Higashi-Meihan Expressway

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Higashi-Meihan Expwy Route Sign.svg

Higashi-Meihan Expressway
東名阪自動車道
Route information
Length: 55.1 km (34.2 mi)
Existed: 1970[1] – present
Major junctions
From: Nagoya-nishi Junction in Nagoya
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0005.svg Nagoya Expressway Mamba Route
Japan road sign 325.svg Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway
To: Ise-Seki Interchange in Tsu, Mie
Japan road sign 325.svg Ise Expressway
Location
Major cities: Ama, Aisai, Yatomi, Kuwana, Yokkaichi, Suzuka, Kameyama
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

Mei-Nikan Expwy Route Sign.svg

Nagoya Daini Kanjo (Mei-Nikan) Expressway
名古屋第二環状自動車道
Route information
Length: 43.7 km (27.2 mi)
Existed: 1988[1] – present
Major junctions
From: Nagoya-minami Junction in Nagoya
Japan road sign 325.svg Isewangan Expressway
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0003.svg Nagoya Expressway Ōdaka Route
To: Nagoya-nishi Junction in Nagoya
Japan road sign 325.svg Higashi-Meihan Expressway
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0005.svg Nagoya Expressway Mamba Route
Location
Major cities: Kasugai, Kiyosu, Ama, Oharu
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Higashi-Meihan Expressway (東名阪自動車道 Higashimeihan Jidōshadō?) is a four lane national expressway in the Tōkai region of Japan. It is owned and operated by Central Nippon Expressway Company.

Naming[edit]

Meihan is a kanji acronym of two characters. The first character represents Nagoya (古屋) and the second character represents Osaka (大). Higashi (東) means east; together with the Meihan Highway and Nishi-Meihan Expressway, it forms a corridor linking the greater Nagoya and Osaka areas.

Officially, the route is designated as the Kinki Expressway Nagoya Osaka Route,[2] however this designation does not appear on any signage. In some areas, signs on the route are written in Japanese as 名阪道 or ひがし名阪道; this is to prevent confusion with the Tōmei Expressway which looks similar when written in Japanese.

Overview[edit]

The first section of what would later become the Higashi-Meihan Expressway opened to traffic in 1970.[1] The section from Nagoya-minami Junction to Takabari Junction is currently under construction; it is expected to open in 2010.[3] There are also plans to expand the section from Yokkaichi Junction to Kameyama Junction to 6 lanes.[3]

The expressway is effectively divided into two parts. From Nagoya-minami Junction to Nagoya-nishi Junction, the expressway forms a semicircle around central Nagoya, built as an elevated expressway on the median of National Route 302. This section is built to an urban expressway standard with no parking areas or service areas and a lower speed limit than other national expressways (60 km/h). Tolls are charged at a flat rate (currently 500 yen for a regular passenger car).[4] The remaining section from Nagoya-nishi Junction to Ise-Seki Interchange is built to the same standards as most other national expressways, with tolls being charged according to distance travelled.

The section between Hikiyama Interchange and Ōmori Interchange consists of tunnels that run underneath waterways; vehicles carrying dangerous goods are forbidden from travelling through these tunnels and must use alternate routes.

List of interchanges and features[edit]

Nagoya-Daini-Kanjo (Mei-Nikan) Expressway Main Route[edit]

