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When I brought this subject up to my Japanese hostess, she looked at me quizzically and pointed out all the locals doing just this and said it's fine and no one cares. But this is in Tokyo, maybe somewhere less metropolitan they care more.


I don't recall any peculiar rule. You are supposed to walk on the sidewalk and to cross streets only when the pedestrian sign is green (unlike the UK, if that's where you come from). You can receive a small fine for failing to do so. It's not as bad as Amsterdam but do beware of bike lanes and treat them like streets (look right and left before crossing, ...

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