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Not only aquariums! The charm of Sunshine City Ikebukuro is explained thoroughly.

-What can you think of when you ask Sunshine City? Aquariums, planetariums, etc. are relatively famous. Do you know that these facilities have been renewed in recent years?

In 2011, the entire building was renovated by Sunshine Aquarium, and in 2017, the area called “Oasis in the Sky” opened, and the flying penguins became a topic of conversation.

Other than that, the SKY Circus observation deck, the planetarium “Full Ten” produced by Konica Minolta, and more than 200 stores have been re-opened by re-users.

Even for those who didn’t know the renewal and those who have been there after the renewal, I will introduce the new attraction of Sunshine City without fail! From business hours, you can find details of popular content, crowded time and ticket purchase method, so please take a look at it.


Ikebukuro Sunshine City Overview

Sunshine City is a complex consisting of Sunshine 60 Building, Prince Hotel, World Import Mart Building, Cultural Hall, and the Alpa Town Alpa.

When opened in 1978, the Japan’s tallest observation deck became popular, and it became the first complex facility in Japan to become popular at that time. In addition, we have created a big boom by exhibiting creatures such as sea otters that could not be seen at other aquariums at that time.

At present, it has grown into a landmark called Ikebukuro Landmark.

Popular secret of Ikebukuro Sunshine City

Sunshine City Ikebukuro, which has been popular since it was founded, and has been very popular.
Even today, many people visit, so they can’t see the popularity of them.

The secret of Sunshine City’s popularity in 40 years is the “renewal” that transcends expectations.

The Sunshine City in Ikebukuro says, “There is something interesting” since it opened in 1978. The Sunshine City has continued to evolve every day.

The current Sunshine City’s popularity is strongly supported by the renewal of Sunshine Aquarium in 2011 and 2017. The penguins that fly from the top floor to the top floor of skyscrapers have attracted a lot of tourists.

In 2014, the Alpa which is a specialty store, and Manten, a planetarium, were renewed in 2016, and each facility has been upgraded every year.

As these renewals affected, the number of visitors in 2017 years surpassed the record high of 32,900,000.

How to Access the Ikebukuro Sunshine City


The nearest stations in the Sunshine City are Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line), Ikebukuro (JR / Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line), Higashi-Ikebukuro 4-chome bus stop (Toden Arakawa Line), and the 3 bus stop.

Ikebukuro Station (JR / Tokyo Metro, Seibu Line, Tobu Line)

Go ahead from the exit of Ikebukuro Station east exit 35, turn left at the first traffic light, and go to Sunshine 60 Street. A little walk through the underground passage next to Tokyu Hands, which can be seen on your right hand side.Time required : About 8 minutes

Higashi-Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)

Go to Exit 6,7, pass through the underground passage and go to Sunshine. Time required : 3 minutes


Take the Toei Bus (Ikebukuro ⇔ Shibuya from Ikebukuro) and get off at Sunshine Bus Terminal (the first floor of Culture Hall Building), and get off at the Sunshine bus terminal (on the eighty sixth floor of the Cultural Hall Building). The bus center is indoors, so you can move without getting wet.

Accessing Ikebukuro Sunshine City from Central Tokyo

It takes about 20 minutes to get to the Sunshine City, including the JR Saikyo line, JR Yamanote Line, JR Shonan Shinjuku Line, and so on, from Shinjuku Station.
It takes about 30 minutes to Sunshine City from Tokyo Station, such as Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line and JR Yamanote Line.

How to access the Ikebukuro Sunshine City from Haneda Airport

There are 2 ways to go from Haneda Airport to Sunshine City by bus and train.


Take a limousine bus from the Haneda Airport Terminal and get off at Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal. It takes about 1 hours and 30 minutes.
* You can use the first 2, the international terminal, and the international terminal.


Take Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport First building, and get off at Hamamatsu-cho. After that, take the Yamanote Line and get off at Yuraku-cho. From there, take Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line and get off at Higashi-ikebukuro. It takes about 1 hours and 15 minutes.

Accessing the Ikebukuro Sunshine City from Narita Airport

There is a bus from Narita Airport, and there are 2 ways of transportation, a bus and a train.


Get off at the Narita Sunshine Bus terminal at Narita Airport Terminal. It takes about 2 hours.


From the Haneda second building, take the Keisei Limited Express Skyliner and get off at Nippori. Take the Yamanote Line to Ikebukuro and get off at Ikebukuro. It takes about 1 hours and 30 minutes.

