Higashiyama Line 東山線
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 all day on weekdays.
Higashiyama Line Stations
There are twenty-two stations on the Higashiyama Line. From west to east they are: Takabata, Hatta, Iwatsuka, Nakamura Koen, Nakamura Nisseki, Honjin, Kamejima, Nagoya Station, Fushimi, Sakae, Shinsakae-machi, Chikusa, Imaike, Ikeshita, Kakuozan, Motoyama, Higashiyama-Koen, Hoshigaoka, Issha, Kamiyashiro, Hongo, and Fujigaoka.
Kami Otai is the western terminus of the Higashiyama Line. It is west of Arako Park and Arako Kannon Temple.
Hatta Station connects with the JR Central Kansai Line for Yokkaichi and Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture. The adjacent Kintetsu-Hatta Station is on the Kintetsu Nagoya Line from Nagoya Station to Yokkaichi, Namba Station in Osaka and Kashikojima.
From Hatta the Higashiyama Line heads directly north to the suburban station of Iwatsuka.
Nakamura-Koen Station is south of Nakamura Park - a plaque commemorates the birthplace of warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who is believed to have been born in this area of present day Nagoya. A short walk from Nakamura-Koen Station is Nakamura Koen which contains Toyokuni Shrine, dedicated to Hideyoshi and the interesting Hideyoshi and Kiyomasa Memorial Museum with armor, swords and personal effects of Hideyoshi and his loyal general Kato Kiyomasa.
Nakamura Nisseki Station
Nakamura Nisseki is also close to Nakamura Park and serves the large Nagoyadaiichi Red Cross Hospital.
Honjin Station is close to the small Nagoya mosque. There are a number of halal restaurants and stores in the area.
Kamejima Station is close to Noritake Garden with its displays of Noritake ceramics and restaurant and from there the excellent Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology is also walkable.
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.
The Sakura-dori Line also intersects at Nagoya Station.
Meitetsu Nagoya Station connects Nagoya with Inuyama, Gifu, Mitake, Okazaki, Toyokawa Inari, Gamagori, Toyohashi, the Chita Peninsula and Chubu International Airport via Kanayama Station. The Meitetsu Airport Rapid Limited Express "μ-SKY" runs between Chubu International Airport south of Nagoya and Nagoya Meitetsu Station, Gifu, Shin-Unama and Gifu. The journey takes 28 minutes and costs 850 yen plus 350 yen for the μ-ticket, total 1200 yen. Meitetsu also runs trains to various suburbs of Nagoya including Arimatsu, Chiryu, Tsushima, Hekinan and Toyota city.
From Kintetsu Nagoya Station there are Kintetsu trains to Osaka Namba Station, Tsuruhashi and Uehommachi in the Kansai, Kintetsu Nara Station in Nara (with changes as Yamato-Yagi and Yamato-Saidaiji stations), Tenri and Kyoto as well as Kuwana, Yokkaichi and further south Toba and Kashikojima in the Ise Shima region of Mie Prefecture.
Fushimi is the heart of Nagoya's commercial center: banks, financial institutions and insurance companies. Fushimi Station is an interchange station with the Higashiyama Line and is just one stop east of Nagoya Station. A large number of hotels are located here including Nagoya's Hilton Hotel. Other attractions close to Fushimi include the Electricity Museum and in Shirakawa Park, south of Fushimi subway station, the Nagoya City Science Museum and Nagoya City Art Museum.
Sakae is the fun, commercial and shopping center of Nagoya. To the north is Hisayaodori Station on the Sakura-dori Line. Attractions in the area include the Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21. Oasis 21 contains the Sakae Bus Terminal with extensive local and highway buses. The Aichi Prefectural Museum is also adjacent. From Meitetsu Sakae-machi Station trains run out to the pottery town of Seto to the east of Nagoya on the Meitetsu Seto Line. A night bus from Sakae basically follows the Higashiyama Line to its eastern terminus at Fujigaoka leaving Sakae at 12.45am and 1.30am on weekdays and stopping at all the stations along the line.
Shin-sakaemachi to the east has a "streetier" feel than Sakae with a mix of lower rent music clubs, izakaya, love hotels and a red-light district. Nunoike Catholic Church is a short walk to the north east.
Imaike Station is also on the Sakura-dori Line of the Nagoya subway. Imaike is a lively entertainment area with a number of bars, cafes, music clubs, pachinko parlors plus a small red-light area. The large Chikusa Post Office is right at the station.
The Higashiyama Line heads west along Hirokoji Dori to the slightly more salubrious neighborhood of Ikeshita.
Motoyama is one of Nagoya's most affluent areas close to some historic temples, shrines and parks. Within easy reach of Motoyama are Heiwa Koen, Nagoya University, Higashiyama Park, Toganji Temple, Shiroyama Hakusan Shrine (formerly Suemori Castle) and a number of other small shrines and temples. Among the specialist shops, bars and restaurants, Cafe Lembeek serves delicious Belgian beer and gourmet food.
Higashiyama Koen is the nearest station to Nagoya Zoo and Botanical Garden. Nagoya Zoo has the reputation as being one of the best in Japan and the Botanical Garden is a delight in any season but particularly for its cherry trees in spring and maples in fall. Higashiyama Koen is itself a large area of green space.
Hoshigaoka Station is south of the extensive Heiwa Park.
Buses from Issha Station run north to Hikiyama and Inokoishihara and east to Fujigaoka.
Kamiyashiro Station is located in a suburban area not far from the large Idaka Ryokuchi Park.
The environs of Hongo Station are suburban.
Fujigaoka Station connects with the Linimo. The area around the station includes Effe Department store with a branch of the Seijo Ishii imported goods supermarket, a Matsuzakaya store, a McDonald's, Starbucks and assorted convenience stores. Buses from Fujigaoka Station run to Chubu International Airport with the first bus at 5.30am and the last bus to Centrair at 6.20pm. Journey time to the airport is approximately 55 minutes and the cost is 1400 yen. There are also bus services to the Toyota Automobile Museum (TAM), Seto Eki and Hishino Danchi.
From Fujigaoka Station the Linimo runs to Hanamizuki-dori, Irigaike Koen, Nagakute Kosenjo, Geidai Dori, Koen Nishi, Ai Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen. Tojishiryokan Minami and Yakusa, which has connections to the Aichi Loop Line.