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Owls in the City

Toshima City has a deep connection with fukuro (owls). Sculptures depicting owls are found throughout the city, and there is also a museum dedicated to owls.

Moto Ikebukuro Shiseki Park

The park has eight different sculptures and reliefs depicting the owls that used to inhabit this area.

Location: 1-9-12 Nishi-Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park

One of the sculptures in the park’s plaza depicts an owl grasping a sword.

Location: 1-8-26 Nishi-Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro Mitake Shrine

Owl sculptures (#3) created by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls are located just inside the shrine gate on the right.

Location: 3-51-2 Ikebukuro

Rikkyo University Building No. 5

Owl sculptures (#4) created by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls sit on the corner of the street leading to the Edogawa Rampo House.

Location: 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan

Owl sculptures (#5, 6 and 7) made by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls are found near the Myonichikan reception desk, next to the auditorium, and in front of the JM Shop.

Location: 2-31-3 Nishi-Ikebukuro

Shounji Temple

Created by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls, this owl sculpture (#9) was placed in front of the entrance gate of Shounji Temple on November 3, 2004.

Location: 3-1-6 Ikebukuro

Awashima Shrine

The French artist Laurento Machin designed this cute sculpture.

Location: 2-14-4 Kaname-cho

Toshima-no-Mori Roof Garden, Toshima City Hall

This owl sculpture (#1) created by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls was placed on the tenth-floor roof garden of City Hall on February 9, 2002.

The three owls symbolize freedom, love and courage.

Location: 2-45-1 Minami-Ikebukuro

Toshima City Hall 3F, in front of the General Information Center Section

These reliefs are works #29 and 30 from the Society of Planting Trees for Owls. They are inscribed with poems chosen from entries submitted by Toshima City elementary school students. They each have two faces—one facing the lobby and the other facing the escalator well.

Location: 2-45-1 Minami-Ikebukuro

East Exit of JR Ikebukuro Station

The Ikefukuro sculpture has become a popular meeting spot.

It is located near the JR ticket gates on the first underground level.

Location: 1-28 Minami-Ikebukuro

Cherry Road, JR Ikebukuro Station

Owls can also be found on the ceiling of Cherry Road on the first underground level of the station.

Location: 1-28 Minami-Ikebukuro

Azalea Road, JR Ikebukuro Station

There are three owl reliefs on the walls along Azalea Road, and an owl sculpture on the ceiling.

Location: 1-28 Minami-Ikebukuro

Green Street

An owl sculpture (#13) created by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls is found here on the center median.

Location: 1-27 Minami-Ikebukuro

Police box at east exit of Ikebukuro Station

This is work #14 from the Society of Planting Trees for Owls. The large owl watches out to keep everyone safe.

Location: 1-27-7 Minami-Ikebukuro

Naka Ikebukuro Park

This is work #20 of the Society of Planting Trees for Owls. It is found in Naka-Ikebukuro Park, which is near Toshima City Hall and Toshima Public Hall.

Location: 1-16-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro

Kami Ikebukuro Sakura Park

Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture—the birthplace of author Kenji Miyazawa—donated this owl sculpture, which is inscribed with a poem by Miyazawa.

Location: 2-45-15 Kami-Ikebukuro

Minami Ikebukuro Elementary School

The Society of Planting Trees for Owls created this horned owl relief (#10), which is affixed to the outer wall of the Toshima Owl Museum.

Location: 3-18-12 Minami-Ikebukuro

Zoshigaya Kishimojin

There is a bench on the temple grounds flanked by horned owl sculptures. This work (#18) is also from the Society of Planting Trees for Owls. The bench is a good place to take a rest after visiting the temple.

Location: 3-15-20 Zoshigaya

Entrance to the Kishimojin Approach

This gallant owl stretching its wings (#19) is another creation of the Society of Planting Trees for Owls.

Location: 3-7-8 Minami-Ikebukuro

Zoshigaya Mimizuku Park

This sculpture of a horned owl is located in the park next to Kishimojin Temple. It is work #16 from the Society of Planting Trees for Owls.

Location: 3-15-20 Zoshigaya

Homyoji Temple

These wooden sculptures of horned owls are work #17 from the Society of Planting Trees for Owls. Uniquely designed horned owls can be seen on the temple grounds and along the temple approach.

Location: 3-18-18 Minami-Ikebukuro

Minami-Ikebukuro Park
(Currently closed for renovations)

These realistic horned owl sculptures by the Society of Planting Trees for Owls (#15) sit atop three clocks located five meters above the ground.

Location: 2-21-1 Minami-Ikebukuro

Owl Post Box

This post box, designed to look like Toshima’s mascot Toshima Nanamaru, is located at the Ikebukuro Station Post Office.

Location: 1-17-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro

Toshima Owl Museum

The Toshima Owl museum—housed in a room at municipal Minami-Ikebukuro Elementary School—holds revolving exhibits of 200 to 300 owl-related items from the collection donated by Tokyo University professor emeritus Tetsuo Iino.

Location: 3-18-12 Minami-Ikebukuro