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Speed limits for cars

Discussion in 'Japan Practical' started by KyushuWoozy, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. KyushuWoozy

    KyushuWoozy Sempai
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    Hi,

    The Japan Automobile website (English page) says: "When there are no signs or markings indicating the speed limit, drivers of regular-sized automobiles must obey the speed limits of 60 km/h on ordinary roads, and 100 km/h on expressways."

    Wikipedia says: "The general limit is 60 km/h except for divided national highways where the limit is normally 100 km/h. Limits in Japan are different from most countries <snip> urban limits are set by zoning rather than statute." I've simplified it a bit.

    Am I correct in summarising like this?

    1. If there's a speed limit sign then (obviously) that's the limit.

    2. If there's no speed limit sign and there's a barrier separating the two sides of the road I can go up to 100 km/h.

    3. If there's no speed limit sign and no barrier I can go up to 60 km/h.

    4. I can't go lower than the minimum speed - I can't ever remember seeing this sign but it looks like this

    Am I missing anything?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Toritoribe

    Toritoribe 松葉解禁
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    "Roads with a barrier separating the two sides of the road" are not the same as "highways/freeways/expressways". So, #2 and 3 are;

    2. If there's no speed limit sign on expressways, I can go up to 100 km/h.
    3. If there's no speed limit sign on ordinary roads, I can go up to 60 km/h.

    As for #4, you can see the sign usually on expressways.
     
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  3. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    Expressways are not national highways and vice versa.
     
  4. KyushuWoozy

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    Thanks .... I thought what I wrote didn't seem right.

    So how do I know if I'm on an expressway?
     
  5. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    Signage and toll booths, usually.
     
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