Meijō Line

The Meijō Line (名城線, Meijō-sen) is a subway line forming part of the Nagoya Municipal Subway system in Nagoya, Japan, operated by Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya. It is a loop line that runs from Kanayama, via Sakae, Ōzone, Nagoya Daigaku, and back to Kanayama, all within Nagoya. The Meijō Line color on maps is wisteria purple. Its stations are numbered with the prefix "M". 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.

Meijō Line
Number prefix Meijo.PNG
Shiyakusho Station 1060.JPG
Entrance to Shiyakusho (City Hall) Station
Overview
Native name名城線
LocaleNagoya, Aichi
Stations28
Service
TypeRapid transit
SystemNagoya Municipal Subway
Operator(s)Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya
Depot(s)Daiko (between Nagoya Dome-mae Yada and Sunadabashi)
Rolling stock2000 series
Daily ridership197,082[1] (2008) (including Meikō Line)
History
Opened15 October 1965
Technical
Track length26.4 km (16.4 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
ElectrificationThird rail 600 V DC
Operating speed65 km/h (40 mph)
Nagoya Daigaku Station

This is the second loop subway line built in Japan, after Toei Ōedo Line. The Ōedo Line, however, is not a true loop line as it is operated like a 6 lying on its side, with trains from the western Hikarigaoka terminus running anticlockwise around the loop and terminating at Tochōmae Station and then returning around the loop to Hikarigaoka. Thus the Meijō Line is the first (and currently the only) true loop subway line in the nation. The line is longer than the JR Ōsaka Loop Line (21.7 km or 13.5 mi), but shorter than the JR Yamanote Line (34.5 km or 21.4 mi). It takes 48 minutes to complete the loop.

The name Meijō is derived from the abbreviated kanji form of Nagoya Castle (名古屋城, Nagoya-jō).

StationsEdit

Stations listed clockwise
No. 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
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.

Meikō LineEdit

Meikō Line
 
 
Overview
Native name名港線
LocaleNagoya
TerminiKanayama
Nagoyakō
Stations7
Service
TypeRapid transit
SystemNagoya Municipal Subway
Operator(s)Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya
Depot(s)Nagoyakō
Rolling stock2000 series
History
Opened29 March 1971
Technical
Track length6.0 km (3.7 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
ElectrificationThird rail
Route map

km
 
 
0.0
Kanayama
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.5
Hibino
 
2.6
Rokuban-chō
 
 
 
 
3.8
Tōkaidōri
 
4.6
Minato Kuyakusho
 
5.4
Tsukijiguchi
 
 
 
Nagoyakō Depot
 
6.0
Nagoyakō

The Meikō Line (名港線, Meikō-sen) is a subway line forming part of the Nagoya Municipal Subway system in Nagoya, Japan, operated by Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya. It runs from Kanayama Station in Naka Ward to Nagoyako Station in Minato Ward, all within Nagoya. The Meikō Line color on maps is a stripe of wisteria purple and white. Its stations are numbered with the prefix "E". Officially, the line is part 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). All the stations accept manaca, a rechargeable contactless smart card. The line has through services with the Meijō Line.

StationsEdit

No. Station name Japanese Distance
(km)
Transfers Location
Through service to/from Meijō Line
E01 Kanayama 金山 0.0 Chūō Main Line, Tōkaidō Main Line
Meitetsu Nagoya Line
Nagoya Municipal Subway:   Meijō Line (M01)
Naka Nagoya
E02 Hibino 日比野 1.5 Atsuta
E03 Rokuban-chō 六番町 2.6
E04 Tōkai-dōri 東海通 3.8 Minato
E05 Minato Kuyakusho 港区役所 4.6
E06 Tsukiji-guchi 築地口 5.4
E07 Nagoyakō (Nagoya Port) 名古屋港 6.0

HistoryEdit

The line was originally the part of Meijō Line. When Line 4, the eastern part of the current loop line, was completed in 2004, the whole of the loop (consisting of part of Line 2 and line 4) was renamed the Meijō Line, and the remaining section between Kanayama and Nagoyakō, outside the loop, became the Meikō Line. The name Meikō derives from the abbreviated kanji form of Nagoya Port (名古屋港, Nagoya-kō).

Women-only cars were introduced on the line on 4 July 2016, operating in the mornings until 09:00.[2]

Rolling stockEdit

CurrentEdit

 
A 2000 series train in August 2020

FormerEdit

 
A 1200 series train in September 1999
  • 1000/1100/1200 series (from 1965 until 2000)

HistoryEdit

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.

Women-only cars were introduced on the line on 4 July 2016, operating in the mornings until 09:00.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 各鉄軌道会社のご案内 (Report). Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b 名城線・名港線の女性専用車両運行開始について [Introduction of women-only cars Meijo and Meiko Lines] (in Japanese). Japan: Transportation Bureau City of Nagoya. July 2016. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.

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