Meishin Expressway

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Meishin Expressway
名神高速道路
Route information
Part of AH1
Maintained by the Central Nippon Expressway Company and the West Nippon Expressway Company
Length: 193.9 km (120.5 mi)
Existed: July 16, 1963 – present
Major junctions
From: Komaki, Aichi ((24) Komaki IC)
To: Nishinomiya, Hyōgo((38) Nishinomiya IC)
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Meishin Expressway (名神高速道路 Meishin Kōsoku-dōro?) (=193.9 km) is a toll expressway in Japan. It runs from a junction with the Tomei Expressway in Nagakute, Aichi (outside Nagoya) west to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo (between Osaka and Kobe). It is the main road link between Osaka and Nagoya, and, along with the Tōmei Expressway, forms the main road link between Osaka and Tokyo. East of the Chūgoku Expressway near Osaka, it is part of Asian Highway Network (AH1).

The part east of interchange 29 (Yōkaichi) is owned by the Central Nippon Expressway Company; the rest is owned by the West Nippon Expressway Company.

The Meishin Expressway was the first expressway in Japan, with a section near Osaka and Kyoto opening July 16, 1963.

The Meishin Expressway parallels the old Nakasendō between Kyoto and Nagoya, now Route 8 and Route 21. The Meihan National Highway is a mostly non-tolled freeway between Osaka and Nagoya, lying further south and built to lower standards. The Shin-Meishin Expressway is an under-construction route between Osaka and Nagoya, lying between the two other high-speed roads, that will connect to the Shin-Tōmei Expressway (via the Isewangan Expressway) and the Sanyō Expressway. It roughly parallels the old Tōkaidō (Route 1).

During the Great Hanshin Earthquake of January 17, 1995, the Meishin Expressway was lightly damaged but could only be used by emergency vehicles for weeks after the earthquake. It was the only remaining link between Osaka and Kobe for some time after the quake.

List of interchanges and features[edit]

Interchanges not yet opened, closed, or abandoned are shown with a gray background. Exit numbers continue from the sequence of the Tomei Expressway.

