Chubu Airport is the gateway to Nagoya. The official name of this airport is Central Japan International Airport. But this airport is also known as “Centrair” (central + air). And also it is called Nagoya airport sometimes. In this post, I call “Chubu airport”.
This airport is located approximately 30 minutes away from Nagoya station by Meitetsu railway limited express train. Actually it is not very hard to get downtown Nagoya from this airport. But some of you may be nervous. You may be the first time traveler. You want to know exact location of station, bus stop, ticket office, etc.
In this post, I would like to tell you about overview of Chubu airport arrival level, Chubu airport station and bus stops.
I will also show you many photos. I believe this post will help you to understand what you need to do right after arrival at Chubu airport.
Overview of Chubu airport arrival level
Before reading my post, please refer the floor map of Chubu Airport terminal building. And click “2F Arrivals Lobby” above the map. You will find the map of arrival level.
Arrival level is located at the second floor of the terminal building. There are lockers, currency exchange and baggage delivery service. And there is “Central Japan Travel Center” in the middle of the floor. In the map, you can find “Subway”. This is not train station. This is fast food sandwich “Subway”. Central Japan Travel Center is located beside Subway. You can purchase train and bus ticket. If you intend to use Kintetsu Rail Pass, you can purchase it here at Central Japan Travel Center. You can purchase JR train’s single ticket but you cannot exchange JR Pass or any other JR train deals. You have to go to Nagoya station to exchange. Please see the details of Central Japan Travel Center at the link below:
You cannot get on any public transportation at arrival level. You need to proceed to the walkway to “Access Plaza”.
The entrance of this walkway is located in the middle of the building beside Central Japan Travel Center.
After you go through walkway, you get Access Plaza. This is the transportation hub of Chubu airport.
You can find information center in the middle of this place. Train station and bus stops are also in this place.
If you depart from Chubu airport, you will arrive at Access Plaza first. And then take walkway to get Departure floor. It is very simple and you just follow the signage.
Meitetsu Railway’s Central Japan International Airport station
The station is located on your left at Access Plaza if you come from arrival floor.
Meitetsu Railway is the biggest private train company in Nagoya area. The official name of this train company is actually Nagoya Railroad. But everybody call it Meitetsu and this name is more popular. I use this name in this post.
This is only train service between Chubu airport and Nagoya, Gifu. It takes about 30 minutes by the fastest train from airport to Meitetsu Nagoya. Meitetsu railway’s Nagoya station is Meitetsu Nagoya. It is same location as other trains’ Nagoya station. If you want to take another train from Nagoya, this is most convenient way to get Nagoya station.
There is another travel center that is Metetsu Travel Plaza. It is located at the right side of ticket gate.
You can purchase Kintetsu Rail Pass there too. You cannot purchase or exchange any JR train deals, such as JR Pass, Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass either.
The station structure is very simple. There is one ticket gate at Access Plaza. It has three trucks. You may just check the signage and proceed the track.
Meitetsu Railway operates several kinds of train services to Nagoya and Gifu, μ Sky Limited Express, Limited Express, Express, Semi Express. You can find the timetable of Metetsu Railway at the link below:
μ Sky Limited Express is the fastest train to get Nagoya and Semi Express is the slowest. Trip time is different but accommodation is different too. I would like to explain about these Meitetsu trains.
μ Sky Limited Express, Limited Express
All cars of μ Sky Limited Express and some cars of Limited Express have first class seat. You have to pay seat fee 360 yen extra on top of base fare to get a first class seat. The seat is much more comfortable than ordinary trains. There are baggage space and much quieter than ordinary car. I think 360 yen is worth paying to get a seat.
Please remember that μ Sky Limited Express has only first class seat. But Limited Express train has ordinary seat too. If you do not pay extra for the first class seat and take limited express, your seat is exactly same as Express and Semi Express below. Please do not forget to purchase first class seat ticket if you want to get a seat in first class car.
Express, Semi Express
These trains are common commute trains. It does not have any first class cabin. It has long bench seat and there is no luggage space. If you take this train in peak hours, you may not get a seat. You may have to stand up with local commuters.
Airport bus stop and ticket counter
If you go to other than Nagoya station, such as Sakae area, or other places in surrounding Nagoya, Airport bus gives you direct transfer. Please see Chubu Airport official site to find the destination and other information.
Bus stops are located on the ground floor. You can take stairs and escalators to get the bus stops.
As I mentioned above, at arrival floor, there is luggage delivery service. In Japan, luggage delivery service is very popular. When you take a train from airport, train may not have any luggage space. Luggage might be issue for your trip.
You can get rental WI-FI mobile router or SIM card in the airport. There are some companies at arrival floor and Access Plaza. You may find the information at the official site too.
I hope this airport guide makes you be more comfortable before you leave.