|Length:||136.6 km (84.9 mi)|
|Existed:||1981 – present|
|From:||Murata Junction in Murata, Miyagi
|To:||Sakata-Minato Interchange in Sakata, Yamagata
Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway
Yamagata Prefectural Route 59
|Major cities:||Yamagata, Sagae, Tsuruoka|
|National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
The expressway is officially referred to as the Tōhoku Ōdan Expressway Sakata Route. From Tsuruoka Junction to Sakata-Minato Interchange the expressway is concurrent with the Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway, which is planned to extend further north to Akita Prefecture and Aomori Prefecture.
The expressway begins in southern Miyagi Prefecture at a junction with the Tōhoku Expressway and heads west, crossing over into Yamagata Prefecture. The route passes to the north of the Yamagata city area and subsequently meets the Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway. From here the expressway crosses mountainous areas of western Yamagata Prefecture before reaching the city of Tsuruoka near the Japan Sea coastline. The remainder of the expressway follows a northerly course paralleling the coastline to the terminus in the city of Sakata.
The route is incomplete between Gassan Interchange and Yudonosan Interchange which cuts the route into two physically separate sections. Travellers must use National Route 112 to travel between the two interchanges. As of March 2008 there are no plans to make the Yamagata Expressway a single contiguous expressway.
The expressway is 4 lanes from Murata Junction to Yamagata Junction and 2 lanes for all other sections. The speed limit is 80 km/h for the 4-laned section and 70 km/h for the 2-laned sections.
List of interchanges and features
- IC - interchange, SIC - smart interchange, JCT - junction, SA - service area, PA - parking area, BS - bus stop, TN - tunnel, BR - bridge, TB - toll gate
|(26)||Murata JCT||Tōhoku Expressway||0.0||83.5||Murata||Miyagi|
|1||Miyagikawasaki IC|| National Route 286
Pref. Route 14 (Watari Ōgarawa Kawasaki Route)
|2||Sasaya IC||National Route 286||22.3||61.2|
|TN||Sasaya Tunnel||↓||↑||Murata-bound - 3,411 m
Sakata-bound - 3,286m
|3||Sekizawa IC||National Route 286||28.1||55.4||Sakata-bound exit, Murata-bound entrance only|
|National Route 286||35.6||47.9|
|TN||Sakazukiyama Tunnel||↓||↑||Murata-bound - 1,234 m
Sakata-bound - 1,240 m
|5||Yamagata-kita IC||National Route 13||41.9||41.6|
|Emergency Exit||↓||↑||Access for Yamagata Chūō Hospital
Authorized vehicles only
|6||Yamagata JCT||Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway||46.6||36.9|
|BR||Mogamigawa Bridge||↓||↑||Mogami River crossing||Nakayama|
|7||Sagae IC||National Route 112||52.8||30.7||Sagae|
|8||Nishikawa IC||National Route 112||67.0||16.5||○||Nishikawa|
|TB||Nishikawa Toll Gate||↓||↑|
|TN||Kazeakesan Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,920 m|
|9||Gassan IC||National Route 112||83.5||0.0|
|Through to National Route 112 (Gassan Road)|
|10||Yudonosan IC||National Route 112||0.0||53.1||Tsuruoka||Yamagata|
|TN||Tamugimata Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,921 m|
|TN||Miguriya Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,463 m|
|BS||Shōnai-Asahi Bus Stop||9.1||44.0||○|
|11||Shōnai-Asahi IC||Pref. Route 44 (Amarume Atsumi Route)||9.9||43.2|
|National Route 7||23.8||29.3|
|13||Tsuruoka JCT||Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway||↓||↑||Opens in 2011|
|14||Shōnai Airport IC||Pref. Route 33 (Shōnai Airport Tachikawa Route)||34.1||19.0||Sakata|
|National Route 7||41.2||11.9|
|BR||Mogamigawa-Hakuchō Bridge||↓||↑||Mogami River crossing|
|16||Sakata-Minato IC||Pref. Route 59 (Sakata Yawata Route)||53.1||0.0|
|Through to Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway (Planned)|
- "Expressway Opening Dates". Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- "E-NEXCO Opening Schedule". Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- (in Japanese) East Nippon Expressway Company