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Hokuriku Expressway

The Hokuriku Expressway (北陸自動車道, Hokuriku Jidōsha-dō), (abbreviated as Hokuriku Expwy (北陸道, Hokurikudō), is a 4-laned national expressway in Japan. It is owned and managed by East Nippon Expressway Company and Central Nippon Expressway Company.

Hokuriku Expressway sign

Hokuriku Expressway
E8 北陸自動車道
Route information
Length476.5 km[2] (296.1 mi)
Major junctions
FromNiigata-Chūō Junction in Niigata, Niigata
E49 Ban-etsu Expressway
Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway
ToMaibara Junction in Maibara, Shiga
E1 Expressway (Japan).png Meishin Expressway
Major citiesNagaoka, Jōetsu, Uozu, Toyama, Kanazawa, Komatsu, Fukui, Sabae, Echizen, Tsuruga, Nagahama
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan


The first section was opened in 1972 by Japan Highway Public Corporation and construction proceeded in stages until the entire route was completed in 1988.[3] On October 1, 2005, all national expressways were privatized[4] and management of the Hokuriku Expressway was divided between the East and Central Nippon Expressway Companies.[5]

The route serves the Hokuriku region on the north central coast of Honshū, Japan's largest island. For most of its length it parallels National Route 8 and the Hokuriku Main Line of West Japan Railway Company.

Although the route officially originates in Niigata and terminates at Maibara, exit numbers and kilometer markings originate from Maibara.


Around Tsuruga Interchange, the south-bound lanes cross over the north-bound lanes and diverges drastically. The expressway rejoins normally at a point near Suizu Parking Area.

There are 14 tunnels between Kinomoto Interchange and Takefu Interchange (two of which are longer than 2,000 m), and 26 tunnels between Asahi Interchange and Jōetsu Interchange (eight of which are longer than 2,000 m).

