Tegachaya is one of the stations on Nankai Railway. It is located in southern part of Osaka and a few stations away from Namba.
Tengachaya is not a mega terminal station but this station is very convenient transfer point of Nankai Railway and Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line. You may change trains at this station from Kansai airport to some locations in downtown Osaka. And also Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line goes through Hankyu Railway Kyoto and Senri lines. You also may use this subway line to get some places on Hankyu Railway lines.
This station’s structure is quite simple. But you may want to see how you change the trains at this station. In this post, I would like to show you many photos of this station. You will see how easy to change trains at Tengachaya station
Nankai Railway and Osaka Subway Sakaisuji line Tengachaya station overview
Tengachaya station is located on the way from Kansai airport to Namba station on Nankai Railway line. This station is also the departure point of Osaka Subway Sakaisuji line.
You may find the route map of Osaka Subway lines in the link below:
Station structure, tracks and platforms
Tengachaya station is four levels structure.
|3rd floor||Nankai Railway platform|
|2nd floor||Nankai Railway ticket gate|
|1st floor||Osaka Subway ticket gate|
|Underground||Osaka Subway platform|
There are elevators, escalators and stairs. Unfortunately English map is not available. You can find the map in Japanese in the links below:
Platforms (Nankai Railway)
|2||Koya line||Shin-Imamiya, Namba|
|3||Nankai Main line / Airport line||Wakayama, Kansai Airport|
|4||Nankai Main line / Airport line||Shin-Imamiya, Namba|
As you probably have seen the map in the link above, there are three platforms. One platform each for track #1 and #4. Another one is just between track #2 and #3. It is very simple and easy to find the platform which you need to catch a train.
By the way only Koya line local train stop at Haginochaya station between Tengachaya and Shin-Imamiya, and Imamiyaebisu station between Shin-Imamiya and Namba. All other trains on Nankai Main line and other local train on Koya line skip these stations.
Platforms (Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line)
|1,2,3||Sakaisuji line||Nippombashi, Kitahama, Tenjibashisuji 6-chome|
Awaji, Kita-Senri, Takatsukishi
There are three tracks and two platforms. However most of trains depart from #2 or #3. #1 is used in peak hour only usually. This station’s layout is very simple too.
Nankai Railway and Osaka Subway Tengachaya stations have one ticket gate each.
Nankai Railway’s ticket gate is located on the second floor. Osaka Subway’s ticket gate is located on the ground floor. It is very very simple.
How to change Nankai Railway and Osaka Subway at Tengachaya station
All you have to do is going up or down. Nankai Railway station is located just above Osaka subway station. If you arrive at Tengachaya by Nankai Railway, go down to the second floor and exit ticket gate. You will see the stairs just in front of the ticket gate. You may do down to the ground floor. Osaka Subway’s ticket gate is just there.
Tengachaya is the best transfer point
There are several transfer points between Nankai Railway and Osaka subway lines, such as Shin-Imamiya and Namba. However Tengachaya is the easiest station to transfer between Nankai Railway and Osaka Subway. Nankai Railway and Subway stations are not very closed each other at Shin-Imamiya/Dobutsuenmae.
Namba is the mega terminal station. It is not hard to change trains but it is always crowded. You may be frustrated to walk with luggage.
Especially if you go to east side of downtown Osaka, Tengachaya is recommended to transfer.
But if you want to save your cost as much as you can, transfer at Namba is better. Because Nankai Railway has Nankai and Subway deal. You can go to any stations on Osaka subway line from Kansai airport at 1,000 yen.
If you use this ticket, you need to change trains at Tengachaya. You have to change at Namba.
e.g. Kansai airport to Nippombashi
Kansai airport (Nankai) Namba (Osaka Metro Sennichimae line) Nippombashi
You can use 1,000 yen deal for the route above.
Kansai airport (Nankai) Tengachaya (Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line) Nippombashi
Only regular fares are applied for this route.
920 yen (Nankai) + 230 yen (Subway) = 1,150 yen
So the cheaper way is via Namba and the easier way is via Tengachaya. You cannot get both.
I hope this post will help you to build your trip plan.