Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line

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Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line
1000 series EMU
A Meitetsu 1000 series "Panorama Super" EMU on a limited express service
Other name(s) Nagoya Line
Native name 名鉄名古屋本線
Type Commuter rail
Locale Aichi
Termini Toyohashi
Meitetsu Gifu
Stations 60
Daily ridership 221,098[1] (2008)
Opened 1 September 1944 (1944-09-01) (as it is today)[2]
Owner Meitetsu
Line length 99.8 km (62.01 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification Overhead catenary 1,500 V DC
Operating speed 120 km/h (75 mph)
Nagoya Main Line

Tokaido Main Line
Tokaido Shinkansen
Toyohashi Railway Atsumi LineRight
LeftToyohashi Railway Azumada Main Line
0.0 Toyohashi
Toyohashi depot
JR-C: UpTōkaidō ShinkansenRight
JR-F: Toyohashi ORS
(3.8) Hirai S.B.
JR-C: UpTōkaidō Main LineRight
DownLeftJR-C: Iida Line
LeftKozakai Branch Line ja
5.0 Ina
6.6 Odabuchi
LeftToyokawa LineDown
10.7 Goyu
12.5 Meiden-Akasaka
15.0 Meiden-Nagasawa
18.7 Motojuku
20.4 Meiden Yamanaka
(21.0) Maiki S.B.
Maiki depot
23.1 Fujikawa
25.6 Miai
27.6 Otogawa
29.8 Higashi-Okazaki
LeftOkazaki City Line jaRight
old Okazakikōen-mae
31.1 Okazakikōen-mae
LeftAikan: Aichi Loop LineRight
Yahagi River
32.5 Yahagibashi
34.8 Utō
Gamagōri LineUp
Nishio LineRight
38.3 Shin-Anjō
40.9 Ushida
Chiryū S.B.
freight bypass
43.1 Chiryū
Mikawa LineRight
44.6 Hitotsugi
46.6 Fujimatsu
Toyoake depot
48.1 Toyoake
49.8 Zengo
51.4 Chūkyō-keibajō-mae
52.7 Arimatsu
53.8 Sakyōyama
Narumi depot
55.1 Narumi
56.7 Moto-Hoshizaki
LeftNagoya City Tramway: Kasamatsu ExtensionRight
58.2 Moto-Kasadera
58.9 Sakura
59.9 Yobitsugi
Yamazaki River
LeftSubway: Meijō LineDown
61.1 HoritaHorita
DownUpTokaido Main Line
DownTokoname, Airport, and
DownKōwa, Chita New linesRight
62.2 Jingū-mae
DownNagoya City Tramway: Atsuta LineRight
LeftNagoya City TramwayRight
LeftChuo Main Line
LeftNagoya City Tramway Atsuta LineUp
64.4 Kanayama
UpSubway: Meikō LineRight
LeftSubway: Meijō Line
LeftNagoya City TramwayRight
Nagoya City TramwayUpDown
DownJR-F: Nagoyakō LineRight
DownTokaido ShinkansenRight
JR-C: Sannō S.B.
66.0 Sannō
JR-C: Tōkaidō ShinkansenUpDown
DownKansai Main LineRight
Aonami LineRight
Kintetsu Nagoya LineRight
LeftDownSubway: Higashiyama Line
RightKintetsu Nagoya
68.0 LeftMeitetsu Nagoya
LeftSakuradōri LineRight
UpSubway; Higashiyama LineRight
69.9 Sakō
JR-C Nagoya depot
70.7 Higashi-Biwajima
Shōnai River
(71.3) Biwajima Junction
DownLeftInuyama Line
71.6 Nishi-Biwajima
DownLeftJR-C: Tōkaidō Main LineRightUp
DownLeftJR-C: Tōkaidō ShinkansenRightUp
72.2 Futatsuiri
72.8 Shinkawabashi
Shinkawa depot
73.5 Sukaguchi
Tsushima LineRight
Bisai LineUpDown
74.3 Marunouchi
LeftKiyosu Line ja
75.2 Shin-Kiyosu
UpLeftTokaido ShinkansenRight
77.5 Ōsato
78.8 Okuda
80.9 Kōnomiya
82.9 Shima-Ujinaga
UpLeftTokaido Main Line
84.7 Myōkōji
Bisai LineRightUp
LeftIchinomiya Line ja
86.4 Meitetsu Ichinomiya
LeftJR-C: Owari-Ichinomiya
Bisai LineRightDown/Okoshi Line ja
88.3 Imaise/Tamanoi
89.2 Iwato
91.2 Shin-Kisogawa
92.1 Kuroda
LeftTokaido Main Line
93.9 Kisogawa-zutsumi/Kisogawa-kō
UpAichi Prefecture
Kiso River
DownGifu Prefecture
Hashima LineRight
Takehana LineRight
95.1 Kasamatsu
96.9 Ginan
Sakai River
Chajo depot
98.3 Chajo
98.7 Kanō
JR-C: UpTōkaidō Main LineRight
JR-C: LeftTakayama Main Line
99.8 Meitetsu Gifu
LeftMeitetsu Kakamigahara Line
DownGifu City Line ja
3500 series EMU on a commuter service

The Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (名鉄名古屋本線 Meitetsu Nagoya Honsen?) or Nagoya Line is a railway line operated by the private railway operator Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu), connecting Toyohashi Station in Toyohashi with Meitetsu Gifu in Gifu.

