Explanation of street signs, etc.
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
No Motor-less Vehicles other than Automobile
(not just bicycle-drawn carts)
No Vehicle Crossing
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
Vehicle Passing Division; in this case, a passing division between light vehicles and motorcycles is shown.
Two-Stage Right Turn for Mopeds
No Two-Stage Right Turn for Mopeds