Time required to travel around the Ikebukuro Sunshine City

If you want to enjoy aquarium, planetarium, observation deck, it might be good to go out for about 3 to 4 hours.

Sunshine City also has a wide variety of restaurants and commercial facilities. You can enjoy it for a full day from morning to night.

Congestion Situation at Ikebukuro Sunshine City

The holidays and big holidays are very crowded so long as there is a waiting time for the elevator.
There are few people on weekdays, so you can enjoy it comfortably.

Basic information on Ikebukuro Sunshine City [Address, Phone number, business hours, closed day 】

 Address : 3-1-1 Sunshine City B2, B3, Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshima City
03 Phone Number : – 3989 – 3331
 Closed Day : There is no closed day.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City Popular Facility (1) (Aquariums)

Sunshine City has a Sunshine Aquarium based on the concept of “Oasis in the Sky”. The “Maria Garden” area, which was renewed in 2017 years, has a penguin flying out of the sky!It has become a topic of conversation. The oasis that suddenly appears in the city gives people healing and attracts many people every year.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” Location

It’s on the tenth floor of the Sunshine City World Import Mart Building.

It’s located on the first floor of World import mart building, where you get on board from the elevator to the aquarium.It is on the same floor as the planetarium.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” Operating Hour

Until March 20 10:00 ~ 18:00
10:00 to 21:00 from March 21 to 24
March 25 to September 23 9:00 – 1:00

* Please be careful that the final entry is one hour before the hour of business hours.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” closed

It opens all year round.

Admission Fee

Adult 2200 yen
Children (elementary and junior high school students) 1200 yen
Infant : 700 yen

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” Annual passport

You can purchase an annual passport with double the entrance fee. This year’s passport is full of benefits such as the price of the planetarium will be halved.

If you decide to join, you can buy an annual passport by just going to the ticket counter and paying the difference after entering.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” Web ticket information

A web ticket that allows you to purchase a ticket on the spot on your smartphone. Even if you are busy on holidays, you can enter smoothly without lining up at the ticket counter.

♣ Discounts for Web Tickets
“Sunshine Aquarium + Sunshine 60 Observatory Set Ticket”

Adult 2800 yen
High school students, college students, 2550 yen students
Junior high school students and elementary school students : 1500 yen
Preschool children : 800 yen
* It is free of charge under 4 years old.
* This ticket can be used on the same day.

In smart phones, you can buy an annual passport from January twenty third, 2019. You can enter smoothly, and you can also manage your family’s annual passports by one smart phone.Of course, you don’t have to pay the issue fee.

The aquarium is very crowded with holidays. I recommend that you use the web ticket efficiently.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” busy time and time

The Sunshine Aquarium is very crowded, because of its good access and its popularity.When a certain congestion such as Obon holidays such as Obon holidays is anticipated, a numbered ticket is sometimes distributed.

You can check the congestion situation on the official Twitter, so why don’t you check it before you visit?

Renewal information on “Aquariums” at Ikebukuro Sunshine City

At the renovation of the entire building, which took a year of 2011, the name “Sunshine Aquarium” was changed from “Sunshine International Aquarium” , and various other display methods were introduced in Japan as “Oasis for the Sky” such as “The beach of sea lions.”.

And in the renovation of 2017, which was made by producing of the aquarium producer, and “Marine Garden” was newly introduced! 5 exhibitions began, such as flying penguins and “penguins in the sky,” which attracted a lot of attention.

As a city oasis, a new Sunshine Aquarium has gained popularity since a wide range of ages.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Aquariums” exhibition facility

Sunshine Aquarium, which is popular because of its impressive impact on the top floor of skyscrapers, says, “There is a corollary movement. About 750 kinds of creatures are exhibited on the theme “”.

The Sunshine Aquarium consists of 3 areas : “Sea Travel”, “Waterfront Forest”, and “Forest in the Sky of the Marine Garden Sky”.

Acrobatic Travel (Main building first floor)

There are “The Sea of Coral Reef” and “Life of Lively Motion”, “The Mystery of Creatures”, “Butterfly-fish Dance”, “Cold Sea”, “Sunshine Lagoon”, “Environment and Life”, and “the Encounter with Sunfish”, “Sea Ninja”.

