Inner Circular Route (Shuto Expressway)

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Shuto Urban Expwy Sign C1.svg
Marked C1 on this map of the Shuto Expressway system

The Inner Circular Route (都心環状線 Toshin Kanjō-sen?), signed as Route C1, is one of the routes of the Shuto Expressway system serving the central part of the Greater Tokyo Area. The route is a complete loop around the central Tokyo wards of Chiyoda, Chūō, and Minato, with a total length of 14.3 km (8.9 mi). In addition to serving areas of central Tokyo, the Inner Circular Route is also serves the origin of the Shuto Expressway radial routes. This route is notorious for street racing.

History[edit]

The expressway was built between 1962 and 1967, partly in preparation for the 1964 Summer Olympics. In 2009, Tokyo private industries proposed funding a project to dismantle the elevated expressways and put them underground.[1]

Exit List[edit]

List of interchanges and exits ordered following the outer loop (clockwise) beginning just past Edobashi Junction.

Miyakezaka JCT.
Near Shiodome
Near Ginza
Municipality Exit/interchange name Destinations Notes
Chūō-ku Takaracho Yaesu-dori, Hatchobori 2 crossing Outer loop exit/inner loop entrance
Chūō-ku Kyobashi JCT Tokyo Expressway to Higashi-ginza exit and Shimbashi access from outer loop only
Chūō-ku Kyobashi Inner loop exit/outer loop entrance
Chūō-ku Shintomicho Exit only
Chūō-ku Ginza
Chūō-ku Shiodome JCT Tokyo Expressway and Yaesu Route to Kita-ikebukuro access from inner loop only
Chūō-ku Shiodome inner loop exit/outer loop entrance
Minato-ku Hamasakibashi JCT Route 1 to Haneda and Bayshore Route
Minato-ku Shiba-koen Tokyo Tower
Minato-ku Ichinohashi JCT Route 2 to Meguro and Keihin #2 Road
Minato-ku Iikura Gaien-higashi-dori, Roppongi outer loop exit/inner loop entrance
Minato-ku Tanimachi JCT Route 3 to Shibuya and Tomei Expressway
Chiyoda-ku Kasumigaseki Diet Building, Japanese Government offices
Chiyoda-ku Miyakezaka JCT Route 4 to Shinjuku and Chūō Expressway
Chiyoda-ku Daikancho British Embassy in Tokyo, Chidorigafuchi Park outer loop exit/inner loop entrance
Chiyoda-ku Kita-no-maru Kitanomaru Park, Nippon Budokan inner loop exit/outer loop entrance
Chiyoda-ku Takebashi JCT Route 5 to Kita-Ikebukuro, Omiya, and Kan-Etsu Expressway
Chiyoda-ku Kandabashi Otemachi
Chiyoda-ku Kandabashi JCT Yaesu Route to Marunouchi and Haneda access from outer loop only
Chūō-ku Gofukubashi inner loop exit/outer loop entrance
Chūō-ku Edobashi outer loop exit/inner loop entrance
Chūō-ku Edobashi JCT Route 1 to Ueno
Route 6 to Hakozaki JCT, and Bayshore Route via Route 9
Route 1 to Ueno can be access from inner loop only.

Notes[edit]