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AomoriTohoku Shinkansen (Hachinohe – Shin-Aomori)
This Shinkansen line was opened for services on December 4, 2010. The total length of the route stretches over approximately 82 km, taking in Hachinohe Station, Shichinohe-Towada Station and Shin-Aomori Station. The service connects Tokyo and Shin-Aomori by as little as 3 hours and 20 minutes.
*The new E5 Series will be introduced in March 2011, which will further reduce the time to approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes by the end of 2012.
AkitaDevelopment of a Hub Connecting China, Russia and the Japan Sea Region
The development of Akita Port, as a logistics hub, including international container facilities, is now underway. It will contribute to the expansion of shipping routes and promotion of imports and exports, by looking into the further possibility of using containerized transportation in conjunction with domestic railways, container ships and the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Noetsu Expressway cuts across the Noto Peninsula, connecting tourist spots scattered around the area, as well as linking the Hokuriku Expressway, the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway, Noto Airport and Nanao Port. The Noto Peninsula features a wide range of attractions, such as a beautiful and rich natural environment, a variety of tourism resources, and bounty from the ocean, and is well known for its traditional handicrafts, including Wajima lacquer ware. It is also known for the kind nature of the local people, as in the saying “Noto is kind, even the earth.” It is expected that the completion of this expressway will bring about further revitalization of both tourism and the industries of the Noto area through an increase in the nonresident population of this area.
KyotoMulti-Purpose International Terminal Development Plan
Wada Area, Maizuru Port (Major Port)
To serve as a gateway to the Kinki region on the Japan Sea coast, Kyoto Maizuru Port has been undergoing extensive development and expansion with the construction of improved port facilities. On April 1, 2010, services on Maizuru International Quay were started. Equipped with a very deep berth (–14m), one of the largest on the Japan Sea coast, large-scale container ships of up to 50,000 tons are now able to berth at the pier. This port will continue to be further developed in order to meet the various needs of port users.
Maizuru International Quay
HyogoRegional High-Standard Highway
Tottori-Toyooka-Miyazu Expressway (TTM) stretches approximately 120 km from Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture, via Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, to Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture. Through the development of TTM, the travel time between Tottori and Miyazu will be shortened to 100 minutes, around half of what it is now. This will hopefully help with the revitalization of interregional exchanges among eastern Tottori Prefecture, Tajima and northern Kyoto Prefecture. The connecting of TTM with the Himeji-Tottori Line of the Chugoku Odan Expressway, the Kita-Kinki Toyooka Expressway and the Kyoto Jukan Expressway will create a circulating network to cover a wide area from the Japan Sea coast to the Pacific Ocean side.
Miyazu City, Kyoto Pref. – Tottori City, Tottori Pref.
The Shichiyama Bypass (7.7 km in total), with the connection to other roads, including the San-in Road, is part of the Tottori-Toyooka-Miyazu Expressway (120 km in total). This expressway is the backbone of the high-standard highway network along the Japan Sea coast. The construction of this bypass is currently underway and is scheduled to open around 2013, with two temporary lanes. With a planned tunnel through the Shichiyama Pass, a notorious traffic bottleneck, the idea is to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable transportation artery.
Shichiyama Bypass (Yuyama, Fukube Town – Honjo, Iwami Town, Tottori City)