A city filled with entertainment and art, Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is one of the sub-centers of uptown Tokyo along with Shinjuku and Shibuya.
The price of apartments are less for the downtown area compared to Shinjuku and Shibuya, with many good value properties.
Ikebukuro has abundant amusement facilities and its liveliness is one of the best in Tokyo. Sunshine city has an aquarium, planetarium, in-door theme park, museum, movie theatres, and more, with more than enough places to have fun.
There are mega-department stores attached to the station on both the East and West exits, allowing you to take walks and watch events along with shopping, with many specialty stores located nearby, so you can spend the whole day near the station building even on rainy days.
Moreover, a new city hall of Toshima district was built in Ikebukuro in May 2015, and is attracting attention from the fact that Mr. Kengo Kuma, who is an architect representing Japan was involved in its construction, that it is the first apartment building with built-in government building in Japan, and that working expenses were covered by selling dwelling units without using any taxes.
Currently, as of January 1st, 2015, 21616 foreigners are residing in Toshima district, where Ikebukuro is located, among which more than half are Chinese people, followed by people from Korea and South East Asia.