Since its amalgamation in 1944 (see History section) this has been the Meitetsu main line. Many branch lines of Meitetsu have through services to/from the Nagoya Line. Toyokawa, Nishio, Tokoname (which has its through services with Airport, Kōwa, Chita), and Inuyama lines all have through services bound for Meitetsu Nagoya, making the segment around that station extremely busy. Between Biwajima Junction and Kanayama, 26 trains proceed per hour, even during off-peak periods. All the stations accept manaca, a Smart card.

The line largely parallels the Tōkaidō Main Line in the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area (Greater Nagoya). Local traffic on the Nagoya Line used to be much heavier than on the Tōkaidō Main Line, but since the privatization of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), transforming into the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) in this area, competition has become more significant in the Chūkyō area.

Due to historical reasons, the line shares its track between Hirai Junction and Toyohashi Station with the JR Iida Line. The agreement between two companies prohibits Meitetsu to have more than 6 trains in one direction per hour on the 3.8 km of shared tracks. Consequently, local trains are unable to reach Toyohashi, instead, terminate at Ina Station.

Basic data[edit]

  • Distance: 99.8 km (approx. 62.0 mi.)
  • Stations: 60
  • Gauge: 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
  • Track:
    • Quadruple: Jingū-mae to Kanayama
    • Double: Hirai Signal Box to Jingū-mae, Kanayama to Meitetsu Gifu
    • Single: Toyohashi to Hirai Signal Box (A shared track with JR Iida Line, virtually double-tracked)
  • Electric supply: 1,500 V DC
  • Block system: Automatic
  • Maximum speed at service: 120 km/h (85 km/h between Toyohashi and Hirai Signal Box.)

Service patterns[edit]

Abbreviations are tentative for this article.

Lo: Local (普通 Futsū?)
SE: Semi Express (準急 Junkyū?)
Ex: Express (急行 Kyūkō?)
RE: Rapid Express (快速急行 Kaisoku Kyūkō?)
LE: Limited Express (特急 Tokkyū?)
RL: Rapid Limited Express (快速特急 Kaisoku Tokkyū?)
MU: μSKY Limited Express (ミュースカイ Myū Sukai?)


For abbreviations of rapid trains, refer to the above section. For distances and connections, see the route diagram.

Some trains stop at stations indicated by lower case. At Sukaguchi, Limited Expresses only from Tsushima Line stop, shown as LE*. For distances and transfers, see the route diagram.

Station Stop Location
Toyohashi       Ex    LE RL    Toyohashi Aichi
Ina Lo SE Ex    le rl    Toyokawa
Odabuchi Lo                  
Lo SE Ex    LE rl   
Goyu Lo                  
Meiden Akasaka Lo                  
Meiden Nagasawa Lo                  
Motojuku Lo SE Ex    le rl    Okazaki
Meiden Yamanaka Lo                  
Fujikawa Lo SE               
Miai Lo SE Ex    le rl   
Otogawa Lo SE ex            
Higashi Okazaki Lo SE Ex    LE RL   
Okazakikōen-mae Lo                  
Yahagibashi Lo SE ex            
Utō Lo                  
Shin Anjō Lo SE Ex    LE       Anjō
Ushida Lo se                Chiryū
Chiryū Lo SE Ex    LE RL   
Hitotsugi Lo                   Kariya
Fujimatsu Lo                  
Toyoake Lo SE ex             Toyoake
Zengo Lo SE Ex            
Chūkyō-keibajō-mae Lo SE ex             Midori, Nagoya
Arimatsu Lo SE ex            
Sakyōyama Lo se               
Narumi Lo SE Ex    le      
Moto Hoshizaki Lo                   Minami, Nagoya
Moto Kasadera Lo se               
Sakura Lo                  
Yobitsugi Lo                  
Horita Lo SE Ex             Mizuho, Nagoya
Jingū-mae Lo SE Ex RE LE RL MU Atsuta, Nagoya
Kanayama Lo SE Ex RE LE RL MU Naka, Nagoya
Sannō Lo                   Nakagawa, Nagoya
Meitetsu Nagoya Lo SE Ex RE LE RL MU Nakamura, Nagoya
Sakō Lo SE Ex             Nishi, Nagoya
Higashi Biwajima Lo                  
Biwajima Junction                      Kiyosu
Nishi Biwajima Lo                  
Futatsu-iri Lo SE ex            
Shinkawa-bashi Lo                  
Sukaguchi Lo SE Ex RE LE*      
Marunouchi Lo                  
Shin Kiyosu Lo SE Ex RE         
Ōsato Lo SE ex re          Inazawa
Okuda Lo                  
Kōnomiya Lo SE Ex RE LE RL MU
Shima-ujinaga Lo                  
Myōkōji Lo                   Ichinomiya
Meitetsu Ichinomiya Lo SE Ex RE LE RL MU
Imaise Lo                  
Iwato Lo                  
Shin Kisogawa Lo SE Ex RE le RL   
Kuroda Lo                  
Kisogawa-zutsumi Lo                  
Kasamatsu Lo SE Ex RE le RL    Kasamatsu, Hashima Gifu
Ginan Lo                   Ginan, Hashima
Chajo Lo                   Gifu
Kanō Lo                  
Meitetsu Gifu Lo SE Ex RE LE RL MU
1: Some trains of the marked line directly go through Nagoya Line bound for Meitetsu Nagoya.
2: All trains of Inuyama line directly go through Nagoya Line bound for Meitetsu Nagoya.
2: Some trains of Takehana line directly go through Nagoya Line bound for Meitetsu Gifu.


