Yamate Tunnel

 

The old route through the Ginza to the left, but today we tried the new C2 road

The old route through the Ginza to the left, but today we tried the new C2 road

On the way back from golf the other day, we drove through the Yamate Tunnel which currently runs from Ikebukuro through Shinjuku, and will eventually come out near Shibuya at Ohashi Junction.

Watch out for guys dressed in green running across the road !

Watch out for guys dressed in green running across the road !

advance warning of the 5.9% gradient as way enter the tunnel

advance warning of the 5.9% gradient as way enter the tunnel

this time we are being told about a traffic jam up at ahead

this time we are being told about a traffic jam up at ahead

the descent into the tunnel. We have a green light for go

the descent into the tunnel. We have a green light for go

time to to put the lights on and hit the Yamate Tunnel for 5800 metres

time to to put the lights on and hit the Yamate Tunnel for 5800 metres

There is good lighting when you first hit the tunnel to help adjust your eyes

There is good lighting when you first hit the tunnel to help adjust your eyes

As we get further in, the walls rush by in a blur

As we get further in, the walls rush by in a blur

You can make out another light patch ahead

You can make out another light patch ahead

not sure why the lights were brighter here, but wasnt getting out to check

not sure why the lights were brighter here, but wasnt getting out to check

after some underground tunneling we finally hit the traffic jam at an exit ramp

after some underground tunneling we finally hit the traffic jam at an exit ramp

we surface a bit further along the route near Opera City, Hatsudai

we surface a bit further along the route near Opera City, Hatsudai

friendly sign telling us of a sudden curve that requires us to slow down

friendly sign telling us of a sudden curve that requires us to slow down

more warnings for the sudden curve

more warnings for the sudden curve

as we turn off Inokashira-dori and onto Yamate dori, here are the exhaust towers that are being built along the latest part of the tunnel route

as we turn off Inokashira-dori and onto Yamate dori, here are the exhaust towers that are being built along the latest part of the tunnel route

Whilst we are driving above ground here, when the Ohashi Junction section is finished, you will be able to not get off at Hatsudai but keep underground and travel all the way close to Shibuya.

The section of the road to be built after that should take you down past Shinagawa, to the Oi Junction and then onto Haneda Airport or Yokohama.

Compared to the photos I took from the air, these towers look even bigger on the ground

Compared to the photos I took from the air, these towers look even bigger on the ground

more smoke stacks. wonder what the residents of the adjacent buildings think?

more smoke stacks. wonder what the residents of the adjacent buildings think?

Finally we come along Route 246 to Shibuya

Finally we come along Route 246 to Shibuya

I wrote a post also about the construction of Ohashi Junction which will link up the further extension of this tunnel.

6 thoughts on “Yamate Tunnel”

  1. Clement says:

    Everytime I go through this tunnel, I experience a traffic jam. The last time it was too bad.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Yeah, I hope when they finish the Ohashi Junction section that the traffic jam gets less, but I think it might get worse 🙂

  2. 2nihon says:

    Thanks for the virtual drive-through!

  3. Numer0bis says:

    thank you very much for the google street view experience. Loved it.

  4. whipcracker says:

    RT @Shibuya246: Yamate Tunnel, Japan Japan | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/B0R
    What will happen if there’s a traffic jam below and above? Then where will every body go? And as far as those smoke stacks, note a great view if you live next door to one. Also that tunnel looks quite futuristic. Something out of George Lucas first movie “THX1138” A great article.

  5. salvidali says:

    the tunnel reminds me of driving the Oakland Bay bridge into San Francisco – is a bit claustrophobic and makes me nervous . . .

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