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Old May 28th, 2014, 11:29 PM   #501
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Old May 29th, 2014, 08:07 PM   #505
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Old May 29th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #506
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Old June 28th, 2014, 05:21 PM   #507
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The Ken-O Expressway is an under construction outer beltway of Tokyo. It is the fourth ring road of the metropolitan area and runs through a mix of suburbs, golf courses and agricultural areas, though the majority is fairly populated.



Being an outer ring road, it has mostly 4 lanes. Most of the Ken-O Expressway was built after 2000, but it also incorporated some stretches that were bypasses, built as far back as the mid-1980s.

The Ken-O Expressway is not a full loop, although it does come close. The southern part is not linked because of the very high cost to cross the Tokyo Bay. This route can be driven via the Aqua Line and Bayshore Route. The Ken-O Expressway has a length of 300 kilometers, but it takes about 350 kilometers to drive it once completed.

Most, if not all of the remaining segments of the Ken-O Expressway are currently under construction. The longest missing links are north and east of Tokyo. The northern route will be completed by the end of this year or in 2014, the eastern part near Narita Airport will likely be completed by 2015.

A small southern part near Yokohama will also be completed by 2015, 70% of this route runs underground. Most of the northern beltway is elevated, the eastern beltway is mostly at-grade. The western part has several tunnels.
It open today
New expressway section to ease traffic through central Tokyo

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A new section of the Metropolitan Intercity Expressway will open Saturday, linking three major highways in the Kanto region. The smoother flow of traffic is expected to ease congestion in central Tokyo and bring more tourists to areas along the new route.

The new 14.8-kilometer portion of the existing Metropolitan Intercity Expressway, also known as the Keno-do, will connect the Takaosan and Sagamihara-Aikawa interchanges.

Once it opens, the section will allow traffic flow between the Tomei, Chuo and Kanetsu expressways to detour around the heart of Tokyo.

About 60 percent, or 180 kilometers, of the 300-kilometer Keno-do has so far opened.

According to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry’s Sobu national highway office, about 90 percent of vehicles driving between the Tomei and Kanetsu expressways go through the city center, taking Tokyo’s expressways and Inner Circular Route 8 among other routes.
Currently, it takes 89 minutes to drive between Ebina Junction of the Keno-do and Tsurugashima Junction of the Kanetsu Expressway via Route 8. The opening of the Keno-do’s new section will reduce the figure to 53 minutes, and so is expected to significantly cut the number of vehicles traveling through the middle of Tokyo.

The toll between Ebina and Tsurugashima junctions has been set at ¥2,300 until March 2016. That is ¥110 less than a path over Route 8 and Kanetsu Expressway, among others.

Central Nippon Expressway Co. predicts that most vehicles going through central Tokyo will use the Keno-do following the opening of the new section.

The route from the Tomei to Kanetsu expressways, and vice versa, is an arterial highway, and about 20 percent of cars on its roads are large vehicles, such as trucks.

Takashi Kaneko, a public relations officer for the Japan Trucking Association, said, “The opening will help improve drivers’ working environment.”

According to an estimate by the ministry’s Kanto Regional Development Bureau in 2011, Saturday’s opening of the new section will generate an economic benefit of about ¥55.1 billion a year due to the reduction of driving time and cost, among other reasons.

In the event of a disaster, the Keno-do with the new section can be used as a diversion route or alternative transport route.

The opening of the new section is expected to have positive effects on the tourism industry. Currently, it takes 131 minutes from Ebina Interchange to Tomioka Interchange of the Joshinetsu Expressway, the nearest interchange to Tomioka Silk Mill, a newly designated UNESCO World Heritage site in Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture. With the section’s opening, that time will be reduced to 95 minutes.

An official of the Gunma prefectural government said, “We’d like to strengthen our promotional campaigns in Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures to attract more tourists to the site.”





























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Old June 28th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #509
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shoulder running

Japan is also introducing shoulder running along several expressways in Greater Tokyo. The first seems to be coming to the Chuo Expressway in the western suburbs of Tokyo.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001388400
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Old June 29th, 2014, 07:49 AM   #511
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Tomei expressway

tokyo tollgate, Kanagawa
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New Tomei, Fuji river
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Old June 29th, 2014, 08:59 AM   #512
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chuo highway open 1967
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Old June 29th, 2014, 09:34 AM   #514
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walking in ken-o expressway near Takao IC

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Old July 3rd, 2014, 07:28 AM   #516
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Habu service Area Up line (鬼平江戸処 Edo' Onihei) ,Tohoku Highway

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Old July 3rd, 2014, 08:30 AM   #517
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 07:31 PM   #518
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I took these videos three yeas ago

South Kofu to Sudama,Chuo highway and to Nagasaka,Yamanashi prefecture to catch the stag beetle



Driving to Katsunuma Town to catch the stag beetle
Route 20 and country road in Katsunuma (grape field))

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