To avoid traffic accidents, it is important to follow the Japanese traffic rules. When crossing a road, you should cross the street in a pedestrian crossing. In Japan, cars must drive on the left side of the road and pedestrians must walk on the right side of the road. There are also many other rules and regulations regarding road traffic. In particular, please pay attention to the following.
Bicycle traffic rules
In June 2015, bicycle rules were amended; cyclists who have committed two or more violations in a three-year period must take a “safety lecture”. To take the safety lecture, the user must pay 5,700 yen. Ignoring the order to go to the safety lecture will result in a fine of up to 50,000 yen. Please follow the rules and ride safely. Please be careful of the following when you ride your bicycle. If you fail to follow the rules, you will be considered to be in violation of the rules, and you will be subject to a penalty.
Always obey the traffic lights. Don’t cross until the light turns green.
Stay on the left side of the vehicle.
As a general rule, stay on the roadway on roads with sidewalks.
Be careful not to over-speed.
Where there is a pause sign (止まれ), you must stop and put your feet on the ground once.
You must not ride your bike while using your cell phone. It is considered an offence to make a phone call, or even just to look at the screen of your mobile phone to check your email or map.
Do not ride a bicycle with an umbrella. Wear a raincoat on a rainy day.
Don’t ride your bike while listening to music with earphones or headphones.
Whenever you ride your bike at night, make sure you have the light on.
No more than two bicycles are allowed to ride side by side. Riding bicycles side by side while chatting is not allowed.
Bicycles are not allowed to be ridden by two people.
To protect your life and the lives of others, follow the rules and manners and drive safely!