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Old September 14th, 2016, 01:54 PM   #681
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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.

As a foreigner who has just converted his Indonesian licence and passed the writing exam (written in English and surprisingly very easy) + driving exam in just one take last week, I approve this. I was surprised that it is not hard as people supposed it to be.

Combined with the nationwide automatic electronic toll road collecting system ETC and its cutting edge ITS (Intelligent Transport System) which provides nationwide actual real-time traffic congestion, disturbances, roadwork data, etc., that could be displayed instantly on your car's navigation system, driving in Japan has never been easier. Plus the road direction signs are always displayed both in Japan and English so no need to learn difficult kanjis.
Just be prepared to spare enough money though, because the tolls are rather expensive, if not the most expensive in the world
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Old September 15th, 2016, 08:53 AM   #682
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Major car rental agencies in Japan (e.g. Toyota Rent A Car, Nissan Rent a Car, Honda Rent-a-Lease Hokkaido, etc.) will accept International Driver License (IDP)

Just show them your International Driving Permit as well as your passport when renting a car from any of their airport locations
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Old September 19th, 2016, 05:17 AM   #683
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More on expressway numbering

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201609120029.html

Another article discussing the planned expressway numbering, with example signs.

The numbers for lower numbered expressways look to mirror their parallel main national routes. A japanese version of the article lists the following:

E1(東名、名神高速)(Tomei, Meishin)

E2(山陽道)(Sanyo)

E3(九州道)(Kyushuu)

E4(東北道)(Tohoku)

E5(北海道縦貫道)(Hokkaido-Jukan)

E6(常磐道など)(Joban)

E7(日本海東北道など)(Nihonkai-Tohoku)

E8(北陸道)(Hokuriku)

E9(山陰道など)(San'in)

E17(関越道)(Kan-Etsu)

E20(中央道)(Chuo)

E1A(新東名、新名神など)(Shin-Tomei, Shin-Meishin)

E2A(中国道など)(Chugoku)

C3(東京外環道)(Tokyo Gaikan)

A google image search led me to the following map:



There you have it...

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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.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/201.../#.V9RJSK1N2Vc
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Old September 19th, 2016, 12:40 PM   #684
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Long live Tokai-Hokuriku and Noetsu expressways! They are going to be E41 .
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Old September 19th, 2016, 01:31 PM   #685
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???

I don't get the big deal.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 08:11 PM   #686
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Higher speed limit to be tested on 2 expressways

The National Police Agency said Thursday it will raise the expressway speed limit to 110 kilometers per hour from the current 100 kph in two designated sections in a trial expected to begin in fiscal 2017 at the earliest.

The higher speed limit will be tested on a 50.5-kilometer Shin-Tomei Expressway section in Shizuoka Prefecture and a 30.6-kilometer Tohoku Expressway section in Iwate Prefecture.

In Japan, the expressway speed limit has not exceeded 100 kph since the nation’s first expressway, the Meishin Expressway, opened in 1963.
Full news report: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003280269
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Old October 14th, 2016, 12:35 AM   #687
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Higher speed limit to be tested on 2 expressways

The National Police Agency said Thursday it will raise the expressway speed limit to 110 kilometers per hour from the current 100 kph in two designated sections in a trial expected to begin in fiscal 2017 at the earliest.

The higher speed limit will be tested on a 50.5-kilometer Shin-Tomei Expressway section in Shizuoka Prefecture and a 30.6-kilometer Tohoku Expressway section in Iwate Prefecture.

In Japan, the expressway speed limit has not exceeded 100 kph since the nation’s first expressway, the Meishin Expressway, opened in 1963.
Full news report: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003280269
It's still too low I think, considering that almost everybody drives above 120 kph, only slowing down before speed cameras that could be tracked by apps. Also, many segments for example in Kansai area still have only 80 even 60 kph speed limits, which felt like turtle...
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Old October 14th, 2016, 06:15 AM   #688
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It's still too low I think, considering that almost everybody drives above 120 kph, only slowing down before speed cameras that could be tracked by apps. Also, many segments for example in Kansai area still have only 80 even 60 kph speed limits, which felt like turtle...
Yeah I agree.

