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Getting there & away




JR and Meitetsu Highway buses (563-0489) operate services between Nagoya and Kyoto (¥2500, 2½ hours, hourly), Osaka (¥2900, three hours, hourly), Kanazawa (¥4060, four hours, 10 daily) and Tokyo (¥5100, six hours, 14 daily). Overnight buses run to Hiroshima (¥8400, nine hours).


Nagoya is a major shinkansen hub, including Nozomi trains, with fares and times as follows: Tokyo (¥10, 580, two hours), Osaka (¥6380, one hour), Kyoto (¥5440, 44 minutes) and Hiro­shima (¥13, 530, three hours). The Kintetsu line also has indirect services to Nara (tokkyū, ¥3750, 2¼ hours), though services are faster via shinkansen with a transfer in Kyoto.

To the Japan Alps, you can take the JR Chūō line to Nagano (Shinano tokkyū, ¥7330, 2¾ hours) via Matsumoto (¥6070, two hours). A separate line serves Takayama (Hida tokkyū, ¥6070, 2¼ hours).

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Taiheiyo ferry (582-8611) runs between Nagoya and Tomakomai (Hokkaidō, from ¥9400, 38½ hours) via Sendai (from ¥6100, 21 hours) every second evening at 8pm. Take the Meijō subway south to its terminus at Nagoya-kō Station and head for Nagoya port.

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Nagoyans rave about Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) (NGO; 0569-38-1195; www.centrair.jp/en), the city’s newest gateway. It opened in 2005 on a manmade island in Ise-wan (Ise Bay), 35km south of the city, with a shopping mall and onsen bath in the building. Coming from Tokyo, the shinkansen is generally quicker (two hours) than flying.

Nagoya is well served by about 30 airlines from around the world. Some 430 flights per week connect Centrair with 32 international cities (in Europe, North America, Australia and especially Asia) and 22 Japanese cities. Check with travel agents for the latest schedules and fares. Note that if you’re coming from Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, the shinkansen is quicker than flying once you add in airport transfers and such.

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