Pedestrian Regulations in Japan
Japan has strict regulations to ensure pedestrian safety on its roads.
Here are some key regulations and guidelines for pedestrians in Japan:
- Use crosswalks: Pedestrians should always use crosswalks when available, and wait for the signal to indicate that it is safe to cross.
- Pedestrians walk on the right side of the road, while cars and bicycles go on the left side of the road.
- Between cars and pedestrians, pedestrians have priority to give way.
- You must follow the instructions of the traffic police.
- If there is no sidewalk, pedestrians must walk on the right side of the road.
- Pedestrians must obey pedestrian signals when crossing a traffic lighted intersection. When crossing an intersection without traffic lights, use the pedestrian crossing.
- Pedestrians use the elevated or underground portion of the pedestrian walkway when these paths are available.
- Even when crossing a pedestrian crossing at a green light, pedestrians should watch out for vehicles turning right or left.
- Never rush out into the street.
- Do not play on the road.
- When passing through a street with poor visibility, first stop and look on both sides of the road for safety.
- Before crossing a railway crossing, first stop and look both sides of the road for safety.
- When going out at night, wear light or reflective clothing.
- Follow traffic signals: Pedestrians must obey traffic signals, such as red lights and green lights, just like drivers. They should not cross the street when the signal is red, even if there are no cars coming.
- Look both ways: Even when using crosswalks or waiting for signals, pedestrians should look both ways before crossing the street to ensure that no cars or bicycles are approaching.
- Avoid distractions: Pedestrians should not use their mobile phones or wear headphones while walking, as this can distract them from their surroundings and increase the risk of accidents.
- Be visible: In low-light conditions or at night, pedestrians should wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight to increase their visibility to drivers.
- Walk on the sidewalk: Pedestrians should walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If there is no sidewalk, they should walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
- Follow special rules: In certain areas, such as school zones, pedestrians may be subject to special regulations, such as reduced speed limits or designated crossing areas.
It is important to follow these regulations and guidelines to ensure your safety as a pedestrian in Japan.