I mean any speed limit increase is great.........but imho, it's too low. I mean, most people drive faster than that (heck I personally can hit up to 170 km/h in a frickin Toyota Corolla with a 1.6 liter engine)

In any case:
Maybe they can raise it to 130 km/h instead.........with a 20% tolerance (like what they do in some European countries).

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Old November 26th, 2016, 11:01 PM   #689
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Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway

Works are ongoing to expand the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway to a four lane expressway in Gujo, Gifu Prefecture. This is the 125 meter tall Washimi Bridge, the tallest bridge in Japan. It will be completed in 'fiscal 2018' (which runs until 31 March next year).



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Old November 27th, 2016, 04:47 PM   #690
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Major car rental agencies in Japan (e.g. Toyota Rent A Car, Nissan Rent a Car, Honda Rent-a-Lease Hokkaido, etc.) will accept International Driver License (IDP)

Just show them your International Driving Permit as well as your passport when renting a car from any of their airport locations
At least some years back, that did not work for all countries. For the German driving license, for example, an official translation obtained from the German embassy in Tokyo was required. Thus, a certified copy of your license and the fee amount had to be mailed in advance to the embassy, to receive your translation in time before your departure to Japan.

A feasible procedure, but not as simple as just getting the IDP from your local authority.

(The rental companies might accept any documents, but in the end the driver is responsible of carrying what is legally required on him)
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Old December 11th, 2016, 08:22 PM   #691
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A number of expressway segments opened to traffic recently. These are mostly two-lane expressways.

Sanriku Expressway
A 9 kilometer segment of the Sanriku Expressway opened to traffic on 30 October in the Tohoku Region. It runs from Mitaki-do to the coastal town of Shizugawa.

Shizugawa IC


San-in Kinki Expressway
A 4 kilometer segment of the San-in Kinki Expressway opened to traffic on 30 October. It runs between the exits of Omiya Morimoto and Yoza Amanohashidate.



Akita Expressway
A 12 kilometer segment of the Akita Expressway (also known as the Takanosu-Odate Road) opened to traffic on 22 October, between Takanosu and Niida, just west of the city of Odate.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 12:02 PM   #692
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Route K7 North-Yokohama

Next 18 march 2017, 8.2 km of the Route K7 (North-Yokohama Route) will be open. The new highway connects the Daisan-Keihin Road with the K1 Expressway (Yokohama Route) with three middle IC around the Yokohama International Stadium/Shin Yokohama Station, Kikuna Station and with the National Route 1.




From left to right, Yokohama Kouhoku JCT, Shin-Yokohama IC, Kishiya-Namamugu IC, and Namamugi JCT.

Expressway is extended nortwest following the Tsurumi river to connect with the Tomei Expwy.

Starting on Namamugi JCT with K1:







Cotton Harbour Marina Gate Bldg https://goo.gl/maps/iajJUxmAs1n









Bridge over the Tokaido, Keihin-Tohoku and Keikyu lines

Some shots inside the 5.9km tunnel:































Next, the Shin-Yokohama IC and Yokohama Kouhoku JCT section:













Source: http://travel.watch.impress.co.jp/do...s/1043759.html





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Old February 27th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #694
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Bando IC .Kenodo open on 26th Feb 2017
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How do Japanese engineers and construction companies manage to build such pristine infrastructure? From all the pictures of roads around the world, the Japanese easily take the crown home. Is the construction material of better quality?
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Old March 9th, 2017, 05:44 AM   #696
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How do Japanese engineers and construction companies manage to build such pristine infrastructure? From all the pictures of roads around the world, the Japanese easily take the crown home. Is the construction material of better quality?
I think, the roads are well-maintained; lots of maintenance and repavement of roads that actually could still pass as high quality roads in some countries like my own.
But it comes with a steep price though, literally, because the expressway tolls are among the steepest in the world.
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Old March 9th, 2017, 07:36 AM   #697
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Yeah. US$100 one way Tōkyo to Osaka is one reason the infrastructure looks so well maintained 😁
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Yeah. US$100 one way Tōkyo to Osaka is one reason the infrastructure looks so well maintained 😁
Even that is if you are using ETC card (like E-Z Pass in USA); the regular fare is even more than $125!
Might as well take the Shinkansen instead...
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So, the entire Ken-O is either open or under construction from Enoshima to Narita, right? How are the plans to go past Narita to the Boso Peninsula section progressing?
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