名古屋第二環状自動車道

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Nagoya-minami JCT
Notes Location
(5) Nagoya-minami JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Isewangan Expressway
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0003.svg Nagoya Expressway Ōdaka Route
0.0 Midori-ku Nagoya
1 Arimatsu IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 2.4 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance
3.5 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance
2 Narumi IC Tōkaidō
Pref. Route 56 (Nagoya Okazaki Route)
6.5 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance
7.6 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance
3 Ueta IC Japanese National Route Sign 0153.svg National Route 153 (Toyota-nishi Bypass) 11.0 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance Tempaku-ku
12.0 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance
4 Takabari JCT Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0002.svg Nagoya Expressway Higashiyama Route 12.7 Meito-ku
5 Kamiyashiro-minami IC 14.9 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
5-1 Kamiyashiro JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Nagoya Connecting Road 15.4
6 Kamiyashiro IC 15.9 in Meitō Tunnel
Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only
7 Hikiyama IC 17.1 in Meitō Tunnel
Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
TN Meitō Tunnel Dangerous goods forbidden Moriyama-ku
TN Moriyama Tunnel Dangerous goods forbidden
8 Ōmori IC 19.3 in Moriyama Tunnel
Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only
9 Obata IC Pref. Route 15 (Nagoya Tajimi Route) 20.2 in Moriyama Tunnel
Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
10 Matsukawado IC Pref. Route 30 (Sekida Nagoya Route) 22.5 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only Kasugai
11 Kachigawa IC Pref. Route 508 (Utsutsu Kachigawa Route) 23.5 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance
25.2 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance
12 Kusunoki IC 26.9 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only Kita-ku Nagoya
13 Kusunoki JCT Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0001.svg Nagoya Expressway Kusunoki Route
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0011.svg Nagoya Expressway Komaki Route
27.8
14 Yamada-higashi IC 28.9 Exits only Nishi-ku
15 Yamada-nishi IC 30.2 Entrances only
16 Hirata IC 31.8 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only
17 Kiyosu-higashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0022.svg National Route 22 (Meigi Bypass) 32.4 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
Kiyosu
17-1 Kiyosu JCT Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0006.svg Nagoya Expressway Kiyosu Route
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0016.svg Nagoya Expressway Ichinomiya Route
33.0
17 Kiyosu-higashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0022.svg National Route 22 (Meigi Bypass) 33.8 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only
18 Kiyosu-nishi IC 36.0 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
19 Jimokuji-kita IC 37.6 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only Ama
20 Jimokuji-minami IC 38.9 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
21 Ōharu-kita IC 39.9 Nagoya-minami-bound exit, Nagoya-nishi-bound entrance only Ōharu
22 Ōharu-minami IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 41.5 Nagoya-nishi-bound exit, Nagoya-minami-bound entrance only
TB Ōharu Toll Plaza Nagoya-minami-bound only
23 Nagoya-nishi JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Higashi-Meihan Expressway
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0005.svg Nagoya Expressway Manba Route
42.3 Nakagawa-ku Nagoya
Nagoya-nishi JCT Minami IC (provisional name) opening in 2018
Tomida IC (provisional name) Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1
Nan-yo IC (provisional name) Minato-ku, Nagoya
Meishi-nishi IC (provisional name) Japanese National Route Sign 0023.svg Meishi Highway (National Route 23) Tobishima
Tobishima IC/JCT Japan road sign 325.svgIsewangan Expressway
Pref. Rout 71 (Nagoya-nishiko Route)
Junction is planned

Nagoya Connecting Road[edit]

  • Located in Meito-ku, Nagoya
No. Name Connections Dist. from
Nagoya IC
Notes
(21) Nagoya IC Japan road sign 325.svg Tōmei Expressway 0.0 Entrance/exit for local roads only accessible from Tōmei Expressway
5-2 Hongō IC Pref. Route 60 (Nagoya Nagakute Route) 0.5 Nagoya IC-bound exit, Kamiyashiro-bound entrance only
5-1 Kamiyashiro JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway Main Route 1.4

Higashi-Meihan Expressway route[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Nagoya-nishi JCT
Bus Stop Notes Location
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0005.svg Through to Nagoya Expressway Manba Route
23 Nagoya-nishi JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Nagoya Daini Kanjo Expressway
Japanese National Route Sign 0302.svg National Route 302
0.0 Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya Aichi Prefecture
24 Nagoya-nishi IC Pref. Route 40 (Nagoya Kanie Yatomi Route) 0.8
TB Nagoya-nishi Toll Gate Ama
25 Kanie IC Pref. Route 65 (Ichinomiya Kanie Route) 3.6 Kanie
- Saya JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Ichinomiya-Nishiko Road (planned) Aisai
26 Yatomi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0155.svg National Route 155 (Yatomi Bypass) 9.0 Yatomi
27 Nagashima IC Pref. Route 7 (Suigō Kōen Route)
Pref. Route 117 (Tado Nagashima Route)
Pref. Route 168 (Tatsuta Nagashima Inter Route)
12.7 Kuwana Mie
28 Kuwana-higashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0258.svg National Route 258 16.0
PA Ōyamada PA 17.0
29 Kuwana IC Pref. Route 63 (Hoshigawa Nishibessho Route) 19.9
29-1 Yokkaichi JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Isewangan Expressway 23.3 Yokkaichi
BS Chiyoda Bus Stop X Closed
30 Yokkaichi-higashi IC Pref. Route 64 (Kamiebi Mochibuku Route) 25.8
SA Gozaisho SA 27.2
BS Agata Bus Stop X Closed
31 Yokkaichi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0477.svg National Route 477 32.2
BS Nishiyama Bus Stop X Closed
32 Suzuka IC Pref. Route 27 (Kanbe Nagasawa Route) 41.8 Suzuka
TB Suzuka Toll Gate Closed March 13, 2005
32-1 Kameyama JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Shin-Meishin Expressway 46.9 Kameyama
BS Sumiyama Bus Stop X Closed
PA Kameyama PA/
SIC
52.1 Highway Oasis
33 Kameyama IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 (Seki Bypass)
Japanese National Route Sign 0025.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Meihan Highway
53.2 Ise-Seki-bound exit, Nagoya-bound entrance only
34 Ise-Seki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0025.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Meihan Highway 55.1 Ise-Seki IC ←→ Higashi-Meihan: No Access Tsu
Japan road sign 325.svg Through to Ise Expressway

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "History of the Expressway Network in the Greater Nagoya Area". Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  2. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b "NEXCO-Central Business Outline" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  4. ^ "E-NEXCO Drive Plaza Route Search". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 

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