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The Akita Expressway (秋田自動車道 Akita Jidōsha-dō) is a national expressway in the Tōhoku region of Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company. The Akita Expressway is numbered E7 between Kosaka and Kitakami Junctions and E46 between Kitakami and Kawabe Junctions under the MLIT's "2016 Proposal for Realization of Expressway Numbering."
|Length||210.0 km (130.5 mi)|
|From||Kitakami Junction in Kitakami, Iwate|
|To||Kosaka Junction in Kosaka, Akita|
|Major cities||Yokote, Daisen, Akita, Noshiro, Ōdate|
|National highways of Japan|
Expressways of Japan
The expressway begins at a junction with the Tōhoku Expressway in Iwate Prefecture and crosses into Akita Prefecture to the west. The route intersects the Yuzawa-Yokote Road in Yokote and the Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway in the Akita city area. From this junction, the route follows a northerly course parallel to the Japan Sea to its terminus with National Route 7 in Noshiro.
The entire route is signed as the Akita Expressway for consistency purposes, however two separate sections of the route are officially designated as the Akita Sotokanjō Expressway and Kotooka Noshiro Road (both bypasses of National Route 7). These sections are not classified as national expressways but rather as national highways for motor vehicles only with national expressway concurrency (高速自動車国道に並行する一般国道自動車専用道路 Kōsoku Jidōsha Kokudō ni Heikōsuru Ippan Kokudō Jidōsha Senyō Dōro).
The route of the expressway is planned to eventually continue past the current terminus at Futatsui-Shirakami Interchange as the Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway towards a junction with the Tōhoku Expressway near Aomori Prefecture, however it is unknown if the naming of the sections that are currently open will change upon completion of that expressway.
The section between Hachiryū Interchange and Futatsui-Shirakami Interchange, and Ōdate-Noshiro Airport Interchange and Ōdate-kita Interchange are toll-free; all other sections assess tolls based on distance travelled in the same manner as most other national expressways.
List of interchanges and featuresEdit
- IC - interchange, JCT - junction, SA - service area, PA - parking area, BS - bus stop, TN - tunnel, BR - bridge, TB - toll gate
|Bus Stop||Notes||Speed Limit||Lanes||Location|
|(37)||Kitakami JCT||Tōhoku Expressway||0.0||186.7||70 km/h||Two||Kitakami||Iwate|
|1||Kitakami-nishi IC||Pref. Route 47 (Kitakami-nishi Inter Route)
Pref. Route 225 (Kitakami Waga Route)
|TN||Waga-Sennin Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 3,776 m|
|2||Yuda IC||National Route 107||30.3||156.4|
|TN||Sannai Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,440 m||Yokote||Akita|
|BS||Sannai Bus Stop||43.2||143.5||○|
|3||Yokote IC/JCT||Yuzawa-Yokote Road||50.6||136.1|
|BS||Hiraka Bus Stop||52.7||134.0||○|
|BS||Asahi Bus Stop||57.6||129.1||○|
|BS||Kakumagawa Bus Stop||65.8||120.9||○||Daisen|
|BR||Omonogawa Bridge||↓||↑||Omono River crossing|
Length - 549 m
|4||Ōmagari IC|| National Route 105
Ōmagari Nishi Road
|BS||Nangai Bus Stop||78.3||108.4||○|
|88.0||98.7||IC: Open 06:00-22:00|
|BR||Omonogawa Bridge||↓||↑||Omono River crossing|
|5||Kyōwa IC||National Route 341||95.4||91.3|
|5-1||Kawabe JCT||Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway||103.8||82.9||Beginning of concurrency,
|6||Akita-minami IC||National Route 13||106.7||80.0|
|7||Akita-chūō IC||Pref. Route 62 (Akita Kitanoda Route)||113.7||73.0|
|8||Akita-kita IC||Pref. Route 72 (Akita-kita Inter Route)||122.9||63.8|
|9||Shōwa-Ogahantō IC|| National Route 7
National Route 101
|Pref. Route 15 (Akita Hachirōgata Route)||143.5||43.2||Gojōme|
|11/TB||Kotooka-Moritake IC/TB||Pref. Route 37 (Kotooka Kamikoani Route)||153.1||33.6|
|12||Hachiryū IC||National Route 7||166.1||20.6|
|13||Noshiro-minami IC||National Route 7||170.2||16.5||Noshiro|
|14||Noshiro-higashi IC|| National Route 7
Pref. Route 64 (Noshiro Futatsui Route)
| National Route 7
Pref. Route 317 (Nishimeya Futatsui Route)
Through to National Route 7 (Futatsui Imaizumi Road) and Akita Prefectural Route 325
|23||Ōdate-Noshiro Airport IC||Pref. Route 324 (Ōdate-Noshiro Airport East Route)
Pref. Route 325 (Ōdate-Noshiro Airport West Route)
|24||Takanosu IC||National Route 105 (Takanosu Bypass)||1.7||35.5|
|TN||Sakae Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 562 m|
|TN||Matoyama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 3,333 m|
|25||Niida-Manaka IC||Pref. Route 52 (Hinai Tashiro Route)||13.9||23.3|
|26||Ōdate-minami IC||National Route 103 (Ōdate-minami Bypass)||16.5||20.7|
|TN||Katayama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 420 m|
|27||Ōdate-kita IC||National Route 7||21.1||16.1|
|TN||Ōshigenai Daiichi Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,823 m|
|TN||Ōshigenai Daini Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,988 m|
|TN||Yukisawa Daiichi Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,553 m|
|TN||Yukisawa Daini Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,849 m|
|36.7||0.5||IC: Kosaka-bound exit, Ōdate-bound entrance only|
|15||Kosaka JCT||Tōhoku Expressway||37.2||0.0|
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- (in Japanese) East Nippon Expressway Company