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Getting to Nagoya

By shinkansen
  • Direct
  • 50-70 min
  • ¥ about 6,000
  • multiple trains/hour
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Nagoya (Nagoya Station) and Osaka (Shin-Osaka Station) are connected by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about 50 minutes for the trip, while Hikari and Kodama trains take between 55 and 70 minutes. The regular one way fare is 5940 yen for a non-reserved seat and around 6500 yen for a reserved seat. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Kodama trains but not on Nozomi trains.

With the "Puratto Kodama Economy Plan", you can travel between the two cities with a reserved seat on a Kodama train for only 4600 yen, but the plan has to be purchased at least one day in advance.

By Kintetsu Railway
  • Direct
  • 120 min
  • ¥ about 4,500
  • multiple trains/hour

Twice hourly, direct limited express trains between Nagoya Station and Osaka's Namba Station take just over two hours and cost 4340-4540 yen one way. By express trains, the one way trip costs only 2410 yen, but takes 3.5 hours and requires several transfers along the way.

By highway bus
  • Direct
  • 180 min
  • ¥ 1,500 - 3,000
  • multiple buses/day

The one way trip between Osaka and Nagoya by highway bus takes about three hours and costs about 3000 yen. Discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, offer fares from around 1500 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.

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By local JR trains
  • 1 transfer
  • 165 min
  • ¥ 3,410
  • multiple trains/hour
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

By local trains on the JR Tokaido Main Line the one way trip between Shin-Osaka and Nagoya takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes and requires a transfer of trains at Maibara Station. The one way fare is 3410 yen, however, with a Seishun 18 Kippu you could theoretically do the trip for just 2410 yen.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Nagoya and surroundings are served by multiple railway companies and six subway lines. Japan Railways (JR) including the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train), Meitetsu Railway, Kintetsu Railway, the Aonami Line and two subway lines converge at Nagoya Station.

A network of bus lines complements the rail network, but it is not easy to use for foreigners. The exception is the Meguru loop bus for tourists, which connects Nagoya Station with several of the city's main tourist attractions.

Nagoya Subway

The most convenient means of getting around Nagoya for foreign visitors are the city's six subway lines. Color coded and thoroughly bilingual, they are easy to navigate and provide convenient access to most of central Nagoya's attractions.

Meguru Loop Bus

This loop bus line for tourists connects Nagoya Station with many of Nagoya's major sights, including the Toyota Techno Museum, Noritake Garden, Nagoya Castle, the Tokugawa Art Museum and Sakae. Buses operate every 20-30 minutes on weekends and every 30-60 minutes on weekdays, but they do not operate on Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday) when the museums are closed. The fare is 210 yen per ride or 500 yen for a day pass for unlimited rides on one calendar day.

JR (Japan Railways)

JR connects Nagoya via the Tokaido Shinkansen with Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Other JR lines commencing or passing through Nagoya are the Tokaido Main Line, Chuo Line (to Kiso Valley, Nagano), Kansai Line (in the direction of Ise) and Takayama Line (to Takayama). While they are useful for side trips out of Nagoya, the JR lines are not very useful for getting around the city.

Meitetsu (Nagoya Railway)

Meitetsu Railway operates numerous railway lines from Nagoya Station into Nagoya's suburbs and surrounding regions. Meitetsu's main station, Meitetsu Nagoya Station, is located in the basement below JR Nagoya Station. Of interest to foreign travelers are the Inuyama Line (to Inuyama), Toyota Line (to Toyota) and the Airport Line (to Central Japan Airport).

Kintetsu Railway

Kintetsu Railway connects Nagoya Station with Ise and various cities in the Kansai Region, including Nara and Osaka.

Linimo (Tobu Kyuryo Line)

The Linimo started service as Japan's first maglev train in March 2005. It operates between Fujigaoka and Yakusa Stations and provided access to the Expo 2005 site.

Passes and Tickets

Toica (by JR) and Manaca (by Meitetsu and Nagoya Subway) are the prepaid IC cards that can be purchased in Nagoya and used on virtually all trains, subways and buses in the Greater Nagoya region (and most other major cities in Japan) instead of cash. Furthermore, eight IC cards from other major cities of Japan can also be used on the trains and buses of Nagoya, including Suica, Pasmo, Icoca, Pitapa, Sugoca, Nimoca and Hayakaken.

Alternatively, there are several one-day passes available for getting around Nagoya:

  • Shoryudo Nagoya Subway & Bus 1 Day Pass (620 yen)
    Not available to residents of Japan, this ticket provides unlimited use of subways and city buses (including the Meguru loop bus) on one calendar day. It can be purchased at Central Japan Airport and a small number of tourist information centers and ticket counters in central Nagoya (around Nagoya, Kanayama and Sakae stations).
  • 24-hour Subway Pass (760 yen)
    Unlimited use of subways during a 24 hour period. Available at vending machines in subway stations and at ticket counters.
  • 1-Day Bus and Subway Pass (870 yen)
    Unlimited use of subways and city buses (including the Meguru loop bus) on one calendar day. Available at vending machines in subway stations, at ticket counters and from bus drivers.
  • Donichi Eco Ticket (620 yen)
    This one-day pass is valid only on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and on the 8th of every month. It provides unlimited use of subways and city buses (including the Meguru loop bus) on one calendar day. It is available at vending machines in major subway stations, at ticket counters and from bus drivers.

