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Encyclopedia > Shuto Expressway
A map of the Expressway

Shuto Expressway (首都高速道路 Shuto Kōsoku Dōro?, lit. Metropolitan Expressway) is a network of expressways in the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. It is operated and maintained by the Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd. (首都高速道路株式会社 Shuto Kōsoku Dōro Kabushiki-gaisha?). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Greater Tokyo Area (東京都市圏 Tōkyō-toshiken), also the Tokyo-Yokohama area, is a large metropolitan area in Japan consisting of the metropolis of Tokyo and the prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama. ...

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Routes

There are 24 routes currently in operation:


Circumferential routes

The Inner Circular Route, signed as Route C1, is one of the routes of the Shuto Expressway system serving the central part of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... The Central Circular Route, signed as Route C2, is one of the routes of the Shuto Expressway system serving the central part of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... The Yaesu Route (signed as Route Y) is one of the routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area. ... The Tokyo Expressway, also known as the KK Expressway, is a short (2 km) untolled expressway in central Tokyo that is owned and maintained by the Tokyo Metropolitan government. ...

Radial routes

  • No. 1 Ueno Route (Edobashi JCT - Iriya)
  • No. 1 Haneda Route (Hamazaki-bashi JCT - Haneda)
  • No. 2 Meguro Route (Ichinohashi JCT - Togoshi)
  • No. 3 Shibuya Route (Tanimachi JCT - Yoga)
  • No. 4 Shinjuku Route (Miyakezaka JCT - Takaido)
  • No. 5 Ikebukuro Route (Takebashi JCT - Bijogi JCT)
  • No. 6 Mukojima Route (Edobashi JCT - Horikiri JCT)
  • No. 6 Misato Route (Kosuge JCT - Misato JCT)
  • No. 7 Komatsugawa Route (Ryogoku JCT - Yagochi)
  • No. 9 Fukagawa Route (Hakozaki JCT - Tatsumi JCT)
  • No. 10 Harumi Route (under construction)
  • No. 11 Daiba Route (Shibaura JCT - Ariake JCT)
  • S1 Kawaguchi Route (Kohoku JCT - Kawaguchi JCT)
  • S2 Saitama Shintoshin Route (Yono - Saitama-Minuma)
  • S5 Omiya Route (Bijogi JCT - Yono)
  • B Bayshore Route (Kawasaki-ukishima JCT - Koya)

Route 1 is one of the radial routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area. ... Route 1 is one of the radial routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area. ... Route 2 (also known as the Meguro Route) is one of the radial routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area. ... Shuto Expwy 3 as seen from Roppongi Hills. ... Route 4 (also known as the Shinjuku Route) is one of the radial routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area. ...

Kanagawa routes

  • K1 Yokohane Route (Haneda - Ishikawa-cho JCT)
  • K2 Mitsusawa Route (Kinko JCT - Mitsuzawa)
  • K3 Kariba Route (Honmoku JCT - Kariba)
  • K5 Daikoku Route (Namamugi JCT - Daikoku JCT)
  • K6 Kawasaki Route (Tonomachi - Kawasaki-ukishima JCT)
  • B Bayshore Route (Namiki - Kawasaki-ukishima JCT) (Yokohama Circular Route (under construction)')

History

The Metropolitan Expressway was first built between Kyobashi Exit in Chūō-ku, Tokyo and Shibaura Exit in Minato-ku, Tokyo in 1962 for the purpose of increasing traffic flow efficiency in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, thus optimizing and improving the functionality of the traffic system. Since then, 175 miles (280km) of highway network has been built in the Tokyo metropolitan area; 20 miles (32km) more of highway are either constructed or planned, making the Metropolitan Expressway a vast network of urban expressway in the Tokyo region. Location of Chuo-ku in Tokyo. ... Minato (港区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... A typical expressway in Santa Clara County. ...


Even though a legal amendment on 1 April 2005 generally allows a person aged at least 20 with a motorcycle driver license for at least 3 years to carry a passenger on a two-wheel motorcycle on a freeway, some segments including C1 line of the Shuto Expressway still prohibits passengers on two-wheel motorcycles. See also the map in Japanese. Motorcycles with passengers cannot pass through Shutoko from Tomei Expressway or Chūō Expressway to other expressways. April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Driving licences within the European Union are subdivided in different categories. ... The Tōmei (東名) Expressway runs alone the Pacific Coast of Honshū, Japans main island, from Tōkyō (東=東京) to Nagoya (名=名古屋). It connects to the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway [1] system at Yoga (place) (用賀), in Setagaya, Tokyo. ... The Chūō Expressway affords many fine views of Mount Fuji. ...


Trivia

Like all others expressways in Japan including the Tomei Expressway, the Shuto line has become a common street racing road. One of the line Bayshore Route (or known as the Wangan by hashiriyas) received worldwide notoriety during the 90's was the home course for the MidNight Club, one of the most notorious street racing clubs, who were known for their 187 mph (300 km/h), sometimes 200 mph (320 km/h) exploits. The Tōmei (東名) Expressway runs alone the Pacific Coast of Honshū, Japans main island, from Tōkyō (東=東京) to Nagoya (名=名古屋). It connects to the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway [1] system at Yoga (place) (用賀), in Setagaya, Tokyo. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Midnight Club is a series of racing games developed by Rockstar San Diego, highlighting street racing. ...


Portions of the Manga and arcade game Wangan Midnight is based on the Shuto Expressway. C1 Loop is one of the tracks in the game you can drive on. Manga )   is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Wangan Midnight (Japanese: 湾岸ミッドナイト) is a manga series created by Michiharu Kusunoki, of Shakotan Boogie and Sayonara December fame. ...


Tokyo Xtreme Racer, a game similar to Wangan Midnight, also uses the Shuto Expressway for the game. Toyko Xtreme Racer is one of the first launch games released for Sega Dreamcast in 1999. ...


The Shutoko C1 roads were also released as a driveable racetrack for the F1 race simulations Grand Prix Legends and Racer. Both versions are free. Grand Prix Legends (nicknamed GPL) is a computer racing simulator developed by Papyrus Design Group and published in 1998 by Sierra Entertainment. ... See RACER system for the knowledge representation system. ...


It also appears on all six installments of the Shuto Kousoku Trial, one of the most controversial films to come out from Japan, made between 1988 and 1996 and is centralised about the expressway and exploits around it. The Shuto Kousoku Trial series is the Japanese equivalent of The Fast and The Furious series in America. ...


See also

The expressways (高速道路, kōsokudōro, lit. ... Japan Highway Public Corporation ), or JH, is a public company established to construct and manage highway networks in Japan, founded in 1956. ...

External links

  • Official website

  Results from FactBites:
 
Inner Circular Route (Shuto Expressway) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (132 words)
The Inner Circular Route, signed as Route C1, is one of the routes of the Shuto Expressway system serving the central part of the Greater Tokyo Area.
The route runs as a complete loop around the central Tokyo wards of Chiyoda, Chuo, and Minato, with a total length of 14.8 km.
In addition to serving areas of central Tokyo, the Inner Circular Route also serves as the origin of the Shuto Expressway radial routes.
Route 1 (Shuto Expressway) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (211 words)
Route 1 is one of the radial routes of the Shuto Expressway system in the Tokyo area.
Route 1 has two segments: a northern segment (known as the Ueno Route) connecting Chuo-ku to Taito-ku via Ueno; and a southern segment (known as the Haneda Route) connecting Minato-ku to Haneda in Ota-ku.
The expressway continues as Kanagawa Route 1 (Route K1) into Yokohama.
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