Karisaka Tunnel

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Coordinates: 35°53′13″N 138°47′32″E / 35.886825°N 138.792343°E / 35.886825; 138.792343

Japanese National Route Sign 0140.svg
Karisaka Tunnel (雁坂トンネル有料道路
Location Saitama Prefecture • Yamanashi Prefecture
Status In service
Route Japanese National Route Sign 0140.svgJapan National Route 140
Start Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture
End Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Work begun October, 1988
Constructed September, 1994
Opened April, 1998
Traffic Automobiles • Motorbikes
Toll Passenger cars: 710 yen
Mid-sized cars:860 yen
Heavy vehicles: 1,170 yen
Oversized vehicles:1,980 yen
Light motor vehicles (up to 660cc): 560 yen
Motorbikes: 70yen
Length 6,625m
Operating speed Not specified.
Speed limit: 40km/h
Mopeds: 30km/h
Width 7.5m
The tollboth at the tunnel entrance on the Yamanashi-prefecture end

The Karisaka Tunnel is a Japanese toll tunnel that opened April 23, 1998 between Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture and Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Until this tunnel opened, there was no direct road connection between Saitama and Yamanashi prefectures.[1]


  • At 6,625m long, the tunnel is the fifth-longest road tunnel in Japan.
  • Tolls are collected when traveling north from Yamanashi to Saitama.
  • Equipped with fire-prevention equipment
  • Built using the New Austrian Tunneling method
  • Pedestrians, bicycles, and specialized small vehicles are prohibited.
  • 50cc motorbikes can be ridden through the tunnel.
  • Hazardous cargo is restricted.
1953 Plan announced
1968 Surveying began in Saitama and Yamanashi
October 1984 The route was approved
November 1988 Construction began in Yamanashi
May 1989 The groundbreaking was held in Yamanashi
November 1990 Construction began in Saitama
September 1994 Breakthrough
April 23, 1998 Opening
October 1998 Deregulation of large-vehicle traffic


  1. ^ Karisaka Tunnel (Japanese) (Translate to English: Google, Bing)]

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