Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅) is a major railway station located in the Ikebukuro district of Toshima, Tokyo, Japan, shared by the East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Tokyo subway operator Tokyo Metro, and the two private railway operators Seibu Railway and Tobu Railway. With 2. +more71 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 center. It is the Tokyo terminal of the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Tobu Tojo Line.

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Lines

JR East

Seibu Railway

Seibu Ikebukuro Line (Ikebukuro to Agano) - limited through service to Seibu Chichibu Line

Tobu Railway

Tōbu Tōjō Line (Ikebukuro to Yorii)

Tokyo Metro

Station layout

In Ikebukuro Station, there are 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. +more Both Tobu and Seibu operate department stores adjacent to their terminal stations. (Despite their names, "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 Yurakucho 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 Tokyu Toyoko Line and Minatomirai Line.

Tokyo Metro's Echika underground mall is also located inside the station.

JR East

Chest-high platform edge doors were introduced on the Yamanote Line platforms on 2 March 2013.

File:Ikebukuro station Metropolitan entrance. jpg|The Metropolitan Exit on the second-floor level File:Ikebukuro Station Metropolitan concourse 20160323. +moreJPG|The Metropolitan concourse in March 2016 File:Ikebukuro-Sta-JR-Centralgate2. JPG|The Central No. 2 Gate ticket barriers in June 2016 File:Ikebukuro Station platform 1-2 20140824. JPG|Platform 1/2 (with Saikyo Line on the right) in August 2014.

Tobu Railway

Platforms

The Tobu station has three terminating tracks served by platforms 1 to 5, arranged as shown in the diagram on the right.

Platforms 3 and 5 are normally used for disembarking passengers, although platform 5 is also used for passengers boarding the evening TJ Liner services, which require payment of a supplementary fare. From 14 June 2015, the departure melodies used when trains are about to depart from the station are to be changed to classical themes, with "Allegro" from "Divertimento in D major, K. +more 136" by Mozart used for platforms 1/2, "Menuetto" from "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Mozart used for platforms 3/4, and "Allegro ma non troppo" from the "Pastoral Symphony" by Beethoven used for TJ Liner services departing from platform 5.

File:Tobu-Ikebukuro-STA Home1-2.jpg|Platform 1 and 2 in July 2021 File:Tobu-Ikebukuro-STA Home3-4.jpg|Platform 3 and 4 in July 2021 File:Tobu-Ikebukuro-STA Home5.jpg|Platform 5 in July 2021

Chest-high platform edge doors are scheduled to be added by the end of fiscal 2020. Platform doors protecting platform 1 are in use since 21 April 2018. +more It is planned to have platform doors protecting platforms 2 and 3 in operation from 2 March 2019.

Ticket barriers

There are three sets of ticket barriers giving access to the platforms: the "South Gate" at ground level (signposted in red), and the "Central Gate" (signposted in blue) and "North Gate" (signposted in green) on the first basement level.

File:Tobu-Ikebukuro-STA South-Gate in. jpg|The ground-level south entrance and ticket barriers in July 2021 File:Ikebukuro Station north gate 20140419. +moreJPG|The north gate ticket barriers in April 2014 File:Ikebukuro Station platform 5 stairs 20140419. JPG|The stairs leading from the central gate to platform 5 for TJ Liner passengers in April 2014.

Seibu Railway

Platforms 1, 4, and 6 are normally used for disembarking passengers only.

File:西武池袋線 池袋駅 2016 (29337760873). jpg|The basement entrance and ticket barriers in 2016 File:Seibu-ikebukuro-sta 1st-floor. +moreJPG|The Seibu Ikebukuro Line platforms in July 2014 File:Rail Tracks map Seibu Ikebukuro Station. svg|Seibu track and platform layout.

Tokyo Metro

Platform

This station consists of three separate island platforms for the Marunouchi Line, Yurakucho Line, and Fukutoshin Line.

Station layout

The Tokyo Metro platforms are equipped with chest-height platform edge doors.

File:Ikebukuro-Sta-Yurakucholine-Platform.JPG|The Yurakucho Line platforms in June 2016 File:TokyoMetro-F09-Ikebukuro-station-platform.jpg|The Fukutoshin Line platforms in June 2008

History

The station was opened on April 1, 1903 by the Japanese Government Railways (JGR). The Tōjō Railway Line (present-day Tobu Tojo Line) station opened on 1 May 1914 with the opening of the 33. +more5 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).

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

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.

The station facilities of the Marunouchi and Yurakucho Lines were inherited by Tokyo Metro after the privatization of the Teito Rapid Transit Authority (TRTA) in 2004.

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

Chest-height platform edge doors were installed on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line platforms in January 2011.

Passenger statistics

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

OperatorNumberFiscal yearNote
JR EastJR East550,3502013Boarding passengers only. Second busiest JR East station. +more
TobuTobu472,1322014Busiest Tobu station.
SeibuSeibu484,4462013Busiest Seibu station.
Tokyo MetroTokyo Metro523,8342013Busiest Tokyo Metro station. (Excludes stations which allow through services onto non-Tokyo Metro lines)
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Annual passenger figures for the station between fiscal 1903 and 1965 are as shown below. Note that the figures only consider boarding passengers and a blank indicates that no data is available.

Fiscal yearAnnual totalReferences
JGR/JNRTobuMusashino/SeibuTRTA
190327,941Not in operationNot in operationNot in operation
190533,877Not in operationNot in operationNot in operation
1915545,473Not in operation
19256,842,992192,3801,228,881Not in operation
193511,554,661500,4763,558,958Not in operation
195534,428,803
1965144,996,15672,559,15777,873,22655,093,466

The daily passenger figures for the JR East, Seibu, Tobu, and Tokyo Metro station after fiscal 2000 are as shown below. Note that the JR East figures only consider boarding passengers whereas the Seibu, Tobu, and Tokyo Metro figures consider both entering and exiting passengers.

Fiscal yearJR EastSeibuTobuTokyo Metro
2000570,255
2005564,669511,078
2010544,222476,989467,770
2011544,762472,022464,908470,284
2012550,756479,467471,990483,952
2013550,350484,446476,756523,834
2014472,132

Surrounding area

The surrounding Ikebukuro district is a major commercial centre. The Seibu department store, Sunshine City, Parco, and Bic Camera are located to the east of the station, while the Tobu department store and Metropolitan Plaza are located to the west.

Schools

Rikkyo University * Tokyo College of Music * Teikyo Heisei University (Ikebukuro Campus) * Tokyo University of Social Welfare (Ikebukuro Campus) * Shukutoku University (Ikebukuro Satellite Campus) * Tokyo College of Transport Studies * Toshimagaoka-joshigakuen Junior and Senior High School

Retail

Seibu Department Store * Parco Department Store * Tobu Department Store * Sunshine City

Hotels

Hotel Metropolitan * Centurion hotel Ikebukuro

Civic

Toshima Tax Office * Toshima Civic Centre * Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre * Ikebukuro Library * Ikebukuro Fire Station

Other stations

Higashi-Ikebukuro Station, on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line