Tōhoku Expressway

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Tōhoku Expressway sign

Tōhoku Expressway
東北自動車道
Route information
Length: 679.5 km[2] (422.2 mi)
Existed: 1972[1] – present
Major junctions
From: Kawaguchi Junction in Kawaguchi, Saitama
Shuto Urban Expwy Sign S1.svg Shuto Expressway Kawaguchi Route
Japan road sign 325.svg Tokyo Gaikan Expressway
To: Aomori Interchange in Aomori, Aomori
Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7
Japan road sign 325.svg Aomori Expressway
Location
Major cities: Saitama, Tatebayashi, Utsunomiya, Kōriyama, Fukushima, Sendai, Morioka, Kazuno, Hirosaki
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Tōhoku Expressway (東北自動車道 Tōhoku Jidōsha-dō?) is a national expressway in Japan. It is owned by Japan Expressway Holding and Debt Repayment Agency and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.

Naming[edit]

Tōhoku refers to the Tōhoku region, the northernmost region on the island of Honshū.

Officially the expressway is designated as the Tōhoku Jūkan Expressway Hirosaki Route. It is also concurrent with the Tōhoku Jūkan Expressway Hachinohe Route until Ashiro Junction, where it diverges from the Tōhoku Expressway to become the Hachinohe Expressway.[3]

Overview[edit]

The expressway links the Tōhoku region with the Kantō region and the greater Tokyo urban area. It is also the longest expressway among all expressways operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.[2]

Starting at a junction with the Tokyo Gaikan Expressway to the north of Tokyo, the expressway follows a northerly course through the plains of Saitama Prefecture and Tochigi Prefecture before entering the mountainous interior of the Tōhoku region. Passing through central Fukushima Prefecture, the expressway then enters Miyagi Prefecture and passes to the west of Sendai, the largest city in the Tōhoku region. The expressway continues north into Iwate Prefecture, passing the prefectural capital Morioka. In the northern part of Iwate, the expressway veers to the northwest, while the Hachinohe Expressway branches off to the northeast. The Tōhoku Expressway continues into central Aomori Prefecture before terminating in the city of Aomori, the prefectural capital.

The route parallels the Tōhoku Shinkansen and Tōhoku Main Line of East Japan Railway Company as well as National Route 4 from the origin to the city of Morioka. North of Morioka the route diverges and parallels the Ōu Main Line and National Route 7 to the terminus in Aomori.

The expressway is 6 lanes from Kawaguchi Junction to Utsunomiya Interchange, and 4 lanes from Utsunomiya to the terminus in Aomori.

Many sections of the expressway were damaged on 11 March 2011 during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The expressway reopened on 24 March 2011.[4]

List of interchanges and features[edit]

