Ikebukuro Station


Seibu tetsudō

Tōbu tetsudō

  • Tōjō Main Line

Tōkyō Metro

  • Fukutoshin - line
  • Marunouchi Line
  • Yurakucho Line


The Ikebukuro Station (Japanese池袋 駅Ikebukuro -eki ) is with about 2.7 million passengers daily by this criterion in one of the largest train stations in the world. In Toshima to the north of Tokyo prefecture located on the Yamanote Line, it is a major hub for commuters from Saitama and west of the prefecture. With Ikebukuro, officially only the name of several streets in the district, is known around the same time also the district around the station.

The station consists of three parts of different companies, a through station on the JR Higashi- Nihon and two terminal stations of Tōbu and Seibu railway companies. Underground stations are three metro lines of the Tōkyō Metro.


The private Nippon tetsudō built in 1885 Akabane line between Akabane and Shinagawa. In 1902, she built a signal point in today's Ikebukuro, which was extended on 1 April 1903 the station when the Nippon tetsudō opened a branch line from Ikebukuro by Tabata. In 1906, the station was also used for loading goods. In the same year he was nationalized and became the property of the state railway ( kokutetsu ) over. 1909, the station became part of the Yamanote Line.

Opened in 1914, the Tōbu tetsudō the Tōjō Main Line from Ikebukuro Station to Tanomozawa, 1915, the station was the starting point of the compound of Musashino tetsudō ( forerunner of the Seibu tetsudō ) to Hannover. The connection of these two private lines and Akabane - line on the Yamanote Line Ikebukuro made ​​to the main transfer point for travelers to the northwestern suburbs of Tokyo and west of Saitama Prefecture.

An air raid by the U.S. Air Force in April 1945, the station building burned down completely, the Musashino Line in 1944 had been severely damaged.

Opened in 1954 after the completion of the first section of the Marunouchi Line to Ochanomizu Metro Station. In 1974, the Yurakucho line was built by Ikeburo to Ginza, which was extended in 1983 in the west to Narimasu.

1987 Kokutetsu Station fell in the privatization of the state railway to the JR Higashi- Nihon. Between 1983 and 1988 the number of platforms has been increased from two to four.

Design and tracks


The largest part of the station Ikebukuro is occupied by the JR: eight platform tracks at four island platforms are on and connected underground with the two station buildings on the west and east sides.

Seibu tetsudō

On the east side of the JR station and is the terminus of the line of the Seibu Ikebukuro tetsudō extend their tracks in the south without crossing over the Yamanote Line and further west. Four-head tracks are in a Spanish solution of platform edges on both sides accessible: Platforms 1, 4 and 6 are used only for disembarking, platform 7 only during rush hours and late at night.

In the station buildings on the east side are the Ikebukuro main store of the chain Seibu, - since the division of the inheritance of the Seibu Group in 1964 regardless of the railway line - department stores chains Parco and Mujirushi ryohin as well as many smaller shops on the ground floor as well as in the passages in the basement.

Tōbu tetsudō

In the northwest of the JR station and is the terminus of the Tōjō line of Tōbu tetsudō. Again, the Spanish solution is used: Two of the three tracks are from both sides of platform accesses, which are alternately used only for entry or exit.

The station building on the west side is the main store of the chain Tōbu and the shopping center Plaza Metropolitan dominated (owned by Tōbu tetsudō, JR Higashi- Nihon and Nippon Hotel).

Tōkyō Metro

The tracks of the three separate stations of the three metro lines are numbered sequentially. The terminal station of the Marunouchi Line is below the JR Station, just south is the station of the Yurakucho line, which was also trains the Seibu Yurakucho Line and through trains of Tōbu keep Tōjō line. The trains of the Tōbu and Fukutoshin lines that extend further west of Ikebukuro parallel to the Yurakucho line, keep in a separate station under the west side of Tōbu station.

Lines and adjacent stations

Weekdays operate 1,208 trains of JR, 1204 Broad Tōkyō Metro, 336 trains of Seibu tetsudō and 323 Broad Tōbu tetsudō.

All trains of the three operating companies hold at Ikebukuro Station, including the following Free to Express trains with reserved seats:

In addition, the following line connections exist in the transport and the metro:


→ Main article: Ikebukuro

Since the construction of the railway station, the area has evolved from a rural suburb to an inner-city commercial and office center. A large part of the building dates from the late 20th century. A distinctive building in the skyline of skyscrapers in Sunshine 60 Sunshine City complex on the east side. On the west side there are, among others, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Art Space ( Tōkyō Geijutsu Gekijo ) and Rikkyo University. The city council of the district of Toshima is within walking distance northeast of the station.

From Ikebukuro and regular bus services to the Tokyo Metropolitan ( Toei Bus), as well as various private companies ( Kokusai Kōgyō bus, Seibu bus, Kanto Bus). Are located on the east side of the station several bus stops, at the Metropolitan Art Space on the west side of a large bus station, which was also " night buses" (深夜 バスShin'ya Basu; between 23 and 1 clock ) run, including the Midnight Arrow Kawagoe of Tōbu bus.