Tengachaya station guide. How to transfer among Nankai Railway and Subway line

Tengachaya Station East Exit

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 Subway Sakaisuji line. You will change trains at this station from Kansai airport to some locations in downtown Osaka. And also Subway 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 transfer 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:

Osaka Municipality Transportation official site, Osaka subway lines map

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:

Nankai Railway official site, Tengachaya station map
Osaka Municipality Transportation official site, Osaka subway lines map

Platforms (Nankai Railway)

Track# Lines/Trains Destination
1 Koya line Koyasan
2 Shin-Imamiya, Namba
3 Nankai Main line
Kansai Airport line
Wakayama, Kansai Airport
4 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.

Nankai Railway platforms at track #3

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 Subway Sakaisuji line)

Track# Lines/Trains Destination
1,2,3 Osaka Subway 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.

Osaka Subway Sakaisuji line platform at track #2. Hankyu Railway train is at track #3.

Ticket gate/Exit

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.

Nankai Railway ticket gate
Osaka subway ticket gate. Another ticket gate can be seen in the back. That is Nankai Railway ticket gate.

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.

The stairs and escalators are just right there behind the Nankai Railway ticket gate. Osaka Subway ticket gate is seen in the back.

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.

Shin-Imamiya station guide. How to transfer among JR, Nankai Railway and Subway lines

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.

Namba stations guide. How to change the trains among Nankai, Kintetsu, Hanshin, subway and JR

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.

Value ticket, Osaka City Subway to Kansai int’l Airport

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 Subway Sennichimae line) Nippombashi
You can use 1,000 yen deal for the route above.

Kansai airport (Nankai) Tengachaya (Osaka Subway 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.

2 thoughts on “Tengachaya station guide. How to transfer among Nankai Railway and Subway line”

  1. Hi,

    I am going Japan in Nov this year. The nearest metro station to my hotel is Ebisucho station. I would like to check how to go from this station to Kansai International Airport. I guess I will have to go from Ebisucho to Tengachaya Station first. Can I buy ticket at Tengachaya station for Nankai Airport Express ticket?
    The route will be as follows:
    Tengachaya station – Sakai-Hagoromo–Izumiotsu-Haruki-Kishiwada-Kaizuka-Izumisano (Nankai Line)-Rinku Town-Kansai Airport(Nankai Kuko Line)

    1. Hi Allison,

      As you think, you can take subway to Tengachaya and change to Nankai railway. You can purchase an express train ticket at Tengachaya too.
      Just hop on the train at Tengachaya and you can get Kansai airport directly.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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