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Regional Information Nara
Consider locating your business base in Nara Prefecture—working to create a prospering city
Your Regional Guide : Yusuke Kamaya
30 Noborioji-cho, Nara-city, Nara Prefecture 630-8501
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The information below is as of November 2017.
In Nara Prefecture, the Nishi Meihan Expressway and the Meihan National Road (freeway) have formed an artery to connect Nara with Osaka and Kobe to the west, and with Nagoya to the east, and play an important role in promoting industrial clusters.
Ongoing road projects such as the Keinawa Expressway and other key road networks, as well as the strengthening of access functions by installing Smart ICs, etc. on the Nishi Meihan Expressway, are expected to further improve the environment for companies to set up businesses in the prefecture.
As a result of the opening in recent years of Minami Hanna Toll Road and the Second Hanna Toll Road, access to the Osaka area has been boosted. In addition, with the start of partial services of Keinawa Expressway, which is starting to function as the prefecture's north-south artery, and its connection to Nishi Meihan Expressway's Koriyama Shimotsumichi IC, the network has been reinforced, dramatically improving the convenience of corporate locations within the prefecture.
Furthermore, Chuwa Kansen, a regional high-standard road that crosses the Chuwa region from east to west, fully opened in 2012. Together with the Yamato Chuo-Do, which runs from north to south and connects the northern and central regions, this road is contributing to improving access within the prefecture. It takes 80 minutes to go to Kansai International Airport.
Nara Prefecture is developing a network of railways centered on the Yamato plains with the main objective of securing access to Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, and Nagoya. Access to Osaka and Hyogo is secured through the Kintetsu Nara Line, Keihanna Line, Osaka Line, Minami Osaka Line, Hanshin Nanba Line, JR Yamato Line (Kansai Line), Gakken-toshi Line (Katamachi Line), Manyo Mahoroba Line (Sakurai Line) and Wakayama Line. Access to Kyoto is secured through the Kintetsu Kyoto Line, Kashihara Line, JR Nara Line. Access to Mie and Nagoya is secured through the Kintetsu Osaka Line and JR Kansai Line. Furthermore, a train stop of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen is planned to be located around Nara city.