Kawaguchi JCT - Sendai-Miyagi IC[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Dist. from
Terminus
Bus Stop Notes Speed Limit Location
Through to Shuto Urban Expwy Sign S1.svg Shuto Expressway Kawaguchi Route
1 Kawaguchi JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Tokyo Gaikan Expressway 0.0 679.5 80 km/h Kawaguchi Saitama
2 Urawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0122.svg National Route 122 3.2 676.3 Aomori-bound exit, Kawaguchi-bound entrance only Midori-ku, Saitama
Japanese National Route Sign 0122.svg National Route 122
Japanese National Route Sign 0463.svg National Route 463 (Koshigaya Urawa Bypass)
4.8 674.7 Kawaguchi-bound exit, Aomori-bound entrance only
TB Urawa Toll Gate
100 km/h
3 Iwatsuki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0016.svg National Route 16 (Iwatsuki Kasukabe Bypass) 10.5 669.0 Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama
SA Hasuda SA 18.2 661.3 Hasuda
BS Shiraoka Bus Stop 20.5 659.0 X Closed Shiraoka
<3-1> Kuki-Shiraoka JCT Japanese National Route Sign 0468.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Ken-Ō Expressway (Planned) 24.1 655.4 Opens in 2010 Kuki
4 Kuki IC Pref. Route 3 (Saitama Kurihashi Route) 25.5 654.0
5 Kazo IC Japanese National Route Sign 0125.svg National Route 125 33.4 646.1 Kazo
5-1 Hanyū IC Pref. Route 84 (Hanyū Kurihashi Route) 39.4 640.1 Hanyū
PA Hanyū PA 40.6 638.9
BR Tonegawa Bridge Tone River crossing
Meiwa Gunma
6 Tatebayashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0354.svg National Route 354 46.0 633.5 Tatebayashi
BR Watarasegawa Bridge Length - 400 m Itakura
Sano Tochigi
7 Sano-Fujioka IC Japanese National Route Sign 0050.svg National Route 50 55.0 624.5 Tochigi
Sano
SA Sano SA 58.0 621.5 X Bus Stop closed
<7-1> Iwafune JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Kita-Kantō Expressway (Planned) 61.8 617.7 Opens in 2011 Iwafune
BS/CB Iwafune BS/CB 63.6 615.9 X Bus Stop closed
8 Tochigi IC Pref. Route 32 (Tochigi Kashiwao Route) 72.7 606.8 Tochigi
8-1 Tochigi-Tsuga JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Kita-Kantō Expressway 75.4 604.1
PA Tsuganishikata PA 79.3 600.2
BR Omoigawa Bridge
Kanuma
BS/CB Isomachi BS/CB 84.8 594.7 X Bus Stop closed
9 Kanuma IC Japanese National Route Sign 0121.svg National Route 121 91.5 588.0 X Bus Stop closed
PA Ōya PA 99.3 580.2 Utsunomiya
10 Utsunomiya IC Japanese National Route Sign 0119.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Nikkō Utsunomiya Road
Japanese National Route Sign 0119.svg National Route 119 (Utsunomiya Kita Road)
103.0 576.5
SA Kamikawachi SA/
SIC
110.6 568.9 SIC: Aomori-bound exit, Kawaguchi-bound entrance only
BR Kinugawa Bridge Length - 600 m
Sakura
11 Yaita IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 (Ujiie Yaita Bypass)
Pref. Route 30 (Yaita Nasu Route)
120.2 559.3 Yaita
PA Yaita-kita PA 127.5 552.0
BS/CB Tanohara BS/CB X Bus Stop closed
