Ikebukuro used to be merchant area in Meiji period. That was the time when steam engines ran on the Yamanote Line. Ikebukuro has a long history and used to be a notorious place for criminal activity. Since then, the image of Ikebukuro has been improving.
The area was called "Sunshine City" in Showa Period.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, skyscraper shopping centers, and several famous hotels are located here.
Ikebukuro Station is second-busiest train station in the world, while Shinjuku Station is the number one. Approximately three million people pass through the station per day. Ikebukuro connects the JR East lines Saikyo, Shonan-Shinjuku Line and Yamanote line to Tobu's Tojo Main Line and Tokyo Metro subways (Marunouchi, Yurakucho, Yurakucho new Line).
Yamanote Line Stations | See also: Yamanote Line, Shinjuku, Shin-Okubo, Takadanobaba, Mejiro, Ikebukuro, Otsuka, Sugamo, Komagome, Tabata, Nishi-Nippori, Nippori, Uguisudani, Ueno, Okachimachi, Akihabara, Kanda, Tokyo, Yurakucho, Shimbashi, Hamamatsucho, Tamachi, Shinagawa, Osaki, Gotanda, Meguro, Ebisu, Shibuya, Harajuku, Yoyogi, Shinjuku