Tokyo: Ikebukuro Station Area
Ikebukuro Station is one of Tokyo’s largest transport hubs, located in the north-west of the city. While the neighbourhood around the station isn’t the most fashionable or exciting area of Tokyo, the convenience of the station combined with well-priced accommodation, make it attractive to many visitors. The Narita Express (NEX) runs from Narita Airport to Ikebukuro Station while the Yamanote Line – a convenient loop line that circles through Tokyo – also runs to and from the station, making it an excellent base from where to explore the city. Many highway bus lines run to and from the station, making it quick and easy to get out of Tokyo, while also being located nearby the action and entertainment of Shinjuku. The area around the station has some good options in terms of 3 and 4-star hotels, with plenty of other mid-range to budget accommodation on offer. If you’re going to be in Tokyo for an extended stay and want some reasonable accommodation without costing a fortune, staying around Ikebukuro Station might be a good option for you.