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
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 59 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.

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