Japanese Road Signs

Whether you are preparing to take the Japanese driver’s license exam, or already driving in Japan, you should be familiar with Japanese street and road signs. This useful guide presents 70 of the most common Japanese street and road signs and their meanings. For a more detailed listing, you should read the Japan Automobile Federation’s (JAF) book, English Rules of the Road.

Regulatory Signs

Closed to all motor vehicles

Road Closed

No entry

No U-Turn

Closed to Bicycles

Only Designated Directions Permitted

No Crossing

Closed to all Vehicles except Motorcycles

No Passing

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 (designation for highways)

One Way

Bicycle and Pedestrians Only

Pedestrians Only

Two-Step Right Turn for Mopeds

Sound Horn

Slow Down


Closed to Pedestrians

Crossing by Pedestrian Prohibited

Left Turn Permitted on Red Light

Warning Signs

Cross Road

Road Branch Right

T Intersection

Y Junction


Right(Left) Bend

Right(Left) Turn

Right(Left) Double Bend

Right(Left) Double Turn

Other Dangers

Railway Crossing

School, Kindergarten, Nursery

Light Signals

Slippery Road

Falling or Fallen Rocks

Hump or Dip

Road Entry Left

Fewer Lanes

Road Narrows


Dangerous Hill Upwards

Dangerous Hill Downwards

Road Works


Danger Animals Crossing

Zigzag Road

Indication Signs

Abreast Riding Permitted

Parking Permitted

Stopping Permitted

Right of Way

Center Line

Stop Line

Pedestrian Crossing

Bicycle Crossing Zone

Safety Zone

Testing Resources

Written Test Guide and Practice

Guide to Japanese Road signs

Driving Test Guide