Nagoya Station sits at the center of a major transportation network in central Japan. JR Central lines, Tokaido Shinkansen tracks, and the semi-private Aonami Line are all concentrated inside the station building. Just outside the building you can also find the Nagoya Subway Station, the private Meitetsu Nagoya and Kintetsu Nagoya railway stations, and highway bus and city bus terminals.
Nagoya Station is also housed in one of Japan’s biggest station buildings with the Takashimaya department store occupying the east side of the building and the two JR Central Towers rising above it. One tower is 55 stories high and houses offices, and the other is 59 stories high and houses the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel.
The railway station itself however, is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of this building and it is quite easy to navigate. In this article we will explain the general layout of the station and introduce some of the useful facilities that are available.
Nagoya Station Layout
Nagoya Station can be accessed from the 1st floor of the station building. Here you will find all the ticket offices, ticket machines and ticket gates. The basic structure of the station is fairly simple. There are two main exits with a Central Walkway running between them. On the east side of the building is the Sakura-Dori Exit, and on the west side of the building is the Taiko-Dori Exit. There are large clocks at either end of this walkway that make useful meeting points. The Gold Clock is at the Sakura-Dori end of the walkway and the Silver Clock at the Taiko-Dori end.
There are taxi ramps outside both of these exits. The majority of the city bus stops however, are on the east Sakura-Dori side of the station. The Me~guru sightseeing bus also departs from bus stop 8 which is just outside Nagoya Station’s east side Sakura-Dori Exit. Outside the west Taiko-Dori Exit you can find the JR Highway Bus terminal and ticket office.
There are five sets of ticket gates for the JR lines. This means you can quickly access the rail lines from any approach to the station building.
Right beside the Taiko-Dori South Ticket Gates are the gates for the semi-private Aonami Line.
There are two sets of ticket gates for the shinkansen tracks on the west Taiko Dori side of the station: the Shinkansen North Ticket Gates and the Shinkansen South Ticket Gates. There are also transfer gates for direct access between the JR lines and the shinkansen lines.
You can find ticket machines and ticket offices located close to all these ticket gates.
There are 12 platforms for JR lines at Nagoya Station, however these are numbered from 1 to 13 with no Platform 9. The reason there is no Platform 9 is that the 9th rail track takes only freight trains carrying cargo bound for Nagoya Port so it doesn’t need a platform for passengers. Here are JR platforms 1 – 13 with the train lines and limited express services they serve. Click on the links to learn more about each line.
Platforms 1, 2, 3, and 4: Boarding for Tokaido Main Line services bound for Okazaki and Toyohashi.
Platform 4: Boarding for the Limited Express Shirasagi bound for Fukui and Kanazawa.
Platforms 3, 4, 5 and 6: Boarding for Tokaido Main Line services bound for Gifu and Ogaki.
Platforms 7, 8, 10 and 11: Boarding for Chuo Main Line services bound for Tajimi, Ena, and Nakatsugawa.
Platform 10: Boarding for the Limited Express Shinano bound for Nagano.
Platform 11: Boarding for the Limited Express Hida bound for Gifu, Gero, Takayama, and Toyama.
Platforms 11, 12, and 13: Boarding for Kansai Main Line services bound for Kuwana, Yokkaichi, and Kameyama.
Platform 12: Boarding for the Limited Express Nanki bound for Shingu and Kii-Katsuura.
Platforms 12 and 13: Boarding for the Rapid Mie service bound for Iseshi and Toba.
Platforms 14 to 17 at Nagoya Station are shinkansen platforms and are accessed via separate gates. For more detailed information on these services see our article on the Tokaido Shinkansen.
Platforms 14 and 15: Boarding for shinkansen services bound for Shizuoka, Shin-Yokohama, and Tokyo.
Platforms 16 and 17: Boarding for shinkansen services bound for Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, and Hakata.
Finding the Kintetsu, Meitetsu, and Nagoya Subway Stations
To find the Kintetsu and Meitetsu stations head towards the south east side of the station near the Hirokoji Ticket Gates, then follow the signs.
Nagoya Subway Station can be accessed by stairwells just outside the Sakura-Dori Exit of Nagoya Station. There are signs inside the station showing the way.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.