Attraction Sunshine 60, 3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Namja Town is special ?
Namco Namja Town is an indoor theme park in the Sunshine City shopping complex in east Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan. The park was opened in 1996 by Namco, a Japanese company best known for producing video games, although the park itself does not focus on those games. Instead, it features themed dining, carnival-style games, a haunted house, and a line of character mascots exclusive to the park. It has 24 attractions inside of 6 towns, including ice cream town and gyoza town (Japanese dumplings) in a nice Showa Period town setting with recreated old alleys, where you can enjoy famous restaurants from all over Japan.
What to explore at Namja Town?
When you first walk in, you’re going to be greeted by a giant cat person. Depending on how you react to this will determine your level of enjoyment at Namja Town.
There is also some kind of hidden clue games you can play. There are about a dozen shops to choose from and over 100 different styles of gyoza to try. Gyoza isn’t exactly a rarity in Japan, but each shop boasts unique varieties and besides, it’s all about the experience. On the 3rd floor you can find Ice Cream City.
How to get to Namja Town?
By car:Directly connected from Metropolitan Expressway Route 5 Ikebukuro Line, Higashi Ikebukuro exit.
From Haneda Airport:Haneda Airport (Keikyu Airport Line) -> Shinagawa (JR Yamanote Line) -> Ikebukuro
By train: Approximately 8 minutes by foot from JR Tobu Tojo Line, Seibu Ikebukuro Line Ikebukuro Station. Approximately 3 minutes by foot from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Higashi Ikebukuro Station. Approximately 4 minutes by foot from Toei streetcar (Toden) Arakawa Line Higashi-ikebukuro 4 chome Station.
- Great for teens/anime/neko lovers
- Go for the food
- Gyoza Heaven
- Great for family outing
- Best place, best atmosphere
Sunshine 60, 3 Chome-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to, Japan
Tips for you
A food court with Theme Park attached (so kids are entertained while parents tuck into Gyoza galore). Entry JPY500/adult; JPY300/kid; activities extra at JPY600-800. The Grudge Inn ghost hunt is fun!
We saw a feature on Tokyo Eye about the gyoza stadium in Namjatown and, because my family enjoys gyoza (also known as dumplings or pot stickers) we decided that we had to find a way to get to Ikebukero to see Namjatown. I also heard about an interesting ice cream shop in the area, which was an added plus. Namjatown is located on the second floor of what appears to be a large but ordinary shopping mall. The mall appeared to be clean (as pretty much everything we experienced in Tokyo seems to be, with the exception of the fish market but that is understandable) and well lit but, again, not noteworthy. Namjatown is located at the back end of the mall. There is a nice Pokemon store located near the entrance of Namjatown. The admission fee to get into Namjatown started at five yen for "adults." They determine adults by height and since our pretty normal American teenagers are taller than those in some other cultures, they were priced as adults. Not a big deal, but thought it worth mentioning. Namjatown has some small rides, a movie viewing area, some attractions where it will help to understand the Japanese language to get the full effect, a view of an old Japanese area and the Gyoza, ice cream and sweet shops. The Gyoza stadium is kind of like a food court, set up to look like an old Japanese street. Definitely charming. There are eight small gyoza shops. There are some stools located under small counters that encircle each shop, but I only saw one store that had table seating. We sampled gyoza from four of the eight shops. I believe the prices were around 400 - 600 yen each, for servings of 4 or so gyoza. Namjatown has a map that lays out the entire place and also each gyoza shop in the stadium by a number. If it helps, the gyoza at the shop that is identified as number 4 seemed to be the best (4 pieces for 620 yen, or 3 pieces for 470 yen, but they were large pieces). In general, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit the gyoza stadium. I'm sure there is better gyoza to be found in many locations in Tokyo. That said, the ice cream shop was pretty neat! It is kind of hard to justify spending 5 yen a piece (20 yen for a family of four) and to go out of one's way just to get ice cream, but if you're in the neighborhood, this ice cream shop is worth the visit. What it has that others do not is very interesting ice cream flavors. I've seen videos online with people taste testing various savory, non-traditional flavors but instead of going for the odd (beef tongue, curry, ramen, eel, eggplant, oyster, shark fin, etc), we went with things that we thought we'd like. They offer a 6 "scoop" sampler (but these are really only about 2 tablespoons-worth) for about 300 yen, which was enough for us to enjoy, but they will also sell proper scoops outside of their sampler set. The flavors we had were Golden Vanilla (we were told that there was some geographic significance to this Vanilla by our Japanese friend, but it tasted just like Vanilla to me), Milk Coffee, Mascarpone cheese, Roasted green tea ice cream, Kakegawa deep steamed tea and Strawberry milk of Benihoppe (Japanese strawberry). The girl who gave us our scoops said that her favorite was the pumpkin. As you're reading this in English, I should tell you that they have English menus, but only for those who ask. Otherwise, the available listings are only in Japanese. Far and away, the best flavor was the Roasted green tea ice cream (number 24). While the title indicates that it is green tea ice cream, which I've had many times before, it had a much more subtle taste to it than others I've tried. It tasted much more like roasted, normal tea but with a subtle green tea taste. The normal green tea ice cream is, well, green in color and tastes much more like matcha, which is fine but not as appealing as this Roasted green tea ice cream. I was told that this particular brand came from Hokkaido, in the north. For those interested, they also have ice cream called Whisky and Cassis orange which will only be sold to people over the age of 20 because of the alcohol content.