Japan is a glorious country for motorcycle roads. If you go, be aware that speeding in Japan is a serious offence. The laws for driving in Japan are very different to those in our own countries and the fines and penalties can be very high. They have also been revised recently to make them stricter.

Speeding 30 - 50 km/h over the limit automatically results in a summary court appearance and you will be fined about 80,000 yen or $1,000 USD. Japanese speed traps are notorious. You may be clocked by a cop obscured behind the brush who then radios your license plate to cruisers ahead. police have quite a lot more power than their North American counterparts, and the justice system here has high conviction rate, so caught you don't want to get arrested. Make sure you don't speed! For more details on Japanese road fines see: Japanese Traffic Violations http://www.pref.ibaraki.jp/bukyoku/seikan/kokuko/e-ibaraki-report/0612demerits.html

Japanese police have been known to make you confess to speeding, and if that doesn't work and you go to trial, there's practically no chance of you being acquitted [don't they just give you a fine for speeding??]. The typical speed limits are 80 to 100 km/h on expressways, 40 km/h in urban areas, 30 km/h in side streets and 50 to 60 km/h elsewhere. Speed limit signs are highly recognizable, they have large numbers and are surrounded by a red circle.

Foreigners can drive in Japan with a recognized international driving permit for up to one year after entering the country. Recognized international driving permits must be obtained in your home country, before you leave for Japan.

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