BR Hōkigawa Bridge Length - 192 m Nasushiobara
12 Nishinasuno-
Shiobara IC
Japanese National Route Sign 0400.svg National Route 400 139.1 540.4
<12-1> Kuroiso IC Pref. Route 53 (Ōtawara Takabayashi Route) 145.5 534.0 Opens in 2008
PA Kuroiso PA
BR Nakagawa Bridge Naka River crossing
Nasu
13 Nasu IC Pref. Route 17 (Nasukōgen Route) 152.5 527.0
SA Nasukōgen SA/
SIC
160.5 519.0 SIC: Aomori-bound exit, Kawaguchi-bound entrance only
14 Shirakawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 169.7 509.8 Nishigō Fukushima
BS Nishigō Bus Stop 171.1 508.4
BR Abukumagawa Bridge Abukuma River crossing
Length - 130 m
PA Abukuma PA 178.7 500.8 Shirakawa
15 Yabuki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4
Japan road sign 325.svg Abukuma Kōgen Road
186.3 493.2 Yabuki
PA Kagamiishi PA 193.9 485.6 Kagamiishi
16 Sukagawa IC Pref. Route 67 (Nakano Sukagawa Route) 198.2 481.3 Sukagawa
PA Asaka PA 206.0 473.5 Kōriyama
17 Kōriyama-minami IC Pref. Route 47 (Kōriyama Naganuma Route) 207.7 471.8
18 Kōriyama IC Japanese National Route Sign 0049.svg National Route 49 216.4 463.1
18-1 Kōriyama JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Ban-etsu Expressway 220.2 459.3
19 Motomiya IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 223.1 456.4 Motomiya
SA Adatara SA 226.3 453.2
BS/CB Ōtama BS/CB X Bus Stop closed Ōtama
20 Nihonmatsu IC Japanese National Route Sign 0459.svg National Route 459
Pref. Route 355 (Sukagawa Nihonmatsu Route)
236.0 443.5 X Bus Stop closed Nihonmatsu
PA Fukushima-
Matsukawa PA/SIC
244.7 434.8 X Bus Stop closed Fukushima
TN Fukushima Tunnel 247.5 432.0 Kawaguchi-bound - 880 m
Aomori-bound - 910 m
21 Fukushima-nishi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0115.svg National Route 115 254.9 424.6
BR Arakawa Bridge Length - 188 m
PA Azuma PA 257.7 421.8
<21-1> Fukushima JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway (Planned) 261.7 417.8 Planned
22 Fukushima-Iizaka IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13 264.9 414.6
BS Kōri Bus Stop X Closed Kōri
23 Kunimi IC Pref. Route 46 (Shiroishi Kunimi Route) 276.0 403.5 Kunimi
SA Kunimi SA 281.9 397.6
BS/CB Kosugō BS/CB X Bus Stop closed Shiroishi Miyagi
BS/CB Shiroishi-nishi BS/CB 295.0 384.5 X Bus Stop closed
BR Shiroishigawa Bridge Length - 373 m
24 Shiroishi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 (Shiroishi Bypass) 299.5 380.0
PA Zaō PA 304.1 375.4 Zaō
80 km/h
25 Murata IC Pref. Route 14 (Watari Ōgawara Kawasaki Route) 311.8 367.7 Murata
26 Murata JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Yamagata Expressway 314.5 365.0
PA Sugō PA 319.6 359.9
27 Sendai-minami IC/
JCT
Japan road sign 325.svg Sendai-Nanbu Road
Japanese National Route Sign 0286.svg National Route 286
326.8 352.7 Taihaku-ku, Sendai
28 Sendai-Miyagi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0048.svg National Route 48 (Sendai Nishi Road, Ayashi Bypass) 332.4 347.1 Aoba-ku, Sendai

