Osaka Metro

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Midosuji Line

Traveling in Osaka can be daunting. There are many railway lines which are operated by both government or private companies. While the most common route for tourists to take is Japan Rail (JR), there are many other privately operated companies which may be your only choices in reaching the smaller or remote suburbs, short of catching a local bus, which will be discussed in a separate article.

Please note that JR Pass can NOT be used in any of these privately-run railway lines.

Midosuji Line (御堂筋線, Midōsuji-sen) – It is a railway constructed along Midosuji, a north-south street. It runs for much of its course under Midosuji Avenue, central Osaka’s primary main street which runs between Umeda and Namba. It is the oldest train line in Osaka and the second oldest in Japan. On maps, Midosuji stations are labelled with “M” and represented with red colour. The section between between Senri-Chūō and Esaka are charged a different fare due to being operated by Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway (北大阪急行電鉄, Kita Osaka Dentetsu).

The main stops are Shin-Osaka (transfer to Kyoto, Tokyo, Fukuoka), Umeda (transfer to Kobe, Himeji, Takarazuka, Kyoto, Hokuriku, Tottori, Takayama and Amagasaki), Yodoyabashi (transfer to Kyoto, Aqua-Liner Osaka river cruise), Shinsaibashi (Amemura), Namba (Namba shopping streets, Hozen-ji Temple. Transfer to Wakayama, Nara, Kyoto), Dobutsuen-mae (Tennoji Zoo. Transfer to Osaka Loop Line, Sakai), Tennoji (Shitennoji Temple, Tennoji Park, Tennoji Zoo, Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art), Nagai (Nagai Botanical Garden)

Tanimachi Line (谷町線, Tanimachi-sen) – Tanimachi Line runs from Dainichi Station in Moriguchi to Yaominami Station in Yao. Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 2 (大阪市高速鉄道第2号線). On maps, Midosuji stations are labelled with “T” and represented with purple colour. It is the second busiest route after Midosuji Line. It has connections to all other subway lines in Osaka.

The main stops for this Line are Dainichi (transfer here for Osaka Monorail Main Line), Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome (Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai- longest shopping street in Osaka), Higashi-Umeda (Umeda- transfer to Kobe, Himeji, Takarazuka, Kyoto, Hokuriku, Tottori, Takayama and Amagasaki), Minami-morimachi (Osaka Tenmangu Shrine), Tanimachi 4-chome (Osaka Museum of History, Osaka Castle), Tanimachi 6-chome (Karahori Shotengai), Yuhigaoka (Shitennoji Temple), Tennoji (Shitennoji Temple, Tennoji Park, Tennoji Zoo, Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art)

Yotsubashi Line (四つ橋線, Yotsubashi-sen) – Yotsubashi Line runs parallel to Midosuji Line. It connects Umeda to Suminoekoen. On maps, Yotsubashi stations are labelled with “Y” and represented with blue colour.

The main stops for this line are Nishi-Umeda (Umeda- transfer to Kobe, Himeji, Takarazuka, Kyoto, Hokuriku, Tottori, Takayama and Amagasaki), Higobashi (National Museum of Art, the Osaka Science Museum), Yotsubashi (Shinsaibashi shopping streets), Namba (Namba shopping streets, Hozen-ji Temple. Transfer to Wakayama, Nara, Kyoto), Suminoekoen (Transfer to Cosmosquare)

Chuo Line (中央線, Chūō-sen) – Chuo Line (Osaka) runs west-to-east under the Chuo avenue. Its runs from Cosmosquare to Nagata, where you can transit to Nara via Keihanna Line. It is the only route that is connected to all other lines operated by Osaka Metro, including the Nanko Port Town Line. On maps, Chuo stations are labelled with “C” and represented with green colour.

The main stops for this line are Cosmosquare (Transfer to Suminoekoen), Osakako (Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka Aquareum), Bentencho (Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Kujo (Osaka Dome), Hommachi (Transfer to Midosuji Line, Yotsubashi Line), Tanimachi 4-chome (Osaka Museum of History, Osaka Castle), Morinomiya (Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Nagata (Transfer to Keihanna Line for Nara)

Sennichimae Line (千日前線, Sennichimae-sen)- Sennichimae Line runs from Nodahanshin in the northwest to Minami-Tatsumi. Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 5 (大阪市高速鉄道第5号線). On maps, Sennichimae stations are labelled with “S” and represented with pink colour.

The main stops for this line are Tamagawa (Osaka Central Fish Market. Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Namba (Namba shopping streets, Hozen-ji Temple. Transfer to Wakayama, Nara, Kyoto), Nippombashi (Denden Town, Kuromon Ichiba Market, shopping district), Tsuruhashi (Miyukimori Shopping Street, Korean town. Transfer to Nara, Osaka Loop Line)

Sakaisuji Line (堺筋線, Sakaisuji-sen)- Sakaisuji Line runs from Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome to Tengachaya. Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 6 (大阪市高速鉄道第6号線). On maps, Sakaisuji stations are labelled with “K” and represented with brown colour.

The main stops for this line are Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome (Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai – longest covered shopping street in Japan), Ogimachi (Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Minami-morimachi (Osaka Tenmangu Shrine), Kitahama (Nakanoshima Park), Nippombashi (Denden Town, Kuromon Ichiba Market, shopping district), Ebisucho (Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Shitennoji Temple), Dobutsuen-mae (Tennoji Zoo. Transfer to Osaka Loop Line, Sakai)

Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line (長堀鶴見緑地線, Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi-sen)- Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line is the first linear rapid motor transit line constructed in Japan. It runs between Taisho and Kadoma-Minami. Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 7 (大阪市高速鉄道第7号線). On maps, Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi stations are labelled with “N” and represented with light green colour.

The main stops for this line are Taisho (Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Dome-mae Chiyozaki (Osaka Dome), Shinsaibashi (Amemura), Matsuyamachi (Matsuyamachisuji Shotengai), Tanimachi 6-chome (Karahori Shotengai), Tamatsukuri (Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Morinomiya (Transfer to Osaka Loop Line), Kyobashi (commercial and entertainment areas. Transfer to Osaka Loop Line, Kyoto, Amagasaki).

Imazatosuji Line (今里筋線, Imazatosuji-sen)- Imazatosuji Line runs from Itakano to Imazato. It runs from north to south. It is the only subway line that does not intersect with Osaka Loop Line. It is also the only subway line that does not have any connections to the Midosuji Line, the Yotsubashi Line, or the Sakaisuji Line. Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau refers to it as Osaka City Rapid Railway Line No. 8 (大阪市高速鉄道第8号線). On maps, Imazatosuji stations are labelled with “I” and represented with orange colour.

Imazatosuji Line is a rather featureless route that does not have any major tourist attractions along it. The stations are all suburban residential areas.

Nanko Port Town Line (南港ポートタウン線, Nankō Pōto-taun-sen)- Nanko Port Town Line, also known as New Tram, is an automated guideway transit. It connects Cosmosquare with Suminoekoen. On maps, Nanko Port Town Line stations are labelled with “P” and represented with blue colour.

The main stops for this line are Cosmosquare (Technology companies, convention centers and cultural facilities), Suminoekoen (Suminoe Park, Boat Race Suminoe, Osaka City Bus Terminal).

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