Higashikyushu Expressway

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Higashikyushu Expressway sign

Higashikyushu Expressway
東九州自動車道 E10 Expressway (Japan).png
Route information
Length 436 km (271 mi)
Existed 1999 – present
Major junctions
From Kitakyushu Junction in
Kyushu Expressway
To Kajiki Junction in Aira
Kyushu Expressway
Location
Major cities Oita, Nobeoka, Miyazaki
Kanoya, Kirishima
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
Miyazaki,Japan

The Higashikyushu Expressway (東九州自動車道, Higashi-Kyūshū jidōshadō) is one of the Expressways of Japan from Kitakyūshū (and the bridge to Honshū) to east of Kagoshima linking with the Kyushu Expressway. It runs through the prefectures of Fukuoka, Oita, Miyazaki and the Kagoshima prefectures. The freeway runs entirely on the island of Kyūshū. The total length is 436 km.

Overview[edit]

The first section of the expressway was opened to traffic in 1999. As of March 2009 the expressway incomplete in many areas. The next section is scheduled to open in 2010 (Soo Yagorō Interchange to Sueyoshi Takarabe Interchange). After this, Most of the incomplete areas will be built according to the New Direct Control System, whereby the burden for construction costs will be shared by the national and local governments and no tolls will be collected. Currently the section between Saiki Interchange and Nobeoka Minami Interchange, and Kanoya Kushira Junction and Sueyoshi Takarabe Interchange operates according to this principle.

The expressway is 4 lanes from Kitakyushu Junction to Kanda Kitakyushu-kūkō Interchange and Ōita Mera Interchange to Ōita Miyagawachi Interchange, and 2 lanes for all remaining sections.

The route parallels the Nippō Main Line of Kyushu Railway Company and National Route 10 for much of its length.

History[edit]

  • December 15, 1994, a section from Hiji Junction to Hayami Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • November 27, 1999, a section from Oita Mera to Oita Miyagawachi Interchanges was opened to traffic.
  • March 4, 2000, a section from Kokubu to Hayato Higashi Interchange was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • March 25, 2000, a section from Miyazaki Nishi Interchange to Kiyotake Junction was opened to traffic.
  • March 31, 2001, a section from Saito to Miyazaki Nishi Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • April 18, 2001, the Oita Nogyo Bunka Koen Interchange was opened.
  • December 19, 2001, the Kajiki Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • December 27, 2001, a section from Oita Miyagawachi to Tsukumi Interchanges was opened to traffic.
  • March 2, 2002, a section from Sueyoshi Takarabe to Kokubu Interchanges was opened to traffic.
  • March 30, 2002, the Hiji Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • February 26, 2006, a section from Kitakyushu Junction to Kanda Kitakyushu Airport Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • June 28, 2008, a section from Tsukumi to Saiki Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • March 14, 2010, a section from Soo Yagoro to Sueyoshi Takarabe Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • July 17, 2010, a section from Takanabe to Saito Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • December 14, 2010, a section from Kadogawa to Hyuga Interchange was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • December 15, 2012, a section from Sumie to Kitagawa Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • December 22, 2012, a section from Tsuno to Takanabe Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • February 16, 2013, a section from Kamae to Kitaura Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • March 23, 2013, a section from Kiyotake Junction to Kiyotake Minami Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • March 8, 2014, a section from Kitaura to Sumie Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • March 16, 2014, a section from Hyuga to Tsuno Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • March 23, 2014, a section from Kanda Kitakyushu Airport to Yukuhashi Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • December 13, 2014, a section from Yukuhashi to Miyako Toyotsu Interchange was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • December 13, 2014, the Shiida Minami Interchange was opened.
  • December 21, 2014, a section from Kanoya Kushira Junction to Soo Yagoro Interchange was opened to traffic.
  • December 21, 2014, the Kanoya Kushira Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • March 1, 2015, a section from Buzen to Usa Interchanges was opened to traffic with another freeway.
  • March 21, 2015, a section from Saiki to Kamae Interchanges was opened to traffic.
  • April 28, 2015, the Imagawa Parking Area and the Yukuhashi Imagawa Bus Stop was opened.
  • April 24, 2016, a section from Shiida Minami to Buzen Interchange was opened to traffic which made the Higashikyushu Expressway from Kitakyushu to Miyazaki fully accessible with no gaps.
  • March 25, 2017, the Kadogawa Minami Smart Interchange was opened.
  • March 11, 2018, a section from Nishinan Kitago to Nichinan Togo Interchanges was opened to traffic.

Interchanges[edit]

Between Kitakyushu Junction and Hayami Interchange[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist.
from
Origin
Bus
stop
Notes Location
(2-1) Kitakyushu JCT Kyushu Expressway 0.0 Fukuoka Kitakyushu
1 Kanda Kitakyushu-kūkō IC 8.2 Kanda
2 Yukuhashi IC 16.8 Yukuhashi
PA/SIC Imagawa PA/SIC 19.1
3 Miyako Toyotsu IC 24.2 Miyako
4 Tsuiki IC 26.4 Chikujō
5 Shiida IC 31.5
6 Shiida Minami IC 33.1 For Kitakyushu only
7 Buzen IC 40.3 Buzen
PA/SIC Kōge PA/SIC 45.5 Kōge
8 Nakatsu IC 52.5 Oita Nakatsu
9 Usa IC 61.4 Usa
10 Innai IC 66.0 For Oita only
11 Ajimu IC 71.2
12 Oita Nōgyō Bunka Kōen IC 77.5
13 Hayami IC 83.8 Hiji
(10) Hiji JCT 87.1
Through to Ōita Expressway

Between Oita Mera and Aburatsu Interchanges[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist.
from
Kitakyushu
Dist.
from
Tosu
Bus
stop
Notes Location
Through to Ōita Expressway
14 Oita Mera IC 116.9 134.5 Oita Oita
PA Oita Matsuoka PA 119.8 137.4
15 Oita Miyagawachi IC 123.1 140.7
16 Usuki IC 137.1 154.7 Usuki
17 Tsukumi IC 144.1 161.7 Tsukumi
PA Yayoi PA Scheduled to be opened in 2021 Saiki
TB Saiki TB
18 Saiki IC 157.1 174.7
18-1 Saiki Katata IC 162.2 179.8
19 Kamae IC 177.5 195.1
19-1 Kamae Hatōzu IC 186.3 203.9
20 Kitaura IC 191.7 209.3 Miyazaki Nobeoka
20-1 Sumie IC 198.1 215.7 For Nobeoka only
21 Kitagawa IC 203.7 221.3
22 Nobeoka JCT/IC Kyushu Chūō Expressway 216.5 234.1
23 Nobeoka Minami IC 223.5 241.1
TB Kadogawa TB 227.9 245.5 Kadogawa
24 Kadogawa IC 228.0 245.6 For Nobeoka only
BS Kadogawa BS
SIC Kadogawa Minami SIC 229.6 247.2 For Miyazaki only
25 Hyūga IC 241.9 259.5 Hyūga
26 Tsuno IC 261.9 279.5 Tsuno
PA Kawaminami PA 268.9 286.5 Kawaminami
27 Takanabe IC 274.8 292.4 Takanabe
28 Saito IC 286.9 304.5 Saito
BS Kunitomi BS 297.9 315.5 Kunitomi
SIC Kunitomi SIC 298.5 316.1 Scheduled to be opened in 2019
BS Miyazaki BS 302.6 320.2 Miyazaki
29 Miyazaki Nishi IC 303.7 321.3
PA Miyazaki PA 306.7 324.3
30 Kiyotake IC 311.6 329.2
(4-1) Kiyotake JCT E10 Expressway (Japan).png Miyazaki Expressway 313.8 331.4
TB Kiyotake Minami TB
30-1 Kiyotake Minami IC 315.0 332.6
Under Construction
31 Nichinan Kitagō IC 332.8 350.4 Nichinan
32 Nichinan Togō IC 341.8 359.4
Aburatsu IC 345.0 362.6 Planned
Planned route

Between Aburatsu and Natsui Interchanges[edit]

Between Natsui Interchange and Kajiki Junction[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist.
from
Origin
Dist.
from
Terminus
Bus
stop
Notes Location
Planned route
Natsui IC 0.0 85.5 Planned Kagoshima Shibushi
Shibushi IC 3.7 81.8 Planned
Ōsaki IC 13.4 72.1 Planned Ōsaki
37 Kanoya Kushira JCT 22.9 62.6 Kanoya
37-1 Nogata IC 29.4 56.1 Ōsaki
38 Soo Yagorō JCT 40.6 44.9 Soo
39 Sueyoshi Takarabe IC 51.7 33.8
Sueyoshi Takarabe TB
PA Kokubu PA 68.4 17.1 Kirishima
40 Kokubu IC 74.2 11.3
41 Hayato Higashi IC 79.0 6.5
42 Hayato Nishi IC 82.6 2.9
(24) Kajiki IC 85.1 0.4 Aira
(25) Kajiki JCT Kyushu Expressway 85.5 0.0