Sendai-Miyagi IC - Aomori IC[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Dist. from
Terminus
Bus Stop Notes Speed Limit Location
28 Sendai-Miyagi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0048.svg National Route 48 (Sendai Nishi Road, Ayashi Bypass) 332.4 347.1 80 km/h Aoba-ku, Sendai Miyagi
BR Hirosegawa Bridge Length - 320 m
PA Izumi PA/SIC 342.6 336.9 Izumi-ku, Sendai
29 Izumi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 346.1 333.4
100 km/h
30 Tomiya JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Sendai-Hokubu Road 349.3 330.2 Open Tomiya
PA Tsurusu PA 354.4 325.1 Taiwa
30 Taiwa IC Pref. Route 3 (Shiogama Yoshioka Route) 357.1 322.4
PA Sanbongi PA 366.8 312.7 Ōsaki
BR Narusegawa Bridge
31 Furukawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0047.svg National Route 47 375.1 304.4
SA Chōjahara SA/
SIC
381.0 298.5
BS Takashimizu Bus Stop X Closed Kurihara
32 Tsukidate IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 391.2 288.3
BS Tsukidate Bus Stop X Closed
PA Shiwahime PA 396.8 282.7
33 Wakayanagi-Kannari IC Pref. Route 4 (Nakada Kurikoma Route) 403.0 276.5
PA Kannari PA 408.8 270.7
34 Ichinoseki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0342.svg National Route 342 420.3 259.2 Ichinoseki Iwate
80 km/h
TN Ichinoseki Tunnel 421.0 258.5
PA Chūsonji PA 423.3 256.2
Hiraizumi
TN Hiraizumi Tunnel 428.0 251.5
35 Hiraizumi-Maesawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 431.8 247.7
SA Maesawa SA 437.5 242.0 Ōshū
100 km/h
36 Mizusawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 (Kanegasaki Bypass) 449.3 230.2
36-1 Kitakami-Kanegasaki IC/
PA
Pref. Route 50 (Kitakami-Kanegasaki Inter Route) 458.0 221.5 Kitakami
37 Kitakami JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Akita Expressway 461.8 217.7
38 Kitakami-Ezuriko IC Japanese National Route Sign 0107.svg National Route 107 464.7 214.8
PA Hanamaki PA 472.6 206.9 Hanamaki
38-1 Hanamaki-minami IC Pref. Route 12 (Hanamaki Ōmagari Route) 474.5 205.0
38-2 Hanamaki JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Kamaishi Expressway 478.6 200.9
39 Hanamaki IC Pref. Route 37 (Hanamaki Koromogawa Route) 481.3 198.2
SA Shiwa SA 489.2 190.3 Shiwa
40 Shiwa IC Pref. Route 46 (Shiwa Inter Route) 494.1 185.4
PA Yahaba PA 501.3 178.2 Yahaba
41 Morioka-minami IC Pref. Route 36 (Kamiyonai Yuzawa Route) 505.1 174.4 Morioka
BR Shizukuishigawa Bridge Length - 470 m
42 Morioka IC Japanese National Route Sign 0046.svg National Route 46 512.1 167.4
PA Takizawa PA 520.1 159.4 Takizawa
43 Takizawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 522.1 157.4
44 Nishine IC Japanese National Route Sign 0282.svg National Route 282 532.2 147.3 Hachimantai
80 km/h
SA Iwatesan SA 537.3 142.2
45 Matsuo-Hachimantai IC Pref. Route 45 (Kashiwadai Matsuo Route) 541.7 137.8
PA Maemoriyama PA 544.2 135.3
TN Ryūgamori Tunnel
PA Hata PA 556.6 122.9
46 Ashiro JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Hachinohe Expressway 563.3 116.2
47 Ashiro IC Japanese National Route Sign 0282.svg National Route 282 564.6 114.9
PA Tayama PA 573.2 106.3
TN Tayama Tunnel
BR Origumai Bridge Length - 444 m Kazuno Akita
PA Yuze PA 585.2 94.3
BR Sasanowatari Bridge Length - 239 m
BR Keikoku Bridge Length - 146 m
BR Tengu Bridge Length - 171 m
BR Hachimantai Bridge Length - 408 m
48 Kazuno-Hachimantai IC Japanese National Route Sign 0282.svg National Route 282 590.7 88.8
SA Hanawa SA 593.7 85.8
49 Towada IC Japanese National Route Sign 0103.svg National Route 103 602.6 76.9
TN Kamedayama Tunnel Kosaka
49-1 Kosaka IC Pref. Route 2 (Ōdate Towadako Route) 610.7 68.8
PA Kosaka PA 613.5 66.0
<49-2> Kosaka JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway (Planned) 617.0 62.5 Planned
TN Sakanashi Tunnel Length - 4265 m 70 km/h
Hirakawa Aomori
TN Ikarigaseki Tunnel 80 km/h
50 Ikarigaseki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7 630.7 48.8
PA Ajara PA 635.8 43.7 Ōwani
BS Ōwani Bus Stop 640.0 39.5
51 Ōwani-Hirosaki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7 643.7 35.8
100 km/h
SA Tsugaru SA 646.5 33.0 Hirakawa
52 Kuroishi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0102.svg National Route 102 653.6 25.9 Kuroishi
BS Botandaira Bus Stop 654.9 24.6
PA Takadate PA 660.8 18.7
BS Hagurotai Bus Stop 665.5 14.0 Aomori
53 Namioka IC/
JCT
Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7
Japanese National Route Sign 0101.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Tsugaru Expressway
Pref. Route 285 (Namioka Fujisaki Route)
667.6 11.9
54 Aomori IC Japan road sign 325.svg Aomori Expressway
Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7 (Aomori Kanjō Road)
679.5 0.0 Route 7 ←→ Aomori Expwy: No access
55 Aomori IC Japan road sign 325.svg Aomori Expressway
Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7(Aomori Kanjo Road)
686.4 0.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expressway Opening Dates". Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ NHK World, "Tohoku Expressway Reopened To All Traffic", 24 March 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°53′36″N 139°43′14″E / 35.893284°N 139.720522°E / 35.893284; 139.720522