Japan National Route 8

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National Route 8
国道8号 (Kokudō hachi-gō)
Route information
Length574.1 km[1] (356.7 mi)
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
National Route 7National Route 9

National Route 8 is an important highway in the Hokuriku and Kansai regions. It connects the prefectural capitals of Niigata, Toyama, Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture), Fukui, Ōtsu (Shiga Prefecture), and Kyoto.[2][3]

Route Data[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Route 8 is the inspiration for the popular Hachiban Ramen chain of noodle shops popular in the Hokuriku region.

History[edit]

  • 4 December 1952 – First Class National Highway 8 (from Niigata to Kyoto)
  • 1 April 1965 – General National Highway 8 (from Niigata to Kyoto)
  • 7-9 February 2018 – Heavy snowfall shut down the highway for over 60 hours in Fukui Prefecture before it could be removed.[4]

Intersecting routes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "一般国道の路線別、都道府県別道路現況" (PDF) (in Japanese). Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ 一般国道8号 (in Japanese). Kinki Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ 一般国道8号 (in Japanese). Kinki Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ "大雪で立ち往生、ようやく解消 福井の国道8号" [Stuck with heavy snow, National Highway 8 is finally reopened in Fukui] (in Japanese). 9 February 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.