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 : http://www.shutoko.co.jp/english/
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.
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.
Map of Takaido IC, Chuo Expressway :
Map of Eifuku Exit(Entrance), Route 4, Shuto Expressway(Shuto-ko):
Below are the lists of all the IC (interchanges) and JCT (junctions) of Chuo Expressways
Chuo Expressways :Name of the Interchanges and JunctionsDistance in KilometersConnection RoutesLocation
Takaido IC 0.0 Suginami, Tokyo Chofu IC 4.0 National Route 20 (Koshu-kaido) Chofu-shi, Tokyo Inagi IC 10.0 Fuchu-shi., Tokyo Kunitachi Fuchu IC 17.0 National Route 20 (Hino By-pass) Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo Hachioji IC 25.8 Hachioji-shi, Tokyo Hachioji JCT 36.0 Ken-Ō Expressway Hachioji-shi, Tokyo Sagamiko IC 45.5 National Route 20 Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa Uenohara IC 50.3 Uenohara-shi, Yanamashi Otsuki IC 70.4 Otsuki-shi, Yanamashi Otsuki JCT 71.4 Chuo Expressway, Fuji Yoshida Line (For Mt. Fuji) Otsuki-shi, Yanamashi Katsunuma IC 90.1 National Route 20 (Katsunuma By-pass) Koshu-shi, Yamanashi Ichinomiya Misaka IC 96.6 National Route 137 Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi Kofu Minami IC 106.2 National Route 358 Kofu-shi, Yamanashi Kofu Showa IC 113.8 National Route 20 (Kofu By-pass) Showa-cho, Nakakoma-gun, Ymanashi Futaba JCT 120.4 Chūbu-Ōdan Expressway (for Shinshimizu JCT, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka) Kai-shi, Yamanashi Nirasaki IC 125.0 Nirasaki-shi, Yamanashi Sutama IC 131.4 Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Nagasaka IC 140.7 Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Kobuchizawa IC 148.9 Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi Suwa Minami IC 161.5 Fujimi-cho, Suwa-gun, Nagano Suwa IC 172.6 National Route 20 (Suwa By-pass) Suwa-shi, Nagano Okaya JCT 182.7 Nagano Expressway (for Koshoku JCT, Chikuma-shi, Nagano) Okaya-shi, Nagano Ihoku IC 196.7 National Route 157 Minowa-machi, Kamiina-gun, Nagano Ina IC 206.2 Minami Minowa-mura, Kamiina-gun, Nagano Komagane IC 221.4 Komagane-shi, Nagano Matsukawa IC 236.7 Matsukawa-cho, Shimoina-gun, Nagano Iida IC 252.2 National Route 153 (Iida By-pass) Iida-shi, Nagano Iida Yamamoto IC / JCT 257.4 San-en Nanshin Expressway (for Hamamatsu Inasa JCT, Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka) Iida-shi, Nagano Sonohara IC 266.3 Achi-mura, Shimoina-gun, Nagano Nakatsugawa IC 288.9 National Route 19 Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu Ena IC 298.3 Ena-shi, Gofu Mizunami IC 316.4 Mizunami-shi, GIfu Toki IC 320.3 National Route 21 Toki-shi, Gifu Toki JCT 320.9 Tokai-kanjo Expressway (for Toyota Higashi JCT, Toyota-shi, Aichi) Toki-shi, Gifu Tajimi IC 329.7 National Route 248 Tajimi-shi, Gifu Komaki Higashi IC 337.8 Komaki-shi, Aichi Komaki JCT 344.9 Tomei Expressway (for Tokyo) Komaki-shi, Aichi
Fuji Yoshida Line, Chuo ExpresswaysName of the Interchanges and JunctionsDistance in KilometersConnection RoutesLocation
Otsuki JCT 0.0 Otsuki-shi, Yamanashi Tsuru IC 6.2 Tsuru-shi, Yamanshi Kawaguchiko IC 22.5 National Route 139 Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Fuji Yoshida IC 23.5 Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi