Nagoya Station Travel Guide

Nagoya Station is Nagoya's main transportation and lifestyle hub. Train line, exit, facilities, hotels, shopping and dining information, all right here.

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Nagoya, third biggest city in Japan, is a vibrant city home to a number of attractions and things to do. 

For a full guide to the city, check out our definitive guide

Nagoya Station, the city’s main transport hub, holds the Guinness world record as the biggest train station in the world, spanning 410,000 square meters. Read on for a full breakdown of Nagoya Station including train line, subway and bus info, as well information on hotels, restaurants and shopping nearby. 

Getting Around Nagoya Station

Train Lines

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Nagoya Station itself is a terminus for six (overground) train lines, plus the station is connected to Meitetsu Nagoya Station and Kintetsu Nagoya Station which operate the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) and Kintetsu Nagoya Line respectively. 

Line: Destinations:
Tōkaidō Shinkansen Shin-Yokohama, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Shin-Osaka
Tōkaidō Main Line Gifu, Ōgaki, Maibara, Obu, Kariya, Okazaki, Gamagori, Toyohashi, and Hamamatsu
Chūō Main Line Kozoji, Tajimi, and Nakatsugawa
Kansai Main Line Yokkaichi, Tsu, and Kameyama
Takayama Main Line Limited Express for Gero and Takayama
Aonami Line Kinjo-Futo Nagoya International Exhibition Hall
Meitetsu Nagoya Railroad Toyhashi, Central Japan Airport, Mitake, Yatome, Gamagori, Shin Hashima
Kintetsu Nagoya Line Kintetsu-Kanie, Kuwana, Kintetsu-Tomida, Tsu, Ise-Nakagawa

Using the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, Tokyo (two hours), Osaka (55 minutes) and Kyoto (37 minutes) are easily reached. Using the other lines, getting to every corner of Nagoya or its surrounding area is easily doable. The journey from Central Japan International Airport to Nagoya Station on the Japan Railroad (Meitetsu) takes around 30 minutes. 


Subway Lines

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The Nagoya Municipal Subway is made up of 10 lines: 

Higashiyama Line yellow 22 stations including Sakae, Motoyama, Higashiyama Koen, Hongo
Meijō Line purple 28 stations including Kanayama, Sakae, Kurokawa, Ozone, Yagoto, Aratama-basi 
Meikō Line purple 7 stations including Kanayama, Rokuban-cho, Nagoyako 
Meitetsu Inuyama Line blue 18 stations including Shimo-Otai, Iwakura, Konan, Shin-Unuma
Tsurumai Line blue 20 stations including Kami-Otai, Fushimi, Ueda, Akaike
Meitetsu Toyota Line blue 8 stations including Umetsubo, Josui, Kurozasa, Akaike 
Meitetsu Mikawa Line blue 23 stations including Sanage, Toyotashi, Kariya, Hekinan
Sakura-dōri Line
red 21 stations including Marunouchi, Takaoke, Aratama-bashi, Tokushiga
Meitetsu Komaki Line
pink 14 stations including Kimiiida, Manai, Komaki, Inuyama
Kamiiida Line pink 6 stations including Kamiiida, Akatsuka, Takaoke, Maruta-machi 


Bus Terminal

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Nagoya Station is also one of the cities principal bus terminals. Both local and national highway buses use the station as a terminus, including bus services to and from the airport. 

Bus fares in Nagoya are set at a fixed rate of 210 yen. 

For more bus information, take a look here.

Nagoya Station Exits and Map

Nagoya Station features two main exits, the Sakura-Dori Gate (North) and Taiko-Dori (South).

For the Meitetsu and Kintetsu lines take the Sakura-Dori Gate. Also find here access to the Nagoya Subway Higashiyama Line, the JR Central Towers and a taxi stand. 

The Taiko-Dori Gate provides access to the bus terminal, the Shinkansen lines and the subway as well as the ESCA underground shopping mall which features a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. 

JR Central Towers

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The most iconic structure in Nagoya, the JR Central Towers are the headquarters of the Japan Rail (JR) Company, the major Japanese train service provider. The towers are directly connected to the station itself and also contain the Nagoya Marriott Associa and Takashimaya hotels.  

Nagoya Station Facilities


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Like many stations in Japan, Nagoya Station provides a free WiFi service. After registering, the WiFi will automatically connect. 


Coin Lockers

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Coin lockers are located throughout Nagoya Station in varying sizes. Travelers can store luggage here for hours or days for a very reasonable fee. A convenient service for those travelling with excessive luggage. 


Banks and Money Exchange

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There are many ATMs spread throughout Nagoya Station. There are a range of options but only 7Bank and Japan Post machines will accept international cards. Money exchange services can be found at Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank, Citibank and Japan Post bank. 

Restaurants Near Nagoya Station

In Japan, even the smallest train stations also act as hubs for shopping and eating. Consequently, a range of restaurant options are available in and around Nagoya Station. 