Hotels around Nagoya

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    • GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi
      Mid-range
      Located within 1.2 km of Nagoya Station and 3.6 km of Oasis 21 in the centre of Nagoya, GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi provides accommodation with free WiFi. Every unit features a private bathroom and hot tub, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also provided. Nagoya Castle is 4.3 km from the aparthotel, while Aeon Mall Atsuta is 6.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 14 km from GRAND BASE Nagoya Ekinishi.
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    • Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower
      Luxury
      Located at 13-minute walk from Nagoya Station, Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower offers free WiFi throughout the hotel. Shared parking is available on site for a fee. The 24 hour front desk offers free luggage storage service as well as concierge service for guests' convenience. This hotel features a fitness centre and business centre on site, while currency exchange service is offered at this property. There is a designated smoking area. Guests can relax with a massage service for a fee. All rooms have a TV, fridge and coffee machine. Guests will find nightwear and electric sockets near the bed. A closet is fitted in each room as well as a safety deposit box and iron. Private bathrooms are equipped with a bathrobe, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Extras include toothbrushes and slippers. Items for rent includes trouser press and DVD players. A bar and restaurant are available on site. Guests can find drinks at vending machine at this hotel. A variety of restaurants and cafes are accessible within a 10-minute walk from this hotel. Nagoya Castle is a 15-minute car ride away from Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 35 minutes by train. Chubu Airport is 45 minutes by train from this hotel.
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    • Nikko Style Nagoya
      Luxury
      Located in Nagoya, 1 km from Nagoya Station, Nikko Style Nagoya provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Located around 1.9 km from Oasis 21, the hotel with free WiFi is also 3.2 km away from Nagoya Castle. The accommodation features nightclub and a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. At Nikko Style Nagoya each room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Aeon Mall Atsuta is 5.4 km from Nikko Style Nagoya, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from the hotel.
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    • GRAND BASE Osu
      Mid-range
      Set in Nagoya in the Aichi region, with Oasis 21 and Osu Kannon Temple nearby, GRAND BASE Osu offers accommodation with free WiFi. Every unit has a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also offered. Nagoya Station is 2.6 km from the aparthotel, while Nagoya Castle is 3.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from GRAND BASE Osu.
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    • Trip & Sleep Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Situated conveniently in the Naka Ward district of Nagoya, Trip & Sleep Hostel is set 1.8 km from Oasis 21, 3 km from Nagoya Station and 3.9 km from Aeon Mall Atsuta. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. The units feature bed linen. Nagoya Castle is 4.1 km from the hostel, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 8.5 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 12 km from Trip & Sleep Hostel.
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    • Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Nagoya Station, the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel offers an indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre with workout machines at a charge, 8 restaurants and free WiFi. A Thermarium sauna facility is available on site. Massage treatments are available at a charge. Rising high above Nagoya Station, the Marriott Associa offers rooms with sweeping city views. They are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a personal safe. The attached bathroom offers toiletries and a hairdryer, while complimentary green tea is provided. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and it offers dry cleaning services and a business centre with charged facilities. Guests will find paid parking on site. Restaurant Mikuni Nagoya serves authentic French cuisine, while offering panoramic metropolitan views from the 52nd floor. Japanese Kyoto specialities can be enjoyed at restaurant Tsuruya. Associa Nagoya Marriott Hotel is located within a 10-minute drive from Nagoya Castle. Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is an 8-minute train ride away, while Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is 2 minutes by express train. Nagoya Centair Airport can be reached via a 30-minute express train ride.
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    • hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae
      Mid-range
      Hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae is located in Nagoya. The property is around 700 metres from Oasis 21 and a 10-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Nagoya Castle. Free WiFi is at guest's disposal. Guests can find a bakery on the ground floor, featuring breakfast delivery to the room upon request. Public baths is available on the top floor. Hisayaodori Station (Exit 2A) is just a 5-minute walk away from the hotel. The units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The private bathroom comes with a bath and free toiletries. All rooms at hotel androoms Nagoya Sakae include air conditioning and a desk. 24-hour front desk assistance is available at the reception, where staff speak English and Japanese. Coin-operated washing machines are available. Iron and trouser press rentals are available upon request. Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 36 km from the property.
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    • N Hotel
      Mid-range
      N Hotel is located in Nagoya, within 2.8 km of Nagoya Station and 3.5 km of Aeon Mall Atsuta. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Attractions in the area include Nippon Gaishi Hall, 8 km away, or Nagashima Spa Land, situated 24 km from the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. N Hotel offers a hot tub. Oasis 21 is 3.9 km from the accommodation, while Nagoya Castle is 4.9 km away. The nearest airport is Nagoya Airport, 15 km from N Hotel.
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    • Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Nagoya Station, the Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel offers an on-site restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. There is a 24-hour fitness room at this property and is equipped with treadmills and exercise bikes. Guest rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and safety deposit box. An iron is provided in all rooms. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer and toiletries. Guests will find complimentary green tea in their rooms. Dry cleaning services are provided on site for an additional fee. There is a currency exchange service and free luggage storage on site. The entire property is a non-smoking building but there is a designated smoking area. There is an on-site restaurant where guests can enjoy breakfast that uses local ingredients while enjoying the city view of Nagoya and the rooftop garden. Nagoya JR Gate Tower Hotel is located 10-minutes away from Nagoya Castle via car. Osu Kannon Temple is a 20-minute train ride away from the property on Higashiyama Line. In addition, guests can reach Nagoya Dome in 34-minutes on Chuo Line.
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    • Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki
      Mid-range
      Located in Nagoya, 500 metres from Oasis 21, Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. The nearest station is Hisaya-odori station and it takes 3 minutes from exit 3. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath and bidet. For your comfort, you will find slippers and free toiletries. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Nagoya Castle is 1.5 km from Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki, while Nippon Gaishi Hall is 9 km away. The nearest airport is Chubu Airport, 36 km from Hotel Vista Nagoya Nishiki.
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