Japanese Railway Signaling

This report on Japanese railway signaling is the product of an 18-day visit to Japan in July 2002. I traveled by train from Narita Airport near Tokyo to Yokohama, Kobe, Nara, Nagoya, and Nagiso. Also, Hiroshi Naito very kindly served as my guide on an afternoon on a private railway, the Keikyu line. The Japanese signaling system is relatively uniform across JR and the many private railway companies, although there are detailed variations The following is far from a complete description of the system, but it highlights some interesting features of Japanese signaling.

Bob Braden Last modified 15 Sept 02