No. Name Connections Dist. (km)
from Tokyo
Bus
Stop
Notes Location
Through to Japan road sign 325.svg Tomei Expressway
24 Komaki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0041.svgNational Route 41 (Meinō Bypass)
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0011.svgNagoya ExpresswayRoute 11 (Komaki Route)
346.7 Komaki Aichi
BS Iwakura Bus stop 350.8 X Ichinomiya
PA Owari-Ichionomiya PA 353.2
352.4
25 Ichinomiya IC Japanese National Route Sign 0022.svgNational Route 22 (Meigi Bypass)
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0016.svgNagoya ExpresswayRoute 16 (Ichinomiya Route)
355.0
25-1 Ichinomiya JCT Japan road sign 325.svgTokai Hokuriku Expressway
Japan road sign 325.svgIchinomiya Nishikō Road (Planned)
359.6
BS Bisai Bus stop 363.1 X
BR Kisogawa Bridge 1,014 m (3,327 ft)
Hashima Gifu
PA Hashima PA 366.1 X PA: westbound only
25-2 Gifu-Hashima IC Pref. Route 46 (Gifu-Hahsima Interchange Route) 368.1
BR Nagaragawa Bridge 630 m (2,070 ft)
Anpachi
BS Ampachi Bus stop 371.5 X
BR Kisogawa Bridge 349 m (1,145 ft)
Ogaki
26 Ogaki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0258.svgNational Route 258 374.9 S
26-1 Yoro JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Tokai Kanjo Expressway 378.5 Yoro
BS Yoroguchi Bus stop 379.6 X
SA Yoro SA 381.7
PA Kami-Ishizu PA 388.3 westbound only
abandoned on December 20, 2001
Ogaki
27 Sekigahara IC Japanese National Route Sign 0365.svgNational Route 365 389.4 Sekigahara
TN Imasu Tunnel eastbound: 380 m (1,250 ft)
westbound: 400 m (1,300 ft)
TN Sekigahara Tunnel eastbound: 220 m (720 ft)
westbound: 240 m (790 ft)
Maibara Shiga
BS Santo Bus stop 396.6 X
PA Ibuki PA 398.6
BS Maihara Bus stop 404.0 X
27-1 Maihara JCT Japan road sign 325.svgHokuriku Expressway 405.1
TN Maihara Tunnel eastbound: 170 m (560 ft)
westbound: 150 m (490 ft)
Hikone
TN Hikone Tunnel eastbound: 430 m (1,410 ft)
westbound: 427 m (1,401 ft)
28 Hikone IC Japanese National Route Sign 0306.svgNational Route 306 412.9 X
SA Taga SA 417.6 S Taga
PA Kora PA 421.3 X abandoned on September 29, 2005 Kora
28-1 Koto-Sanzan PA/SIC Pref. Route 344 (Koto-Sanzan Interchange Route) 424.2
424.0
X Aisho
BS Hyakusaiji Bus stop 428.2 S Higashiomi
29 Yokaichi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0421.svgNational Route 421
Pref. Route 327 (Koto-Yokaichi Route)
434.5 S
PA Kuromaru PA 437.6
BS Gamo Bus stop X
29-1 Gamo SIC Pref. Route 41 (Tsuchiyama Gamo Omihachiman Route) 440.9
BS Ryuo Bus stop X Ryuo
29-1 Ryuo IC Japanese National Route Sign 0477.svgNational Route 477 446.9
PA Bodaiji PA 451.7
451.8
S Konan
BR Yasugawa Bridge
Ritto
- Ritto-higashi JCT Koka Konan Road (projected) 456.9 Koka Konan Road←→Nagoya: no access
opening in 2015 or later
30 Ritto IC Japanese National Route Sign 0008.svgNational Route 8
Japanese National Route Sign 0008.svgYasu Ritto Bypass (planned)
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgNational Route 1
Pref. Route 55 (Kamitoyama Kamimagari Route)
457.9 X Japan's first expressway route (to Nishinomiya): opened on September 6, 1964
BS Kusatsu Bus stop 461.4 X Kusatsu
30-1 Kusatsu JCT Japan road sign 325.svgShin-Meishin Expressway Otsu Connection Route 464.0
PA Kusatsu PA 465.3
Otsu
30-2 Seta-higashi JCT/IC Japan road sign 325.svgKeiji Bypass (toll route)
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgNational Route 1 (Keiji Bypass free route)
467.7 westbound exit, eastbound entrance
Seta-nishi IC/Bus stop Pref. Route 57 (Seta-nishi Interchange Route) 469.0 X eastbound exit, westbound entrance
BR Setagawa Bridge 500 m (1,600 ft)
31 Otsu IC/SA Pref. Route 56 (Otsu Interchange Route) 474.7 X
TN Otsu Tunnel eastbound: 430 m (1,410 ft)
westbound: 418 m (1,371 ft)
BR Semimaru Bridge 62 m (203 ft)
TN Semimaru Tunnel eastbound: 387 m (1,270 ft)
westbound: 376 m (1,234 ft)
32 Kyoto-higashi IC Pref. Route 143 (Shinomiya Yotsuzuka Route, Sanjo Street)
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgNational Route 1 (Gojo Bypass)
Japanese National Route Sign 0161.svgNational Route 161 (Nishi-Otsu Bypass)
477.6 Kyoto Kyoto
BS Yamashina Bus stop X
BS Fukakusa Bus stop 486.0 S
- Kyoto-minami JCT Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0008.svgHanshin Expressway Route 8 Kyoto Line (planned) planned for 2021
33 Kyoto-minami IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgNational Route 1 (Keihan National Road) 487.5 entrances, westbound exit
33-1 eastbound 1st exit
33-2 eastbound 2nd exit
BR Katsuragawa Bridge
PA Katsuragawa PA 490.0
33-3 Oyamazaki JCT/IC Japan road sign 325.svgKyoto Jukan Expressway
Japan road sign 325.svgKeiji Bypass
Japanese National Route Sign 0171.svgNational Route 171
495.3 S Left Route Oyamazaki
TN Tennozan Tunnel eastbound Right Route: 1,720 m (5,640 ft)
eastbound Left Route: 2,010 m (6,590 ft)
westbound Right Route: 1,490 m (4,890 ft)
westbound Left Route: 1,440 m (4,720 ft)
Shimamoto Osaka
TN Kajiwara Tunnel Kajiwara Daini Tunnel eastbound Right Route: 180 m (590 ft)
Kajiwara Daini Tunnel eastbound Left Route: 180 m (590 ft)
Kajiwara Daini Tunnel westbound Right Route: 150 m (490 ft)
Kajiwara Tunnel westbound Left Route: 870 m (2,850 ft)
Kajiwara Daiichi Tunnel eastbound Right Route: 740 m (2,430 ft)
Kajiwara Daiichi Tunnel eastbound Left Route: 700 m (2,300 ft)
Kajiwara Daiichi Tunnel westbound Right Route: 820 m (2,690 ft)
Takatsuki
PA Sakurai PA 503.5 Abandoned in March 1998
- Takatsuki Daini JCT Japan road sign 325.svgShin-Meishin Expressway (planned) 505.0 opening in 2016
BS Takatsuki Bus stop 506.1 S
34 Ibaraki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0171.svgNational Route 171 511.4 S Ibaraki
35 Suita JCT/IC Japan road sign 325.svgChugoku Expressway
Japan road sign 325.svgKinki Expressway
Pref. Route 2 (Osaka Chuo Kanjosen)
514.7 Chugoku Expwy←→Nishinomiya: no access Suita
SA Suita SA 517.8
TN Senriyama Tunnel 510 m (1,670 ft)
Toyonaka
36 Toyonaka IC Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0011.svgHanshin Expressway Route 11 Ikeda Line
Pref. Route 10 (Osaka Ikeda Route)
524.2
BR Inagawa Bridge Amagasaki Hyogo
37 Amagasaki IC Pref. Route 13 (Amagasaki Ikeda Route) 529.0
BR Mukogawa Bridge
Nishinomiya
38 Nishinomiya IC Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0003.svgHanshin Expressway Route 3 Kobe Line (for Kobe)
Japanese National Route Sign 0043.svgNational Route 43
536.0 Japan's first expressway route (to Ritto): opened on September 6, 1964
Meishin-Wangan Connection Route (planned)

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