Japanese traffic signs and rules are summarized in English in an easy-to-understand manner

Hello, this is Yohji. There are more than 900,000 foreigners with a Japanese driver’s license.  However, some Japanese traffic signs use kanji, so have you ever had a problem reading kanji?
This topic summarizes Japanese traffic signs in English in an easy-to-understand manner. Downloadable materials are also included in the middle of the article, so please post them at your workplace or carry them with you.

Types of traffic signs in Japan

There are four types of traffic signs in Japan.  These may be used alone or in combination with other types.

  • Regulatory sign
  • Instruction sign
  • Warning sign
  • Auxiliary sign

Let’s check each sign immediately!

  • There are signs in both Japanese and alphabet, in such cases are almost represent place name.
  • The words green in the image are what I added.

Regulatory sign

Regulatory signs are signs for prohibiting, restricting, or designating traffic for vehicles or pedestrians. There are red and blue signs on the outer frame of the sign, but the red sign means prohibition.  The blue one means a positive command or designation. 

Instruction sign

An instruction sign is a sign that prohibits a specific traffic method and specifies that you should follow a specific method.

Warning sign

Warning signs are signs that signal danger or caution and encourage necessary deceleration or careful driving.  It is displayed in yellow and black and is designed to stand out.

Auxiliary sign

Auxiliary signs are attached under the signs to indicate the reason for the regulation, the time and day of the week when the regulation is applied, the type of vehicle, etc.


I will also introduce the evaluation used in combination with traffic lights.This was requested by a friend Raphael-san.  Thank you Raphael-san.

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This time, I tried to write about what I got a request from a friend of mine.  If you have any problems in your life in Japan, please feel free to contact me on Twitter or the Online Community.

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