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Top Destinations Along the Linimo MAGLEV Train, Connecting Nagoya to Nagakute

When speaking of international events held in Japan, many will think of the Olympics in Tokyo or the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima. It may come as a surprise that Aichi, specifically the city of Nagakute, was the host of Expo 2005. One of the main legacies left behind by the exposition was the Linimo, a public train service connecting the cities of Nagoya and Nagakute. The Linimo utilizes magnetic levitation technology, also known as MAGLEV, where it maintains its prestige by being the first automated MAGLEV train service in the world. Currently, the largely elevated rail line provides access to various spots in Nagakute via a transfer at Nagoya Municipal Subway’s Fujigaoka Station on the Higashiyama Line.

Here are some of the top destinations in the area:

Moricoro Park (The Aichi Expo Memorial Park)

Moricoro Park
Photo: Shunsuke Kobayashi on Flickr

This is the site of Expo 2005. Supplementary to green space, there is a water park, a Ferris wheel, and other recreational facilities. Landscape architecture aficionados will be enthused by the variety of designs and features of the space. Moricoro is the perfect spot for a nice picnic or a bike ride as we welcome the Japanese summer.

Closest Linimo station: Aichikyūhaku-kinen-kōen Station

Satsuki and Mei’s House

Satsuki & Mei's House
Photo: Gnsin on Wikimedia Commons

An attraction inside Moricoro Park worthy of its own bullet point is the house from Studio Ghibli’s famed My Neighbor Totoro. This is a life-sized recreation of where the two main protagonists, Satsuki and Mei, lived and met Totoro. Visitors are allowed 15–30 minutes (depending on the day) inside the fully-stocked house where they can see and touch anything that meets the eye – How serious are they? Think of used notebooks inside desks and Satsuki’s toys inside drawers.

Closest Linimo station: Aichikyūhaku-kinen-kōen Station

Toyota Automobile Museum

Toyota’s car manufacturing museum, not to be confused with the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, is located in Nagakute. In addition to exhibiting over 160 vehicles from around the globe, the museum also hosts car festivals and demonstrations throughout the year. Toyota’s global headquarters are located in the nearby Nagoya suburb of Toyota City.

Closest Linimo station: Geidai-dōri Station

Siena Coffee Factory

Sienna Coffee Factory

Tucked away in a residential area lies Siena Coffee Factory, a craft coffee destination set inside a converted warehouse and ship container. They call themselves a coffee factory because patrons can witness their coffee roasting first-hand without any obstruction. With unlimited free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, and high-quality coffee and pastries, Siena makes for a great quiet excursion.

Closest Linimo station: Irigaike-kōen Station

While Moricoro Park already has Satsuki and Mei’s House from “My Neighbor Totoro,” Studio Ghibli fans will be excited to know that a large section of the park will become the home of a new Ghibli Theme Park! Expect Hayao Miyazaki’s films to come to life in a few years!

Fujigaoka Station to stations along the Linimo range from 90–390 yen per adult.

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