Tsurumai Line 鶴舞線
The Tsurumai Line, which is marked blue on subway maps, extends 20.4km 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.
Tsurumai Line Stations
There are twenty stations on the Tsurumai Line. From west to east they are: Kami Otai, Shonai Ryokuchi Koen, Shonai-dori, Joshin, Sengen-cho, Marunouchi, Fushimi, Osu Kannon, Kamimaezu, Tsurumai, Arahata, Gokiso, Kawana, Irinaka, Yagoto, Shiogama-guchi, Ueda, Hara, Hirabari and Akaike.
Kami Otai Station
Kami Otai is the western terminus of the Tsurumai Line with Meitetsu Line connections to Inuyama. Bus services from Nishiharu Station, the stop north of Kami Otai run out to Komaki Airport.
Shonai Ryokuchi Koen Station
Shonai Ryokuchi Koen Station is adjacent to the large Shonai Ryokuchi Koen, one of the biggest green spaces in Nagoya.
Shonai-dori Station is south of the Shonai River and west of Shiga Park.
Joshin is convenient for visiting Meijo Koen and Nagoya Castle if traveling from the north.
Marunouchi is part of Nagoya's business district in the Meieki district of town close to Nagoya Station. There are numerous hotels in Marunouchi and the Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau is located close to the station. Marunouchi Station is an interchange station with the Sakura-dori Line.
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.
Osu Kannon Station
Osu Kannon is Nagoya's version of Tokyo's Akihabara and Harajuku rolled into one. Electronics, hip fashion, cool eateries plus Nagoya's signature second-hand stores predominate. The area has a number of covered arcades (shotengai) radiating out from Osu Kannon Temple. Another famous temple in the Osu Kannon area is Banshoji.
Tsurumai Station has connections via JR Tsurumai Station to Nagoya Station, Kanayama Station, Chikusa Station, Ozone Station and then north east to Kasugai, Kozoji, Jokoji, Tajimi, Toki, Ena and Nakatsugawa. Just outside Tsurumai Station is Tsurumai Park, known for its cherry blossom in spring and Nagoya's largest hospital, Nagoya University Hospital.
Arahata is a quiet neighborhood directly south of the next station Gokiso.
Gokiso connects with the Sakura-dori Line. Gokiso is a small shopping and dining hub with a few interesting cafes and restaurants.
Kawana Station is located in a fairly quiet, residential area of the city.
Shiogama-guchi Station is the nearest station to the Tempaku campus of Meijo University, Nagoya's largest university. A number of izakaya and student-orientated bars and restaurants dot the area.
The area around Ueda Station includes a 24-hour supermarket, a sushi restaurant, branches of the Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo-Mitsui banks, and a number of bars, cafes and izakaya.
Hara Station has bus links to Hirabari Station and to the eastern suburbs of the city. The area around Hara Station has a number of cafes, bars and restaurants. Tenpaku Bunka Ko Gekijo (天白文化小劇場; Tenpaku Hara Theater; Tel: 052 806 8060) is part of the building above the station. This small 350-seat theater puts on theater, music and other performances.
Hirabari Station is the nearest subway station to Nagoya Driving License Center and Nagoya Agricultural Center, famous for its plum blossoms in early spring. Buses from Hirabari run out to Hongo and the Nagoya Driving License Center.
Akaike Station is a short walk from the Nagoya City Tram and Subway Museum. A vast shopping mall, Akaike Hills is currently under construction close to the station. There are bus services to Toyota, Nagoya Shoka University, Yufukuji and Toyota Nishi High School.
From Akaike Station the Meitetsu Toyota Line runs to Nisshin, Komenoki, Kurozasa, Miyoshigaoka, Josui, Kami Toyota, Umetsubo and Toyota.
Some trains from Kami Otai terminate at Akaike, some run through to Toyota.