Ikebukuro Station

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Ikebukuro Station
Ikebukuro Station.jpg
Ikebukuro Station building (east side) at night, looking South on Meiji-Dori
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Ward Toshima
Neighborhood etc. 1-28-1,2 Minami-Ikebukuro
(in Japanese) 東京都豊島区南池袋一丁目28-1~2
Year opened 1903
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Seibu Railway
Tobu Railway
Tokyo Metro
Line(s) Yamanote Line
Saikyō Line
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Tōbu Tōjō Line
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Aiga bus inv.svg 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.


JR East[edit]

Seibu Railway[edit]

Tobu Railway[edit]

Tokyo Metro[edit]

Station layout[edit]

Station layout

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.[1]

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.

JR East[edit]

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
Super View Odoriko for Atami, Izukyū-Shimoda
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

Waist-high platform edge doors have been introduced on the Yamanote Line platforms since 2 March 2013.[2]

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Yamanote Line
Mejiro - Ōtsuka
Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Ōmiya   Narita Express   Shinjuku
Terminus   Super View Odoriko   Shinjuku
Akabane   Special Rapid   Shinjuku
Akabane   Rapid   Shinjuku
Akabane   Local   Shinjuku
Saikyō Line
Shinjuku   Commuter Rapid   Itabashi
Shinjuku   Rapid   Itabashi
Shinjuku   Local   Itabashi


Tobu Tojo Line platforms 1 and 2 looking south
1-5 Tobu Tojo Line for Narimasu, Shiki, Kawagoe, Sakado, and Ogawamachi

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Tobu Tojo Line
Terminus   TJ Liner[Note 1]   Fujimino
Terminus   Rapid express   Wakōshi
Terminus   Rapid   Narimasu
Terminus   Express   Narimasu
Terminus   Commuter express   Narimasu
Terminus   Semi express   Narimasu
Terminus   Local   Kita-Ikebukuro
  1. ^ TJ Liner services operate in the down direction only


Seibu Line platforms
1-7 Seibu Ikebukuro Line for Nerima, Tokorozawa, Hannō, and Mitsumineguchi

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Terminus   Limited express   Tokorozawa
Terminus   Rapid express   Shakujii-kōen
Terminus   Express   Shakujii-kōen
Terminus   Commuter express   Shakujii-kōen
Terminus   Rapid   Nerima
Terminus   Commuter semi express   Nerima
Terminus   Semi express   Nerima
Terminus   Local   Shiinamachi

Tokyo Metro[edit]

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

The Tokyo Metro platforms are equipped with waist-height platform edge doors.[3]

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Marunouchi Line (M-25)
Shin-Ōtsuka (M-24) Local Terminus
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)


JGR Ikebukuro Station in the early 20th century

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).[4] 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).[4] Then, with the opening of the Musashino Railway Line (present-day Seibu Ikebukuro Line) in 1915, the surrounding area saw rapid development.

Tobu opened a department store adjoining its station on 29 May 1962.[4] Around the same time, the Tobu station platforms were expanded with three tracks.[4]

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.[4]

In June 2008, the Tobu station ticket barriers were colour-coded into three "zones": North, Central, and South.[4]

Waist-height platform edge doors were installed on the Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line platforms in January 2011.[3]

Passenger statistics[edit]

The figures below are the official number of passengers entering and exiting each day released by each train operator.

Operator Number Fiscal year Note
JR East 550,350 2013 Boarding passengers only. Second busiest JR East station.[5]
Tobu 471,990 2012 Busiest Tobu station.[6]
Seibu 484,446 2013 Busiest Seibu station.[7]
Tokyo Metro 523,834 2013 Busiest Tokyo Metro station.
(Excludes stations which allow through services onto non-Tokyo Metro lines)[8]

The passenger figures for the JR East, Seibu, and Tokyo Metro station in previous years are as shown below. Note that the JR East figures only consider boarding passengers whereas the Seibu and Tokyo Metro figures consider both entering and exiting passengers.

Fiscal year Daily average
JR East Seibu Tokyo Metro
2000 570,255[9]
2005 564,669[10] 511,078[11]
2010 544,222[12] 476,989[13]
2011 544,762[14] 472,022[15] 470,284[16]
2012 550,756[17] 479,467[18] 483,952[19]
2013 550,350[5] 484,446[7] 523,834[8]

See also[edit]


  • JR全線全駅ステーション倶楽部編(上) [Complete JR Line/Station Compendium (Vol. 1)] (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: 文春文庫 (Bunshun Bunko?). September 1988. pp. 37–38. ISBN 4-16-748701-2. 
  1. ^ Echika Ikebukuro Retrieved on 21 July 2009. (Japanese)
  2. ^ "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 Station Yamanote Line platforms]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "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. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f 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. 
  5. ^ a b "各駅の乗車人員 (2013年度)" [Station passenger figures (Fiscal 2013)] (in Japanese). Japan: East Japan Railway Company. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "駅情報(乗降人員)" [Station information (Passenger statistics)] (in Japanese). Japan: Tobu Railway. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "駅別乗降人員 2013(平成25)年度 1日平均" [Average daily station usage figures (fiscal 2013)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Railway. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "各駅の乗降人員ランキング" [Station usage ranking] (in Japanese). Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "駅別乗降人員 2005(平成17)年度 1日平均" [Average daily station usage figures (fiscal 2005)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Railway. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "駅別乗降人員 2010(平成22)年度 1日平均" [Average daily station usage figures (fiscal 2010)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Railway. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "駅別乗降人員 2011(平成23)年度 1日平均" [Average daily station usage figures (fiscal 2011)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Seibu Railway. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "各駅の乗降人員ランキング" [Station usage ranking] (in Japanese). Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "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 5 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "各駅の乗降人員ランキング" [Station usage ranking] (in Japanese). Tokyo Metro. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°43′49″N 139°42′41″E / 35.73028°N 139.71139°E / 35.73028; 139.71139