I was outside Hakata Station, the busiest train station on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands. I tried to walk predictably so as not to confuse cyclists who shared the sidewalk with pedestrians.
About 17% of weekday trips in Japan are by bicycle. These are short trips around town. Most bikes are simple, heavy, one-speed mamachari (Mommy chariots).
Symbols on the sidewalk provide an illusion of order.
The yellow tiles do not segregate lanes. This is tactile paving to assist people who are blind or visually impaired. Linear bumps indicate the alignment of the sidewalk. Dotted bumps communicate the need to stop at an intersection or near the edge of a station platform.
No-Cycling symbols are frequently ignored. The rider in the photo at the top of this post shows the general attitude to cycling law.
The blue arrow does not define the direction of travel. It points towards a bicycle parking lot.As I walked around the perimeter of the station, I kept finding parking for bicycles. Cyclists first pay at a machine before using these spots:
Back at the train station I walked past a western group, waiting, trapped by their huge roller suitcases, all dressed up, nowhere to go. It's easy to explore with a light, 35-liter backpack when there's time to kill.
Note: I was killing time March 23, 2016. Next day I cycled across the Seto Inland Sea and occasionally ignored Japanese cycling laws.