Osaka Subway: Sakaisuji Line 堺筋線
The Sakaisuji Line (color-coded brown) is an Osaka subway line operated by Osaka Municipal Subway running north-south approximately 8km between Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome in the north west of Osaka to Tengachaya Station in the south west.
The Sakaisuji Line has through trains to the Hankyu Railway Senri Line and Arashiyama Line from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station.
The Sakaisuji Line has 10 stations and was built in stages from 1969 to 1993.
Sakaisuji Line Stations
The 10 stations of the Sakaisuji Line are: Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome, Ogimachi, Minami-morimachi, Kitahama, Sakaisuji-Hommachi, Nagahoribashi, Nippombashi, Ebisucho, Nippombashi, Dobutsuen-mae and Tengachaya.
Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station
Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome (天神橋筋六丁目; K11) connects with the Tanimachi Line of the Osaka subway and Hankyu Senri Line (with through services). Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station is handy for the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which re-creates Edo Period Osaka buildings and streets.
Ogimachi Station (扇町; K12) connects with the JR Osaka Loop Line at nearby Temma Station. The station serves Ogimachi Park which contains Kids Plaza Osaka, a learning and play center for children.
Kitahama Station (北浜駅; K14) in Chuo-ku connects with the Keihan Main Line, between Sanjo Station in Kyoto and Yodoyabashi Station in Osaka and the Keihan Nakanoshima Line at the adjacent Naniwabashi Station. Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is just to the south. To the north is the administrative and cultural district of Nakanoshima.
Sakaisuji-Hommachi Station (堺筋本町; K15) connects with the Chuo Line of Osaka subway.
Nagahoribashi Station (長堀橋; K16) connects with the Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line of Osaka subway. The station is just east of the Shinsaibashi entertainment and shopping district. A number of hotels cluster around Nagahoribashi Station including the Ark Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi, the Hearton Hotel Minami Senba and the Nest Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi.
Nippombashi Station (日本橋駅; K17) in Chuo-ku connects with the Sennichimae Line of Osaka subway and the Kintetsu Namba Line with trains from Namba Station to Kintetsu Nagoya Station in Nagoya and Kintetsu Nara Station in Nara.
Ebisucho Station (恵美須町駅; K18), in Naniwa-ku, connects with the Hankai tram line to Hamadera eki-mae. The Hankai tram stops outside Sumiyoshi Shrine at Sumiyoshi-toriimae.
Dobutsuen-mae Station (動物園前; K19) connects with the Midosuji Line, the Osaka Loop Line (at nearby Shin-Imamiya Station), the Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line), the Nankai Main Line to Rinku Town and Kansai Airport, the Nankai Koya Line to Koyasan (all at Shin-Imamiya) and the Hankai Line to Sakai at Minami-Kasumicho.
Dobutsuen-mae is as its name suggests close to Osaka Zoo in Tennoji Park, which also contains the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts. The interesting Isshinji Temple is also near by. Dobutsuen-mae and Ebisucho stations are both close to the Shinsekai district with the Tsutenkaku Tower a prominent landmark.
Tennoji Station and Abeno Station are a little to the east with Harukas, Japan's tallest building at 300m and Abeno Q's mall the main attractions.
Tengachaya Station (天下茶屋; K20) in Nishinari-ku, connects with both the Nankai Main Line and Nankai Koya Line.
Trains on the Sakaisuji Line run from around 5am until midnight, 7 days a week with reduced services at the weekends and public holidays.
See a full timetable here (in Japanese): kensaku.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp
The Osaka Municipal Transportation Information Center (Tel: 06 62119503) is located at Namba Station and has detailed information in English on the Osaka subway and city buses and the various travel passes available such as the Kansai Thru Pass.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm: Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am-7pm