Acrobatic Waterfront travel(Main building second floor)

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There are “Aqua Brants”, “Waterside of South-East Asia”, “Mangrove Forest”, “Water to Land”, “Creature with Scale”, “Seals in the Lake”, “Okinawan Ocean”, and “Japanese Water”.

Marine Garden Sky Travel (Roof Area)

There are “Sunshine Aquaring”, “Performance Stage”, “The Beach of Sea lion”, “River Otter’s Water Tank”, “Penguins in Grasslands”, “Twinkling Spring”, “Sky Pass”, “Penguins in the Sky”.

There are more than 550 kinds of exhibits in Sunshine Aquarium.

Performance list of “Aquariums” at Ikebukuro Sunshine City

Not only exhibits, but also performance has been put on the performance!

Sunshine Aquarium performance can be divided into 3 major categories : “greeting time”, which can be used to refer to a “feeding time” that can feed, and “show.”.

 Penguin feeding time
 Penguins, diving time, penguins, healing time
 Pelican feeding time
 River Otter greeting time
 Sea Lion Performance Time / Sea Lion feeding time
 Water Performance Time

In addition, a call talk is held for a limited period of time from March 21 to September 24, 2019. The place where you are going to be held is changed every day, so please check it at the information board at the entrance door.

Also, there is an experience event (fee), so please participate in it!

Expeditionary Guided Tour

It is 500 yen per person, and it is held 2 times a day on 1 days.
You can follow the backyard while hearing the explanation of the staff.

Sunshine Lagoon Water Tank Feed Experience

It’s 300 yen per person, and it’s held once a day for 1 days.
You can feed fish in the big water tank Sunshine Lagoon tank in Sunshine Aquarium. There is also a description of the keeper.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City Facility ② Planetarium

“Konika Minolta Planetarium” Full Heaven “in Sunshine City” is a popular facility at Sunshine City, which was renovated on December 1, 2015. The concept of “release of sensation” allows you to create a planetarium experience that you have never felt before, with a variety of works and sheets available.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Planetarium” Location

Planetarium “Manten” is located on the tenth floor of Sunshine City’s World Import Myrtle. It is on the same floor as the Sunshine Aquarium.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Planetarium” Business Hours

Basically, the work shows are displayed every hour.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Planetarium” closed

Basically it opens all year round, but there seems to be a day when maintenance is included.Please check it on the official website in advance.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Planetarium” entry fee

Planetarium Manten shows 2 kinds of works, a “Planetarium” and a “Healing Planetarium” that smells aromatic. The price varies depending on the type of planetarium work and the type of sheet.

Rita Planetarium

Adult 1500 yen
Children : 900 yen


Lawn Seat 3500 yen
Cloud Seat 3800 Yen

One seat is included in one seat for 2 people.

 Healing Planetarium

Flat 1700 yen


Lawn Seat 3900 yen
Cloud Seat 4200 Yen

A seat is included in one seat for 2 people.

※ The annual ticket discount for Sunshine Aquarium can be used only by those who purchased tickets on the day ticket.

Movie on the Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Planetarium” (as of January 2019)

There are 2 kinds of works, one is a normal planetarium work and the other is a healing planetarium work.

 Hosizora no Miraika by Sukima Switch
 Starstar Safari African Hosihuruyoru no Rakuen with [ALEXANDROS]  Antarctica Heeling to the End of this Earth
 Ginga Tetsudo no Yoru

Realistic Planetarium using the Latest Technology

After the renewal, we introduced a 8 k multi-production system, the latest planetarium projection machine of Konika Minolta, a planetarium manufacturer, in the planetarium of Planetarium, where we can see a starlit sky as if we were actually looking at the sky.

In addition, we have focused on acoustic equipment for the whole of the planetarium.With an upgraded acoustic system, you can enjoy a full sky star while listening to a sound that has a sense of standing.

No other!Charming works

In Planetarium, a planetarium collaborated with famous musicians is screened.So far, you can hear the music of a musician named “Sakanaction,” “Kobukuro,” or “Superfly” with a powerful sound system of planetarium full heaven, with starsky flying overhead.

Premium sheet “Lawn Seat”, “Cloud Seat”

“Lawn seat” and “cloud seat”, which can be enjoyed by the planetarium in a relaxed condition, are popular among couples!

I also saw a planetarium work on a “cloud seat”, but I was able to enjoy it while I was relaxing and relaxed. “Cloud seat” is a little bit closer to the front, so I thought it would be difficult to see it, but I was able to enjoy the image from the corner to the corner without such a thing.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Planetarium” Congestion Forecast

Planetarium Manten is popular, and when it becomes a holiday, seats of cloud seat lawn seats are buried immediately, and the general seat will be filled about one hour before the movie is screened.

