Tokyo fashion is internationally famous but while Aoyama, Ginza, Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya and Shinjuku often hog the limelight, it is equally true that other buzzing fashion districts are far from being in the shadows. This especially applies to Ikebukuro and Yurakucho but in terms of diversity then Ikebukuro is extremely vibrant because of the many angles to this fashion district. Of course, you have many buzzing smaller fashion districts like Daikanyama, Ebisu, Jiyugaoka, Jingumae, Kichijoji, Koenji, Nakameguro and Shimokitazawa that appeal enormously to Tokyoites and tourists alike. Also, in Ueno you have a vibrant and unique angle to fashion amid all the cultural angles to this individual district. Therefore, it is impossible to state the trendiest fashion district in Tokyo because you have so many to choose from. On top of this, the respective angles and the natural environment will appeal greatly to different individuals.
However, if you adore a vibrant district that is alive and kicking for most of the day and which appeals to various age groups and fashion styles, then Ikebukuro is certainly a rare treat. In 2014 the buzzing district of Ikebukuro continues to grow and attract amazing Japanese and international fashion brands. At the same time, you have a nice street culture on the eastside of this district that mixes various fashion angles. This reality means that while Harajuku, Jingumae and Omotesando start to become sleepy, the district of Ikebukuro remains alive until the early hours in respect to entertainment and seedier realities.
Lifestyle angles in Ikebukuro are equally intriguing because on the west side you soon enter quiet suburbs where families, individuals, students, the elderly, business people and so forth reside. Indeed, the amazing beauty of Tokyo is often how sleepy suburbs soon materialize within minutes of leaving busy areas. For example, in Harajuku and Omotesando you have an abundance of housing for individuals to enjoy the quaintness of the backstreets. Therefore, while Harajuku and Omotesando are rightly famous for fashion and cultural factors, it is equally true to state that both districts provide amazing places for people to enjoy quality lifestyles in the heart of Tokyo.
Ikebukuro, unlike Harajuku and Omotesando, offers a more reasonable price mechanism for people to choose from to a much greater extent than other buzzing mega districts. Ueno also caters strongly in this area but the cultural attachments to this part of Tokyo override the strong fashion sense that can also be found in this amazing district.
Lee Jay Walker at Modern Tokyo Times says: “In Ikebukuro the department stores are simply amazing and the same applies to the entire layout within and surrounding one of the busiest train stations in the world. Indeed, in the winter season you don’t even have to venture outside because of the intricate network of underground passages that enable individuals to enjoy a fascinating fashion district. Of course, not all areas are covered by this system but it is true to say that you don’t need to venture outside if you desire to visit Lumine, Esola, Tobu Department Store, Seibu Department Store and Marui. Also, Parco is within seconds of leaving the east exit of the train station. Equally important, on the west side within the station you have adorable indoor boutiques and lovely places to eat. Not only can this, with Ikebukuro being Ikebukuro, then you even enjoy the cultural angle of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in the heart of Ikebukuro via the amazing passage linkup system.”
In another article by Modern Tokyo Times it was stated: “Ikebukuro is blessed with several universities and you also have several other institutions that are nearby. This reality means that this vibrant part of Tokyo is blessed with an enormous pulling power. The same applies to Ikebukuro being the “gateway” which links Saitama with this powerful commercial area in Tokyo. Therefore, many individuals who reside in Saitama will pick Ikebukuro being their first major shopping destination in Tokyo. Similarly, many Tokyoites will also pick Ikebukuro because of the fashion angle and the vibrancy of the nightlife.”
“West Ikebukuro provides a different angle because it is more cosmopolitan and the abundance of fashion is amazing. This applies to utilizing the adorable Tobu Department Store which caters for amazing fashion brands, crafts, delicious food, and so much more. Also, for expats you have a fine selection of international cheese, wine, beer, and other products to make you feel like home from home.”
Tobu Department Store and Lumine Department Store are also linked directly together in several areas and this is really attractive. After all, while Lumine is famous for attracting younger ladies, especially, the opposite can be stated about Tobu Department Store because you have a more mature angle to fashion and lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that Tobu doesn’t attract younger clients because over the last few years this department store is continuing to reach out to new clients therefore more hip fashion brands can also be found in this amazing store. At the same time, you have many exquisite luxury brands based within Tobu Department Store and lifestyle wise this buzzing store provides many lovely angles. Therefore, with Lumine being among the crème de la crème for young ladies fashion (also caters for men) in Tokyo the closeness of Tobu Department Store provides a lovely unique dimension.
Within less than a minute from both these stores you have the adorable Esola Department Store and Marui is also within minutes of all three places. At the same time, the cultural vibe created by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro is a lovely meeting point for all these stores because you have several nice places to relax within this cultural area. Turning back to Esola then the boutiques in this store is extremely stylish and you have ample places to enjoy delicious food – the same equally applies to higher floors that link Tobu and Lumine. Alternatively, the Marui Department Store is blessed with amazing fashion boutiques and other stores related to lifestyle angles. All these amazing stores are based in the west side of Ikebukuro.
The Japan Traditional Craft Center and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space share the same environment and both provide a lovely cultural angle to Ikebukuro. Alternatively, on the east side you have Seibu Department Store and Parco Department Store within the environment of the train station. Seibu Department Store is equally blessed with adorable international fashion brands and a host of areas related to fashion. Indeed, this store is famous to Tokyoites and extremely popular. Also, throughout the year Seibu Department Store creates many new angles to attract new clients and to please individuals who often shop at this amazing department store. Parco, just like Lumine, especially attracts younger ladies despite being open to males and other individuals that adore the vibes of fashion.
Sunshine City also attracts international tourists and Tokyoites alike on the east side of Ikebukuro. This is based on the fabulous aquarium, shopping angle, richness of entertainment, museums and a delightful observation desk. The hotel facilities also attract many tourists to this vibrant area.
Also, within the environment of Sunshine City you have a flourishing street fashion area that fuses the best of Japanese and American street fashion. Not only this, you have well known anime stores and other areas related to otaku and cosplay. Entertainment wise, this part of Ikebukuro is extremely vibrant and lasts well into the night.
Lifestyle wise, Ikebukuro caters for many unique vibes that will appeal to respective individuals. Therefore, while Ikebukuro is extremely busy it is equally true to say that the suburbs are quiet and provide a prime location to reside. Equally important, Ikebukuro truly caters for people looking for a broad range of prices to reside in the heart of Tokyo. On top of this, the student angle is vibrant in this part of Tokyo and the Saitama angle means that the catchment area of Ikebukuro is enormous. Therefore, Ikebukuro is a very vibrant fashion district whereby the environment appeals to tourists, expatriates and Tokyoites alike.