Apr 7, 2019

Japan’s unique “watch out for animals” signs

When driving in Japan, it’s likely that if you’re in certain areas - particularly rural ones - you’re going to encounter some “watch for animals” signs that you may not be used to back home. 

For instance, here’s my neck of the woods - this sign warns for deer, bear, and tanuki. Can we take a minute to appreciate just how picturesque it is, too? It’s no wonder all the wildlife want to be hanging out around here.

Japan’s unique “watch out for animals” signs  photo

It got me thinking about how different the signs are compared to what I’m used to back home - there, it’s completely normal to see warning signs about kangaroos, koalas, wombats and more!

Have you seen any interesting or unique watch for animals signs in Japan? What are some animals you’d see on warning signs like these back home?



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!