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The Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway (東北中央自動車道, Tōhoku-Chūō Jidōsha-dō) (lit. Central Tōhoku Expressway) is a 2-laned national expressway in the Tōhoku region of Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The expressway is numbered E13 under the MLIT's "2016 Proposal for Realization of Expressway Numbering."[2]

Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway sign

Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway
東北中央自動車道 E13 Expressway (Japan).png
Route information
Length230.6 km (143.3 mi)
Main Route (planned)
National Route 13 / National Route 115
Major junctions
South endSōma Junction
Jōban Expressway in Sōma, Fukushima
North endShimoinnai Interchange
National Route 13 in Yuzawa, Akita
Major citiesDate, Fukushima, Yonezawa, Yamagata, Tendō, Higashine, Yuzawa
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan



Kuriko Tunnel as seen from the entrance in Fukushima Prefecture

The expressway is incomplete in many areas, however it is planned to eventually be a continuous route spanning northern Fukushima, Yamagata, and southern Akita prefectures. As of July 2019, all gaps in the expressway are in the process of being eliminated, with all gaps in Fukushima set to be removed by 2020.[3] North of the city of Shinjō, various expressway-standard roads (bypasses of National Route 13) make up the remaining distance to the city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture.[4]

The route of the expressway parallels the Ōu Main Line of East Japan Railway Company for most of its length.

The speed limit is 70 km/h along the majority of the route, there are short 80 km/h sections between Yonezawa-kita and Yonezawa-Hachimanbara interchanges and Higashine and Higashine-kita interchanges.


The first section of the Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway to open was between Yonezawa-kita and Yonezawa-Hachimanbara interchanges on 21 November 1997. Since then the road has gradually been extended by adding short extensions.[5] The 8.8 km (5.5 mi) long Yonezawa-Nan'yō Road was incorporated into the Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway on 4 November 2017.[6] MLIT began construction on the last gap of the road on 30 March 2018, a 3.5 km (2.2 mi) long section in Kaneyama, Yamagata.[4]

List of major junctionsEdit

  • PA - parking area, SA - service area, SIC - smart interchange, TB - toll gate
FukushimaSōma0.00.09-1Sōma  Jōban Expressway
  National Route 115
Southern terminus
6 km gap in the expressway, connection is made by   National Route 115
6.03.71Sōma-Yamakami  National Route 115Temporary at-grade intersection
16.510.32Sōma-Tamano  National Route 115Southbound entrance, northbound exit
Date21.513.43Ryōzen-Iitate  National Route 115Southbound exit, northbound entrance
33.520.84Ryōzen  National Route 115Temporary at-grade intersection
16 km gap in the expressway, connection is made by    National Route 115 / Tōhoku Expressway concurrency
21-1 / TBFukushima  Tōhoku Expressway northNorth end of Tōhoku Expressway concurrency
50.931.67Fukushima-ŌzasōFukushima Prefecture Route 5 (Kaminagura Iizaka Date Route)
Fukushima/Yamagata border61.2
Kuriko Tunnel; marking the border between Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures
YamagataYonezawa77.548.28Yonezawa-Hachimanbara  National Route 13
82.251.19Yonezawa-chūōYamagata Prefecture Route 1 (Yonezawa Takahata Route)
86.553.710 / TBYonezawa-kita   National Route 13 / National Route 121 (Yonezawa Bypass)
Takahata95.359.211Yonezawa-Hachimanbara   National Route 13 (Nan'yō Bypass) / National Route 113 (Akayu Bypass)
Kaminoyama110.668.712Kaminoyama Onsen   National Route 13 (Kaminoyama Bypass) / National Route 458 north
119.774.413Yamagata-Kaminoyama  National Route 13 (Yamagata Bypass)
Yamagata127.078.9PA / SICYamagataPlanned smart interchange[7]
130.180.814Yamagata-chūōYamagata Prefecture Route 18 (Yamagata Asahi Route)
135.284.015Yamagata  Yamagata Expressway
16 / TBTendōYamagata Prefecture Route 23 (Tendō Ōe Route)
Higashine146.891.217Higashine  National Route 287
151.193.918Higashine-kitaYamagata Prefecture Route 25 (Sagae Murayama Route)
13.7 km gap in the expressway, connection is made primarily by   National Route 13
Murayama164.8102.421Ōishida-MurayamaYamagata Prefecture Route 189 (Ōishida Tsuchiuda Route)
Obanazawa170.1105.722Obanazawa  National Route 347
174.1108.2Nokurosawa  National Route 13 (Obanazawa Bypass)Southbound exit, northbound entrance
176.5109.7Obanazawa-kita  National Route 13
180.2112.0Kawarago  National Route 13Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Funagata184.1114.4FunagataYamagata Prefecture Route 56 (Shinjō-Funagata Route)
Shinjō188.3117.027Shinjō  National Route 47 (Shinjō-minami Bypass) / Yamagata Prefecture Route 34
193.0119.9Shinjō-kitaYamagata Prefecture Route 308At-grade intersection
17.5 km gap in the expressway, connection is made primarily by   National Route 13
Kaneyama210.5130.8Kaneyama-kita  National Route 13 northAt-grade intersection
215.4133.8Sotosawa  National Route 13Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Mamurogawa220.4137.0Mamurogawa  National Route 13 southAt-grade intersection
7.2 km gap in the expressway, connection is made by   National Route 13
AkitaYuzawa227.6141.4Kamiinnai  National Route 13 northAt-grade intersection
230.6143.3Shimoinnai  National Route 13 southAt-grade intersection; northern terminus
  National Route 13 through to   Yuzawa-Yokote Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Yamagata Shimbun, 21 November 2007". Retrieved 12 May 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Japan's Expressway Numbering System". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  3. ^ "相馬福島道路(霊山~福島間)の開通見通しについて" (PDF) (in Japanese). 7 June 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b ""金山道路"を新規事業化 国交省発表、東北中央道全線整備へ". Yamagata News Online (in Japanese). 18 March 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ "山形県内の高速道路" (PDF). Yamgata Prefecture. July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ "米沢南陽道路 米沢北IC~南陽高畠IC間道路名称の変更のお知らせについて ~11月4日 米沢南陽道路から東北中央道に名称を変更します~" (PDF). NEXCO East (in Japanese). 14 September 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2019. line feed character in |title= at position 37 (help)
  7. ^ "スマートインターチェンジ 新規準備段階調査箇所 一覧表" (PDF). MLIT (in Japanese). 10 August 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2019.

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