Ikebukuro Area Guide: Access, Shopping, Amusement, Hotels, And More!
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Ikebukuro Area Guide: Access, Shopping, Amusement, Hotels, And More!

Tokyo 2017.01.18

Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's most prominent shopping quarters, but its labyrinthine station confuses even Japanese people. We'll show you around Ikebukuro Station and its surrounding areas!

Translated by Lester Somera

Just a Kansai guy trying to get by

Written by Sawada Tomomi

Located in the northwestern part of Tokyo, the massive commercial district of Ikebukuro is one of Japan’s representative downtown areas. Ikebukuro’s streets are lined with major shopping complexes and all sorts of restaurants, making it a place that anyone wishing to enjoy shopping and dining would love. With all sorts of entertainment options, including facilities that feature characters from popular anime, parents and kids alike can enjoy their time in Ikebukuro.

Table of Contents:

1. Getting to Ikebukuro from Tokyo’s Major Stations
2. Navigate The “Labyrinth” Of Ikebukuro Station And Its Surrounding Areas With Ease!
3. Shoppers’ Paradise: Recommendations For Shopping In Ikebukuro
4. Can’t Decide Where To Go? Head To These Fun Ikebukuro Spots
5. Have A Relaxing Stay At These Ikebukuro Hotels
6. Helpful Information For Your Trip

Getting to Ikebukuro from Tokyo’s Major Stations

The JR Yamanote Line provides convenient access to Ikebukuro, and most major lines go there directly. The Yamanote Line makes a loop around the city, so even if you get on a train heading in the wrong direction, you will eventually arrive at your destination. However, your journey will take much longer, so please be careful.

From Shinjuku To Ikebukuro

Line: JR Yamanote Line Outer Loop (bound for Ikebukuro/Ueno), Saikyo Line (bound for Omiya), JR Shonan Shinjuku Line (bound for Kagohara)
Get on at: JR Shinjuku Station
Get off at: JR Ikebukuro Station
Fare: 160 yen
Travel time: 5-8 minutes

From Shibuya To Ikebukuro

Line: JR Yamanote Line Outer Loop (bound for Ikebukuro/Ueno), Saikyo Line Rapid (bound for Kawagoe)
Get on at: JR Shibuya Station
Get off at: JR Ikebukuro Station (seven stops)
Fare: 170 yen
Travel time: 13-16 minutes

From Ueno To Ikebukuro

While the Yamanote Line is not the only way to travel from Ueno, it is the simplest way, as it requires no train transfers.

Line: JR Yamanote Line Inner Loop (bound for Ikebukuro/Shinjuku)
Get on at: JR Ueno Station
Get off at: JR Ikebukuro Station (eight stops)
Fare: 170 yen
Travel time: 17 minutes

From Tokyo To Ikebukuro

The Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line also travels directly to Ikebukuro, costs the same, and takes less time than the JR Yamanote Line. If you want to use the Marunouchi Line, search for the platform marked with a red circle.

Line: JR Yamanote Line Inner Loop (bound for Ueno/Ikebukuro) Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (bound for Ikebukuro)
Get on at: JR Tokyo Station
Get off at: JR Ikebukuro Station (12 stops)
Fare: 200 yen
Travel time: 16 minutes (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line), 25 minutes (Yamanote Line)

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