Ikeda Route

The Ikeda Route (池田線, Ikeda-sen), signed as Route 11, is one of the routes of the Hanshin Expressway system serving the Keihanshin area in Japan. It is a radial route that travels in a south to north direction from central Osaka to Itami Airport and Ikeda, with a length of 14.2 kilometers (8.8 mi). Along with its spur route, it has a total length of 21.6 kilometers (13.4 mi).[1]

Hanshin Urban Expwy Sign 0011.svg

Hanshin Expressway Route 11 Ikeda Route
The Ikeda Route highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Hanshin Expressway Company, Limited
Length14.2 km (8.8 mi)
South endNakanoshima Junction [ja] in Osaka
Hanshin Urban Expwy Sign 0001.svg Loop Route
North endIkeda entrance/exit [ja] in Ikeda
National Route 176 / Osaka Prefecture Route 10
Ikeda Route spur route
Length6.6 km (4.1 mi)
South endHotarugaike Junction [ja] in Toyonaka
Hanshin Urban Expwy Sign 0011.svg Ikeda Route (main route)
North endIkeda-Kibe Interchange [ja] in Ikeda
National Route 176 / National Route 423
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

Route descriptionEdit

The Ikeda Route and the Gate Tower Building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka. An exit ramp from the expressway occupies part of the building's 5th-7th floors.

The Ikeda Route begins at Nakanoshima Junction in Nishi-ku, Osaka, where it meets the Loop Route. Curving to the north just south of Osaka Station, the expressway serves the station and the Umeda commercial, business, shopping, and entertainment district. The southbound exit ramp to the area is the Ikeda Route's most notable feature, an exit ramp that passes through the Gate Tower Building, taking up part of the building's fifth, sixth, and seventh floors.[2][3]

From there it travels northwest from central Osaka, crossing the Yodo River. After this, the expressway crosses through the city's Nishiyodogawa and Yodogawa wards, then it crosses into the city of Toyonaka where it curves to the north. In Toyonaka it meets the Meishin Expressway at Toyonaka Interchange. Approaching the vicinity of Itami Airport, it slowly begins to curve to the northwest again. An interchange connects the airport to the expressway. Just north of the airport interchange, the spur route of the Ikeda Route begins, heading northwest, while the main route meets its northern terminus just beyond the junction. The main route ends at an at-grade intersection with National Route 176 and Osaka Prefecture Route 10 just south of the Ikeda Interchange on the Chūgoku Expressway.[3]


The first section of what come to be known as the Ikeda Route opened in 1965 between the Loop Route and Umeda.[4] The spur of the Ikeda Route was completed in 1998.[5]

List of interchangesEdit

The entire expressway lies within Osaka Prefecture.

Osaka0.00.0Nakanoshima   Loop Route – to Kinki ExpresswaySouthern terminus
0.50.3111-01Deiribashi  National Route 2 – Osaka Station, Nodahanshin, Umeda-shinmichiNorthbound exit only
0.60.3711-02NakanoshimaUnnamed city streetNorthbound entrance only
1.00.6211-03UmedaKujō-Umeda Route – Osaka StationNorthbound entrance, southbound exit
1.81.111-04FukushimaNaniwa-suji – Fukushima, Umeda, EbieNorthbound entrance, southbound exit
3.62.211-05TsukamotoHimejima-dōri – Jūsō, HimejimaNorthbound exit, southbound entrance
5.43.411-06KashimaOsaka Prefecture Route 10 (Mitejima-suji) – Toyonaka, Jūsō, AmagasakiNorthbound exit, southbound entrance
Toyonaka8.65.311-07Toyonaka  Meishin Expressway – Nishinomiya, Kyoto
11-08Toyonaka-minamiOsaka Prefecture Route 10 (Osaka-Ikeda Route)
12.07.511-09Toyonaka-kitaOsaka Prefecture Route 10 (Osaka-Ikeda Route) – ItamiNorthbound exit, southbound entrance
12.77.9Osaka Airport Toll BoothTolls are collected only for southbound traffic here
13.28.211-10Osaka Airport  Osaka AirportNorthbound exit, southbound entrance
13.48.3Hotarugaike  Ikeda Route (spur route) north – Nose, Kameoka, Kawanishi-ObanaNorthbound exit, southbound entrance
Ikeda14.28.811-11Ikeda   National Route 176 / Osaka Prefecture Route 10 – to Chūgoku ExpresswayNorthern terminus of main route; northbound exit, southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur routeEdit

The Ikeda Route has a spur route that travels north from its southern terminus with the main route of the Ikeda Route at Hotarugaike Junction in Toyonaka to its northern terminus at National Route 173 in Ikeda.

Route descriptionEdit

The spur of the Ikeda Route begins at Hotarugaike Junction in Toyonaka where it meets its parent route. The expressway travels around the northeastern edge of Itami Airport, briefly crossing into Itami, Hyōgo before crossing back into the city of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture. The expressway then begins paralleling the Ina River as it travels north toward Kawanishi, once again briefly switching to the opposite shore of the river in Hyōgo Prefecture, before returning back into Osaka. The route meets its northern terminus at an interchange with national routes 173 and 423 just north of Satsukiyama Zoo.[3]

List of interchangesEdit

OsakaToyonaka13.48.3Hotarugaike  Ikeda Route (main route) southSouthern terminus of the spur route; northbound entrance, southbound exit
Ikeda17.610.911-12Koda   National Route 176 south – to Osaka AirportNorthbound entrance, southbound exit
HyōgoKawanishi18.711.611-13Kawanishi-Obana  National Route 176 – Takarazuka, Central Kawanishi, Osaka, IkedaNorthbound exit, southbound entrance
OsakaIkeda20.812.911-14 / 11-15Ikeda-Kibe  National Route 423 north – Kameoka
  National Route 176 north – Nose
Northern terminus of spur route; northbound exit, southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "エーマップ(路線図)" [Route map of the Hanshin Expressway] (PDF) (in Japanese). April 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ Geoffrey Morrison (31 October 2016). "In Osaka, Japan There's A Highway That Goes Through A Building". Forbes. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Expressway Map". Hanshin Expressway Company. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Since 1950s-1970'". Hanshin Expressway Company. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  5. ^ "-1990'". Hanshin Expressway Company. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  6. ^ Google (8 June 2020). "Ikeda Route (main route)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ Google (8 June 2020). "Ikeda Route (branch route)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 June 2020.

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