Rikkyo University

Rikkyo University

Travel Guide


Rikkyo University, also known as Saint Paul's University, is a private university, located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

A leading liberal arts teaching and research institution, Rikkyo University is the largest Anglican Christian affiliated university in Japan and is a member of the "Big Six" grouping of prominent private universities in Tokyo.

The specious campus ground is a pleasant place to walk, especially at the weekends. The campus features a group of historic red brick buildings which are important cultural properties: Main Building which if the symbol of Rikkyo University, Building No. 2, Building No. 3, Main Dining Hall and Rikkyo All Saints Chapel are selected Historical Building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The Main Building, Library, dormitories (currently known as Building No. 2 and Building No. 3), and dining facilities are constructed on the campus grounds in 1918.

Rikkyo University


The school was founded, as St. Paul’s University, in 1874 by Channing Moore Williams, an Episcopal Church missionary from the United States. The school is named Rikkyo School not long after it opens. In 1909, 23 acres of land were purchased near Ikebukuro for the construction of a larger dedicated campus and the university moved into new buildings at this site in 1918.

The original, red-brick, campus buildings, designed by Murphy & Dana Architects of New York, suffered structural damage in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, but due to the university's more suburban location escaped the devastating fires that destroyed much of the center of the city.

Under the new postwar educational system, Rikkyo is accredited as a university in 1949.

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Library Dining Hall Christmas illumination

Travel Advice

There are two campus for Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro campus and Niiza Campus. The introduction is about Ikebukuro campus, the main campus of Rikkyo University.



Address 3-34-1 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Phone 03-3985-2202
Admission Free  
Hours Free time  
Closed Open 7 Days a Week
Duration 20 minutes
Getting There By Train
7 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station on JR Lines, Tobu-tojo Line, Seibu-ikebukuro Line, subway Marunouchi Line, subway Yurakucho Line or subway Fuku-toshin Line.
Parking No parking available

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