Shutoku Expressway

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Shutoku Expressway is Tokyo is a series of mostly elevated highways snaking their way through Tokyo.

Routes include the C1 Inner Circular Route, the Ueno Route that goes out to Haneda Airport, the Shinjuku Route and the Daiba Route across Rainbow Bridge.

In all there are three circular routes (C1, C2, Y) and twelve radial routes in inner Tokyo (Routes 1-11 and B for Bayshore), five routes to Kanagawa (K1, K2, K3, K5, K6) including to Kawasaki and three routes out to Saitama (S1, S2, S5) including to Omiya.

Shutoku Expressway Tokyo

The Yamate Tunnel part of the Shutoku is presently under construction in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro areas. Once completed the tunnel will be the longest underground road tunnel in Japan (around 18km) and the second longest in the world after the tunnel between Lærdal and Aurland in Norway (24km).

A fixed toll is charged on the Shutoku Expressway, 700 yen for the Tokyo routes, 400 for Saitama routes and 600 for Kanagawa routes. The Shotoku became a popular venue in the 1990s for illegal street racing particularly the the Bayshore Route (Wangan) in Tokyo Bay.

Shutoku Expressway map
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