Ikebukuro has a JR station (JR Ikebukuro) that can be accessed via the Yamanote, Shonan-Shinjuku, and Saikyo Line. This is one of the busiest stations in Tokyo handling a throughput of over 1 million passengers daily.
There are two subways that connect to Ikebukuro. The Tobu Tojo line and the Seibu Ikebukuro line. Those are rival conglomerates and you will find their department stores on either side of the station.
Ikebukuro is home to the famous ‘Otome Road’ (Maiden Road) which is a street that contains only female oriented shops. The shops here (apart from the Mandarake) sell mostly cosplay goods. It is located next to Sunshine City and features a sharp corner building with a large Animate sign. Sunshine City is also where all the idols make their debut.
Animate Flagship Store