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Transportation

Transportation

About Toyohashi

Transportation

Railroads

Shiden The following railroads are in operation at Toyohashi Station: the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, the JR Tokaido Line, the JR Iida Line, the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line, and the Atsumi Line of Toyohashi Tetsudo. Streetcars are in operation within the city itself. The streetcars have been in service for a long time, providing transportation for our citizens, and they contribute to the unique scenery of the city, now that streetcars are becoming rather rare.


Tokaido Shinkansen

photo_Tokaido ShinkansenOn the Shinkansen Hikari, or bullet train, from Toyohashi, it takes one hour and 25 minutes to reach Tokyo and one hour and 35 minutes to reach Osaka. Toyohashi Station is located almost at the center of Japan.




Roads

Mikawa Port I.C. National Routes 1, 23, 42, 151, 259, and 362 make up the major network of roads in Toyohashi. In addition, there are other major local roads. The Tomei Expressway, which crosses Japan, passes through the northern part of the city, and is used by many vehicles for tourism and business purposes. The Tomei Expressway is a major trunk line in the road network of Japan.



Port

Port of Mikawa The Toyohashi Area forms the hub of the Port of Mikawa, and as a gateway to the ocean, it is key to the traffic infrastructure for the surrounding region. In 1972, the port opened as an International Port of Trade, named "Toyohashi Port" and the number of ships entering port and the volume of cargo handled increase each year. In recent years in particular, the port has become the import/export base for automobiles.


Port of Mikawa - Japan's Foremost Automobile Port

Since 1993, the Port of Mikawa has continuously boasted Japan's highest figures for automobile imports, both in the number of vehicles and in the value of trade. The port has also been foremost in Japan in terms of the value of exports, making the Port of Mikawa a world-leading port for automobile imports/exports on a par with Bremerhaven of Germany. In addition to Japanese manufacturers, such as Toyota, Suzuki and Mitsubishi, the port is also used by overseas-affiliated companies, including Volkswagen, Daimler/Chrysler, General Motors, Landrover, Ford and Volvo.

Lively Port of Mikawa - International Automobile Special Zone

In May 2003, the Port of Mikawa was approved by the government of Japan as an "International Automobile Special Zone" as part of the government's promotion of special zones for structural reform. Centering on the automobile-related businesses that have gathered in the Port of Mikawa region, industry, academia and government are all working together to revitalize regional industry, while aiming to create a port and region that can be easily accessed, thanks to the relaxation of restrictions.

The Port of Mikawa - Developing as a Hub of International Exchange for the Automobile Industry

In June 2004, for the further development of the Port of Mikawa, approval was received for a regional regeneration plan that will include promotion of sea and land transportation systems.