Nagoya Station 名古屋駅
Nagoya Station is Japan's and the world's biggest railway station. Known locally as Meieki, the Nagoya Station complex, with a floor area of 410,000 m edges Kyoto Station and Shinjuku Station in Tokyo in Japan's big station league. Nagoya Station is big, bright, business-like and very busy - the 7th busiest station in the world, in fact.
Most of those 410,000 m however are taken up by a Takashimaya department store including a branch of Tokyu Hands, restaurants, the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel and shops in the twin towers, or to give them their proper name, the JR Central Towers, that rise up over the station concourse and its underground malls.
The impressive 240 meter-plus glass towers were completed in 1999 and have excellent views over the city from the Panorama Salon (previously the observation deck in the office tower) and the exclusive, pricey bar in the Marriott Associa Hotel in the slightly shorter and slimmer hotel tower.
Meitetsu's local urban network of commuter trains to such places as Toyohashi, Gifu, Inuyama, the Chita Peninsula and Chubu International Airport, Kintetsu Railway trains to Namba in Osaka, Kuwana, Yokkaichi, Tsu, Matsusaka and Ise Jingu and Toba in Mie Prefecture operate from nearby Meitetsu Nagoya Station.
JR trains from Nagoya Station run to Okazaki, Gamagori, Toyohashi, Gifu, Maibara, Ogaki and Tajimi. The JR Hida Express runs from Nagoya to Takayama (2 hours, 17 minutes) and Toyama (4 hours) via Gero Onsen (95 minutes). The JR Shinano Express goes to Nagano (2 hours, 55 minutes). The Shirasagi Express service (approx 3 hours) runs to Kanazawa.
Nagoya Station Subway & Bus Connections
Nagoya Station is also a terminal for local buses and both the JR and Meitetsu highway bus network with day and night buses to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama, Gujo-Hachiman, Shirakawa-go, Izumo, Matsue and other destinations.
Book highway buses to Nagoya from Shinjuku Express Bus Terminal, Ikebukuro, Tokyo Station and Yokohama (day & night departures) and highway buses from Nagoya to the Tokyo area (Yokohama, Tokyo Station, Ikebukuro Sunshine Bus Terminal, Omiya.
The Nagoya Station Bus Terminal for local city buses and the Me~guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus is located between JR Gate Tower Nagoya and JP Tower Nagoya at the Sakura-dori (East) Exit of JR Nagoya Station.
Nagoya Station is on both the Higashiyama and Sakura-dori subway lines and is the starting point for the Aonami overland line to the Nagoya Port district with the big attractions of Legoland and the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park at Kinjo Futo.
Heading west from Nagoya Station the Sakura-dori Line terminates at the next stop - Nakamura Kuyakusho, while the Higashiyama Line (yellow on subway maps) continues seven stops to Takabata.
Nagoya Station Area
The area around Nagoya Station is referred to as Meieki and includes the districts around both main exits of JR Nagoya Station as well as Meitetsu Nagoya Station and Kintetsu Nagoya Station.
Nagoya Station connects by an underground passageway or above ground to Kintetsu Nagoya Station and Meitetsu Nagoya Station. Turn right outside the main Sakuradori Exit for the main entrance to both stations in the direction of the Nanachan statue past Midland Square on your left.
The Meieki underground shopping mall has a variety of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants as does the Esca Mall at the Taiko dori exit. There are ATMs in the Nagoya Station concourse including a Post Office bank (Yucho) ATM that will take foreign-issued credit cards. With your back to Midland Square and standing at the Golden Clock meeting place walk right and the ATMs are on your left.
South of Nagoya Station is more low-rise with a plethora of cheap chain izakaya, rather seedy love hotels and major car rental dealers. The large Bic Camera store is located in this area across from the Taiko dori exit. There is also a newer Bic Camera in the JR Gate Tower. Bus tours from Nagoya Station tend to leave from the south exit.
Exiting the main exit of Nagoya Station brings you to an area of skyscrapers including Midland Square with its multiplex cinema on the 5th floor, high-end brand stores (Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Van Cleef & Arpels), and the Toyota Automobile Showroom. In the basement is a restaurant floor with further eateries on the 4th floor and the "Sky Restaurant" on the 41st and 42nd floors offering a chose of places to dine. The 47 story tower has Japan's highest outdoor observation deck in Japan.
The nearby Spiral Towers with its striking architecture houses a vocational college with courses in mainly practical subjects.
Turning left out of the station is the new JP Tower, including the 24-hour Central Post Office (Kitte Nagoya) with ATMs for foreign credit cards and a range of restaurants on the lower floors.
Before JP Tower is JR Gate Tower, which besides a branch of BIC Camera includes Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall (B1-8F), the Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel, as well as branches of Uniqlo, GU, and over 30 restaurants and cafes to choose from on the 12th and 13th floors.
Further west is Lucent Tower with more dining opportunities and a bit further on Noritake Garden and its displays of fine ceramics in a park-like setting.
Opposite JP Tower is the rebuilt Dai Nagoya Building with numerous stores, including Isetan Haus, various restaurants and cafes on floors B-1 to 3F and a roof garden on the 5F.
Straight ahead of you on Sakura dori towards the Nagoya International Center are more hotels, bars, restaurants and a number of British and Irish-style pubs popular with Nagoya's foreign community, including The Hub and The Cooper's Arms. To the right off Sakura dori is the new WINC Aichi conference and convention center.
Behind Midland Square is a small fish and fresh produce market - Yanagibashi - a world away from the towering office blocks around it. At night, this area has a number of pleasant bars, cafe and restaurants including recommended Spanish tapas and Italian-style eateries.
To get to Nagoya Castle from Nagoya Station take the Sakuradori Line subway to Marunouchi and change to the Tsurumai Line for Sengencho or change at Hisaya Dori Station and ride the Meijo Line to Meijo Koen.
There are taxi ranks outside both exits of Nagoya Station. Prestia (formerly Citibank) has a mini branch on the 33rd floor of the Office Tower of the JR Central Towers.
Nagoya Station and the surrounding buildings and underground malls are well-supplied with coin lockers. JR Nagoya Station also has a left luggage counter near the entrance to the Takashimaya department store at the Sakura-dori exit.
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Hotels near Nagoya Station
The area around Nagoya Station has a number of accommodation options ranging from exclusive, five star hotels to cheap capsule hotels with a number of well-priced business hotels also in Meieki.
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