Located in the centre of Nagoya City, Nagoya Station is one of the region’s main transport hubs and a convenient place from which to explore east, west and central Japan.
The following information is intended for visitors coming through Nagoya on enroute to Nagano and Central Japan. It only touches the surface of everything we could cover about the station but we hope it assists in making your transfer there, as easy and smooth as possible.
Shinkansen Services to/from Nagoya Station
While both are shinkansen stations, there is no direct shinkansen service between Nagoya and Nagano. Nagoya is on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line – running from Tokyo to Osaka – which include the following stop:
Nagoya can be reached from: Tokyo 95 to 100 minutes / JPY10,560; Shin-Fuji 90 min / JPY7140; Kyoto 35 to 55 min (depending on the service) / JPY5170; and Shin-Osaka 50 to 70 (depending on the service) / JPY5940.
For the train schedule please refer to our ‘Tokaido Shinkansen Timetable’ page. The Japan Rail (JR) Pass covers services on the Tokaido Shinkansen – other than the Nozomi – and all services on the Hokuriku Shinkasen – see below for details.
Please note that Nagano Station isn’t a stop on Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Nagano is however on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line that runs from Tokyo to Kanazawa, meaning that Nagano can be reached from Nagoya using shinkansen services via Tokyo Station. To do so takes between 200 and 230 minutes (depending on the services you choose) and costs JPY17,380.
While possible, unless you have a reason to go via Tokyo, we do not recommend this route. We recommend using the Limited Express Wide View Shinano service to reach Nagano from Nagoya.
Limited Express Shinano to Nagano Station
Running from Nagoya to Nagano Station, the Limited Express Shinano connects two of Central Japan’s major cities and travel hubs. Taking its name for the large windows which afford fantastic views of the passing landscape and stops at the following stations:
*Please note, stations marked in bold / red on the map are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.
The Wide View Shinano operates approximately once an hour and makes the journey between Nagano and Nagoya in approximately 3 hours and costs JPY6930. For the train schedule, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page. The Japan JR Pass covers this service – see below for details.
Using the Limited Express Shinano provides access to some of Japan’s most attractive destinations including the Nakasendo Trail via either Nakatsugawa or Kiso-Fukushima; Matsumoto Castle and Kamikochi via Matsumoto; and many others via Nagano Station including the Jigokudani Monkey Park and Nagano’s many ski resorts.
For further information regarding getting to the monkey park from Nagoya, please refer to our ‘From Nagoya: How to get to the Snow Monkey Park’ page.
Limited Express Wide View Hida service to Takayama
Running from Nagoya to Takayama (with some services continuing directly on to Toyama Station – a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line), the Limited Express Hida service is another convenient and picturesque train line that connects Nagoya to some of Central Japan’s most enjoyable destinations, stopping at the following stations:
*These stations are only stops on services to and from Toyama Station. Most services start and finish at Takayama Station so if you are intending to board or disembark at one of these stations make sure to check the specific service includes a stop at your preferred station.
For the train schedule, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Hida’ and ‘Limited Express Hida Timetable’ page. The Japan JR Pass covers this service (see below for details). Using the Limited Express Hida provides access to popular destinations including Gero Onsen via Gero; Takayama, Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, and Kamikochi via Takayama; and the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, Kurobe Gorge and the northern Japanese coast via Toyama.
It takes approximately 145 minutes and costs JPY5610 to travel between Nagoya and Takayama. The Japan JR Pass covers this service – see below for details.
Meitetsu Limited Express from Chubu Centrair International Airport to Nagoya Station
For visitors flying in or out of Chubu Centrari International Airport Airport, the station can be reached using the Meitetsu Limited Express Line running from the airport to Meitetsu-Nagoya Station (connected to Nagoya Station) to Central Japan International Airport (NGO) Station.
We recommend using the μ Sky Limited Express which takes 28 minutes and costs JPY1250 between Nagoya and the airport. This service only includes first-class, reserved seating. Alternatively, the Meitetsu Limited Express takes 35 minutes and costs JPY890 and has both first-class and ordinary carriages. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket machines or window at Nagoya Station and Meitetsu-Nagoya Station – departing from Track No. 3 or 4. Please note, the Japan JR Pass does not cover this line.
Japan Rail (JR) Passes covering Nagoya
There is no escaping the fact that travel using the shinkansen is expensive. Given the speed and distances covered by these trains, travelers should think of them much like taking a flight, with tickets accordingly priced. International visitors to Japan have the option of purchasing one of several passes which allow for unlimited use on many services, starting with the full:
Japan Rail (JR) Pass
Covering all 9 shinkansen lines in Japan and many other train services, the JR Pass is a great option for visitors planning to use the shinkansen more than a handful of times and/or travel large distances. Travelers have the option of 7, 14 and 21-day passes covering either Ordinary or Ordinary and Green Cars.
The JR Pass allows for use of any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost).
Please note, Japan Rail also offers a JR East Nagano & Niigata Pass and JR Hokuriku Arch Pass. These are great value and should be considered by anyone spending time in Japan however they do not cover travel to and from Nagoya.
Purchasing a JR Pass
Passes can be purchased via the official website or via a JR-affiliated overseas sales office. Once you have completed payment, you will receive an exchange order. This is a proof of payment and looks almost like a flight ticket with your personal details, type of pass, and validity (three months from the date of issue).
It is important to note that the exchange order is not your actual pass and will need to be exchanged for your pass once in Japan. Whatever you do, do not lose the exchange order and prioritise exchanging it for your pass when you arrive.
Activating a JR Pass
Prior to using your pass, you must actually get your hands on it by exchanging the order/proof of purchase you received online. This can be done a numerous JR Pass Exchange Offices found at any major train station or airport, including Narita Airport and Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Kansai International Airport in Osaka, and Chubu Centrair International Airport serving Nagoya at the following office:
Central Japan Travel Center: 09:00 to 20:30
Passes can also be exchanged/activated at these offices in/around Nagoya Station:
Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office: 10:00 to 19:00
Ticket Office: 06:00 to 10:00 & 19:00 to 23:00
JR Tokai Tours Nagoya Office: 09:00 to 19:30
JR Tokai Tours Nagoya Station Hirokoji Entrance Office: 11:00 to 19:00 (weekdays) & 11:00 to 18:00 (weekends)
To exchange/activate your pass you will need your exchange order and passport. Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date).
Once you have your activated pass you are free to ride however you can’t insert your pass into the ticket gates. Simply walk through the side booth (permanently attended by station staff) and show your pass. You will be waved through and you can make your way to the platform.
Nagoya Station Tourist Information
For visitors traveling to and from Nagoya, the Nagoya Station Tourist Information Center is located at the east end of the Central Walkway and open daily from 08:30 to 19:00. Full-time English, Chinese and Korean-speaking staff are on-hand to assist with general any tourism, accommodation and transport-related enquiries.
Private Charters from Nagoya
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