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.
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
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.
|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.
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|
|red||21 stations including Marunouchi, Takaoke, Aratama-bashi, Tokushiga|
|pink||14 stations including Kimiiida, Manai, Komaki, Inuyama|
|Kamiiida Line||pink||6 stations including Kamiiida, Akatsuka, Takaoke, Maruta-machi|
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
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
Like many stations in Japan, Nagoya Station provides a free WiFi service. After registering, the WiFi will automatically connect.
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
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
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
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
Yabaton Nagoya Station ESCA
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
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
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
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
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.
Royal Park Hotel The Nagoya
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
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.
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nagoya
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.
Meitetsu New Grand Hotel
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
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
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
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
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