Nagoya is easily accessible by all major means of transportation. It has an international airport, is a stop on the Meitetsu, Kintetsu and JR rail lines – including the Shinkansen (bullet train) – and is easy to get to via major highways. Prepaid cards are available for both the bus and subway systems, and ticket machines take paper money as well as coins.
For those coming by car, Nagoya is the “mei” (名) in the Meihan (名阪), Meishin (名神), and Tomei (東名) expressways. Areas around Nagoya can be accessed by a number of local highways such as routes 41, 19 and 22.
The main city bus terminals are at Nagoya Station, Sakae and Kanayama. Standard bus fare is ¥210 for adults and ¥100 for children. For more information, check the information offices at Oasis 21, at Nagoya Station near the south ticket gate of the Higashiyama line, or on the web at kotsu.city.nagoya.jp.
The city bus system also has two late night bus routes on weekdays that follow the Higashiyama Line: Route L-1 departs Sakae Bus Terminal (across from the Mitsukoshi department store) Gate 21, bound for Fujigaoka subway station at 0:45 and 1:30. The L-1 bus also departs from Fujigaoka subway station, bound for Sakae Bus Terminal at 23:55 and 0:35. Route L-2 for Takabata departs the Sakae Bus Terminal Gate 22 at 1:30. Buses from Takabata subway station depart at 0:35 with several stops on the way to Sakae Bus Terminal. The fare is ¥420 for adults and ¥200 for children.
The subway system is the easiest and most convenient form of transportation. Five main lines traverse the city and connect all major rail links and bus terminals. Subway fares range from ¥200 to ¥330, from early in the morning until around midnight. The Higashiyama line runs extended hours on Fridays and nights before a national holiday.
Donichi Eco Kippu
The Donichi Eco Kippu (土日エコ切符) allows unlimited travel on all subway lines and city buses for a single day on a Saturday or Sunday. You can buy them from most automated ticket vending machines, but the easiest way to get one is to ask a station attendant or bus driver directly. The pass costs ¥600 for adults or ¥300 for children.