Traffic Rules and Signs in Japan

Planning on driving a car in Japan? Here are a few things that you need to be aware of.

Driving a car whilst abroad can be daunting, but if you are armed with the proper knowledge, your driving experience will not be as overwhelming as you might think.

The list below contains traffic rules and signs in Japan that might differ from how it is in the US. 

*The list is NOT comprehensive.

Basic Rules

  1. Traffic lights; just like in the USA
    Green: Go
    Yellow: Wait
    Red: Stop
  2. Cars drive on the left side of the road.
  3. Legal minimum age for driving is 18 years old (except Moped).
  4. Speed limits
  in Kilometers in Miles
Basic 

50 to 60 km/h

31 to 37 miles/h
Urban areas 40km/h 25 miles/h
Side streets 30km/h 19 miles/h
Highways 80 to 100 km/h 50 to 62 miles/h

Irregular Rules

Most of the road signs and rules follow international standards, but the following list contains road signs and rules that are unique to Japan. 

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