Getting from Narita to Ikebukuro

Carey Finn
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Department stores on the east side of Ikebukuro Station. | Photo by Joonggil Lee used under CC

Ikebukuro may be one of Tokyo’s less glamorous areas, but it’s a solid shopping, business and education district that has decent accommodation and great, affordable grub to boot. That’s what makes it a popular base for visiting tourists. If you need to get from Narita to Ikebukuro, here are the best options—categorized according to price, time and simplicity.

Pro tip: If you’re traveling with large bags, you can port them from the airport to your accommodation for an easier transfer.

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The 4 best ways to get from Narita to Ikebukuro


The quickest option is to take the Keisei Skyliner train from Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station or Terminal 2|3 Station to Nippori Station, then change to the JR Yamanote Line which will take you to Ikebukuro. The ride time is just 48 minutes (though you need to factor in a few minutes for transfers), and tickets cost ¥2,640 one way. You can buy Keisei Skyliner tickets online in advance.


If you don’t mind hauling your luggage around regular trains and a longer journey, you can take the Keisei Main Line train instead, then do the same change at Nippori Station. This will take an hour and 30-40 minutes, but costs just ¥1,200.

Pro tip: Read our guide to taking Keisei trains for more information.


Our recommendation, though, is to hop onto the Narita Express (N’EX), which is ¥3,190 one way (or ¥4,000 for a return trip) and takes you directly from the airport to Ikebukuro Station in around 90 minutes. It’s a cool, comfortable train that is rarely crowded. You’ll need to check the timetable to see if the Ikebukuro N’EX is running at a time that suits you; otherwise you can take a limousine bus for about ¥3,100 instead—this is a good idea if you are traveling with lots of luggage.

Easiest way of getting from Narita to Ikebukuro

If you’re coming off a really long flight and you don’t care to experience the world’s largest urban rail network while suffering from jet lag, then something like this shared taxi service for about ¥6,180 is a higher cost but lower stress option. Note: Ikebukuro is part of Toshima-ku, the ward you’ll see listed under drop-off points.

Want to see the other airport transfer options that are available? Give our our mega guide on the cheapest ways of getting from Narita Airport to Tokyo a read. You might also want to read up on free things to do in Ikebukuro.

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While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post originally published in December, 2016. Last updated January, 2019.

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Filed under: Getting around, Transport
Tags: Airport, Limousine Bus, Narita Airport, Narita Express, Shuttle, Skyliner, Tourists, Trains, Transport
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