(Buses) The Main Bus Terminals in Tokyo Explained!

Do you usually travel by bus? If you don't go on many bus tours, you may not be familiar with bus terminals. However, in recent years, bus terminals have become more complex and various facilities have come to be located next to them. In this article, we will explain the four major bus terminals in Tokyo, which are also the most frequently used. We hope you find this useful!

Bus Terminals in Tokyo Explained!

Bus terminals in Tokyo are large and the directions are confusing and difficult to understand. It’s easy to get lost and end up arriving just in time for the bus…it happens a lot.

But don’t worry! In this article, we’ll give you the lowdown on four of Tokyo’s most popular bus terminals, how to get there and their facilities!

For those of you who don’t use the bus terminals often, we’ll be explaining them in detail so you can get the most out of your trip!

Shinjuku Bus Terminal

Shinjuku Bus Terminal, one of the most popular bus terminals in Tokyo, is directly connected to Shinjuku Station from the new south ticket gate, or directly in front of the station if you take the south exit.

Getting There (from the new south ticket gate)

①(From JR) Head towards the new south ticket gate.

②Go straight on through the ticket gate.

③Follow the direction of the arrow to the escalator and ascend the escalator to reach Shinjuku Bus Terminal.

Next, we will show you the facilities at Shinjuku Bus Terminal!

Shinjuku Bus Terminal is divided between floors 2-4, with the 4th floor being the main area for bus stops, ticket purchases, and waiting rooms.

The main area on the 4th floor

On the fourth floor:

  ①Convenience Store

  ②Souvenir Shop

  ③ATM

  ④Ticket Machine, Ticket Office

  ⑤Information Desk

  ⑥Coin Lockers

  ⑦Nursing Room, Multi-functional Toilet

  ⑧Bus Stops

*Taken from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal

Let’s take a look at them one by one. 

①There is a Family Mart.

②The souvenir shop is opposite the convenience store.

 ③There is a Seven Bank ATM.

 ④You can get  a ticket at the ticket office.

⑤The information desk

⑥Coin lockers are located behind the convenience store.

⑦Toilets are open until 01:30am.

⑧These are the bus stops.

【Coin Locker Price List】 Payment Method: Cash, IC Card

Size Large Medium Small
Under 2 hours ¥300 ¥200 ¥100
2 Hours

(After the initial 2 hours, you will be charged for every additional 2 hours of use)

¥300 ¥200 ¥100

The Express Bus stops are divided into sections A to D, and from there they are further divided into “A1”, “A2” etc.

It is very easy to make a mistake, so please be careful. We recommend that you check the screen above the ticket office, which shows you which stop number to get on at for each bus destination.

If you have any further questions, please ask at the information desk.

On the third floor, there is a bus drop-off point, a taxi rank, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tourist Information Centre.

Taxi Drop-off Point.

There is free WiFi throughout the building.
 
【How to Access the Free Wifi】
http://shinjuku-busterminal.co.jp/en/service/
 

The Tokyo Tourist Information Centre is a place where tourists visiting Tokyo from home and abroad can receive information about the city’s tourist attractions and get their hands on travel magazines.

The Tokyo Tourist Information Centre also has a Sagawa Express baggage storage centre, so you can make same-day deliveries to hotels and airports, or leave your baggage at the centre and tour Tokyo luggage-free. They also offer foreign currency exchange and ticket sales services.

On the second floor, there are cafes such as the DEAN & DELUCA CAFÉ and the TORAYA CAFÉ-AN STAND, as well as the Shinjuku Station New South Exit ticket gate, which can be used to transfer to the JR Line.

There are also coin lockers in front of the ticket gates, which are very convenient.

The 2nd floor is also directly connected to Shinjuku Takashimaya department store and Shinjuku Milliner Tower, in addition to Shinjuku Bus Terminal.

Official website: http://shinjuku-busterminal.co.jp/en/

 

Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal

Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal is located near Ikebukuro Sunshine City. Please note that it is a 15-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, which is a little further away.

It is only a 5-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line, so we recommend taking this route.

Getting There (from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station)

①Go to the west ticket gate. (Car 5 is closest to the exit)

②Turn left at the ticket barriers.

③Turn right and go up the escalator.

④Take the escalator towards Exit 6.

⑤Once you reach the top, follow the path around.

⑥At the end of the road, turn right.

⑦Follow the direction of the arrow.

⑧Cross the pedestrian crossing and turn left and you’ve arrived.

 

Next, we would like to introduce you to the facilities at the Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal!

Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal is located on the bridge of Sunshine City. If you are coming directly from Sunshine City, please enter using the “Bunka Kaikan Building”.

There are no souvenir shops, convenience stores, or restaurants in the bus terminal, so it is better to finish your shopping in Sunshine City before coming.

Inside the bus terminal is:

①Waiting Room

②Toilet, Priority Toilet

③Coin Lockers

④Vending Machines

⑤Parking Reception

⑥Disaster Prevention Centre

Let’s look at these one by one.

①Waiting Room

②Toilet

③There are lockers at the back of the waiting room

④A wide variety of ice cream is also available

⑤You can also buy tickets here.

⑥They deal with lost property and sudden illnesses.

*Coin lockers are cash only

Size Large Medium Small
05:00am-01:00am ¥600 ¥500 ¥300

Official website: https://sunshinecity.jp/en/information/access.html#anc_06

 

Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal

The Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal is located just outside the Yaesu South Exit ticket gate.

Just walk straight out of the ticket gate and you’ll find it.

The bus terminal looks like this.

Conveniently, there is a waiting room with a convenience store and coin lockers right next to the boarding area.

There is a convenience store, coin lockers, toilets, ticket office, and information counter.

There is a McDonald’s and Starbucks near the bus station, as well as a food court called Tokyo Ramen Street where you can eat ramen from all over Japan.

 Located on the right-hand side of the Yaesu South Gate.

Located on floor B1, just outside the Yaesu South ticket gate.

Official website: http://www.jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com/

 

Tokyo Station Kajibashi Parking Lot

The Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal is mainly used as a stop for express buses, but the Tokyo Station Kajibashi parking lot is also used by a variety of bus companies for their services.

Kajibashi is a 3 minute walk from the Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal.

Getting There (from Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal)

①Follow the road to the Yaesu South Exit Bus Terminal.

②Follow the arrow past Recruit Holdings.

③Continue to follow the road and go straight ahead at the junction.

④At the end of the crossing you will see a car park, turn right and you will arrive.

Inside the bus terminal there is a waiting room with toilets and coin lockers. There’s also free Wi-Fi access so you can work on your computer!

There are coin lockers with covered benches.

The bus terminal looks like this.

【Coin Locker Price List】*Cash only

Size Large Medium Small
Available 24 hours/day ¥500 ¥400 ¥300

Address: 3-8 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

Conclusion

What did you think? 

We have gone through the main bus terminals in Tokyo! Some of you may be surprised to find those bus terminals are not only that but also include various other facilities. This time, we went through some of the most popular bus terminals, but there are many more bus terminals in Tokyo. If you are interested in finding out more, please check them out too.

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