Several Warning Signs You Will See in Japan

  • Need to adjust foreign land

    Being in a Foreign Land involves big adjustment not only for food, shelter, transport system, but mainly for the way of living itself. Whatever reason you have for visiting Land of the rising Sun, You might as well take note some of the important warnings visible on the road, park, temples, restaurant or any public places included in your itinerary.
    I listed 5 symbols that are commonly seen in Japan.

    1. Danger (=危ない Abunai)

    Japan is very much concerned with safety, so this symbol is visible everywhere especially public places (park, temples, beach and even inside the department store). All this kind of sign shows “Abunai(あぶない)” that means danger. I remember one day I visited one of Japanese temple and it has a small shallow lake with harness, however, around the lake there is the sign for danger of course.


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    There are also some instances where they consider Abunai. If you are standing wrong at the escalator or even holding a hot cup of coffee, you could find the Abunai sign nearby.

    2. Stop (=止まれ Tomare)

    Japanese are well known for their road respect. At every corner of their street you will see this sign. It means that you need to stop for a while and check on your left and right before moving forward. This is common for the streets having no stop light signal or giving way with each other on the road. It is also another form of safety on every motorist part.

    3. No Smoking (=禁煙 Kinen)

    This symbol is read as KINEN or No smoking in Japanese. Japan is a very discipline country and they’ll make sure that everything is in proper order especially for the Smoking and No smoking area. In every place, there is a corresponding smoking area attached on it. Some Japanese are indeed chain smoker so they are aware to puff your cigarette in the correct place.

    4. No Entry (=立入禁止 Tachi iri kinshi)

    If you saw this sign, you could read it as Tachi iri kinshi. It implies one thing “Don’t Enter!”. It may be dangerous on your side to get inside or only authorized people are allowed. Whatever reason they have, it is safe to follow rules. I normally saw this inside our company or sometimes on the street where the construction is going on.

    5. No parking (=駐車禁止 Chuusha Kinshi)

    Like some other countries, parking anywhere is also prohibited in Japan. The symbol above is read as chuusha kinshi or no parking in english. You might find yourself in a police station if you parked in a restricted area. Of course corresponding fine is given if they found you guilty so it would be better to choose proper way than saying sorry.


    Though there are loads of symbols or signs in Japan, just some basic ones are shown. It would be better if you knew or at least recognized the symbol for some of them to avoid chaos at the end.