Loop Route

The Loop Route (環状線, Kanjō-sen), signed as Route 1, is one of the expressway routes of the Hanshin Expressway system serving the Keihanshin area of Japan. The route forms a complete loop that travels only in a clockwise direction around central Osaka, passing through the wards of Chūō-ku, Kita-ku, Naniwa-ku, and Nishi-ku with a total length of 10.3 kilometers (6.4 mi).[1]

Hanshin Urban Expwy Sign 0001.svg

Hanshin Expressway Route 1 Loop
Central Osaka with the Loop Route highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Hanshin Expressway Company, Limited
Length10.3 km (6.4 mi)
Major junctions
Beltway around Osaka
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan


The Loop Route near Amerikamura in Chūō-ku.

In 1964, the first section of the Loop Route and the Hanshin Expressway system opened.[2]

The expressway was popular among street racers in the 1980s, but the illegal activity declined after police began heavily patrolling the route and the stagnation of Japan's economy set in during the Lost Decade.[3]

List of interchangesEdit

The entire expressway lies within Osaka in Osaka Prefecture

Naniwa-ku0.00.01-01MinatomachiSennichimae-dōri – MinatomachiEntrance from Sakai Route
Nishi-ku0.90.561-02YotsubashiUnnamed streetsEntrance only
Nishi-ku / Chūō-ku1.60.991-03ShinanobashiChūō-Ōdōri
Chūō-ku1.60.99Nishisenba    Higashi-Osaka Route – to Kinki Expressway, Daini Hanna Road, Nara
      Ōsakakō Route – to Kansai International Airport, Kobe Route, Bayshore Route, Kobe
2.51.61-04TosaboriUnnamed streetsExit only
Chūō-ku / Kita-ku3.01.9Nakanoshima    Ikeda Route north – to Osaka Airport, Meishin Expressway, Ikeda
Kita-ku3.32.11-05DōjimaYotsubashisujiEntrance only
3.82.41-06KitahamaOsaka Prefecture Route 102 (Sakaisuji)Exit only
4.22.6Tenjinbashi   Moriguchi Route north – to Kinki Expressway, Moriguchi
Chūō-ku4.93.01-07KōraibashiUnnamed streetsEntrance only
5.03.11-08HonmachiUnnamed streetsExit only
5.63.5Higashisenba     Higashi-Osaka Route – to Kansai Airport, Osaka Airport, Osakako Route, Kinki Expressway, Tempozan, Izumisano, Kobe, Nara
6.13.81-09NagahoriUnnamed streetsEntrance only
6.64.11-10DōtonboriUnnamed streetsExit only
6.94.3Kōdzu  Sakai Route south – Sakai
Naniwa-ku7.84.81-12YūhigaokaOsaka Prefecture Route 102
8.45.2Ebisu    Matsubara Route south – to Nishi-Meihan Expressway, Hanwa Expressway, Matsubara, Tennoji
8.85.51-13Ebisu-chōUnnamed streetsEntrance only
9.15.71-14NanbaUnnamed streetsExit only
10.36.4Minatomachi  Sakai Route south – Sakai
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "環状線詳細図" [Detail map of the Loop Route] (PDF) (in Japanese). April 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Since 1950s-1970". Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ Park Baker (26 November 2019). "Enchanted by the Osaka Kanjo Loop". Option Tokyo. Retrieved 26 March 2020.

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