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All Nagoya's stations have bilingual maps, and many trains have English announcements. The Higashiyama Line snakes from the west into JR Nagoya Station and then goes due east, cutting through the city center at Sakae. The Meijo Line runs in a loop, passing through the city center at downtown Sakae. A spur line, the Meito, connects Kanayama to Nagoya Port. The Tsurumai Line runs north–south through the city, then turns from the JR Station to Sakae to cross the city center. A fourth line, the Sakura-dori, cuts through the city center from the JR Station, paralleling the east–west section of the Higashiyama Line. The basic fare is ¥200. A one-day pass for Nagoya's subways costs ¥740, while a combination bus/subway pass is ¥850 on weekdays and ¥600 (Weekend Eco Pass) on weekends or national holidays.
The JR trains are the easiest for jumping on and off, but they do not serve all destinations. Meitetsu and Kintetsu stations are lacking in English signage, though Meitetsu prints a handy English-language guide to their network with instructions on how to purchase tickets. You can pick up a copy at Meitetsu Nagoya Station or Chubu International Airport.
Nagoya's subway system is user-friendly, with signs and announcements in English, and it can get you to almost all places of interest in the city. If you are staying a few days, consider purchasing a Yurika discount ticket for multiple trips. Yurika tickets can also be used on city buses and some Meitetsu trains.
JR Nagoya Station is like a small city, with a variety of shops in, under, and around the station complex. The main Nagoya City Tourist Information Center is in the station's central corridor. English-speaking staff can supply sightseeing information, subway maps, and details of upcoming events. Smaller information centers are in three other parts of the city—Sakae, Kanayama, and Nagoya Port.
Train Contacts JR Nagoya Station (1–1–4 Meieki, Nagoya, 450-0003. 050/3772–3910. www.jr-central.co.jp.)
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