Four different companies built sections of the line, which were subsequently amalgamated and linked to create today's line.

  • The Nagoya Electric Railway opened the Ōshikirichō to Marunouchi section (Ichinomiya, Tsushima, Kiyosu Line), dual track and electrified at 600 V DC, in 1914. Transferred to Nagoya Railway (old) in 1921.
  • The Bisai Railway opened the Kōnomiya to Ichinomiya section (Nakamura Line), single track and electrified at 600 V DC, in 1924. Merged with Nagoya Railroad in 1925 (changes name to Kōnomiya Branch Line).
  • The Mino Electric Railway opened the Kasamatsu - Gifu section (Kasamatsu Line), single track and electrified at 600 V DC, in 1914. Merged with Nagoya Railroad in 1930, and the company changed its name to Meigi Railway.

The Marunouchi to Kōnomiya section was opened by the Nagoya Railway in 1928, the Ichinomiya to Kasamatsu section was opened by the Meigi Railway in 1935, and by 1935 the line was dual track as far as Kanō. Meanwhile the Aichi Electric Railway opened the Jingu-mae to Arimatsu section in 1917 (Arimatsu Line), electrified at 600 V DC, and extended the line to Toyohashi in 1927 (becoming the Toyohashi Line). The Narumi to Yahagibashi section was double-tracked in 1924, and by 1935, the line was double-tracked from Horita to the Hirai Signal Box. The voltage on the line was increased to 1,500 V DC in 1925.

In 1935 the Aichi Electric Railway merged with Meigi Railway, and the company changed its name to Nagoya Railroad. The Jingū-mae to Horita section was double-tracked in 1942, and in 1944, the Nagoya to Jingū-mae section opened as dual track, linking the two sections, although through-running was not possible until the voltage on the Nagoya to Gifu section had been increased to 1,500 V DC in 1948. The line was renamed the Nagoya Main Line.

Former connecting lines[edit]

  • Marunouchi Station: The Nagoya Electric Railway opened a 1 km line to Kiyosu-Chō, electrified at 600 V DC, in 1914. The company merged with Meitetsu in 1930. Services were deemed non-essential and ceased in 1944, and the line was formally closed in 1948 when the voltage on the main line was increased to 1,500 V DC.
  • Ichinomiya Station: The Nagoya Electric Railway opened a 7 km line electrified at 600 V DC from Iwakura on its Inuyama line in 1913. The voltage on the line was increased to 1,500 V DC in 1948, and the line closed in 1965.
  • Gifu Station: Two lines connected here via the Gifu tram system (which itself closed in 2005):

The Mino Electric Railway opened an 18 km 1,067 mm gauge line electrified at 600 V DC to Hon Ibi in 1928. The company merged with Meitetsu in 1930, the line closed in 2001. An 11 km 1,067 mm gauge branch from Kurono (5 km from Hon Ibi) was opened by the Tanigumi Railway to its namesake town in 1926, electrified at 600 V DC. The company merged with Meitetsu in 1944, and the line closed in 2001.

The Nagara Light Railway opened a 5 km 1,067 mm gauge line to Takatomi in 1915, and was acquired by the Mino Electric Railway in 1920, which electrified the line at 600 V DC, merging with Meitetsu in 1930. The line closed in 1960.

See also[edit]


This article incorporates material from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia.

  1. ^ 各鉄軌道会社のご案内 (Report). Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  2. ^ 曽根, 悟 (September 2010), 週刊朝日百科, 週刊歴史でめぐる鉄道全路線 (in Japanese) (Japan: Asahi Shimbun Publications, Inc.) (8), p. 3, ISBN 978-4-02-340138-9  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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