Nagoya Municipal Subway

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Nagoya Municipal Subway
Nagoya Municipal Subway Logo
Nagoya Municipal Subway Logo
Native name名古屋市営地下鉄
Nagoya Shiei Chikatetsu
LocaleNagoya, Aichi, Japan
Transit typeRapid Transit
Number of lines6
Number of stations87[1]
Daily ridership1,171,289[2]
WebsiteTransportation Bureau, City of Nagoya
Began operation15 November 1957; 66 years ago (1957-11-15)
Operator(s)Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya
System length93.3 km (58.0 mi)[1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) (Higashiyama and Meijō/Meikō Lines)
1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) (Tsurumai, Sakura-dōri, and Kamiiida Lines)
Electrification600 V DC third rail (Higashiyama and Meijō/Meikō Lines)
1,500 V DC overhead lines (Tsurumai, Sakura-dōri, and Kamiiida Lines)
System map

Map of Nagoya Municipal Subway
(does not include JR Central lines)

The Nagoya Municipal Subway (名古屋市営地下鉄, Nagoya Shiei Chikatetsu), also referred to as simply the Nagoya Subway,[3] is a rapid transit system serving Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture in Japan. It consists of six lines that cover 93.3 kilometers (58.0 mi) of route and serve 87 stations.[1] Approximately 90% of the subway's total track length is underground.

The subway system is owned and operated by the City of Nagoya Transportation Bureau and, like other large Japanese cities including Tokyo and Osaka, is heavily complemented by suburban rail, together forming an extensive network of 47 lines in and around Greater Nagoya. Of them, the subway lines represent 38% of Greater Nagoya's total rail ridership of 3 million passengers a day.[4]

In 2002, the system introduced Hatchii as its official mascot.

Lines and infrastructure[edit]

The six lines that comprise the Nagoya subway network are, for the most part, independent. However, Meikō Line services partially interline with the Meijō Line, and the operations of both lines are combined. Therefore, there are in fact five distinct services on the subway. They are mostly self-contained, but two of its lines have through services onto lines owned and operated by Meitetsu, the largest private railway operator in the region. One of these, the Kamiida Line, is essentially an extension of the Meitetsu Komaki Line to which it connects.

The first two subway lines, the Higashiyama and Meijō/Meikō Lines, run on standard gauge track and use 600 volt DC electrification from a third rail. They are three of the eleven subway lines in Japan which use both third-rail electrification and standard gauge track (the Ginza and Marunouchi lines in Tokyo are the only other two lines to use third rail at that voltage; five of the eight lines of the Osaka Metro and the Blue Line in Yokohama all use 750 V DC third rail). Subsequent lines were built to narrow gauge and employ 1,500 volt DC electrification from overhead lines, in common with most other rapid transit lines in the country.

As with other railway lines in Japan, tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines in stations. Since February 2011, this has largely been supplemented by Manaca, a rechargeable smart card. In 2012, Manaca replaced Tranpass, the predecessor integrated ticketing system, which was also able to be used at subway stations and for other connected transportation systems in the region.[5]

On January 4, 2023, four stations were renamed:[6]

List of Nagoya Municipal Subway lines[edit]

Name Japanese Route Stations Length Train Length First Opened Last Opened Gauge Current supply
yellow Line 1 Higashiyama Line 東山線 Takabata to Fujigaoka 22 20.6 km (12.8 mi) 6 cars 1957 1982 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) 600 V DC,
third rail
purple Line 2 Meijō Line 名城線 Kanayama to Ōzone via Sakae 12[Note 1] 8.9 km (5.5 mi) 1965[Note 2] 1971
Line 4 Ōzone to Kanayama via Nagoya Daigaku 17[Note 1] 17.5 km (10.9 mi) 1974[Note 3] 2004
Line 2 Meikō Line 名港線 Kanayama to Nagoyakō 7[Note 4] 6.0 km (3.7 mi) 1971[Note 5]
blue Via trackage rights Meitetsu Inuyama Line 名鉄犬山線 Inuyama to Kamiotai 13[Note 6] 21.4 km (13.3 mi) 1993[Note 7] 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) 1,500 V DC,
overhead supply
Line 3 Tsurumai Line 鶴舞線 Kamiotai to Akaike 20 20.4 km (12.7 mi) 1977 1993
Via trackage rights Meitetsu Toyota Line 名鉄豊田線 Akaike to Umetsubo 8[Note 8] 15.2 km (9.4 mi) 1979[Note 9]
Meitetsu Mikawa Line 名鉄三河線 Umetsubo to Toyotashi 2[Note 8] 1.4 km (0.87 mi) N/A[Note 10]
red Line 6 Sakura-dōri Line 桜通線 Taiko-dori to Tokushige 21 19.1 km (11.9 mi) 5 cars 1989 2011
pink Via trackage rights Meitetsu Komaki Line 名鉄小牧線 Inuyama to Ajima 13[Note 11] 18.3 km (11.4 mi) 4 cars 2003[Note 12]
Ajima to Kamiiida 2[Note 13] 2.3 km (1.4 mi) 2003[Note 14]
Line 7 Kamiiida Line 上飯田線 Kamiiida to Heian-dori 2[Note 15] 0.8 km (0.50 mi) 2003[Note 16]
Total (Subway only – not incl. trackage rights portions): 87[1] 93.3 km (58.0 mi)  


Platform of Nagoyajo Station
Entrance to Nagoyajo Station
Ticket gates (also referred to as "wickets" on city signage)
Ticket vending machines

Connecting services[edit]

JR Central[edit]

(for Shin-Yokohama, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Shin-Osaka)
(for Gifu, Ōgaki, Obu, Kariya, Okazaki, Toyohashi, and Hamamatsu)
(for Kozoji (transfer to former Expo Site), Tajimi, and Nakatsugawa)
(for Yokkaichi, Tsu and Kameyama)
(Limited Express only, for Gero and Takayama)

Meitetsu (Nagoya Railroad)[edit]

(for Meitetsu Gifu, Chiryu, Hekinan, Nishio, Higashi Okazaki, Toyohashi, and Toyokawa Inari)
(for Otagawa, Chita Handa, Kowa, Utsumi, Tokoname, and Central Japan Int'l Airport)
(for Iwakura, Inuyama, Mikakino and Shin Kani)
(for Tsushima, Saya and Yatomi)
(for Owari Seto)
(for Toyotashi)


(for Yokkaichi, Tsu, Nakagawa, Matsusaka, Ise, Toba, and Osaka)

Nagoya Rinkai Rapid Transit[edit]

(for Kinjo-Futo (Nagoya International Exhibition Hall))

Aichi Rapid Transit[edit]

(for Yakusa, Aichikyūhaku-kinen-kōen (Expo Memorial Park))

Network Map[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d トップページ - ご意見・お問い合わせ - よくあるご質問 - 地下鉄について [Top - Feedback and inquiries - Frequently Asked Questions - For subway] (in Japanese). Transportation Bureau, City of Nagoya. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ 平成21年版名古屋市統計年鑑 11.運輸・通信 [Nagoya Statistics for Year 21 of the Heisei Era, 11 Transportation and Communication] (in Japanese). Nagoya City. 2009. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Subway & City Bus One-Day Ticket Discounts and Benefits Guidebook (Nagoya Toku Navi)" (PDF). Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya. 2023-11-01. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2017-08-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Tickets - Nagoya Transportation Bureau". Archived from the original on 2014-03-11.
  6. ^

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