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Japan is rolling out 26 of these funny and helpful signs to assist baffled tourists

Knowing that tourists sometimes find it hard to understand signs in its native language, Japan goes to great lengths to help visitors out.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

The latest initiative is being rolled out across the Iwate Prefecture, which has released 26 signs to enable tourists to better understand its rules and guidelines.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

Its campaign is called “Ten ways to make travellers happy,” and it comes hot on the heels of a recent campaign to help visitors understand the controls on Japanese toilets.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

Some of the signs are witty and others seems quite obvious, but all are designed to make things more user-friendly for travellers.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

The signs include a pig sitting inside a bowl to let diners know that the dish contains pork, and a series of signs with a man breathing various levels of flame to explain how spicy the Japanese dishes are.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

Visitors are also warned against being drunk in the pool, accidentally soaking someone or not showering before entering it.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

Officials behind the campaign are going further to help by holding lectures for tourists around the city. They are hoping to encourage locals to help and interact with tourists, even if they feel their English is not the best.

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau
Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

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