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The information below is as of November 2017.
Tochigi, located in the northern Kanto region, is an inland prefecture that borders Ibaraki (east), Gunma (west), Fukushima (north), and Saitama (south). The prefectural capital Utsunomiya is approximately 100 km from Tokyo and 500 km from Osaka. It takes 150 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo, and 50 minutes from Tokyo to Utsunomiya by Shinkansen. By car, it takes 100 minutes from Tokyo to Utsunomiya on the Tohoku Expressway. The Kita-Kanto Expressway, running east to west in the prefecture, was completed in March 2011, which means that, now, Ibaraki Port Hitachinaka District is just a one-hour drive from Utsunomiya. From Utsunomiya, Osaka can be reached without traveling through Tokyo (on the Shuto Expressway) by instead using the Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway. It also affords easy access to Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport, and also to Ibaraki Airport via the Kita-Kanto Expressway, and Fukushima Airport and Sendai Airport via the Tohoku Expressway.
Running from north to south in Tochigi are the Tohoku Expressway (between Kawaguchi and Aomori) and extensive trunk highways such as Route 4 and New Route 4. Running from east to west is Kita-Kanto Expressway (between Tsuga and Hitachinaka Minato) up to Ibaraki Prefecture, and Route 50, which links the southern part of the prefecture with Ibaraki and Gunma prefectures.
Both Fukushima Airport and Ibaraki Airport can be reached from central Utsunomiya in only 1.5 hours. Additionally, the Tochigi Heliport can be used not only for ferrying travelers and cargo, but also for providing disaster relief and emergency medical assistance.
The Kita-Kanto Expressway, which traverses Gunma, Tochigi, and Ibaraki prefectures, was completed in 2011, linking Ibaraki's Hitachinaka Port District, an international logistics port, with Tochigi Prefecture.
Traveling between Tokyo and Utsunomiya takes approximately 50 minutes by shinkansen, and Utsunomiya can be reached in only 90 minutes from either Ikebukuro or Shinjuku stations when traveling by the Shonan-Shinjuku rapid line. Additionally, in 2014 the Utsunomiya line, which currently only reaches Ueno Station, will be extended to Tokyo Station, thereby providing easy access to Shinagawa, Kawasaki and Haneda Airport.