The streets and traffic in Japan – Example to be followed

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Japan is known for its education, respect and honesty. Things are no different in traffic, the Japanese drive preserving human life, taking their time and respecting all traffic laws. In this article, we will see some curiosities about the streets and traffic in Japan, which serves as a great example to be followed.

If you still don’t know how traffic in Japan works, let’s give you a short summary. In Japan cars drive on the left with the steering wheel on the right side of the vehicle. There are highways, toll roads and expressways. Traffic in Japan is slow due to the number of traffic lights, few roads suitable for overtaking and the number of vehicles.


Speed limits on highways are usually 80-110, 50-60 on city roads and 30-40 in urban areas. Tolls are always located at the entrance to a Japanese expressway. There are times when it is cheaper to go by train, a trip from Tokyo to Kyoto can reach up to 9,000 tolls. To understand more about the transit in Japan see:

Traffic in Japan - An example to be followed

It is part of Japanese culture to follow traffic laws, which makes driving in Japan much more enjoyable and safer. Another thing that helps traffic to function perfectly is the high value of traffic tickets. The amounts easily pass $ 1000, which makes people think before committing inflation.

The Japanese even tend to thank in traffic for simple behaviors that are the duty of any driver. To understand more about the behavior in the transit of Japan and the examples that we must follow, watch the video of our friend below:

The streets and traffic in Japan - Example to be followed

Driving in Japan does not require haste, but a lot of attention. As the streets are usually narrow, and there are many strange intersections, you should pay close attention. You will find signs saying 止まれ (Tomare - Stop!) and 徐行 (jokou - slow) and sometimes you will come across dashed white lines that indicate the possibility of passing, solid lines indicate that the passage is allowed but you must be very careful, and the yellow lines should never be crossed.

It doesn’t matter if you are in the middle of an intersection, a traffic light, on a busy street, sometimes it will always be necessary to stop to allow pedestrians or another car to overtake, this is extremely common and no one behind you will be angry .

The streets of Japan

Needless to say, the streets in Japan are super clean, well signposted, and in excellent condition for pedestrians and drivers. But there are some details that can sometimes go unnoticed, some streets in Japan are extremely tight and still usually have two hands.

The streets and traffic in japan - an example to be followed

In some cities at night, these streets have no lighting and are completely dark. Many of the streets in Japan have no name, the maps usually show the numbers of the blocks and blocks, but not of the streets. In my opinion it is more practical to find addresses.

Walking the streets of Japan is a unique experience, everything will depend on the city and location you are in. You can find from busy streets, full of people, other super desert streets with many alleys and houses. It is still easy to find stores and vending machines.

I hope that the traffic in Japan will serve as an example for the crazy drivers who walk on our streets causing more than 50,000 traffic accident deaths in our country. There is even a saying that it is easier to die in a bathtub in Japan than in a car accident.

And don’t even think about drunk driving that results in a 20,000 BRL fine. We appreciate comments and shares.

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