Driving in Japan

Driving in Japan

Japanese Road Signs

Regulatory Signs

Road Closed Closed to all Vehicles Closed to all Vehicles
Closed to all Vehicles except Motorcycles Closed to Bicycles Only Designated Directions Permitted
No Crossing No U-turn No Passing on the Right-hand Portion of the Road for Overtaking
No Parking or Stopping No Parking Time-limited parking zones
Weight Limited Height Limited Width Limited
Maximum Speed Limited Minimum Speed Limited Motor Vehicles Only
Bicycle Only Bicycle and Pedestrians Only Pedestrians Only
One-Way Two-Step Right Turn for Mopeds Sound Horn
Slow Down Stop Closed to Pedestrians
No Crossing by Pedestrians

Indication signs

Abreast Riding Permitted Parking Permitted Stopping Permitted
Right of Way Center Line Stop Line
Pedestrian Crossing Bicycle Crossing Zone Safety Zone

Warning signs

Cross Road Road Branch Right T Intersection
Y Junction Roundabout Right(Left) Bend
Right(Left) Turn Right(Left) Double Bend Right(Left) Double Turn
Zigzag Road Railway Crossing School, Kindergarten, Nursery
Light Signals Slippery Road Falling or Fallen Rocks
Hump or Dip Road Entry Left Fewer Lanes
Road Narrows Two-way Dangerous Hill Upwards
Dangerous Hill Downwards Road Works Side-wind
Danger Animals Crossing 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