Nagoya Station is Japan's and the world's biggest station. Known locally as Meieki, the station complex with a floor area of 410,000 m², edges Kyoto Station and Shinjuku Station in Tokyo in Japan's big station league.
Most of those 410,000 m² however are taken up by a Takashimaya department store, restaurants, the Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel and shops in the twin towers, or to give them their proper name, the JR Central Towers, that rise up over the station concourse and its underground malls. The impressive 240 meter-plus glass towers were completed in 1999 and have excellent views over the city from the observation deck.
Nagoya Station serves JR trains including the Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka and Tokyo, Meitestu's local urban network of commuter trains to such places as Toyohashi, Gifu and Chubu International Airport, Kintestu Railway trains to Namba in Osaka and Ise Jingu and Toba in Mie Prefecture.
Nagoya Station is also a terminal for local buses and both the JR and Meitetsu Highway bus network with buses to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama and other destinations.
The area around Nagoya Station has a good number of economy hotels and cheap guesthouses and is a good place for a visitor to make a base for any visit to the city. City buses and the subway radiate out from the station and the area is definitely on the up as a place to eat and enjoy a night out in competition with nearby Fushimi and Sakae.
Arimatsu, a short ride on the Meitetsu Line from Nagoya Station is famous for its shibori tie-dye products.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
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