Chuo Main Line Nagoya Station to Tajimi & Nakatsugawa 中央本線
The Chuo Main Line between Nagoya Station and Nakatsugawa Station in Nakatsugawa in Gifu Prefecture to the north east is part of the much longer Chuo Main Line that runs between Nagoya Station and Tokyo Station in Tokyo.
No direct trains make that 425km, around 6 hour journey on the Chuo Main Line between Nagoya and Tokyo. In fact, the journey would neccessitate changes of train at Nakatsugawa, Shiojiri, Takao and Mitaka.
Nagoya and Tokyo are more conveniently connected by the quicker and more direct Tokaido shinkansen in just under 2 hours.
JR Chuo Line trains are covered by the JR Rail Pass.
Chuo Line trains leave from platforms 7, 8 and 10 of Nagoya Station.
After Nakatsugawa, the Chuo Line then continues on to Shiojiri, Takao, Mitaka and eventually Tokyo Station.
Stations between Nagoya Station & Nakatsugawa
There are twenty stations between Nagoya Station in Aichi Prefecture and Nakatsugawa Station in Gifu Prefecture. A JR Rapid train takes around 75 minutes and costs 1320 yen. The Limited Express Shinano to Nagano takes 48 minutes but there is an additional seat fee of 1,900 yen. To Tajimi from Nagoya Station takes between 35-40 minutes.
JR Nagoya Station has Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka (51 minutes), Kyoto (36 minutes) and Tokyo (1 hour, 50 minutes), Yokohama and Shinagawa. 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.
Kanayama Station serves both JR and Meitetsu suburban trains with their respective entrances on either side of the main concourse.
The Meitetsu lines connect to Toyohashi, Gifu, Inuyama, the Chita Peninsula and Chubu International Airport. Heading south east the next stop on the Meitetsu Line is Jingu-mae Station from where trains go either south on the Meitetsu Airport Line to Tokoname and Centrair or east on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line to Toyohashi via Narumi, Otogawa and Higashi Okazaki.
On Japan Railways (JR) there are frequent connections to Ena, Nakatsugawa and Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture, Ogaki, Gifu, Maibara, Handa, Gamagori, Toyohashi and on to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The Tsurumai Line (blue) runs from Kami Otai in the north west of Nagoya to Akaike Station in the west with connections onwards via the Meitetsu Toyota Line to Toyota city.
Chikusa Station is on the Higashiyama Line of Nagoya subway and the Chuo Main Line.
There is a bus terminal for local Nagoya city buses at Chikusa Station. The #11 bus goes to Sunadabashi; the #12 bus goes to Yagoto Station and Shimada Hitotsuyama; the number #13 to Nagoya Dome and Midorigaoka Jutaku.
There is also a "night" bus that runs from the Sakae shopping and nightlife area to Fujigaoka Station. The bus stops at Chikusa at 12.54am and 1.39am Monday-Thursday nights and 1.39am on Friday nights.
Ozone Station in Nagoya is a major intersection of various different railway and bus lines: the JR Chuo Main Line, the Meitetsu Seto Line between Sakae-machi, 5 stops to the west, and Owari Seto, 14 stops to the east in Seto city, the circular Meijo Line of the Nagoya subway network, and the Yutorito Line (ゆとりーとライン), an elevated bus line to the suburb of Obata Ryokuchi.
Shin-Moriyama Station is a short walk west of the Moriyamashiminbyo stop on the Yutorito Line. This area between the Yada and Shonai rivers has a lot of public housing complexes.
Kachigawa Station is also on the Johoku Line, a subsidiary of JR, that runs 5 stops to Biwajima Station. There are limousine buses from Kachigawa Station to Nagoya Airport (Komaki Airport). The buses take 20-30 minutes to Komaki Airport and cost 300 yen.
Kasugai Station serves Kasugai, a largely industrial town of over 300,000 people north east of Nagoya.
Jinryo Station, also in Kasugai, is south of the campus of Chubu University. There are Meitetsu buses from Jinryo Station (7 minutes) and the next station Kozoji to the university.
Jokoji Station is the nearest station to Jokoji Park and Jokoji Temple, which contains the mausoleum of Tokugawa Yoshinao (1601-1650), the 9th son of warlord and first Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Yoshinao was the daimyo of the Owari domain, roughly present-day Aichi Prefecture, and involved in the upkeep and maintenance of Nagoya Castle. Yoshinao took up residence at the Ninomaru Palace of Nagoya Castle from 1620.
Kokokei Station is the nearest station to Sakazuki Art Museum in Ichinokura. The museum is a pleasant walk up the river valley from Kokokei Station.
Tajimi is a pleasant town with a long history of ceramic production, in particular, sake cups and flasks. Tajimi's attractions include Honmachi Oribe Street, the commercial center of Tajimi's ceramics business since the Meiji Period and Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, an historic Zen temple with a beautiful garden. Eihoji Temple was founded in 1313 and is still a practicing monastery for young Zen priests. Museums connected with ceramics in the area include the striking Tajimi Mosaic Tile Museum and the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art (MOMCA). At Tajimi Station the Chuo Main Line connects with the Taita Line, a small railway line linking Tajimi Station with Mino-Ota via Koizumi, Nemoto, Hime, Shimogiri, Kani (connects with the Meitetsu Line) and Mino Kawai.
Toki is another town historically associated with pottery production of the local Mino ware. Now a bedroom community of around 60,000 people for Gifu and Nagoya, Toki is more well-known for designer shopping at Toki Premium Outlets, a mega mall which has direct buses from Meitetsu Bus Center, Sakae Bus Terminal and Tajimi Station.
From Kamado Station it is possible to walk north up to the Nakasendo at Okute (大湫宿), the 47th station of the Nakasendo. An infrequent community bus, on weekdays only, also goes up the hill to this tranquil village.
Takenami Station is also on the old Nakasendo highway.
Ena Station is the gateway to the town of Ena on the Nakasendo and is an interesting place in its own right. Nearby Ena Gorge offers beautiful scenery and boat rides on the Kiso River and Ena town has a number of Edo period buildings and the Hiroshige Museum of Art has a collection of over 500 ukiyo-e woodblock prints on display including the "Sixty-nine Stations of Kiso-kaido" (Nakasendo) by Utagawa Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen, a follow up to Hiroshige's more famous "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido". Adjoining Ena Station, the Akechi Railway connects south to Iwamura and its castle ruins, Hanashiro and the Taisho Village in Akechi.
Mino-Sakamoto Station is midway between Ena and Nakatsugawa about 2.5km from either.
Nakatsugawa Station gives access to Nakatsugawa in Gifu Prefecture, a pleasant town on the historic Edo Period Nakasendo hiking route between Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo) through the mountains of central Japan.
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