Explanation of street signs, etc.

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In Japan, a project to improve signs in public areas has been ongoing, so that information can be conveyed to anyone regardless of their nationality. Guidance in English is available in most places, particularly in public spaces used by many people including streets, airports, transportation facilities, and facilities such as art or other museums, and signs in Chinese and Korean are also increasing. This sign project is also advancing preferentially in private business locations such as department stores and tourist facilities. Guidance in more and more languages is scheduled to be added in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo.
Street signs are basically in accordance with international standards. However, there are some signs that are unique to Japan.
Street signs that are unique to Japan will be explained below.

Explanation of street signs in Japanese

Most traffic signs have universal designs. However, there are still some prohibition signs in Japan that are written only in Japanese or that may not be universal. An explanation of such street signs that may be difficult to understand will be provided below.
 

No Motor-less Vehicles other than Automobile (not just bicycle-drawn carts)

No Motor-less Vehicles other than Automobile
(not just bicycle-drawn carts)
 

No Vehicle Crossing

No Vehicle Crossing
 

Parking Zone (limited time); in this case, parking is only permitted up to 60 minutes between 8:00 and 20:00.

Parking Zone (limited time); in this case, parking is only permitted up to 60 minutes between 8:00 and 20:00.
 

Closed to all Vehicles Carrying Dangerous Objects

Closed to all Vehicles Carrying Dangerous Objects
 

Vehicle Passing Division; in this case, a passing division between light vehicles and motorcycles is shown.

Vehicle Passing Division; in this case, a passing division between light vehicles and motorcycles is shown.
 

Two-Stage Right Turn for Mopeds

Two-Stage Right Turn for Mopeds
 

No Two-Stage Right Turn for Mopeds

No Two-Stage Right Turn for Mopeds
 

Slow Down

Slow Down
 

Stop

Stop
 

Center Line

Center Line
 

Stop Line

Stop Line
 

Stopping Permitted

Stopping Permitted
 

The Basics of Driving in Japan