Also, depending on the movie that is being screened, the seating condition will be different, so please check it on the official website beforehand.

In addition, you can buy tickets for 14 days before the planetarium Manten. Please buy a ticket in advance and watch a planetarium with your time and feeling.

If you want to sit on a “cloud seat” or a “lawn seat”, I recommend you to purchase a ticket in advance.

Sunshine City Facility ③ Observation

The SKY Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory (Sky Circus), which opened in 2016, is an observation deck that can be enjoyed as a circus that changes the value of the values of the traditional observation deck. It’s not just the observation deck, but it’s a “feel” observation deck that consists of 7 areas of VR and events.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” Location

Skycircus is located on Sunshine 60 Building at 60 f.
Please go up to 60 f from the Sunshine City B1 F SKY Circus exclusive elevator.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” Operating hour

* Sales at the ticket counter are up to 20:50 minutes.
The final entry is 21:00.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” closed

It opens all year round.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” Entrance fee

Adult 1200 yen
Student 900 yen
Children (elementary and junior high school students) 600 yen
Infant : 300 yen

You can purchase it on the observation ticket ticket counter or on the official website.If you have a disability certificate, the half of your person and 1 people with you will be half the price.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” Web ticket information

Skycircus sells advance tickets that can be purchased without lining up at the ticket counter.You can enter by just showing the smartphone screen, and you don’t have to pay the issue fee.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” Annual Passport “SKYPASS”

The SKYPASS of the annual passport is sold at 3600 yen a year.

In SKYPASS, there are 2 ways to purchase : “Electronic version annual passport” and “card-type annual passport”.An electronic version of an annual passport allows you to publish wherever you choose, anytime or anywhere.In case of a card-type annual passport, it costs 200 yen for a separate issuance fee.

We also have a great deal of purchase privilege.

The entrance fee is about 30% off for 2 attendants
The VR content usage fee of 30% off 2 persons including the purchaser
The meal price at “Café Quu Quu Quu” is 10% off.

In addition, there is a full range of Sunshine Aquarium entrance fees, such as the entry fee of 30% off (about 2 persons) and the Konika Minolta Planetarium (50% off (general seat only)), which can be enjoyed by the Sunshine City.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” VR ticket

A VR ticket can be purchased at an observation deck on the sixtieth floor after entering the VR ticket.The price is different for each VR content, so please check it at the ticket counter.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” Events

Skycircus holds many events that cannot be considered to be 251 m above sea level.

 TOKYO Bullet Flight
 Swing Coaster
 SKY Escape – High Altitude Horror Experience
 [MX 4 d] Ultra Reverse Bungee
 [MX 4 d] Goast Real Creeping Terror
 [MX 4 d] Dinosaur Caricatures

VR is limited to tickets.
The VR usage time may be changed from 10:30 to 21:30 *.

Ikebukuro Sunshine City “Observation Deck” 7 areas

Skycircus consists of 7 areas.This is a new observation deck where you can enjoy the charm of the area where the observation deck is located, without regrets.


First, the first one is “SKY Circus TENT”.This area is prohibited to shoot, and it is secret how it is inside.Please look at it by yourself because it’s a content that doesn’t hurt you.

Sky 251

The SKY Trampoline, which allows you to enjoy the feeling of flying as if you are flying in the sky, and the SKY Hall, where you can see the townscape from the glass of your feet, has a lot of content from the observation deck like the sky!


In this area, you can experience a twinkle dream like “Infinite Scape,” where you can feel as if you are in a kaleidoscope with light and mirrors.

SKY Bridge

You can ride a VR experience by riding a machine like a cannon that can be a humanoid, and traveling in the future.


This is the spot where you can experience the weather by yourself.You can enjoy it from adults to children.

Cafe Quu Quu Quu U

This cafe, at 251 meters above sea level, is perfect for a special day meal, as you can enjoy a seat where you can enjoy the view of the sky lounge, not only at the sky lounge, but also on a seat where you can enjoy a view.


You can buy souvenirs based on Sky Circus, which is a theme of Sky Circus.

Restaurants at Sunshine City

There are many restaurants in the Sunshine City.From China to Japanese, you can choose from a variety of restaurants, from a light meal to a buffet, where you can choose a restaurant to suit your mood.

