Meishin Expressway

Meishin Expressway

Meishin Expressway sign

Meishin Expressway
Route information
Maintained by the Central Nippon Expressway Company and the West Nippon Expressway Company
Length: 193.9 km (120.5 mi)
Existed: July 16, 1963 – present
Major junctions
From: Komaki, Aichi ((24) Komaki IC)
To: Nishinomiya, Hyōgo((38) Nishinomiya IC)
Highway system

National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Meishin Expressway (名神高速道路 Meishin Kōsoku-dōro?) (=193.9 km) is a toll expressway in Japan. It runs from a junction with the Tomei Expressway in Nagakute, Aichi (outside Nagoya) west to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo (between Osaka and Kobe). It is the main road link between Osaka and Nagoya, and, along with the Tōmei Expressway, forms the main road link between Osaka and Tokyo. East of the Chūgoku Expressway near Osaka, it is part of Asian Highway Network (AH1).

The part east of interchange 29 (Yōkaichi) is owned by the Central Nippon Expressway Company; the rest is owned by the West Nippon Expressway Company.

The Meishin Expressway was the first expressway in Japan, with a section near Osaka and Kyoto opening July 16, 1963.

The Meishin Expressway parallels the old Nakasendō between Kyoto and Nagoya, now Route 8 and Route 21. The Meihan National Highway is a mostly non-tolled freeway between Osaka and Nagoya, lying further south and built to lower standards. The Shin-Meishin Expressway is an under-construction route between Osaka and Nagoya, lying between the two other high-speed roads, that will connect to the Second Tomei Expressway (via the Isewangan Expressway) and the Sanyō Expressway. It roughly parallels the old Tōkaidō (Route 1).

During the Great Hanshin Earthquake of January 17, 1995, the Meishin Expressway was lightly damaged but could only be used by emergency vehicles for weeks after the earthquake. It was the only remaining link between Osaka and Kobe for some time after the quake.

Exit list

Interchanges not yet opened are shown with a red background. Exit numbers continue from the sequence of the Tomei Expressway.

Number km Name Intersecting routes Opened Notes
Tomei Expressway for Shizuoka and Tokyo
24 Komaki IC (小牧) Nagoya Expressway Route 11 (Komaki Route)
Route 41
April 25, 1968
25 Ichinomiya IC (一宮) Nagoya Expressway Route 16 (Ichinomiya Route)
Route 22
September 6, 1964
25-1 Ichinomiya JCT (一宮) Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway December 13, 1998
25-2 Gifu Hashima IC (岐阜羽島) March 24, 1983
26 Ōgaki IC (大垣) Route 258 September 6, 1964
Yōrō JCT (養老) Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway (planned)
27 Sekigahara IC (関ヶ原) Route 365 April 12, 1964
27-1 Maihara JCT (米原) Hokuriku Expressway April 7, 1980
28 Hikone IC (彦根) Route 306 April 12, 1964
29 Yōkaichi IC (八日市) Route 421 April 12, 1964
29-1 Ryūō IC (竜王) Route 477 August 28, 1981
Rittō-higashi (栗東東) Koka Konan Road (planned for FY 2013)
30 Rittō IC (栗東) Route 1/Route 8 July 16, 1963 Japan's first Expressway opened From here to Nishinomiya(I.C.).
30-1 Kusatsu JCT (草津) Shin-Meishin Expressway connection March 19, 2005
30-2 Seta-higashi IC (瀬田東 Seta East) Keiji Bypass
Route 1 (Keiji Bypass)
August 29, 1988 westbound exit and eastbound entrance
30-2 Seta-nishi IC (瀬田西 Seta West) Shiga Prefectural Route 57 (Seta-nishi Interchange Route) January 8, 1980 eastbound exit and westbound entrance
31 Ōtsu IC/SA (大津) Shiga Prefectural Route 56 (Otsu Interchange Route) July 16, 1963
32 Kyoto Higashi IC (京都東 Kyoto East) Kyoto Prefectural Route 143 (Shinomiya-Yotsuzuka Route, Sanjo Street)
Route 1 (Gojo Bypass)
Route 161(Nishi-Otsu bypass)
July 16, 1963
Kyoto Minami JCT (京都南 Kyoto South) Hanshin Expressway Route 8 Kyoto Line (planned for FY 2021)
(First Exit),
(Second Exit)
Kyoto Minami IC (京都南 Kyoto South) Route 1 (Keihan Road) July 16, 1963 split into 33-1 and 33-2 eastbound
33-3 Ōyamazaki JCT/IC (大山崎) Keiji Bypass
Kyoto-Jūkan Expressway (planned)
Route 171
August 10, 2003 (local access December 24, 2003) Left route
Takatsuki Second JCT (高槻第二) Shin-Meishin Expressway connection (planned for FY 2016)
34 Ibaraki IC (茨木) Route 171 July 16, 1963
35 Suita JCT/IC (吹田) Chūgoku Expressway
Kinki Expressway
Osaka Prefectural Route 2
March 1, 1970
36 Toyonaka IC (豊中) Hanshin Expressway Route 11 Ikeda Line
Osaka Prefectural Route 10 (Osaka-Ikeda Route)
July 16, 1963
37 Amagasaki IC (尼崎) Hyogo Prefectural Route 13 (Amagasaki-Ikeda Route) July 16, 1963
38 Nishinomiya IC (西宮) Hanshin Expressway Route 3 Kobe Line
Route 43
September 6, 1964 westbound exit and eastbound entrance; Japan's first Expressway opened From here to Ritto(I.C.).

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