Nippori Station Travel Guide
Nippori Station is the gateway to Narita Airport but a lot more as well. Find out everything with our comprehensive guide.
Nippori Station is one of the largest rail hubs in Tokyo, located in the northeastern Arakawa district it is the closest station to Narita Airport and thus the best station from which to reach the airport. The station is connected to a variety of different Japan Rail (JR) and subway lines and also includes a convenient array of restaurants, hotels and attractions both within the station itself and nearby. Japanese train stations are always potentially confusing so we’ve prepared a full guide to Nippori Station to help you out.
Nippori Station Map and Exits
The North Gate is home to the station’s central shopping complex (Ecute) and is connected to two main exits: East and West.
The East Exit leads to old Japanese streets, Nippori Textile Town and Nippori Sunny Hall.
The West Exit leads to a more contemporary area compared to the East Exit. Head through this exit for the Asakura Museum of Sculpture.
The South Gate is the intersection between the JR lines and Keisei lines and connects to the South Exit.
Nippori Station Train Lines
Nippori Station is an intersection for five train lines: the Keisei Line, the JR Yamanote Line, the Joban Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line and the Toei Line.
1. Keisei Line (Keisei Skyliner and Keisei Limited Express)
The Keisei Line is the easiest and most rapid way to get to/from the airport/Tokyo. The express train – the Keisei Skyliner – takes just 36 minutes to and from the airport and costs 2,470 yen. The alternative is taking a Keisei Limited Express train, which also runs to and from the airport but takes roughly 75 minutes and costs 1,030 yen.
2. Yamanote Line
The Yamanote Line, a looped line circling central Tokyo, is one of the city’s most convenient, connecting users with 29 stations including major stations like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shinagawa and Ikebukuro.
3. Joban Line
The Joban Line is long distance line connecting Tokyo with the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country. The Joban Line is also useful for reaching Ueno, Shinagawa, Tokyo and Shimbashi stations from Nippori.
4. Keihin-Tohoku Line
The Keihin-Tohoku Line connects northeastern Tokyo with the south-west also linking Nippori to Tokyo, Shinagawa, Kawasaki and Yokohama stations.
5. Toei Line
The Nippori Toneri Liner on the Toei Line runs from Nippori to Minumadai-shinsuikoen Station
Nippori Station Facilities
Travelex (Foreign Exchange Currency)
Convenient for travellers fresh off the plane at Narita, Nippori’s currency exchange counter offers shorter queues and decent rates. Located near the South Gate.
Like everywhere else in Japan, convenience stores are not difficult to find in Nippori Station.
The Tokyo train system can be intimidating to the uninitiated. To help you out, find at Nippori Station several Route Finder machines – handy computers that will configure your route for you without any fuss. In English and a selection of other languages, they could be indispensable.
Lockers can be found inside the JR section of Nippori Station. You can pay with either cash or a prepaid IC card (Pasmo or Suica), which you can also use at kiosks or vending machines inside the station.
Price: 300 yen + (depending on length of use)
Nippori Station Restaurants
Burari is a traditional ramen Restaurant next to Nippori Station. In 2016, Burari was given the nod in the Bib Gourmand section of the Michelin restaurant guide, a section devoted to cheap but high-quality restaurants. This restaurant offer only two kinds of ramen: creamy chicken broth and clear chicken broth.
Price: 600 – 1,300 yen
Tempura Tendon Tenya Nippori
Tempura Tenya is a tempura restaurant chain with branches all around Japan. Contrary to popular belief, tempura doesn’t have to cost that much. For less than 1,000 yen, Tempura Tendon Tenya offers an appetizing tendon (tempura bowl) served with rice and miso soup. Check out the many types of tendon they offer by clicking here.
Address: 2-19-7 Nishinippori, Arakawa, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Price: 500 – 1,000 yen
In the midst of Nippori Station, Inageya is a hidden gem. This unagi restaurant is one of the best in town, serving mouthwatering unaju (unagi on rice in a lacquered box) and is as cheap as they come.
Hours: 11:00 am – 02:00 pm and 04:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Price: 980 – 2,500 yen
Five minutes from Nippori Station on foot, Udon Shin serves some of the best handmade udon in Tokyo. This restaurant offers a wide variety of udon, but their pork bukkake udon, a type of cold udon served in a thick broth, definitely stands out.
