The world's biggest car showroom is just under the railway bridge in front of sunshine city.
On five floors you can see all Toyotas cars, including some that only seem to be made for the Japanese market.
It also includes historical stuff, good exhibitions about Formula 1, safety and loads of interactive exhibits - which are excellent, especially if you wish to keep kids quiet.
One plaything they can't get their grubby little hands on is the crash simulator. You have to show your driving licence first, but after that you have free reign. It is actually quite a gentle experience but the car is real and the graphics on the screen in front are impressively realistic.
I must admit i found it hard to resist becoming very silly towards the end and just had to drivie it straight into a brick wall.
P.S Did you know that when fist launched in the US it was intended to sell the 'compact' car as the Toyalet - until it was pointed out that no-one would drive a car with that name on the back !
This building is a showcase for the latest Toyota automobiles. It contains hands-on attractions, theater and other exhibits. However, a test drive will cost you $1000 JPY per hour. As shown on the picture, there is a navigation / t.v. monitor combination in the front seat which is probably illegal in the U.S.
For those sportscar lovers, this is where you can examine in details all the latest models by TOYOTA in the Japanese market. Just head for Ikebukuro JR station & walk about 7 minutes towards Ikebukuro to see Toyota HQ. Exit on the East side of Ikebukuro station and aim for Fuji Bank. Go up that street by the Sunshine Cinema 2 and pass by the Sunshine City department store. If you get lost ask for directions to TOYOTA AMLUX: 'Sumimasen, Toyota Amlux wa doko desu ka?' is the right thing to say. Anyone ought to be able to point you in the right direction. It's 6 floors tall and kind of hard to miss... When you reach there you can also try out designing a model or look for those interesting online map screen in the car itself. Have fun!
Spend an hour or so at the aquarium on the 10th floor of the World Import Mart, part of the Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro. Open until 18:30 in the summer. 1600 yen per adult.
See my separate travelogue for more photos
Another big shopping area is Ikebukuro, which contains Tobu, the second largest department store in the world, as well as the massive Sunshine City office / shopping / entertainment complex. Plenty of other shops populate the surrounding streets, making this area a popular destination at weekends for people with money to spend.
Photo: a combination office / multi-level car showroom, with the largest of the Sun City buildings towering overhead - head up to the 60th floor observation deck for a grandstand view of Tokyo (620 yen per adult)
The underground city (connection with subway stations) in Tokyo is a good place for shopping and eating.