Chuo Expressway

Central Nippon Expressway Company Ltd.
Established in 2005

If you are in Central Tokyo, for taking ‘Chuo Expressway’ we recommend you to head for ‘Eifuku’ entance of ‘Shuto-ko, Shinjuku 4 gousen (Route 4, Shuto ExpresswayW)’. Going on from ‘Eifuku’ entrance of ‘Shuto-ko’, the route will automatically take you onto ‘Chuo Expressway’. By this way, you would be getting on ‘Chuo Expressway’ without being captured by heavy traffic jam. It also costs you less (400 Yen less) than taking the ‘Shuto-ko’ from other ‘Shuto-ko’ entrance.
Still, if you wish to take nearest ‘Shuto-ko’ entrance from where you are, your car navigation system will lead you to the nearest entrance of Shuto-Ko (Shuto ExpresswayW) from where you are.

Shuto-Ko Drivers’ site :

Shuto-Ko (Shuto Expressway) is a network of toll expressways in Tokyo Metropolitan area. It is very useful when there is less traffic but on weekdays, especially in the morning (from 7 to 9) and in the evening (from 4 to 6), there is always heavy traffic, which is not worthy paying the toll which is not cheap. If your car is not equipped with ETC system, you will have to pay 900 yen in cash no matter neither how short you travel nor how long you are caught in heavy traffic. Moreover, since the routes of Shuto-ko are confusing, it can be difficult to drive on Shuto-ko if you are not accustomed to it. Most routes are grade-separated (elevated roads or tunnels), have many sharp curves and multi-lane merges which require caution to drive. The sides of the exits of the Shuto-ko are not situated regularly (some are placed on right and other on the left) which make it difficult to get off, especially when there are many cars in all the lanes.

The sign you should be seeing if you got on from 'Eifuku' entrace to go on Chuo Expressway at 'Takaido JCT'.

The sign you should be seeing if you got on from ‘Eifuku’ entrance to go on Chuo Expressway at ‘Takaido JCT’.

However, when the time saving is your first priority, it is a good idea to take advantage of going on Shuto-ko to avoid the heavy traffic and signals on normal roads. To be honest, there are traffic jams almost everywhere on principal roads of central Tokyo on weekdays (especially on days of the month ending in 5 or 0 when payments are often due, like 5th or 20th of the month). If you are accustomed to Shuto-ko and if you know the layout of the towns and cities in Tokyo, you can arrive at anywhere quite on time by taking Shuto-Ko.

Back to the subject, Chuo Expressway starts from Takaido, SuginamiWof Tokyo branching at Otsuki Junction of Otsuki, YamanashiW for Fuji Yoshida and Komaki Junction of Komaki, AichiW.  From Komaki Junction, Chuo Expressway branches to Tomei ExpresswayW as well as connecting to Tomei ExpresswayW for Kobe via Osaka.  Chuo Expressway branches also at Okaya Junction of Okaya, NaganoW for Nagano ExpresswayW.


Below are the lists of all the IC (interchanges) and JCT (junctions) of Chuo Expressways

  • Chuo Expressways :

    Name of the Interchanges and Junctions
    Distance in Kilometers
    Connection Routes
    Takaido IC0.0Suginami, Tokyo
    Chofu IC4.0National Route 20 (Koshu-kaido)Chofu-shi, Tokyo
    Inagi IC10.0Fuchu-shi., Tokyo
    Kunitachi Fuchu IC17.0National Route 20 (Hino By-pass)Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo
    Hachioji IC25.8Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
    Hachioji JCT36.0Ken-Ō ExpresswayHachioji-shi, Tokyo
    Sagamiko IC45.5National Route 20Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa
    Uenohara IC50.3Uenohara-shi, Yanamashi
    Otsuki IC70.4Otsuki-shi, Yanamashi
    Otsuki JCT71.4Chuo Expressway, Fuji Yoshida Line (For Mt. Fuji)Otsuki-shi, Yanamashi
    Katsunuma IC90.1National Route 20 (Katsunuma By-pass)Koshu-shi, Yamanashi
    Ichinomiya Misaka IC96.6National Route 137Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi
    Kofu Minami IC106.2National Route 358Kofu-shi, Yamanashi
    Kofu Showa IC113.8National Route 20 (Kofu By-pass)Showa-cho, Nakakoma-gun, Ymanashi
    Futaba JCT120.4Chūbu-Ōdan Expressway (for Shinshimizu JCT, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka)Kai-shi, Yamanashi
    Nirasaki IC125.0Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi
    Sutama IC131.4Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi
    Nagasaka IC140.7Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi
    Kobuchizawa IC148.9Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi
    Suwa Minami IC161.5Fujimi-cho, Suwa-gun, Nagano
    Suwa IC172.6National Route 20 (Suwa By-pass)Suwa-shi, Nagano
    Okaya JCT182.7Nagano Expressway (for Koshoku JCT, Chikuma-shi, Nagano)Okaya-shi, Nagano
    Ihoku IC196.7National Route 157Minowa-machi, Kamiina-gun, Nagano
    Ina IC206.2Minami Minowa-mura, Kamiina-gun, Nagano
    Komagane IC221.4Komagane-shi, Nagano
    Matsukawa IC236.7Matsukawa-cho, Shimoina-gun, Nagano
    Iida IC252.2National Route 153 (Iida By-pass)Iida-shi, Nagano
    Iida Yamamoto IC / JCT257.4San-en Nanshin Expressway (for Hamamatsu Inasa JCT, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka)Iida-shi, Nagano
    Sonohara IC266.3Achi-mura, Shimoina-gun, Nagano
    Nakatsugawa IC288.9National Route 19Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu
    Ena IC298.3Ena-shi, Gofu
    Mizunami IC316.4Mizunami-shi, GIfu
    Toki IC320.3National Route 21Toki-shi, Gifu
    Toki JCT320.9Tokai-kanjo Expressway (for Toyota Higashi JCT, Toyota-shi, Aichi)Toki-shi, Gifu
    Tajimi IC329.7National Route 248Tajimi-shi, Gifu
    Komaki Higashi IC337.8Komaki-shi, Aichi
    Komaki JCT344.9Tomei Expressway (for Tokyo)Komaki-shi, Aichi
  • Fuji Yoshida Line, Chuo Expressways

    Name of the Interchanges and Junctions
    Distance in Kilometers
    Connection Routes
    Otsuki JCT0.0Otsuki-shi, Yamanashi
    Tsuru IC6.2Tsuru-shi, Yamanshi
    Kawaguchiko IC22.5National Route 139Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
    Fuji Yoshida IC23.5Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi


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