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Old August 12th, 2016, 10:37 PM   #661
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Old August 13th, 2016, 03:19 AM   #662
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yeah but on the other hand... who doesn't drive over that off-marked bit in a roundabout?
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Old August 13th, 2016, 05:09 PM   #663
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Old August 26th, 2016, 07:52 PM   #664
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Old August 26th, 2016, 08:11 PM   #665
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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:07 PM   #666
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ken-o-d0 will be completed in this year?

last one is Tsukuba section in Ibaraki

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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:17 PM   #667
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the connection of Ken-o-do and #2 Tomei Highway

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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:37 PM   #668
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KEINAWA EXPRESSWAY in kansai


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Old September 10th, 2016, 08:59 PM   #669
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expressway numbering

Wow, Japan is going to introduce road numbers for expressways!
Japan develops numbering system for expressway system

A transport ministry panel has drafted a numbering system for the Japanese expressway system so even foreign drivers will be able to understand it.

The ministry plans to introduce the system ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after soliciting public opinion. Under the system, expressways will be given the same numbers as the national routes running alongside them, in principle, except that they will be preceded by the letter E for expressway.

The Tomei Expressway, which basically runs parallel to National Route 1, will be numbered E1, for example. Similarly, the Sanyo Expressway will be numbered E2 and the Kyushu Expressway E3. The circular Tokyo Gaikan Expressway would be numbered C3.

The ministry will start adding the numbers to expressway signs next year, starting with expressway sections around Olympic facilities, tourist spots and airports.
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Old September 10th, 2016, 11:03 PM   #670
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Finally! I felt the Japanese expressway system was incomplete without a numbering system.
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The Ken-O is the outer Tokyo belt, correct?
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Old September 11th, 2016, 02:35 AM   #672
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The Ken-O is the outer Tokyo belt, correct?
It could be considered an outer belt, but in name, that privilege goes to the Gaikan, which roughly translates as "Outer Circular Route." Ken-O roughly translates to "central zone." Interestingly, neither have a majority of their routes inside of Tokyo-to.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 02:57 AM   #673
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Finally! I felt the Japanese expressway system was incomplete without a numbering system.
I wonder if the minor expressways will be numbered as well? I need a good excuse for another road trip!

I suspect most locals will probably ignore the numbers and use the names. I was once riding with a local through central Tokyo and got a blank stare when I mentioned the "C1" (a.k.a. "Toshin-Kanjo-sen").
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I suspect that the numbers will sneak into common usage over the next couple of decades.
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The Tokyo-Gaikan Expressway is only partially completed. You can't even use it from Chuo or Tomei Expressways.

Until the Ken-O Expressway is completed, through traffic following expressways would have to go deep into Tokyo to get on the Central Circular (C2) to go from Chuo/Tomei to Tohoku/Joban.

Before 2010 traffic from Tomei to Tohoku even had to use the Inner Circular (C1) right through central Tokyo, because neither C2 and Ken-O were completed at that time.

But I suppose there were/are detours posted for through traffic to keep them away from Central Tokyo.
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A transport ministry panel has drafted a numbering system for the Japanese expressway system so even foreign drivers will be able to understand it.
What's the point in understanding it when it is very difficult to drive there in the first place? To drive in Japan one needs a Japanese driving license. Which pretty much prevents foreigners from driving on Japanese roads.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 03:43 PM   #677
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Are you sure about that? Some friends of mine have rented cars in Japan without a Japanese driving license. I guess international licenses are accepted as well.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #678
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You are only allowed to drive with international driver license for a maximum of one year.

Source: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2022.html
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Old September 11th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #679
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Not many countries with an extensive expressway / motorway / freeway network have no numbering system for them. The Philippines recently introduced E-numbering as well. Malaysia uses such a system too.

Other countries in East Asia with a sizeable amount of expressways also have numbering systems, such as China, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Vietnam doesn't yet number its expressways.

That leaves Indonesia as a country with a sizeable amount of expressways with no numbering plan at all. Though Singapore's expressways are also not numbered (but they are abbreviated with 3-character codes)
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Old September 11th, 2016, 06:18 PM   #680
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What's the point in understanding it when it is very difficult to drive there in the first place? To drive in Japan one needs a Japanese driving license. Which pretty much prevents foreigners from driving on Japanese roads.
You can drive here with an international license up to 1 as was stated.

If you're a valid resident of Japan, then you can easily get your valid driver's license in your home country translated at the Japan Automobile Federation and go to any Drivers Testing Center and take a 10 question exam on a computer and walk out with a Japanese license on the same day... If you're from most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and certain US states like California and New York. Otherwise you will need to take a driving road test.


Also it's quite easy to drive here. The hardest thing was the lack of street names in towns and cities and the addressing system is bonkers but car navigation systems changed that game a long time ago.
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