This time, I will introduce you to the 3 stores I recommend, especially among many stores!

Market Restaurant AGIO

An Italian restaurant located on Sunshine City Alpa 3 f.You can enjoy authentic pizza baked in a kiln.Pasta is very delicious, and it is a popular store with many items.

Business Hours : 11 : 00 ~ 22:00 (last order 21:00)
Average budget : (Lunch) 1300 yen ~ (Dinner) 2500 yen ~


A Hawaiian restaurant located on the Sunshine City Alpa B1F.

This is a popular restaurant that can be lined up at lunch time, with the concept of “cooking the finest material that has been kept for 35 years and providing it in a casual atmosphere.”.

Business Hours : 10 : 00 ~ 23:00 (last order 22:00)
Average budget : (Lunch) 1000 yen ~ (Dinner) 1100 yen ~

Hakata Giblet Hotpot Yamaya

A Japanese restaurant located on Sunshine City Alpa 3 f.

We offer our highest quality domestic small intestine by emphasizing our commitment to a taste that does not allow us to compromise.During lunch time, you can eat rice, mentaiko, and takana with spicy cod roe.

Hours of business : (Lunch) 11:00 ~ 14:00, (dinner) 17:00 ~ 23:00 (last order Meal 22:00 / Drink 22:30)
Average budget : (Lunch) 1280 yen ~ (Dinner) 3500 yen ~

Sky Garden Tree

A restaurant and new Kaiseki restaurant in Sky Restaurant.

You can enjoy luxurious Japanese cuisine of the mountain sea while viewing the superb scenery of 220 m above sea level.

Hours of business : (Lunch) 11:30 ~ 15:00 (last order 14:00), (Dinner weekday) 17:00 ~ 23:00 (last order 23:15), (Dinner Sunday, holidays) 17:00 ~ 22:00 (Last Order 22:15)
Average budget : (Lunch) 3024 yen ~ (Dinner) 8640 yen ~ Course Price * 10% as a separate service fee

Ocean casita – Italian Seafood Grill ~

This is an Italian restaurant located in Sky Restaurant.

This is a restaurant with a concept of “a little luxurious Italian restaurant that can be used for everyday use.”. It is located on the fifty ninth floor, and you can enjoy dishes while enjoying the scenery.

Business hours
Weekday lunch 11:30 ~ 15:00 (last order 14:00)
Dinner 17:00 ~ 23:00 (Last Order Meal 22:00 / Drink 22:30)
Saturday 11:30 ~ 23:00 (Last Order Meal 22:00 / Drink 22:30)
Sunday / Holidays 11:30 ~ 22:00 (Last Order Meal 21:00 / Drink 21:30)

Sunshine City recommended shop 3

Sunshine City has a commercial facility with Alpa and ALTA, and you can buy everything from stationery to furniture.After enjoying aquarium and observation deck, it’s attractive to be able to shop!


It’s on the second floor of the Sunshine City Alpa.

You can buy Snoopy’s related goods that you can’t buy elsewhere.Please check if there is a limited product available.

Hours of Business : 10 : 00 – 20:00


It is located on the Sunshine City Alpa 1 f.
Stores are wide, and they sell household goods, interior goods, furniture home appliances, and so on.

Hours of Business : 10 : 00 – 20:00

Disney Store

It is located on Sunshine City Alpa B1. You can buy tickets for Tokyo Disney Resort, and you can buy miscellaneous goods such as Disney’s functional goods and daily necessities.

Hours of Business : 10 : 00 – 20:00

Seijo Ishii

It is located on the Sunshine City Alpa 1 f. It is a food store where carefully selected food is lined up both in Japan and abroad.

It might be a good idea to buy a lunch box after enjoying it at an amusement facility.

Hours of Business : 7 : 30 – 22:00


Did you find out how attractive the Sunshine City in Ikebukuro is for a complex facility?

At Sunshine City, there are not only aquariums, observation decks, planetariums, but also indoor theme parks, Sky Deck, hotels, and so on, and it is a fun complex where you can enjoy a day’s worth of enjoyment.

At the Sunshine City, the annual passports are sold at each facility, and each facility has a bargain benefit that can be used in a facility.It is also good to get a passport for one year and enjoy the Sunshine City according to the mood of that day!

Of course, please go to the Sunshine City at your family’s outing or date as well as a little shopping!