171-0014 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Ikebukuro 2-61-6

Tel.: 03-3989-0015

 

Fax.: 03-5992-0015

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

  
 

Breakfast :     

Yen 800

  
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, UC, Million, Nicos, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Ikebukuro, West Exit

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 15:00  || Check-out 10:00 noon
 
Hotel Website:http://www.star-hotel.co.jp
E-mail Address:newstar@star-hotel.co.jp

 

Hotel Star Plaza Ikebukuro

71 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

171-0014 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Ikebukuro 2-10-2

Tel.: 03-3590-0005

 

Fax.: 03-5992-0005

Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC,  Million, UC,Nicos, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Ikebukuro West Exit

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 15:00  || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.star-hotel.co.jp
E-mail Address:starplaz@star-hotel.co.jp

 

Hotel Grand City

265 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-30-7

Tel.: 03-3984-5121

Fax.: 03-3084-5127

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Buffet

Style

  
 

Breakfast :     

Yen 1,000

  
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, JCB, MC, DC, Diners, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Ikebukuro

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 2,000 per night
Check-in : 14:00  || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.grand-city.gr.jp/
E-mail Address:info@grand-city.gr.jp

 

 

Hotel Mentels Ohtuska

93 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0004 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Kita-Otsuka 2-20-6

Tel.: 03-5567-2711

 

Fax.: 03-5567-2724

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

Western Style 
 

Breakfast :     

Yen 1,000

Yen 700

 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, JCB, UC, UFJ, Diners, Nicos, and Saison
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Otsuka. North exit

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking not available
Check-in : 15:00   || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website: 
E-mail Address: 

 

Ohtsuka City Hotel

35 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0005 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Minami-Otsuka 2-44-5

Tel.: 03-3947-3434

 

Fax.: 03-3945-1474

DiningStarting rates for Meals Western Style 
 

Breakfast :     

 

Yen 500

 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, Diners, Nicos, JAL, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Otsuka

Shin-Otsuka

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Marunouchi Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,500 per night
Check-in : 14:00   || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website: 
E-mail Address: 

 

Aoi Grand Hotel

35 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0005 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Minami-Otsuka 1-31-13

Tel.: 03-3946-2721

 

Fax.: 03-3946-2722

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

Western Style 
 

Breakfast :     

    

Yen 1,300

 

 

Yen 1,300

 

 

 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, JCB, and UC
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Sugamo

Subway: 

JR Yamanota Line

Hotel Parking Yen 2,100 per night
Check-in : 15:00  || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website: 
E-mail Address: 

 

 

Hotel Metropolitan

815 rooms

Yen 10,000-20,000 per night

171-8505 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Nishi-Ikebukuro 1-6-1

Tel.: 03-3980-1111

 

Fax.: 03-3980-5600

DiningInternational 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, View, Diners, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

 

Ikebukuro. West Exit

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Seibu Ikebukuro Line

Tobu Tojo Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 13:00   || Check-out 11:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.metropolitan.jp/
E-mail Address:cpmetro@metropolitan.jp

 

Kamogawa Inn Sugamo

126 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0002 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Sugamo 2-4-7

Tel.: 03-5567-1001

 

Fax.: 03-5567-2277

DiningStarting rates for Meals

 

Western Style 
 

Breakfast:    

 

Free

 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, and UC
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Sugamo

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 15:00  || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.kgh.ne.jp/17/English/index.htm
E-mail Address:reserve@kamogawa-inn.org

 

 

Hilltop Hotel

75 rooms

Yen 10,000-20,000 per night

101-0062 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Kanda-Surugadai 1-1

Tel.: 03-3293-2311

 

Fax.: 03-3233-4567

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

Western StyleChinese Style
 

Breakfast:

Lunch :     

Dinner:     

Yen 5,000

Yen 9,000

 

Yen 1,500

Yen 2,400

 

Yen 1,500

Yen 8,000

Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, Diners, Nicos, JAL, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Otsuka

Otsuka

Subway: 

JR Chuo Line

JR Sobu Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 12:00 noon  || Check-out 12:00 noon
 
Hotel Website:http://www.yamanoue-hotel.co.jp/
E-mail Address:stay@yamanoue-hotel.co.jp

 

 

Ohtsuka Station Hotel

65 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

170-0004 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Kita-Otsuka 2-12-9

Tel.: 03-3918-7000

Fax.: 03-3918-7054

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

Western StyleChinese Style
 

Breakfast:

Lunch :     

Dinner:     

Yen 5,000

Yen 9,000

 

Yen 1,500

Yen 2,400

 

Yen 1,500

Yen 8,000

Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, Diners, Nicos, JAL, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Otsuka

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,500 per night
Check-in : 15:30   || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.hotelink.co.jp/#h04
E-mail Address: 

 

 

Hotel Oedo

68 rooms

Yen 5,000-10,000 per night

171-0014 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Ikebukuro 2-68-5

Tel.: 03-3971-0288

 

Fax.: 03-3971-0799

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

Western Style 
 

Breakfast:    

Yen 900

Yen 900

 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, Amex, JCB, DC, Diners, Nicos, MC, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Ikebukuro. West Exit

 

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking Yen 1,000 per night
Check-in : 16:00  || Check-out 10:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.oed.jp/english/index.html
E-mail Address:h-ohedo@bd.wakwak.com

 

Daiichi Inn Ikebukuro

139 rooms

Yen 10,000-20,000 per night

170-00613 Tokyo, Toshima-ku,

Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-42-8

Tel.: 03-3986-1221

 

Fax.: 03-3982-4128

DiningStarting rates for Meals

Japanese

Style

Western Style 
 

Breakfast:    

Dinner:     

Yen 1,300

 

 

Yen 1,300

Yen 3,300

 

 
Credit Cards Accepted    
Visa, UFJ, UC, DC, Diners, Saison, and Master Card
Transportation     

Nearest Subway Station :

Ikebukuro

Subway: 

JR Yamanote Line

Hotel Parking free
Check-in : 14:00  || Check-out 11:00
 
Hotel Website:http://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotels/11diikebukuro/index_en.html
E-mail Address:icike@msj.biglobe.ne.jp

 

  
 

 

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