Nagoya Railway Station is the largest train station in the world as its floor space covers a massive 410,000 metres squared, and it is the major transport hub for the city of Nagoya in the southern centre of Japan. The building is home to the Central Japan Railway Company headquarters and acts as a bus terminal and subway station, as well as railway centre. 193,000 people pass through Nagoya Railway Station every day, yet rather than overpowering, it is bright and easy to navigate despite covering 50 stories, containing a whole department store, impressive hotel and 55 stories high office tower.
The Japanese Rail train station itself contains six island platforms and 12 different track lines, connecting to other cities throughout Japan, its subway station links to the rest of Nagoya city and the bus terminal has local services and night buses to further cities. In addition to transport links, there are numerous cafes and restaurants, including an exclusive bar at the top of a glass tower, offering fantastic views over the city, and even a couple of shopping malls within the complex. Other practical facilities include a post office, ATMS, underground passageways to the city, at rental services, electronic stores and hotels and visitors can even enjoy beauty treatments within the station at the spa, or relax in the lounge or banqueting room of the Hotel Tower. Visitors can experience traditional Japanese culture all in one place by trying different perfumes and cosmetics on the third floor, reading classic literature at the 11th-floor bookshop or trying the cuisine of the restaurants within the glass towers of the building.
The largest train station in the world, Nagoya Railway Station contains efficient transport links throughout Japan and visitors can travel by train to Tokyo within less than two hours, or Kyoto within 30 minutes. There are also commuter services, direct links to Chubu International Airport and local routes throughout Nagoya via the subway station. It also has numerous parking facilities for cars and bicycles.
Nagoya Station has been a part of the city’s history since 1st May 1886, when the complex was first constructed, although it has faced numerous extensions and regenerations since then. At a grand height of 245 metres, the JR Central Towers were the original skyscrapers of the city and still act as defining landmark of the Nagoya skyline.