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Regional Information Fukushima
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West Wing of prefecture office building 10F 2-16 Sugitsuma-cho, Fukushima-city, Fukushima Prefecture 960-8670
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The information below is as of November 2017.
The Tohoku Expressway, which runs north-south, and the Ban-etsu Expressway, which runs east-west, cross in the middle of the prefecture. The Tohoku Shinkansen services as well as two scheduled domestic flights and international flights (currently suspended) at Fukushima Airport are available. The prefecture also has two major ports in Onahama and Souma, promoting efficient marine transportation.
Tohoku Expressway runs north-south while the Ban-etsu Expressway runs east-west, and the two intersect in the middle of the prefecture. Travel to the Kansai region in western Japan is faster by the Ban-etsu Expressway and Hokuriku Expressway than by routing through Tokyo. The Joban Expressway is now open in the Hamadori region along the Pacific coast in March 2015. Access to the Tokyo metropolitan area has become more convenient.
- Access to main cities
- Fukushima (Koriyama IC) to Tokyo: approx. 3 hours
- Fukushima (Koriyama IC) to Nagoya: approx. 6 hours 30 minutes
- Fukushima (Koriyama IC) to Osaka: approx. 8 hours
Fukushima Airport has two scheduled domestic flights (to Sapporo and Osaka) and two scheduled international flights (to Seoul and Shanghai, currently suspended since the March 2011 crisis). It is possible to ship freight directly from Fukushima Airport to these destination points.
- Domestic flights:
Fukushima to Sapporo 80 minutes (a flight/day)
Fukushima to Osaka 65 minutes (4 flights/day)
Fukushima has two designated ports: Onahama and Souma. From Onahama Port, a regular foreign trade container service operates once a week to Busan and Shanghai and International Feeder Liner Service operates once a week. Domestic feeder liner service is available from ports of Souma to Tokyo, Yokohama, and Sendai, allowing Fukushima to trade effectively with countries from around the world.