Govt seeks to boost visits to Michi no Eki

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun The transport ministry will test a toll system that allows drivers to get off an expressway, stop at a Michi no Eki roadside rest area, and then return to the expressway without paying extra tolls.

The experiment is scheduled to be conducted at three locations by this summer: the Tamamurajuku rest area along the Kan-Estu Expressway in Tamamura, Gunma Prefecture; the Mokkulu Shinshiro rest area along the Shin Tomei Expressway in Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture; and the Solene Shunan rest area along the Sanyo Expressway in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

If a driver gets off the expressway from a nearby interchange, drops by the Michi no Eki facility, and gets back on the expressway within an hour, they will not need to pay the “terminal charge,” which corresponds to a minimum train fare. The toll will be the same as going directly to one’s destination without getting off the expressway.

There are about 100 locations on expressways across the nation where the distance between rest facilities such as service areas is more than 25 kilometers.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry aims to allow drivers to use Michi no Eki on general roads to reduce long driving hours.Speech

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