For a full guide to Nagoya restaurants more generally check out our full rundown, here

Hitsumabushi Inou Esca

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Hitsumabushi, Japanese-style grilled eel, is one of Nagoya’s delicacies. Inou Esca is one of the best restaurants to get your hands on this unique dish, served over rice with a variety of sides. 

­ 11:00 – 21:30                                       

­ Mon – Sun­


¥ 1000 – 3000                                                                            

­  6-9, Tsubakicho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya

­  Official Website


Maruya Honten

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Located on the ninth floor of the Meitetsu department store just above Nagoya Station, this upscale hitsumabushi restaurant is another great option. Expertly prepared and endlessly flavorful, head here for a very Japanese experience.   

­ 11:00 – 23:00                                       

­ Mon – Sun­


¥ 1000 – 3000                                                                            

­ 1-2-1 Meieki,Nakamura-ku

­  Official Website


Yabaton Nagoya Station ESCA

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Miso-katsu, a dish of deep-fried pork cutlet smothered in a thick sweet red miso sauce, is another of Nagoya’s nationally renowned dishes. There is usually a queue to enter but it’s worth it for the excellent food that waits within.  

­ 11:00 – 21:00                                       

­ Mon – Sun­


¥ 2000>                                                                         

­ 3-6-18 Osu Naka-ku Nagoya

­  Official Website


Sekaino Yamachan

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Yet another Nagoya specialty, tebasaki fried chicken wings are out of this world. Deep fried and covered in a special blend of herbs and spices, they’re above and beyond any wings you’ve had before. Sekaino Yamachan is one of the best joints in the city to get your hands on some.  

­ 16:00 – 24:15                                       

­ Mon – Sa­t


¥ 2000 – 3000                                                                            

­ 1-1-14 Meieki, Nakamura-ku

­ Official Website


Furaibou ESCA

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Another fried chicken wings joint, Furaibou ESCA will not disappoint. The perfect post train journey refueling station. 

­ 11:00 – 23:00                                       

­ Mon – Sat­


¥ 1000 – 2000                                                                            

­ 6-9 Tsubakicho, Nakamura-ku

­ Official Website

Hotels Near Nagoya Station 

For a full guide to hotels in Nagoya, check out our guide to the top 12 in the city. For the best around Nagoya Station, take a look below. 

Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel

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One of the top hotels in Japan, Nagoya Marriott Associa hotel occupies one of the Central Towers which loom over the station. Each of the hotels 774 rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated with panoramic views across the city. The hotel also offers a wide array of features and amenities and aims to take personal care of each of its guests.  

Access: Just above Nagoya Station. Reception on the 15th floor. 

Address: 1-1-4, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-6002


Royal Park Hotel The Nagoya

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Just a short walk from Nagoya Station’s Sakura-Dori Exit, the hotel is conveniently located very close to a number of great restaurants and attractions. The rooms are spacious, elegantly decorated and packed with helpful features. The perfect place to relax after a long day exploring Nagoya. 

Access: A five-minute walk from Nagoya Station Sakura-Dori Exit.

Address: 450-0002 Nakamura-ku, Meieki 3-23-13


Guesthouse Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae

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For travelers on a budget, Guesthouse Wasabi is your best bet. Clean, tidy and very Japanese, it makes for a very characterful place to stay. With excellent transport links and a good proximity to many of the cities top attractions, it is another of our top picks. 

Access: A five-minute walk from Nagoya Station. 

Address:  453-0015 Nakamura-ku, Tsubakimachi 13-5


Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nagoya

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Daiwa Roynet Hotel, located just five minutes from Nagoya Station’s Taiko-Dori Exit, is a functional business hotel, perfect for a short stay. Clean, with friendly staff and a range of amenities, what more could you ask for. 

Access: A five-minute walk from Nagoya Station Taiko-Dori Exit. 

Address: 453-0015, Nakamura-ku, Tsubakicho 18-10


Meitetsu New Grand Hotel

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Meitetsu New Grand Hotel is directly connected to Nagoya Station by an underground walkway. The hotel offers a buffet style breakfast and there a number of great shopping and eating options nearby. 

Access: One minute from Nagoya Station.

Address: 453-0015 Nakamura-ku, Tsubakicho 6-9

Shopping Near Nagoya Station 

Esca Underground Shopping Center

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Beneath Nagoya Station you’ll find a whole host of shopping options. One of the best is the Esca mall located just outside of the Shinkansen ticket gates. With more than 80 stores and 30 restaurants and cafes, find here everything from international fashion to local delicacies. 

Address: 453-0015 Nakamura-ku, Tsubakichō 6-9


JR Central Towers

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Beneath the JR towers you’ll find another excellent shopping center. Connected to the station proper via an underground passage, this is another place to find anything you may need.  

Address: 450-0002 Nakamura-ku, Meieki, 1-1-4


Midland Square 

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The latest addition to Nagoya Station’s shopping landscape, Midland Square is housed within a 47 story and makes for a fantastically contemporary shopping experience. 

Address: 450-0002 Nakamura-ku, Meieki, 4-7-1

Nagoya Travel

Want more from Nagoya? What to see, what to do, what to eat and all the vital info? Compathy Magazine has everything you need and more:

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