List of interchanges and featuresEdit

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Bus Stop Notes Location
27-1 Maibara JCT   Meishin Expressway 0.0 Maibara Shiga
1 Maibara IC   National Route 21 0.6
PA Kanda PA 4.7 X Nagahama
2 Nagahama IC Pref. Route 37 (Nakayama Higashi Kōsaka Route) 9.6 X
BS Torahime Bus Stop X Closed
2-1/BS Odanijō SIC
Kohoku Bus Stop
Pref. Route 263 (Yōno Torahime Nagahama Route) (South-bound)
Pref. Route 265 (Gōno Kohoku Route) (North-bound)
16.4 X Bus Stop closed
BS Takatsuki Bus Stop X Closed
3 Kinomoto IC   National Route 8
  National Route 365
23.4 X
SA Shizugatake SA 25.6
BS/CB Yogo Bus Stop
Yogo Chain Base
X Bus Stop closed
BS/CB Yogo-kita Bus Stop
Yogo-kita Chain Base
X Bus Stop closed
PA Tone PA 38.5 X Tsuruga Fukui
3-1 Tsuruga JCT   Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway 45.4
4 Tsuruga IC   National Route 8 (Tsuruga Bypass) 46.6
BS/CB Tajiri (South-bound)
Akihara (North-bound)
X Bus Stop closed
PA Suizu PA 57.9 X
5 Imajō IC   National Route 305
  National Route 365
68.2 X Minamiechizen
SA/ 5-1 Nanjō SA/SIC Pref. Route 203 (Ikeda Nanjō Route) 71.4
X North-bound
6 Takefu IC Pref. Route 262 (Takefu Inter Higashi Route)
Pref. Route 40 (Takefu Inter Route)
80.6 Echizen
7 Sabae IC Pref. Route 105 (Sabae Imadate Route)
Pref. Route 39 (Sabae Inter Route)
86.2 Sabae
PA Kitasabae PA 88.6
8 Fukui IC   National Route 158 97.2 Fukui
9 Fukui-kita IC/JCT    Chūbu-Jūkan Expressway
  National Route 416
10 Maruoka IC Pref. Route 38 (Maruoka Inter Route) 110.4 Sakai
PA Onagatani PA 113.4
11 Kanazu IC Pref. Route 37 (Kanazu Inter Route)
Pref. Route 124 (Ushinoya Teishajō Route)
120.9 Awara
12 Kaga IC Pref. Route 61 (Kaga Inter Route) 128.2 Kaga Ishikawa
SA Amagozen SA 136.6
13 Katayamazu IC Pref. Route 20 (Komatsu Kaga Route) 140.7
PA/ 13-1 Ataka PA/SIC Pref. Route 20 (Komatsu Kaga Route) 144.7 SIC: Maibara-bound
Open 06:00-22:00
14 Komatsu IC Pref. Route 25 (Kanazawa Mikawa Komatsu Route) 149.3
14-1 Nomineagari SIC 155.4 Nomi
15 Mikawa IC Pref. Route 25 (Kanazawa Mikawa Komatsu Route)
Pref. Route 58 (Tsurugi Mikawa Inter Route)
160.3 Hakusan
PA/ 15-1 Tokumitsu PA/SIC Pref. Route 25 (Kanazawa Mikawa Komatsu Route) 164.6 Highway Oasis
BS Mattō Bus Stop 169.6 X closed by replacement
15-2 Hakusan IC Pref. Route 8 (Mattō Unoke Route) 169.9 incl. Mattō Bus Stop
16 Kanazawa-nishi IC   National Route 8 (Kanazawa Bypass)
Pref. Route 197 (Jichūnishi Kanazawa Route)
172.5 Kanazawa
17 Kanazawa-higashi IC   National Route 8 (Kanazawa Bypass) 180.1
17-1 Kanazawa-morimoto IC   National Route 159 (Kanazawa Tōbu Kanjō Road)
  National Route 304
  National Route 359
PA Fudōji PA 184.7
18 Oyabe IC Pref. Route 42 (Oyabe Fukumitsu Route) 197.7 Oyabe Toyama
SA Oyabegawa SA 199.8
19 Oyabe-Tonami JCT   Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway
   Nōetsu Expressway
20 Tonami IC   National Route 359 207.1
20-1 Takaoka-Tonami SIC 212.9
PA Takaoka PA 216.1 Takaoka
21 Kosugi IC   National Route 472 221.5 Imizu
PA Kureha PA 224.5
21-1 Toyama-nishi IC Pref. Route 41 (Shinminato Hiraoka Route) 226.6 Toyama
22 Toyama IC   National Route 41 234.1
22-1/ PA Nagaresugi PA/SIC Pref. Route 56 (Toyama Kanjō Route) 240.9
23 Tateyama IC Pref. Route 3 (Toyama Tateyama Uozu Route) 246.4 Tateyama
Kamiichi SIC Pref. Route 148 (Kamiichi Mizuhashi Route) 250.6 Opens in December 2020 Kamiichi
24 Namerikawa IC Pref. Route 51 (Minowa Namerikawa Inter Route) 254.5 Namerikawa
SA Arisoumi SA 258.2 Maibara-bound
261.6 Niigata-bound Uozu
25 Uozu IC Pref. Route 52 (Ishigaki Uozu Inter Route) 263.8
26 Kurobe IC Pref. Route 53 (Wakaguri Ikuji Route) 273.4 Kurobe
26-1/ PA Nyūzen PA/SIC Pref. Route 63 (Nyūzen Unazuki Route) 277.9 Nyūzen
27 Asahi IC   National Route 8 282.1 Asahi
PA Etchūsakai PA 288.4
28 Oyashirazu IC   National Route 8 299.3 Itoigawa Niigata
29 Itoigawa IC   National Route 148 311.9
PA Rendaiji PA 313.5
BS Hayakawa Bus Stop 318.0
30 Nou IC Pref. Route 246 (Nishitobiyama Nō Route)
Pref. Route 88 (Nō Inter Route)
31/SA Nadachi Tanihama IC/
Pref. Route 87 (Nadachi Tanihama Inter Route) 341.6 Jōetsu
31-1 Jōetsu JCT   Jōshin-etsu Expressway 351.4
BS Kida Bus Stop 353.4
32 Jōetsu IC   National Route 18 (Jōshin Bypass) 355.8
BS Kubiki Bus Stop 360.7
32-1/ PA Ōgata PA/SIC Pref. Route 77 (Jōetsu Kubiki Ōgata Route) 365.3 SIC: Open 06:00-22:00
BS Katamachi Bus Stop 367.9
33 Kakizaki IC   National Route 8 (Kakizaki Bypass) 373.8
34/SA Yoneyama IC/
  National Route 8 385.2 SA: Niigata-bound Kashiwazaki
SA Yoneyama SA 387.2 Maibara-bound
BS Kamigata Bus Stop 393.5
35 Kashiwazaki IC   National Route 252 397.1
BS Sochi Bus Stop 402.8
PA Kariwa PA 405.8 Kariwa
36 Nishiyama IC Pref. Route 23 (Kashiwazaki Takahama Horinouchi Route)
Pref. Route 393 (Raihai Nagaoka Route)
407.8 Kashiwazaki
PA Ōzumi PA 414.9 Nagaoka
37 Nagaoka JCT   Kan-Etsu Expressway 421.6
BS Nagaoka-kita Bus Stop 423.9
38 Nakanoshima-Mitsuke IC   National Route 8 (Mitsuke Bypass) 432.1
38-1/ PA Sakae PA/SIC 441.5 Sanjō
39 Sanjō-Tsubame IC   National Route 289 447.4 Tsubame
40 Maki-Katahigashi IC Pref. Route 9 (Nagaoka Tochio Maki Route)
  National Route 460
457.7 Nishikan-ku, Niigata
40-1/ PA Kurosaki PA/SIC Pref. Route 44 (Niigata Tsubame Route)
Pref. Route 46 (Niigata Chūō Kanjō Route)
467.1 SIC: Open 06:00-22:00 Nishi-ku, Niigata
BS Toppara Bus Stop 471.0
41 Niigata-nishi IC    National Route 116 (Niigata Bypass) 473.0
42 Niigata-Chūō JCT   Ban-etsu Expressway 476.5 Kōnan-ku, Niigata
Through to   Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway


  1. ^ "Expressway Opening Dates" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  2. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kinki Regional Development Bureau. "Road Timetable" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-04-16.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau. "Oyashirazu Pia Park Profile" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-04-16.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Mizutani, Fumitoshi; Uranishi, Shuji (2006). Privatization of the Japan Highway Public Corporation: Policy Assessment (pdf). 46th Congress for the European Regional Science Association. Volos, Greece. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  5. ^ "NEXCO-Central Business Outline" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13.[dead link]

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