Big Japanese Buildings: Nagoya Station
Japan's biggest train station
Japan has some massive train stations. Nagoya Station is deemed to be Japan’s biggest train station at 245m high. The building includes the JR Central Towers containing the headquarters of JR Central, other offices and over 40 restaurants, lots of shopping and plenty of transport options.
Two large department stores – Tokyu Hands 「東急ハンズ」 and Takashimaya 「タカシマヤ」 – are spread across many levels of the building. The basement levels are filled with food and gift stores.
The station is a major transport hub, with:
- Bullet train (shinkansen) lines heading east/north (toward Tokyo) and west/south (toward Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka)
- Subway lines for travel in the city
- Local lines for travel to surrounding places, like Gifu and Shirakawa-go, Okazaki and Toyota
- Airport express to Chubu Centrair International Airport
- JR Express Highway Buses
- Local buses (good for sightseeing, visiting places like Nagoya Castle)