Chuo Line Subway 中央線
Osaka Subway: Chuo Line
The Chuo Line in Osaka is a municipal subway running west-east from Cosmosquare at Osaka Port to Nagata Station through Hommachi and north central Osaka.
The Chuo Line (color-coded dark green) is an Osaka subway line operated by Osaka Municipal Subway running approximately 18km between Cosmosquare in the port area of Osaka to Nagata in the east where the Kintetsu Keihanna Line continues to Gakken Nara-Tomigaoka. This Osaka-only line is not to be confused with the much bigger JR Chuo Line.
The Chuo Line has 14 stations and was built in stages from 1964 to 1986. The OTS Technoport Line between Osakako and Cosmosquare became part of the Chuo Line in 2006.
The Chuo Line is the only line of the Osaka subway that connects to all the other Osaka subway lines as well as the Nanko Port Town Line.
Chuo Line Stations
The 14 stations of the Chuo Line are: Cosmosquare, Osakako, Asashiobashi, Bentencho, Kujo, Awaza, Hommachi, Sakaisuji-Hommachi, Tanimachi Yonchome, Morinomiya, Midoribashi, Fukaebashi, Takaida and Nagata.
Cosmosquare Station (コスモスクエア; C10) connects with the Nanko Port Line to Suminoekoen where it intersects with the Yotsubashi Line. Cosmosquare is an area of reclaimed lane that features the 252m-tall Osaka World Trade Center and the huge Asia & Pacific Trade Center retail mall. The island is also home to a Natural Bird Sanctuary and the impressive 1,200-tonne glass dome of the former Osaka Maritime Museum (closed since 2013).
Osakako Station (大阪港; C11) is located in the Tempozan district of Osaka, a shopping and entertainment area which includes the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and the Osaka Aquarium or Kaiyukan. The Capt.Line ferry runs from here to Universal Studios Japan.
Asashiobashi Station (阿波座; C12) is on the corner of Yahataya Park with the Osaka Pool and the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium.
Bentencho Station (弁天町; C13) in Minato-ku connects with the Osaka Loop Line.
Awaza Station (阿波座; C15) connects with the Sennichimae Line of Osaka subway. Awaza Station is reasonably close to Utsubo Park.
Hommachi (本町; C16) in Chuo-ku connects with the Midosuji Line and Yotsubashi Line of the Osaka subway.
Sakaisuji-Hommachi (堺筋本町; C17) connects with the Sakaisuji Line of the Osaka subway and is close to Chuo-ku Ward Office.
Tanimachi Yonchome Station
Morinomiya Station (森ノ宮; C19) in Chuo-ku connects with the Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line of Osaka subway and Osaka Loop Line. The station is at the south east corner of Osaka-jo Koen.
Midoribashi Station (緑橋; C20) connects with the Imazatosuji Line.
Fukaebashi Station (深江橋; C21) is located in a residential area of Higashinari-ku.
Takaida Station (高井田; C22) connects with the JR Osaka Higashi Line at Takaida-Chuo Station.
Nagata (長田; C23) connects with the Keihanna Line with a through service to Gakken Nara-Tomigaoka Station.
Trains on the Chuo Line run from around 5am until midnight, 7 days a week with reduced services at the weekends and public holidays.
See a full timetable here (in Japanese): kensaku.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp
The Osaka Municipal Transportation Information Center (Tel: 06 62119503) is located at Namba Station and has detailed information in English on the Osaka subway and city buses and the various travel passes available such as the Kansai Thru Pass.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm: Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am-7pm