Road signs you need to know to cycle in Japan

If you want to cycle around Japan, you should be familiar with and recognise the meaning of basic road signs.   You do not need advanced Japanese knowledge, as road signs in Japan generally comply with most international standards and are mainly pictorial, making them easy to comprehend.

Generally red colour and/or diagonal line indicates some form of prohibition and yellow ones offer some kind of warning information, whereas blue colour indicates something is allowed. For example a sign showing a bike with a blue background means you can cycle here.

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