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Meijō Line

     Meijō Line
Entrance to Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station
Type Rapid transit
System Nagoya Municipal Subway
Locale Nagoya, Japan
Stations 28
Daily ridership 197,082[1] (2008) (including Meikō Line)
Opening 15 October 1965
Operator(s) Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya
Depot(s) Daiko (between Nagoya Dome-mae Yada and Sunadabashi)
Rolling stock 2000 series
Track length 26.4 km (16.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Third rail 600 V DC
Operating speed 65 km/h (40 mph)
Nagoya Daigaku Station

The Meijō Line (名城線 Meijō-sen) is a subway line, part of the Nagoya Municipal Subway system in Nagoya, Japan. It is a loop line that runs from Kanayama, via Sakae, Ōzone, Nagoya Daigaku, and back to Kanayama, all within Nagoya. The Meijō Line's color on maps is wisteria purple. Its stations carry the letter M followed by a number. Officially, the line consists of Nagoya City Rapid Railway Line 2 (名古屋市高速度鉄道第2号線 Nagoya-shi Kōsokudo Tetsudō Dai-ni-gō-sen), the western part, and Line 4 (第4号線 Dai-yon-gō-sen), the eastern part. All the stations accept manaca, a rechargeable contactless smart card.

This is the second loop subway line built in Japan, after Toei Ōedo Line. Ōedo Line, however, has a railway zig zag at Tochōmae, meaning Meijō Line is the first (and currently the only) true loop subway line in the nation. The line is longer than JR Ōsaka Loop Line (21.7 km), but shorter than JR Yamanote Line (34.5 km). It takes 48 minutes to complete the loop.

The name Meijō derives itself from the abbreviated kanji form of Nagoya Castle (名古屋城 Nagoya-jō).


Listed clockwise:

Number Station name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
M01 Kanayama 金山 0.0 Chūō Main Line, Tōkaidō Main Line
Meitetsu Nagoya Line
Nagoya Municipal Subway: Kanayama Line 1, Meikō Line (E01) 2
Naka Nagoya, Aichi
M02 Higashi Betsuin 東別院 0.7
M03 Kamimaezu 上前津 1.6 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Tsurumai Line (T09)
M04 Yabachō 矢場町 2.3 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Tōbu Line 1
M05 Sakae 3.0 Meitetsu Seto Line (Sakaemachi)
Nagoya Municipal Subway: Higashiyama Line (H10)
M06 Hisaya-ōdōri 久屋大通 3.4 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Sakura-dōri Line (S05)
M07 Shiyakusho (City Hall) 市役所 4.3
M08 Meijō Kōen 名城公園 5.4 Kita
M09 Kurokawa 黒川 6.4 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Kanayama Line 1
M10 Shiga-hondōri 志賀本通 7.4
M11 Heian-dōri 平安通 8.2 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Kamiiida Line (K02)
M12 Ōzone 大曽根 8.9 Chūō Main Line
Meitetsu Seto Line
Yutorito Line (Y01)
M13 Nagoya Dome-mae Yada ナゴヤドーム前矢田 9.7 Yutorito Line (Y02) Higashi
M14 Sunadabashi 砂田橋 10.6 Yutorito Line (Y03)
M15 Chayagasaka 茶屋ヶ坂 11.5 Chikusa
M16 Jiyūgaoka 自由ヶ丘 12.7
M17 Motoyama 本山 14.1 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Higashiyama Line (H16)
M18 Nagoya Daigaku 名古屋大学 15.1 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Tōbu Line 1
M19 Yagoto Nisseki 八事日赤 16.2 Shōwa
M20 Yagoto 八事 17.2 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Tsurumai Line (T15)
M21 Sōgō Rihabiri Center 総合リハビリセンター 18.5 Mizuho
M22 Mizuho Undōjō Higashi 瑞穂運動場東 19.5
M23 Aratama-bashi 新瑞橋 20.7 Nagoya Municipal Subway: Sakura-dōri Line (S14)
M24 Myōon-dōri 妙音通 21.4
M25 Horita 堀田 22.2
M26 Temma-chō 伝馬町 23.4 Atsuta
M27 Jingū-Nishi 神宮西 24.4
M28 Nishi Takakura 西高蔵 25.3
M01 Kanayama 金山 26.4 Naka
1: Planned lines.
2: Through service to/from Meijō Line.

Rolling stock


2000 series, May 2009


1200 series, September 1999
  • 1000/1100/1200 series (from 1965 until 2000)


The first section of Line 2, between Sakae-machi (current Sakae) and Shiyakusho, opened in 1965. The line was named Meijō Line in 1969, and the extension was completed in 1971. Line 4 opened its first section between Aratama-bashi and Kanayama in 1974. The line extension was completed in 2004, making a loop line together with Line 2. At the same time, the whole loop line was renamed the Meijō Line, and the section of Line 2 between Kanayama and Nagoyakō, outside the loop, became the Meikō Line.

See also


  1. ^ 各鉄軌道会社のご案内 (Report). Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 19 December 2010.

External links

  • Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya official website (Japanese)

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