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Driving in Japan

Japanese Road Signs

Regulatory Signs

10 hyousikiichiran01 Road Closed 10 hyousikiichiran02 Closed to all Vehicles 10 hyousikiichiran03 Closed to all Vehicles
10 hyousikiichiran04 Closed to all Vehicles except Motorcycles 10 hyousikiichiran05 Closed to Bicycles 10 hyousikiichiran06 Only Designated Directions Permitted
10 hyousikiichiran07 No Crossing 10 hyousikiichiran08 No U-turn 10 hyousikiichiran09 No Passing on the Right-hand Portion of the Road for Overtaking
10 hyousikiichiran10 No Parking or Stopping 10 hyousikiichiran11 No Parking 10 hyousikiichiran12 Time-limited parking zones
10 hyousikiichiran13 Weight Limited 10 hyousikiichiran14 Height Limited 10 hyousikiichiran15 Width Limited
10 hyousikiichiran16 Maximum Speed Limited 10 hyousikiichiran17 Minimum Speed Limited 10 hyousikiichiran18 Motor Vehicles Only
10 hyousikiichiran19 Bicycle Only 10 hyousikiichiran20 Bicycle and Pedestrians Only 10 hyousikiichiran21 Pedestrians Only
10 hyousikiichiran22 One-Way 10 hyousikiichiran23 Two-Step Right Turn for Mopeds 10 hyousikiichiran24 Sound Horn
10 hyousikiichiran25 Slow Down 10 hyousikiichiran26 Stop 10 hyousikiichiran27 Closed to Pedestrians
10 hyousikiichiran28 No Crossing by Pedestrians

Indication signs

10 hyousikiichiran29 Abreast Riding Permitted 10 hyousikiichiran30 Parking Permitted 10 hyousikiichiran31 Stopping Permitted
10 hyousikiichiran32 Right of Way 10 hyousikiichiran33 Center Line 10 hyousikiichiran34 Stop Line
10 hyousikiichiran35 Pedestrian Crossing 10 hyousikiichiran36 Bicycle Crossing Zone 10 hyousikiichiran37 Safety Zone

Warning signs

10 hyousikiichiran38 Cross Road 10 hyousikiichiran39 Road Branch Right 10 hyousikiichiran40 T Intersection
10 hyousikiichiran41 Y Junction 10 hyousikiichiran42 Roundabout 10 hyousikiichiran43 Right(Left) Bend
10 hyousikiichiran44 Right(Left) Turn 10 hyousikiichiran45 Right(Left) Double Bend 10 hyousikiichiran46 Right(Left) Double Turn
10 hyousikiichiran47 Zigzag Road 10 hyousikiichiran48 Railway Crossing 10 hyousikiichiran49 School, Kindergarten, Nursery
10 hyousikiichiran50 Light Signals 10 hyousikiichiran51 Slippery Road 10 hyousikiichiran52 Falling or Fallen Rocks
10 hyousikiichiran53 Hump or Dip 10 hyousikiichiran54 Road Entry Left 10 hyousikiichiran55 Fewer Lanes
10 hyousikiichiran56 Road Narrows 10 hyousikiichiran57 Two-way 10 hyousikiichiran58 Dangerous Hill Upwards
10 hyousikiichiran59 Dangerous Hill Downwards 10 hyousikiichiran60 Road Works 10 hyousikiichiran61 Side-wind
10 hyousikiichiran62 Danger Animals Crossing 10 hyousikiichiran63 Other Dangers

Sign information is taken from the Police of Gunma Prefecture.

License Changes and Renewals

Renew Japanese drivers licenses or change license data at 安全協会 (Anzen Kyoukai) offices, not at police stations. The hours will usually be around 8:30-5:00.

Green (beginner) and blue (normal) license holders must attend renewal seminars for about 1 or 2 hours. People with gold (good status) licenses may attend short half-hour seminars. Seminars are usually either in the morning or in the afternoon.

In Ota, the address is listed here and fees are listed here