|Ikebukuro Station building (east side) at night, looking South on Meiji-Dori|
(See other stations in Tokyo)
|Neighborhood etc.||1-28-1,2 Minami-Ikebukuro|
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Tōbu Tōjō Line
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
|Major bus terminal(s) attached to the station|
Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅 Ikebukuro-eki?) is a major railway station located in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima, Tokyo, Japan. With 2.71 million passengers on an average daily in 2007, it is the second-busiest railway station in the world (after Shinjuku Station), and the busiest station in the Tobu, Seibu, and Tokyo Metro networks. It primarily serves commuters from Saitama Prefecture and other residential areas northwest of the city centre. It is the Tokyo terminal of the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tōbu Tōjō Line.
- 1 Lines
- 2 Station layout
- 3 History
- 4 Passenger statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- Saikyō Line
- Shōnan-Shinjuku Line - through service to Takasaki Line and Utsunomiya Line; also used by Narita Express trains
- Yamanote Line - along with Ōsaki, one of two stations where Yamanote loop trains are taken in and out of service
Ikebukuro Station has two main entrances, the East exit and the West exit. There are a number of other secondary entrances such as the JR North exit, the various Seibu exits. and multiple subway exits.
The JR lines run north/south through the center. The Tobu platforms are to the northwest and the Seibu platforms are to the southeast. Both Tobu and Seibu operate department stores adjacent to their terminal stations. (Ironically, "Seibu" (西武) starts with the kanji for "west" (西), but its platforms are in the eastern part of the station, while "Tōbu" (東武) starts with the character for "east" (東), but its platforms are in the western part of the station.)
The Marunouchi Line and Yūrakuchō Line run east/west two stories underground, while the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line is four stories underground to the west of the main station complex. The latter line runs south toward Shinjuku and Shibuya along Meiji-dori, and offers through services to Motomachi-Chūkagai Station in Yokohama via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line and Minatomirai Line.
Tokyo Metro's Echika underground mall is also located inside the station.
The surrounding Ikebukuro district is a major commercial centre. Sunshine City, Parco, Mitsukoshi, and Bic Camera are located to the east of the station, while the Metropolitan Plaza is located to the west.
|1||■Saikyō Line||for Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ōsaki, and Shin-Kiba|
|2||■Shōnan-Shinjuku Line||for Shinjuku, Yokohama, Odawara, and Zushi|
|■Limited express Narita Express||for Narita Airport|
|3||■Shōnan-Shinjuku Line||for Ōmiya, Utsunomiya, and Takasaki|
|4||■Saikyō Line||for Akabane, Ōmiya, and Kawagoe|
|5/6||■Yamanote Line||for Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Shinagawa|
|7/8||■Yamanote Line||for Tabata, Ueno, and Tokyo|
|1-5||■Tobu Tojo Line||for Narimasu, Shiki, Kawagoe, Sakado, and Ogawamachi|
|Tobu Tojo Line|
|Terminus||TJ Liner[Note 1]||Fujimino|
- TJ Liner services operate in the down direction only
|1-7||■Seibu Ikebukuro Line||for Nerima, Tokorozawa, Hannō, and Mitsumineguchi|
|Seibu Ikebukuro Line|
|Terminus||Commuter semi express||Nerima|
|1/2||○Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line||for Ōtemachi, Tokyo, Ginza, Shinjuku, Ogikubo, and Hōnanchō|
|3||○Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line||for Iidabashi, Nagatachō, Yūrakuchō, and Shin-Kiba|
|4||○Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line||for Kotake-mukaihara, Wakōshi, Shinrinkōen, and Hannō|
|5||○Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line||for Shinjuku-sanchōme, Meiji-Jingūmae, and Shibuya|
|6||○Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line||for Kotake-mukaihara, Wakōshi, Shinrinkōen, and Hannō|
|Marunouchi Line (M-25)|
|Yūrakuchō Line (Y-09)|
|Kanamechō (Y-08)||Local||Higashi-Ikebukuro (Y-10)|
|Fukutoshin Line (F-09)|
|Kotake-Mukaihara (F-06)||Express||Shinjuku-sanchōme (F-13)|
|Kotake-Mukaihara (F-06)||Commuter express||Shinjuku-sanchōme (F-13)|
|Kanamechō (F-08)||Local||Zōshigaya (F-10)|
The station was opened on April 1, 1903 by the Japanese Government Railways (JGR). The Tōjō Railway Line (present-day Tobu Tōjō Line) station opened on 1 May 1914 with the opening of the 33.5 km line to Tanomosawa (田面沢駅?) in Saitama Prefecture (located between the present stations of Kawagoeshi and Kasumigaseki). As the Tokyo terminus of the line was originally planned to be at Shimo-Itabashi, Ikebukuro Station is to this day marked by km post "-1.9" (the distance from Shimo-Itabashi Station where the "0 km" post for the line is located). Then, with the opening of the Musashino Railway Line (present-day Seibu Ikebukuro Line) in 1915, the surrounding area saw rapid development.
In March 1992, automatic ticket barriers were installed at the north exit of the Tobu Station, and in June of the same year, the Tobu Department Store was expanded with the addition of the Metropolitan Plaza annex located on the south side.
In June 2008, the Tobu station ticket barriers were colour-coded into three "zones": North, Central, and South.
The figures below are the official number of passengers entering and exiting each day released by each train operator.
|JR East||550,756||2012||Boarding passengers only. 2nd busiest JR East station.|
|Tobu||464,908||2011||Busiest Tobu station.|
|Seibu||479,467||2012||Busiest Seibu station.|
|Tokyo Metro||483,952||2012||Busiest Tokyo Metro station.
(Excludes stations which allow through services onto non-Tokyo Metro lines)
The passenger figures (boarding passengers only) for the JR East station in previous years are as shown below.
|Fiscal year||Daily average|
- Echika Ikebukuro Retrieved on 21 July 2009. (Japanese)
- "山手線池袋駅 ホームドア使用開始日決定" [Start date fixed for platform edge doors on Ikebukuro Staion Yamanote Line platforms]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "有楽町線：和光市駅に設置！" [Installation at Yurakucho Line Wakoshi Station] (pdf) (in Japanese). Japan: Tokyo Metro. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- 週刊私鉄全駅・全車両基地 No.08 [Weekly All Private Railway Stations and Depots No.8]. Japan: Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc. 9 February 2014. p. 9. ISBN 4910234820243.
- "各駅の乗車人員 （2012年度）" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2012)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "駅情報（乗降人員）" [Station information (Passenger statistics)] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "駅別乗降人員 2012（平成24）年度 1日平均" [Average daily station usage figures (fiscal 2012)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Railway. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- "各駅の乗降人員ランキング" [Station usage ranking] (PDF) (in Japanese). Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- "各駅の乗車人員 （2000年度）" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2000)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "各駅の乗車人員 （2005年度）" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "各駅の乗車人員 (2010年度)" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2010)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "各駅の乗車人員 （2011年度）" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2011)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ikebukuro Station.|
- JR Ikebukuro Station map (English)
- Ikebukuro Station information (Seibu) (Japanese)
- Ikebukuro Station information (Tobu) (Japanese)
- Ikebukuro Station information (Tokyo Metro) (Japanese)