Nagoya subway guide: read a guide to Nagoya's subway system including information on Nagoya subway lines, fares, pre-paid cards and connecting stations.
Nagoya Subway 名古屋の地下鉄
- Nagoya Subway Connections
- Higashiyama Line
- Meijo Line
- Meiko Line
- Tsurumai Line
- Sakura-dori Line
- Kamiiida Line
- Nagoya Subway Fares
- Nagoya Subway Passes
- Lost Property
- Nagoya Subway Video
Nagoya's subway system dates from 1958 and there are six lines: the Higashiyama Line (yellow), Meijo Line (purple), Meiko Line (two purple parallel lines), Tsurumai Line (blue), Sakura-dori Line (red) and Kamiiida Line (pink).
Meiko Line train to Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station, Nagoya
Nagoya Subway Connections
These lines intersect with other urban rail networks including Meitetsu Railways, JR, Kintetsu Railways, the Aonami Line and the Linimo maglev train, which runs east from Fujigaoka on the Higashiyama Line.
Nagoya's loop line is the Meijo Line which connects the major stations of Kanayama, Kamimaezu, Motoyama and Yagoto. Fujigaoka is the connecting station for the Linimo and Heian-dori Station connects with the Kamiida Line and onwards to Inuyama. Kanayama, Chikusa and Ozone connect with the JR Chuo Line.
From Horita Station on the Meijo Line it is a short walk to Meitetsu Horita Station on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line with links to Gifu and Toyohashi. From Kami Otai on the Tsurumai Line there are connections to Inuyama and from Akaike there are trains on the Meitetsu Toyota Line to Nisshin and Toyota City.
There are high speed Meitetsu express trains to Chubu International Airport from Nagoya Station (30 mins), Kanayama Station (25 mins) and Jingu-mae Station (a short walk from Temma-cho on the Meijo Line).
Jingu-mae Station on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line is also a short walk through Atsuta Jingu from Jingu Nishi on the Meijo Line. Jingu-mae Station has connections to Rinku Tokoname and Chubu International Airport on the Meitetsu Airport Line.
Ozone, Yada and Sunada-bashi stations on the Meijo Line connect with the guided bus Yutorito Line (Guideway Bus Shidami Line) out to Obata Ryokuchi and on.
Meiko Line train, Nagoya
The Higashiyama Line, which is marked yellow on subway maps, extends 20.6km east to west from from Takabata (H01) in the south west of the city to Fujigaoka (H22) in Meito-ku in the north east where it connects with the Linimo, which runs 8 stops to Yakusa.
The Higashiyama Line (aka Nagoya City Rapid Railway Line 1) is the busiest line on the Nagoya subway network and connects Nagoya Station with the commercial and entertainment district of Sakae and runs through the traditional heart of historic Nagoya including the prosperous areas of Ikeshita, Kakuozan, Motoyama and Higashiyama Koen.
Parts of the Higashiyama Line first opened in 1957. The main interchange stations on the Higashiyama Line are Hatta, Nagoya Station, Fushimi, Sakae, Imaike, Motoyama, and Fujigaoka.
There are women-only carriages on the Higashiyama Line all day on weekdays.
The Meijo Line, which is marked purple on subway maps, is a circle or loop line, larger than the over ground Osaka Loop Line in Osaka but smaller than the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. The Toei Oedo Line in Tokyo is the only other subway loop line in Japan.
The journey time around the 26.4km, 28 station loop is 48 minutes.
Parts of the Meijo Line first opened in 1965 as Line 2. The full loop was completed in 2004 and the Kanayama Station to Nagoya Ko (Nagoya Port) section became the Meiko Line.
There are seven stations on the Meijo Line Line. From Kanayama (E01) to Nagoyako (E07) they are: Kanayama, Hibino, Rokuban-cho, Tokai-dori, Minato Kuyakusho, Tsukiji-guchi and Nagoyako.
Higashiyama Line, Nagoya
Nagoya Municipal Subway N3000 series on the Tsurumai Line
The Tsurumai Line, which is marked blue on subway maps, extends 20.4 km east to west from from Kami Otai (T01) in the north west of the city to Akaike (T20) in Nisshin in the east.
The Tsurumai Line continues from Akaike as the Meitetsu Toyota Line to Toyota. From Kami Otai the Tsurumai Line continues as the Meitetsu Inuyama Line to Inuyama.
Parts of the Tsurumai Line first opened in 1977. The main interchange stations on the Tsurumai Line are Fushimi (for Nagoya Station), Marunouchi, Kamimaezu (for Sakae), Gokiso and Yagoto.
Sakura-dori Line train Nagoya
The Sakura-dori Line, which is marked red on subway maps, extends 19km east to west from Nakamura Kuyakusho (S01) to Tokushige (S17) via Nagoya Station, Hisayaodori, Imaike, Gokiso and Aratama-bashi.
The journey time from Nagoya Station to Tokushige Station is 35 minutes.
Parts of the Sakura-dori Line first opened in 1989. The latest expansion was in 2011 when four new stations were constructed to extend the Sakura-dori Line from Nonami to Tokushige.
Nagoya Municipal Subway Kamiiida Line (Pink)
The Kamiiida Line runs one stop from Heian-dori on the circular Meijo Line to Kamiiida with onward connections on the Meitetsu Komaki Line to Inuyama.
Nagoya Subway Fares
Prices on the Nagoya subway start from 200 yen with a maximum fare of 320 yen and it is possible to buy one-day passes for the subway system and for the subway and bus networks combined.
Meijo Line train Nagoya
School boys on the Meijo Line
Nagoya Subway Passes
There are one-day passes available for the subway (740 yen) and for the subway and buses (850 yen). The Yurika pre-paid card (available in 1000, 2200, 3300 and 5600 yen cards) was valid for subway, buses, local Meitetsu trains and buses, the Aonami Line and the Linimo. This card has been phased out and replaced by the rechargeable Manaca IC card, one of the 10 main IC Cards in Japan.
The Manaca IC Card is valid for the Nagoya subway, local buses, local Meitetsu trains and buses, the Aonami Line and from April 2012 local JR Tokai trains. The Manaca can also be used for shopping in selected convenience stores and other outlets. Collect points on your Manaca to become eligible for a variety of gifts or to use them to recharge your card.
The Do-nichi Eco Kippu is a pre-paid card for 600 yen available on Saturdays and Sundays and the 8th day of every month which gives unlimited travel for the day on subways and buses and reductions on admission to Nagoya's Science Museum, Higashiyama Zoo and Nagoya Castle.
Most lines start at around 5 am and finish at midnight. At rush hours Nagoya subway trains are crowded and there is a women-only carriage all day on weekdays through Sakae, Fushimi to Nagoya Station. The Tsurumai Line which runs west-east from Kani-Otai to Akaike can be especially crowded. Some trains continue on to Toyota city or change at Akaike.
Lost Property Office, Sakae Station
The lost property office for the Nagoya subway is at Sakae Station. It is open from 9 am-8 pm daily (Tel: 052 959 3847). Closed January 1-2.
The office is opposite Entrance/Exit 10. Items are kept for 2 months and then disposed of. The window is next to the Transportation Bureau Service Center (Commuter Tickets) window.
Meijo Line train
Ticket machine on the Nagoya subway
Nagoya Subway Video