I drove along the road and found it convenient because it goes straight along the seaside to the Kashima seaside industrial area. I drove along the road and found that it is very convenient because you can go straight through the seaside to the Kashima seaside industrial area.
On July 10, the Hasaki Seaside Road, which runs about 15 km along the sea in Kamisu City, Ibaraki Prefecture, was fully opened to traffic for the first time in 17 years after being closed for many years due to a dispute between the local government and landowners.
The road was built by the former Hasaki Town to improve access to the Kashima seaside industrial zone. （The road was opened to traffic in 1970. The road was opened in 1970. However, when it was discovered that the road included private land, the town and the landowner went to court, and in 2004 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the landowner. In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled that the landowner owned the land.
The landowner’s family set up barricades on the private land on the road. For a long time, vehicles were unable to pass through the road because of the high tolls charged to those who entered without permission,” said a reporter from a national newspaper.
(A reporter from a national newspaper) “There were some troubles between the landowners and drivers who tried to force their way through. However, in March of this year, the city reached a settlement with the landowner by purchasing the land that was included in the road. The road was finally opened to traffic. According to Kamisu City, the city purchased approximately 4,000 square meters of land. The city paid the landowner 19 million yen as a settlement and 21 million yen for the cost of the land and the removal of a monitoring shed built by the landowner, for a total of approximately 40 million yen.
Traffic volume is approximately 5,300 vehicles per day.
Why did they include private land in the road in the first place? Kamisu City’s road maintenance division explains.
The Kamisu City Road Maintenance Section explains, “When we built the road, we checked the registry, but there was nothing clear on the public map of the relevant area, so I think it was difficult to determine the parcel of land. It is possible that there were no landmark targets because the location is a pine forest bordering the sea. In any case, we apologize to the many people who used the road for about 17 We apologize for the inconvenience caused over the past 17 years.
He then made the following prediction regarding future traffic volume.
Before the road was closed, the traffic volume was about 5,300 people from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Before the road was closed, the traffic volume was about 5,300 vehicles from 5:00 am to 9:30 pm. The traffic volume before the road closure was approximately 5,300 vehicles from 5:00 am to 9:30 pm. We expect to see about the same amount of traffic, mainly from commuters to the Kashima Coastal Industrial Zone and tourists to the nearby beaches.
According to the city, a portion of the road still contains private land owned by several landowners, but since the road has been put into service in accordance with the procedures of the Road Law in advance, private rights can be restricted. If all landowners agree, the city plans to acquire the land.
Ken Tomita, a real estate appraiser, criticizes the city for its ineptitude in causing the anomaly of not being able to use a road that is public property for 17 years.
The map attached to the old land registry at the site is based on a drawing made in the Meiji era, so it is possible that the public map did not accurately show the location of the registered land and overlooked the fact that the city road encroached on private property. Even if so, the responsibility lies with the city officials who proceeded with the road construction without conducting a thorough survey. The city should have done a thorough survey beforehand and made an offer to the landowner to buy the land.”
We called the former landowner several times, but were unable to reach him. Currently, the area where the road was closed to traffic has been redeveloped and is beginning to bustle with bathers, campers, and other vehicles.
Reporting and writing： Masayoshi Katayama (Journalist) PHOTO： Hiroto Kato, Masayoshi Katayama