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Below Esola Ikebukuro

After having had our lunch at Makabeya in Esola, we went down to the basement by lift. So we came... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2018
Adelaide, Australia
Underground mall?

In Sapporo, where heavy snow is frequent in winter, such underground malls make a lot of sense... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Vincent D
Tokyo, Japan
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Apr 4, 2018
“Below Esola Ikebukuro”
Dec 17, 2017
“Underground mall?”
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3-28-14 Nishiikebukuro | Inside the Tokyo Metro Ikebukuro Station, Toshima 171-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3941-2004
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

After having had our lunch at Makabeya in Esola, we went down to the basement by lift. So we came out to the passage that led to Echika Ikebukuro. it’s a small shopping area near the Fuku-toshin-sen Subway Ikebukuro Station.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

In Sapporo, where heavy snow is frequent in winter, such underground malls make a lot of sense. More generally, it is a trend of the last ten years or so to let commuters do their shopping without straying much from their main train station. From...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

We went down the steps of the 1a entrance, that was beyond Ikebukuro West Entrance Park. But it was a big mistake, as it was far away from the Echika shopping area. We should have taken the passage to the Fuku-toshin-sen subway entrance under Tobu...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

This is another shopping mall in the train station. While Ecute is owned by JR Kanto, Echika is owned by Tokyo Metro (Underground). Echika is a combination of Japanese words: “E” is pronounced ‘e’ for ‘eki” (station) in Japanese, but has the meaning of “ii”...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several
thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores
and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and
gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at
the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a
landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium,
planetarium, theme park as well as an observation
platform. The popular name for the western side of
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