Hours: 11:30 am – 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Price: 680 – 1,290 yen
Hotels Near Nippori Station
Ryokan Sawanoya Nippori
A winner of a tripadvisor certificate of excellence, Ryokan Sawanoya Nippori is one of Tokyo’s best. Enjoy traditional delights such as the onsite onsen, the brilliant hospitality and excellent food and rest easy knowing you’ve got the rest of the city at your doorstep.
Address: 2-3-11 Yanaka, Nippori, Tokyo
Price: Standard rooms for two people begin at 10,000 yen
Just one minute from Nippori Station, Hotel Lungwood boasts excellent hospitality, modern amenities and reasonable prices. Neither luxury nor basic, this is a good mid-range option.
Price: 9,500~12,000 yen/night
Hotel Sunny is the closest hotel to Nippori Station, located only 200 meters away. Rooms are to a good size and include the modern comforts we’ve come to expect. Close to many traditional restaurants and streets, it is also well placed for local sightseeing and exploring the rest of the city.
Price: 9,800 – 12,450 yen/night
Hotel Mystays Nippori
Perfectly located for access to Nippori Station, Hotel Mystays is a chain hotel that prides itself on convenience and service. Whether here for a stopover or a longer stay, your comfort is guaranteed. In the heart of the traditional Yanaka neighbourhood, you’re also perfectly placed to do a bit of sightseeing. Also, if you get hungry, the cup noodle vending machine could be the answer to your prayers.
Price: 6,800~10,500 yen/night
Guest House Wasabi
Everything in Guest House Wasabi has been thought through with the comfort of the guests in mind; from the comfortable, modern living room and rooms to the shared kitchen and spotless bathrooms. There’s even a rooftop terrace which acts as a tiny oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.
Address: 6-24-16, Nippori,Arakawa, Tokyo
Price: 2,600 yen ~6,000 yen/night
Attractions Near Nippori Station
Located inside Nippori station beside the north gate, Ecute Nippori is a small mall that includes a supermarket, a flower shop, a wagashi shop (traditional Japanese sweets), a coffee shop and a restaurant. A useful resource for late arrivals.
Nippori Textile Town
Close to the station’s East Exit find Nippori Textile Town, a one-kilometer long stretch of road specialising in textile and fabric stores. Perfect for souvenirs or if you’re feeling creative, there are also a range of discount clothes and accessory stores dotted around.
Address: 3- 6 Nippori, Arakawa-ku
Asakura Museum of Sculpture
Located just three minutes on foot from the West Exit of Nippori Station, the Asakura Museum of Sculpture or the Asakura Choso Museum is a large three-story building and the former residence and studio of the famous Japanese sculptor Fumio Asakura (1883-1964). The Museum features many of Asakura’s bronze sculptures and others items such as paintings and pottery. Photography inside the museum is prohibited but head out to the beautiful garden and snap away.
Address: 7-18-10, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Closed on Mondays and Fridays.
Price: 500 yen for adult and 250 yen for children.
Yanaka Ginza is easily accessible from Nippori Station’s West Exit. Yanaka Ginza is a narrow stretch of an old Japanese shopping street replete with traditional Japanese snack and souvenir vendors. The highlight of the area is Yuyake Dandan or Sunset Stairs, an elevated spot from which you’ll find one of the best spots to watch the sunset over Tokyo.
Address: 3−13−1 Yanaka, Arakawa, Tokyo
Located in the Yanaka district, accessible from the South Exit of Nippori Station, Yanaka Cemetery is both a cemetery and a park and a beautiful spot to regain some energy after a long flight. Verdantly green and overrun with cherry trees, this is one of the best and lesser known spots in the city to enjoy the cherry blossom leaves in the spring and the turning leaves in the autumn. The cemetery is the resting place of some notable figures from Japanese history and great for a poke around.
Address: 7-5-24 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo
Hours: 08:30 am -05:15 pm
Located in the middle of Yanaka Cemetery, Tennoji Temple is famous for its huge bronze Buddha that watches over the place. Located within some beautiful nature, a serene tranquillity prevails. Rowdy crowds were once attracted to the temple for its public lottery; such chaos being difficult to imagine today.
Address: 7 Chome-14-8 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo
Hours: 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Fifteen minutes from Nippori Station, Nezu Shrine is off the beaten path for tourists but well-known and popular among locals. Famous for its beautiful gardens and red torri path, head here at any time of the year for some welcome peace and quiet.
Hours: 09:00 am- 05:00pm
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