Inner Circular Route (Shuto Expressway)
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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.
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.
List of interchanges and exits ordered following the outer loop (clockwise) beginning just past Edobashi Junction.
|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||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||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-koen 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 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.
- Okada, Keisuke, "Push to replace Tokyo's aging expressways with tunnel routes revived, Japan Times, 17 March 2012, p. 3.
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