Monday, June 28, 2010

Japanese toll roads start toll free trial from today - Hokkaido biggest winner in time for summer

"...covering a total of 1,652 kilometers in 50 sections on 37 routes...In Hokkaido, a 139-kilometer section between the Shibetsukenbuchi and Iwamizawa interchanges of the Hokkaido Expressway (Doodo) will be toll-free...The pilot program will last until the end of March. "

How does it work?

"Drivers who pass through conventional tollbooths will receive free-passage tickets while entering the sections, and will return the tickets when exiting."

Further information for motorcycle riders in Japan please check here ( Japanese. Sorry page doesn't translate. On the left hand column second button from top is a green box with a picture of a car. Click it for more details

Here is a map in Japanese that shows the roads. Those roads marked in in red are free, those in green some are free. Note if you are on the road, allow a few days for staff to understand the rules and print the map and take it with you on the road.

This is great news for those about to ride in Hokkaido this summer. Enjoy!

Watch a video here (Source: NHK)

Source: Expressways go toll-free on trial basis
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Jun. 28, 2010

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